Sunday, 2 March 2014

Educating With Edmodo - Notes and Alerts

This is the second post in a series on how to use Edmodo in the classroom.  Below is a step by step guide on how to use notes and alerts in Edmodo


Once you have set up your class in Edmodo and they all have access to the platform it is time to get using the tool with your classes.  They can have a little fun by filing in their profile, adding a picture of their choice and noting down their hobbies, choosing a favourite quote and highlighting how they like to learn - another easy way for you to get to know your class.  

How To Use Notes In Edmodo:
The note option is used for posting general messages or reminders to your groups.
Step 1 - On the home page you will see a line of tabs giving you options to post a note, alert,   assignment, quiz or poll.  Make sure that you have selected 'note'.

Step 2 - Type your note into the box that says 'type your note here'.

Step 3 - Type the name of the class, group or student you are aiming the note at in the box that sats 'send to...' that has now appeared under the note box.

Step 4 -  Below the 'send to...' box you have just typed in there are a number of icons that give you options to attach things to the note to your class.  You can now attach a file from your computer by clicking the icon that looks like a piece of paper with writing on it.  You can attach a link to a website by clicking on the icon that looks like a link in a chain.  There is also a icon that looks like a book which gives you the option of attaching any files you have stored in your Edmodo library - you are unlikely to have any if you are just starting out with Edmodo.  You can also choose to schedule the post to be sent to your class, group or student at a later date and time if you wish by clicking on the clock icon.

Step 5 - Click send.  Your note will now appear to the class, group or student you have directed it to.


How To Use Alerts In Edmodo:
An alert is similar to note but when posted it shows up in bold on the users timeline making it stand out more.  It also limits the amount you can write so that it is always short and to the point; making it more likely to be read by the students at first glance.
Step 1 - On the home page you will see a line of tabs giving you options to post a note, alert,   assignment, quiz or poll.  Make sure that you have selected 'alert'.

Step 2 - Type your note into the box that says 'type your note here' using no more that 140 characters.

Step 3 - Type the name of the class, group or student you are aiming the alert at in the box that sats 'send to...' that has now appeared under the alert box.

Step 4 -  Below the 'send to...' box you have just typed in there only one icon - the clock icon - this allows you to schedule the alert to be sent to your class, group or student at a later date and time if you wish.

Step 5 - Click send.  Your alert will now appear to the class, group or student you have directed it to.



Next time I will be looking at how to use the assignment tool in Edmodo with your classes.


1 comment:

  1. It's worth noting that alerts are copied to any parents of group members too. That means that if any students post a reply that it will be visible to parents of group members.

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