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Keywords: electronic devices, Smartphones, blogs, apps
Subject(s): Information Skills, Business, Social Studies, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Podcasting, Special Needs, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
View Full Text of Standards
School: South Miami K-8 Center, Miami, FL
Planned By: Joyce Rosales
Original Author: Joyce Rosales, Miami
ISTE Standard 2:
Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
ISTE Standard 5:
Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

I. Students will register with Edmodo and "join" a group created by the teacher.
II. Students will use their Smartphones and/or other electronic devices to download the Edmodo app.
III. For their first "poll" students will read and reply to the six online behavior rules for using Edmodo. They can answer "Yes" which means they understand and accept the rules. If they answer "No" they will not be allowed to post to fellow students in the group, only to the teacher.
Here is the poll I will use:
I would like for us to be able to write to each other wihtout having to be moderated. I am listing some rules to follow below as a contract. I will keep your answers in my Library as proof.
1. I will ALWAYS be polite.
2. I will NEVER insult anyone.
3. I will NEVER use inappropriate language.
4. I will NOT upload any pictures, videos, links to other sites, or music without my teacher's prior approval.
5. When I answer questions from my teacher, I will always use correct grammar and spelling, not "texting" speech.
6. I understand that if I behave inappropriately or break this contract, I can be put on "read only" and only see the group talk OR be deleted from the group.
IV. Participating in the poll will help to give the students training in how to use the Edmodo app on their electronic devices.
V. Students will create and/or contribute to discussions created by the teacher or students based on a topic learned in class. They will use correct netiquette when communicating with their classroom group.
Examples of some classroom discussion topics:
A. Responsible Use of Technology
B. Internet Safety and Netiquette
C. How the Internet Works
D. The World Wide Web
E. Blogs and Podcasts
VI. Students will create/respond to quizzes created on Edmodo related to the same types of topics as listed in "V".

The students will be evaluated using peer evaluation rubrics and teacher evaluation rubrics. Quizzes will be graded using the standard grading scale of 90 to 100 = A.
The Edmodo account in our school district is free for students, teachers and parents. Students will use their own electronic devices.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Since the students are to use correct grammar and spelling this activity can cross over with Language Arts. Depending on the topic used, it can cross over with Social Studies, Science and Mathematics as well.
Create subgroups and have students work on projects together. They will communicate through their electronic devices and turn in work by uploading digital projects to Edmodo.
If their devices have blue tooth technology, communicate with classroom computer stations from their devices and give presentations on the white board.
Materials: Whiteboards, Podcasting, Internet Services, Student Resources, Assessment, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 1 Dell Venue Smartphone , $400.00 each, total of $400.00