Helpful Hints

Crowd-sourced slideshow of tasks.

After the rapid expansion of #NZreadaloud this year, we have realised the need for this page devoted to explaining the role of a ‘team leader’.

This page will also contain some links to screencasts which I have created to demonstrate some of the functions of Edmodo.

Firstly, the role of a ‘team leader’ is to

  • make contact and keep in contact with your team members
  • allocate teachers one week each for ‘task duty’ (providing the comprehension tasks for the week in Edmodo)
  • open the Edmodo group and email the group code to all teachers in your team
  • change the setting for all teachers in your group to ‘co-teacher’ (screencast to help with this)
  • create the small student discussion groups within your main group (screencast to help with this)
  • support your team members in how to add their students to the main group AND the smaller student groups (screencast to help with this)
  • encourage ALL teachers to be actively involved IN THE DISCUSSIONS
  • bring to teachers’ attention any inappropriate comments/posts

BELOW ARE THE SCREENCASTS I HAVE PUT TOGETHER TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE EDMODO – just click on the ones you need.

How to sign up

Creating a class group

Joining a group

How to add your students to a small group

FOR LEADERS:

Change teacher settings to ‘co-teacher’

How to create a small group

For #NZreadaloud to be successful it does require all teachers to dedicate time to the online literary discussions which take place in the Edmodo groups. Those of us who have seen the benefits of ‘connected literacy’ know how empowering this type of literacy can be. Many of us have also witnessed the authentic learning which can arise from the read aloud when kids are encouraged to inquire into ‘things they find interesting’ in the story.

Another big part of ‘connected literacy’ are the Google Hangouts and / or Skypes sessions which can take place. These are usually organised between teachers in a team and can be focused around a Chapter, a character, an incident…anything really to get kids having a korero about the book! I know Kaehlah is looking into more of these types of connections for the Year 1 & 2 teachers as Edmodo may not be the right platform for littlies:)

The last thing is Twitter. Many of us have found Twitter to be a fantastic platform for kids to ask the questions they have, chat with other kids who may not be in their Edmodo group, and also connect with the authors! Teachers who have class Twitter accounts should ensure the kids use the appropriate hashtag so they do not miss the discussion.