By: Sarah Nunn
A cute little set-up at the regional STLP competition caught my eye. I came over and introduced myself to three 5th grade girls from Jennie Roger’s Elementary. Letters on their tri-fold board sparkled with the words “Edmodo Education.” Edmodo is a study and educational help website for teachers and students who want to have an easy and engaging classroom experience. An array of new and interactive technology was spread out over the table. iPads, laptops, ongoing videos playing; I was excited to learn about their project! As I soon found out, these kids were not only impressing me with their calm and collected composure as I interviewed them; but also making a huge impact on the future of their classmates.
The STLP students at Jennie Roger’s started up an Edmodo account with the help of their teachers to encourage the student body to read more. Book reviews by students, FOR students were regularly posted on the account as well as polls that applied to the books students enjoyed the most. Edmodo is easily accessible to any computer or internet enabled phone. QR codes were taped onto certain library books so students could scan them with phones or iPods and listen to book reviews spoken by their fellow students. This narrows the field and helps kids find books that relate to their interests instead of reading halfway through a book and getting bored with it. The codes and Edmodo accounts encourage the students to read and then review books so their friends can enjoy them as well.
As I interviewed the girls, I could tell they had taken a lot from their project on a personal level. They told me that they had gained a love of reading through this project, and thought reading was really rewarding in the long run. Their impact on their school is already noticeable, their teacher claimed, saying kids were reading more and more, and getting excited about posting new things on their Edmodo accounts. Currently, the group is trying to expand and get parents involved. For now, they are making a lasting impression on their school that results in a life-long love of reading and enthusiasm about getting educated.