What is Edmodo?
Thinking more about a combination social networking tool for educators… I stumbled upon Edmodo being used by a Northshore middle school teacher. …and my curiosity got the best of me. If you have not seen it, Edmodo is a secure Social Networking site used by school and school districts – around since 2008. It is free. I do not have Facebook, but Edmodo shares many of the same features as far as connect-ability and groups. Kids refer to Edmodo as “Facebook” for school because it looks and works like Facebook.
Edmodo– User’s Guide.
From what I have seen, Edmodo may simplify homework communication with parents, kids, admin. and appears to be a very useful teacher tool, as well. “Better than a wiki with less clicking of tabs,” according to one teacher who uses Edmodo.
Edmodo provides a calendar, grading system and the ability to up-loadable docs from your laptop, embeddable links, RSS feed, poll, and has private/public sorting, email… I have not explored all of Edmodo, but there seems so much more.
The Northshore teacher site had multiple classes/parents/assignments on it. This teacher also uses a private assignment/reminder calendar which may also be accessed and used by students to add their own items. Oh yes, homework reminders may go out to the kids as email or phone texts. Edmodo has a flash drive feature that stores documents the kids can access from home via computer. No need for an external flash drive.
I viewed several Edmodo video demonstrations and saw a technology teacher planning to be gone a few days who placed a video explaining what she expected of the kids who were assigned a movie project. The video explained step-by-step the points on her rubric as well as the due date. The rubric doc was attached for kids to download on multiple devises. Perfectly clear instructions for a substitute and a class.
In another demonstration, the kids were uploading completed work to their teacher’s Edmodo site. One look at his screen and this teacher could see who had turned in the work. The teacher then graded, commented on and sent back to the kids their assignments on-line; kids and parents had immediate, private feedback via Edmodo. …much less paper work for the teacher.
I do not know if middle school teachers have the time, desire or training to set up Edmodo, but if you use Facebook, you will be familiar with the concept. Finally, Edmodo may be more in line with what the parents desire, as well – easy availability to MS homework information from multiple teachers.
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