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Children First: Program helps Rapid City students express their thoughts

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For some students, speaking out in class can be scary. But one program is helping to ease student's nerves.

Students in Amanda Prices's fourth grade classroom at Grandview Elementary School are using Edmodo. It's a free and secure Kindergarten through 12th grade social learning network.

Students in Price's class use it to post their opinions about books they've read. Teachers can also create groups, post homework, assignments and use a built-in grade book. Students say it's ideal for kids who have a hard time speaking up in class. Teachers say students enjoy the program.  

"Then they can just type it down. So it's easier to chat for some people," said Hadden Robinson, a fourth grade student.

"I don't assign Edmodo as homework, but it's not unusual before bed for me to go home and check in on Edmodo and I've got kids that are posting from home eight o'clock at night," said price.

Edmodo started in 2008. It was implemented by some Rapid City area schools in the fall of 2011. It connects more than 33 million teachers and students globally.

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