To make sure this change to Edmodo has the best possible chance of success, support from as many stakeholders as possible is needed before asking teachers to participate in the initial roll-out.
In order to start the much needed change to a more online system in the classroom through the use of Edmodo, we must share the idea with building principals, letting them know why the change will be beneficial to their staff, students and parents. They need to see the value in adopting Edmodo and how this will make lives easier for those in their charge. Making sure we have their support will carry over to those staff eager to participate. The principals must understand that this is not a mandatory change at this time but one that will start with those who are most interested. They also need to allow teachers time off for trainings and support their need to meet for collaboration later on in the school year. This means as positive news of the system spreads, others will be encouraged to participate. The goal is for all teachers to utilize Edmodo successfully in the next few years.
The technology department must take the lead role in offering professional development for those teachers who volunteer for the initial roll out of Edmodo. A needs assessment, given to teacher volunteers will guide the preliminary trainings such as setting up classes, communicating with students, adding parents and uploading material. Basing their early trainings on what teachers feel are the most important aspects of using a Learning Management System will give them the ability to decide how to preceded. Subsequent trainings over the course of the year can include using the library for work storage, Edmodo quiz and assignment maker and calendar depending on teacher needs. To assist teachers between trainings and meetings, a few technology experts will be on call if teachers have questions or concerns. Email or phone calls is the easiest way to keep in touch with the teacher volunteers.
The need for support from the community, parents in particular, is important if we want a successful change to a learning management system. Parents will be an integral part of using Edmodo at home, since students will be using their home electronic devices more often to access material and communicate with their teachers. Making sure parents understand that students are not just playing on the computer but actively working and communicating with fellow students and their teacher. The hope is parents will come to see the importance of a learning management system in supporting their student in school. Garnering support from parents on the ease of use and the ability to ask important questions will carry weight later with teachers who are uncertain if learning the program is worth their time.