The end of the school year is upon us; time to wrap up loose ends and organize everything so summer is productive after a brief shut down and decompress. It is at this time I usually archive my Edmodo classes for the current year, deleting them erases everything, archiving saves information for later access if necessary. Yes, I am a hoarder…but that was a previous post.
This year, PAECT pushed out a student survey for inout about technology, I received it yesterday. The link to the Google Form was promptly sent out to students via Edmodo, with an update via Cel.ly. Archiving needs to wait until the survey closes out next week. I thought about what to to do with the classes in the mean time, I have good students, but I did not want to chance inappropriate comments being posted in the group feed. If comment were to show up I could delete them, but there would be no way to handle the issue with the students. I am fairly certain that 99.99% of my students would not post anything inappropriate to the class feed, but when it comes to silly comments and goofiness, the number drops to 95%. *
I decided to go in change students in all of this year’s classes “Read Only.” Students can still message me with questions and concerns, but they can no longer comment in the classroom feed. To do this I clicked on the “Members” tab on the left side of each group. This pulls up my students in alphabetical order where I click on the “More” tab to the right of each name. A drop down menu appears and you click on “Read Only.” It may seem a bit cumbersome if you have a large number of students, but it is nice safeguard against a possibly bad decision. In reality, it did not take long to accomplish this task.
*Yes, the numbers are unscientific, but I did have a large number of students who forgot to sign out of accounts on the shared iPads this year. The students who found these issues gleefully shared the incidents with me, but did not post anything in the other students name. Therefore I think my numbers are fairly accurate based on informal observations.