edmodo is a communication platform specifically designed for students and teachers. Being designed specifically for this audience, privacy of students was a main concern for developers.
As the edmodo blog states:
‘What is edmodo? edmodo is a private microblogging platform that teachers and students can use to send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other.
How does it work? Teachers sign up for accounts, and then create groups. Each group has a unique code which is distributed by the teacher to the class. Students then sign up (no email address required) and join the group using the code.
What is the locker? All users can add any post or reply to their locker. After posts have been added to a user’s locker, they can be organized and filtered using tags. Posts can also be sent directly to a user’s own locker.
What are the edmodo and supportgroups? During the initial stages of edmodo, when a teacher signs up they are automatically added to the edmodo and support groups in order to give all early-adopters a chance to connect and report bugs.’
edmodo has the facility for teachers to upload assignments and also for students to click on the ‘turn in assignment’ button which uploads their responses. Teachers can even send their assessment and feedback to students via edmodo. edmodo developers are keen to hear from users about this idea and how it has worked (or not worked well) with classes.
edmodo also provides comprehensive ‘how to’ documents in the form of a wiki. There are currently four guides; a how to for teachers, a how to for students, posting to edmodo and uploading an avatar. A how to use edmodo video can be accessed here.
edmodo seems to be a very interesting and potentially valuable tool for classroom teachers and students. A bonus is that students do not need an email address to use edmodo.
Thanks for discussing Edmodo. We built Edmodo for educators, so like you said, we would love to hear any questions or comments regarding Edmodo use in the classroom.
Just wanted to say that I have been trialling Edmodo with groups of low level NESB students. After a very simple registration, and a little orientation, the students seem to be taking to it very well. It is so simple and direct. My biggest problem is actually getting the students to read my instructions first and not just jumping to the links immediately.
It has a great deal of potential.
I’m really pleased that you are finding Edmodo useful. It has some great features and it’s wonderful to hear that the students find it easy to use. Regards, Judith
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After the recent publicity about cyber bullying, stalking and grooming recently, I like the idea of a secure site that teachers can use to communicate with their students.
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