PS: Keep in mind that I ♥ working with teens and this is a more of a cry for help than a rant. The sucks part is just illustrational.
Edmodo sucks! moodle sucks! Homework sucks. The norm is that everything sucks for teens. Life sucks. Mom sucks. My friends suck. Most of them here has something and nothing to complain. A happy teen who has a good attitude towards life, family, school, learning sucks the most.
So not to disappoint peers, even those who think life is good will give in a group. If you can get the most influencial ones to work on something with enthusiasm, others will follow. It is also a norm for students here to do the homework just before the class or get away with it whenever possible. Ok, let’s blame the teacher! Let’s blame the school system! Let’s blame the students themselves! We all know that blaming won’t help no one, so changing estrategies might.
Using Edmodo as an experiment to promote interaction with English outside the classroom has promoted nothing more than complains from some teens. Some of them secretly shared they liked it better than using the paper, but most of them hates just the thought of it. I must be doing something wrong and should give up. So it sounds. But earlier this year when we had someone from the publishing house suggesting using Edmodo and tablets to maximize interaction, it was actually interaction IN CLASS. I think I have missed that part of his talk.
The way I see it right now, if the blending is not well designed ( as in my case), started the use of digital in the class (so they get used to navigate it) and compulsory it won’t change school culture on homework. No matter how interesting a task may be seen by us, for them it still sucks. So, I’m thinking of taking it the light way. I’m trying to use it to find out more about them and keep a line of communication open, but failing at using it to its full potential.
Have you ever used Edmodo with teens ( age around 13, 14 or 15)? What kind of activities did you use? How did you integrated it? If you have and didn’t work out, why not?
#An extra note.
I have asked Ss to post their script there. So far, out of 8 groups 3 have posted it. I assume that they don’t see the benefit of it yet. We have only 1h30m per week and that is a way to maximize the correction time. My intention would be to point out language points and discuss with them. But I am having second thoughts. They seem to be highly motivated by f-2-f interaction and something that fails to provide that makes them bored. I wonder also if online platforms to continue the work we do in class, instead of authentic use of language outside the class (movies, social networking, music, etc.) would promote better learning at all.
#One more thing
Sorry if I don’t sound so enthusiastic right now about using Edmodo outside the classroom. But I’m happy to take full responsability for failing at using it.
At the end of the post, I decided to google “Edmodo Elt” and got few interesting links. I thought of not posting this blogpost, but maybe someone out there is considering using it or have used and felt just like me.
Here is one of the links that came up in the search. Great blog by the way. I should have thought these guys would have used it.
Edmodo: A Year On byAdopt and Adapt ICT- ELT