Issues Surrounding Email
In a traditional educational setting, the classroom is a place where students learn academic content, ask questions and receive instruction regarding assessment. Reflecting back on my experiences in school, instructors would often encourage students to email or call their office if questions were to arise. However, this method of communication poses potential problems for a number of reasons. which include teachers not checking their emails frequently enough, multiple students asking the same questions, waiting for a response and students refusing to use email altogether. This poses a barrier for student-teacher communication as students are unable to have their immediate questions answered while progressing through school work at home. In his article, (Kane, 2015) discusses some of the problems associated with using email as a technological tool. Some of these problems include people experiencing difficulty getting their point across through email as well as copious amounts of time writing and responding to emails. On average, a person receives about 121 emails each day and spends about 14 hours per week using email (Levenstein, 2013). As one could imagine, using email as the primary method for student-teacher communication during off-school hours becomes tedious and wearisome for both parties.
What is the Alternative?
While emailing and calling instructors can provide some support for students while working through academic content at home, it has many limitations. An alternative intervention would be to provide support to students through an ICT application called Edmodo.
What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a technological learning platform that can be used for a variety of subjects to facilitate online discussions, share content, distribute various forms of assessment and promote student-teacher communication (Purnawarman et al., 2016). It is a user friendly application that is compatible with various electronic devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Edmodo allows for students to ask questions, engage in practice questions, communicate with peers and have continuous contact with their instructors after school hours. Teachers are also able to post information that may have been missed in class, send out announcements and upload academic content. Edmodo has numerous advantages over email in that students can ask questions that are visible to their peers and can refresh themselves on course content hours after having learned it. Studies have shown that students’ perceptions towards Edmodo are positive as it is quick and easy to use and facilitates effective communication and learning (Al-Said, 2015). Like any other technological application, Edmodo does have some limitations. However, students and instructors generally have positive reviews towards the application and find that it promotes student engagement and learning.
Below is a brief description of Edmodo which includes an overview of the many features the application has to offer.
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