I want to use Edmodo as a medium for student academic discourse. I still have a lot to learn as far as how I can use this interactive tool with my students and therefore think it's important to include Edmodo into a weekly lesson when possible. Students are given a laptop computer and sign into Edmodo. I circulate among them to answer questions and help students who are having "technical difficulties" which usually mean that their password or email address is not working.
In Edmodo I post the definition of Ecphrasis that students learned yesterday as well as ask students to post one favorite description and comparison made in yesterday’s class while looking at the Degas painting and the poem Evaluation.
Additionally, I ask students add one additional comment to a peer’s post while I circulate among students, redirecting, and encouraging on-task behavior.
I explain what to look for in descriptions, i.e. setting, tone, theme, etc.. I emphasize the importance of ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1 which requires them to write an argument to support their analysis of the poem and to provide valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence when comparing and contrasting the poem to the painting.
Next the students upload the assignment “Comparing a Poem to a Painting” from their Edmodo assignment tab and follow directions for writing responses to the questions, looking at tone, theme, describing characters, setting, etc..
I also hand out a Venn Diagram to students who benefit from an organizer (which are most of them). The video resource illustrates how I circulate among my students, asking questions and prompting focus on activity.
As a wrap up activity I ask students to use Edmodo to share responses to the task with peers as well as with me. I then project some of the student responses on the screen and facilitatea a short discussion.