March 29, 2013 // Franchising.com // Appleton Learning is taking its test prep course social. Students enrolling in a test prep course at Appleton will receive an invitation to join their peers on Edmodo. Edmodo is the world’s most trusted and popular social media networking site for teachers and students.
Appleton continues to evolve, building upon methodologies and philosophies rooted in individualized learning by applying a blended learning model with the use of Edmodo. The platform allows Appleton instructors to interact with students and parents in an environment that not only appeals to them but one that they are used to working in - an online environment.
“Social media has become the norm for most high school students,” said Dr. Philip Kovacs, Appleton Vice President of Education. “Students have come to expect the use of technology or social media in the learning environment. The use of blended learning can positively impact student morale, enthusiasm and motivation, further improving a student’s performance on high stakes tests, such as the ACT or SAT,” added Kovacs.
With Edmodo, Appleton test prep instructors will be able to monitor progress, communicate with students and parents, and share resources with the class. Students will have the benefit of collaborating with classmates and completing assignments.
“We want to appeal to the twenty-first century learner,” said Cassondra Sumrall, Appleton Test Prep Instructor. “Incorporating tools and resources such as Edmodo makes our test prep course cool, fun, and engaging,” Sumrall added.
Key features of Edmodo include a database of resources, analytic tools for measuring progress, streamlined connectivity to course instructors, and cloud storage for on-demand access to assignments.
“At Appleton we focus on individual learning styles and how students interact with the world around them,” said Sumrall. “Some students excel in a traditional classroom setting, while others do better in a virtual environment. By integrating Edmodo into our course we have the opportunity to appeal to a variety of learning styles.”
Edmodo is being integrated into all Appleton test prep courses, and by this fall all test prep courses will utilize the social media platform.