Some apps were great for students who had finished their work early and could work independently. My students liked Manga High's PEMDAS for math. They also liked Animal Cell, Thirteen Colonies and Slim the Ogre apps for ELA. With a nod to gamification, they really liked when they were awarded badges automatically. I used +Common Sense Educators Digital Passport app as a refresher whenever a student violated our classroom agreements.
Demonstrating understanding and Storytelling with CartoonsMy students loved using +PowToon , +go animate and +Pixton Comics We used these somewhat interchangeably, and students decided which tool they wanted to use to suit their purpose. With GoAnimate, they realized they needed to so a lot more planning than they'd anticipated. They realized the benefit of storyboarding, for which they used Storyboard That, as well as editing their work.
Learnstreet - Hour of Code
Last winter we participated in the CSEDWeek/Code.org Hour of Code. We used the LearnStreet app which had a special 'course' where students could code their own holiday card.
All Good Things by Sister Helen Mrosla, StoryLines Pages asks each student to express (in one sentence) something unique that he appreciates about his classmate. In my blogpost about this project I explained how this project worked well for all abilities, and helped me identify some grammar, spelling and punctuation trends in my students. I think this app would work well with much younger students as well.
I started using Snapshot after I returned to the classroom in late April. Snapshot is a Edmodo app that helps you see what your students know (and what they don’t). With real-time feedback and multiple ways to view results by student and standard, Snapshot helps you take the guessing out of assessing common core standards. It was really helpful for me to get a handle on what they had learned while I was gone. I also used it to help double check meeting of standards for our report card. This coming year I am looking forward to using Snapshot for pre- and post assessments, both on a lesson-by-lesson basis (exit tickets, etc) but also for broader concepts.
Apps I want to tryThere are many apps in the Edmodo app store that I want to dive deeper into including Educlipper and instaGrok. I also plan to use Curriculet and Subtext for reading comprehension and literature circles.
Using Edmodo with younger students has proven invaluable in helping me manage my time, increasing student engagement and providing my students with real and authentic ways to become good digital citizens. We've participated in groups with classrooms across the country and we have an alumni group to keep connected with our past students. Edmodo is a game changer! And I feel like I have barely scratched the surface!