Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. We provide a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.
Before a student can create an Edmodo account, they will need a 6-digit group code from their teacher. Once they have their group code, they can visit Edmodo.com and select the "I'm a student" button. From here they can enter the group code provided by their teacher, complete the registration form and select "Sign up".
Note: Students are not required to enter an email address to create an Edmodo account.
Edmodo is free for all teachers, students, schools and districts.
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Edmodo is basically an online classroom where the teachers and students can interact. My teacher posts the class agenda for the whole week, along with all of our assignments and worksheets. This makes things very easy for me, because if I forget something at school or miss a day, I can print a copy of my worksheet at home. This pretty much eliminates the need for a planner, which is nice because thats one less thing I have to carry around with me all day.
Edmodo has been referred to as “educational social media” by a lot of people, and I can definitely see where that comes from. The home page is set up in a very similar way to Facebook. The teacher makes a post every day with the agenda, and you can comment on that post, say if you like it or not, and share it with others. If you are looking for something specific, there is a search bar at the top and you can filter it by posts, groups, users, etc.
Under the tab for your class, there is a “folders” tab that you can click on and it brings up a bunch of folders for each unit in the class, and you can easily find what you need. I really like this because it is very organized and I can check to make sure I’ve done all of my assignments for each specific unit. My teacher also posts links for online quizzes we can take and other reviews for tests. This makes it really simple to prepare for tests and it helps me make sure I’m on the right track during my studying.
At the top of the page there is a “progress” tab and it shows you a graph of your progress in the class and the teacher can enter in your grades here and show each individual student how they are doing overall. There is also a tab called “backpack”, and this is basically the same thing as google drive. If you are working on an assignment in class and you don’t finish and need to take it home, you put upload it into the backpack and then you will be able to access that file on any computer by logging into edmodo. I really like this idea, because it saves so much time, versus putting it onto a flash drive or emailing it to yourself.
How does Edmodo compare to other online classroom websites such as moodle? In my opinion, Edmodo is set up in a more organized way, and has a lot more features than some of the other online classrooms I have seen.
For teachers wondering if they should try using this in their classroom, I would strongly recommend it. If you are at all concerned with your students’ convenience, then this is something you need. Students will appreciate the efficiency of the way this website works, and I’m sure teachers will a well.
It is very easy for students to use and great for communication with students and parents.
Operativamente, l’insegnante crea un “gruppo” (nell’immagine ha il nome della classe) ed invita i suoi studenti. All’interno del gruppo, la comunicazione può essere molti-a-molti (il docente a tutti, uno studente a tutti) oppure discreta, fra insegnante e studente. Non, però fra studente e studente.
Oltre a dialogare con il docente, gli studenti possono inviare allegati sotto forma di documenti che l’insegnante annota online e rispedisce al mittente (anche nella modalità uno-a-uno).
La piattaforma offre altri utili strumenti: innanzitutto una biblioteca condivisa dove si possono conservare presentazioni, documenti, immagini; un calendario dove segnare le scadenze del lavoro domestico e le date delle verifiche; la possibilità di creare quiz; infine la possibilità di gestire valutazioni proteggendo la privacy.
Edmodo è molto più di questo, però, perché può essere usata per la collaborazione con le famiglie, ma soprattutto per far rete fra colleghi.
-students are familiar with social media already, so "figuring out" Edmodo is not a problem.
-good amount of school/teacher control without feeling like teachers are trying to control everything
-great way to give written feedback to specific students privately, without other students knowing.
-badges give a way to recognize students quickly & easily
-quizzes are graded & can be added to grade book - takes away grading time for me
-one localized place to upload class files like syllabus, handouts, etc. for students to reference
-and the big thing is that all of these features are in one place. As in any tool, there are some setbacks. Teachers have reported a few cons in using Edmodo for their classroom.
-because it is so robust, it can be intimidating for some teachers & students.
-iPad app isn't quite as nice as desktop web version & is not updated to all the new features yet.
-more difficulties in implementing in a K-12 school for elementary students because it assumes students will us it, but many parents maybe don't want their first grader on it.
Overall, Edmodo is an excellent tool to utilize in a school and classrooms. Given time and practice, teachers and students can utilize it very effectively.
Additionally, Edmodo is great for the retrieval of various websites, documents, videos, and quizzes.
One of the greatest things about Edmodo beyond its organizational outreach is that it is FREE!
There are issues with using Edmodo in the classroom: (1) the layout and functionality of Edmodo is much like Facebook, so students will need to be monitored from posting off-topic messages with each other, and (2) students who do not have access to the Internet at home may feel left out.