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My friend, Dr. Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, invited me to participate in an blended learning course he is doing with teachers in Montana.  Currently, I am using his book first eBook Playing with Media in my college class.

Fryer’s new book, which is in progress Mapping Media to the Common Core is the focus of the course.  He is teaching a course to 32 Montana Teachers using Edmodo, Subtext, and more.

So why is this so cool?  As teachers everywhere are struggling to create QUALITY online learning, I think Wesley has found a viable option through Subtext (

Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills.

Subtext seems like a great way to do a book study.  Part of every teachers problems is squeezing in meetings and stuff.  For example, we have a wonderful book study going on in the College of Education right now and I cannot participate because it overlaps my class.  If the book was available in eBook format (not sure if it is), this could be taking place both face-to-face and through Subtext.  Wow, what a concept.




















I have to admit that I had added the free Subtext app to my iPad some time ago, but had not used.  In a nutshell, add your digital book  or document to Subtext, and you can read and discuss it all in one place.

I have read the first chapter of Mapping Media to the Common Core.  I found it very easy it load the digital book into Subtext and then read, click on links, watch the example videos, etc.   Exciting to see the comments of others as I read and have the ability to add my own thoughts to the discussion.  Just seems like a powerful tool.

I can see the usefulness of Subtext on the iPad.  Now, if all my students had an iPad I would be all set. I do have one section of my class that is iPads only, so I will be showing Subtext to them next week.

Check out the Why Subtext page for more details

And you can even save articles from the web to Subtext. This has real possibilities for course content.

I love the timeline  feature that  shows the participation.  Now, I could really see if a student had read and discussed instead of just hoping they read the article. or chapter



It also works with Edmodo! I am also using Edmodo in my class, and the fact that Subtext integrates with Edmodo, makes it even better. Oh, the possibilities!


It is FREE, why not give it a try.


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Thanks Wesley for including me and sharing.  You ROCK!

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By Richard Byrne
Last week the Wall Street Journal had an article announcing that Edmodo had received a $15 million venture capital investment from the founder of LinkedIn and a former VP of Facebook. That article gave me the idea for this post of fifteen things teachers and students can do with Edmodo.

For those not familiar with Edmodo, in a nutshell it is a microblogging system designed specifically for teachers and students. Using Edmodo teachers can create a microblogging network for their classes. Edmodo allows teachers to create a group specifically for their students and exclude those not invited to the group. Edmodo provides teachers with a place to post assignment reminders, build an event calendar, and post messages to the group. Just as with any good microblogging service users can share links, videos, and images.

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I’ve been experimenting with how to use the iPads in my fifth grade writer’s workshop.  I decided to try it out by launching a unit of study using my document camera, student iPads, and Edmodo.  Usually we study a wide variety of mentor texts so that we can understand what the genre is and students can begin to notice good things that they want to include in their writing.

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Last week we released a new annotation feature that allows teachers to make comments and edits on student assignments. We received a number of questions about how this new feature works, so we’ve created this how-to video to help.

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I’ll admit it, I have not used Edmodoo enough, I know enough to be dangerous.  I keep reading and seeing all the wonderful rich educational ways Edmodo is being used in the classroom.  Recently I was observing out Block 1 pre-service teachers in Junction City and the classroom teacher was using Edmodo with her class.  I had not introduced my pre-service teachers to it.  When I walked in the room for observation, I sorta panicked thinking, oh my, they don’t know about Edmodo, but to my delight, they jumped right in and figured it on on the fly, even letting the middle schoolers show them how to use Edmodo.  Edmodo is kinda Facebook like, so these college students had no problems.  It does serve a different purpose than Facebook, and does a ton more things, but the interface is similar.

So I am SOLD! I will be using Edmodo in class next semester!  Have yet to nail down exactly how, but, I will be using it in my Education Technology for Teaching and Learning classes.  What is that class, well, it is the technology integration class that ALL education majors take.  I have approximately 150 elementary and secondary majors each semester. Basically the class is getting these pre-service teachers up to speed with using and integrating technology in their future classrooms.

Sadly, they are not as skilled with technology as you might think.  Experts with Facebook and playing on the internet, but not so much when it comes to multimedia and really using the internet productively!!  I am always surprised, yes every semester it surprises me, how many students say, they “are not good at technology.”  That phase even surprises me!!

In fact, my first day of class survey said:

And at the end of the semester, apparently, I am making a bit of progress



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The tech tools that top teachers’ back-to-school lists: The three tech tools that teachers most want to use during the upcoming school year are Google+, Edmodo and the iPad, according to an informal survey by blogger Audrey Watters. Educators said the Google+ social network could be used to engage students, while the education-focused social network Edmodo allows for organizing assignments. The iPad remains a teacher favorite after being the top most-wanted gadget last year.

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Make Use Of has a great article with step-by-step instructions that include great images.  In fact, these are the best instructions I have seen.  I read about teachers using Edmodo all the time and to tell you the truth have never really checked it out very carefully.  This article has prompted me to do so and so far I am impressed and can see the potential for use in the classroom, especially with middle school and high school kids.  They already know how to use Facebook and Edmodo works similar to Facebook.  Now I now the minute Facebook is  mentioned, school administrators go into panic mode. But Edmodo lets us have the features with the safety and security built right in

“With all of its features, the virtual world should be the perfect medium to enhance real-life classroom education. Strangely, that is not really the case. Finding online teaching and learning tools is not that easy.
Fortunately, the situation has slowly shifted for the better. There are several great educational tools popping up here and there, and Edmodo is one of them. Let’s take a look to see how it can help.”

I challenge you to check out this article and dig a little deeper into Edmodo.

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Edmodo; Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students