Looking back, it seems that I first mentioned Edmodo way back in 2013 when talking about LMSs, which is a term that did not even come up in that post, oddly enough. Edmodo has also popped up from time to time in a number of other posts, but today I want to just focus on EdmodoCon, a free 2-day online conference for professional development.
The event is self-described as “a live online global event where educators from around the world connect with each other to share how they’re using Edmodo and other digital tools to personalize learning. The educational professional development event of the year, EdmodoCon will help you collaborate with other teachers, discover valuable new resources, and inspire you to harness the power of edtech in your classroom.”
Here is what you need to know. It is completely free to register and takes only a couple of minutes. The conference runs 2–3 August 2016 with an English session on 2 August for about 8.5 hours, including breaks, and a Spanish session on 3 August for about 3.5 hours, including breaks. You should be able to test your setup in advance and stream everything live, but if that does not fit into your schedule, recordings will be available, too.
To get an idea of what to expect, take a look at the wide variety of speakers from countries all around the world, check out the schedule, and/or watch some of the recordings from EdmodoCon 2015 or 2014. While none of the sessions appear to have a TESOL focus, one of the speakers, Michelle Tripp, is an ELA coordinator and presents before the lunch break on Day 1. Just in case you missed that.
The Edmodie Awards
While the Edmodie Awards nomination deadline has passed, you may be interested in that for 2017; you can nominate teachers or schools for different types of awards. It is a great way to recognize a person or institution that has made a significant impact in students’ lives.
In the last section, learn how to fully participate in EdmodoCon 2016 so that you do not miss a thing leading up to or during the event. Personally, I love the idea of setting up a viewing party with other educators, and if I were not teaching those days, that would be my preferred method of participating, because the sessions could spark great discussions about our teaching contexts.
Whether or not you use Edmodo, EdmodoCon is a wonderful opportunity to hear what others are doing and get some great ideas before school starts in the fall. I hope you all can make it!