This week I have been making my classes digital. Fortunately for me my school issues GMail accounts to all students, and one to me specially for the purpose of communicating with students, this makes it much easier to get them signed up to other platforms, if your school does not issue a cloud email account then things are going to be tricky for you.
So first things first, I asked them all to email me, and I saved their accounts in my contacts and put them in groups by class. Secondly, I set up an Edmodo class and invited them to it. Thirdly, I put all the class resources in a Google Drive and sent them a link.
Now I can set homework on Edmodo, safe in the knowledge they can check the Google Drive for the slides from class, and any other links and docs we used, and attempt the homework. Having both the Edmodo message feature and the email accounts means that I can set challenging homework and they can ask for help outside of class.
So far so good. I’m planning a stretching homework assignment for half term, turned in via Edmodo. I’ll keep you posted here.