Education network Edmodo has launched its latest professional development program for teachers, Edmodo Envoys. The program is designed to help teachers find and network with one another at the local level and support each others’ professional development efforts.
Edmodo Envoys participate by hosting a TeachUp in their local area, with support and promotion from Edmodo. Tapping into Edmodo’s vast network of 67 million users, Edmodo Envoys can meet and exchange ideas with educators in their communities whom they might not otherwise have met.
TeachUps are meetups for teachers, counselors, administrators and technology leaders designed to foster a strong community of educators in local communities. Types of TeachUps being held around the world include everything from meet-and-greets for new teachers in the area to roundtable discussions around common topics of interest, such as how to make the most of technology in the classroom.
Edmodo seeks to connect teachers in local regions to foster strong local communities that can work in tandem with the Edmodo global community of 67 million unique users.
“From early trials, we could see that teachers found value in connecting and knowledge-sharing both on Edmodo and through local network building,” said Vibhu Mittal, Edmodo’s CEO. “Teachers are looking for ways to engage online and offline, and Edmodo-supported TeachUps help power the local community.”
Sheryl Place, a veteran teacher of English Language Learners, Edmodo Ambassador and Envoy, commented, “I’ve hosted several TeachUps now. Drop-In sessions worked well as we opened the doors to teachers and encouraged new teachers in the area to stop by. Our ‘clinic’ helped teachers have a deeper understanding of Edmodo and, for example, how easy the integration with GAFE and Microsoft works in the classroom.”
She added, “Edmodo is an exceptional platform and a great tool for any teacher to have in their tech toolbox.” Let’s connect and learn together! I can Edmodo that.”
The Edmodo Envoys program is open to teachers and education professionals internationally.