Edmodo – A Social Network For Teachers & Students

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00 edmodo b 1   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & StudentsWith all of its features, the virtual world should be the perfect medium to enhance real-life classroom education. Strangely, that is not really the case. Finding online teaching and learning tools is not that easy.

Fortunately, the situation has slowly shifted for the better. There are several great educational tools popping up here and there, and Edmodo is one of them. Let’s take a look to see how it can help.

The Teachers’s Perspective

If I have to explain Edmodo in one short phrase, it would be: “Facebook for Education” (and you’ll see why shortly). Edmodo describes itself as “Secure social learning network for teachers and students“. They prove it by providing two types of buttons that you can choose: “I’m a Student” and “I’m a Teacher“.

01a Edmodo Sign UP   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

For experimental purpose, let’s look at the service from both perspectives. I started my experiment on the teacher side.

The sign up window looks ordinary with all the usual fields to fill. But later you will see that the student’s version has a distinctive difference.

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01b Edmodo Teacher Sign Up   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

After signing up, you’ll land in your Edmodo home page. It’s eerily similar to Facebook – with some modifications here and there to make it fit for educational purposes.

02a Edmodo Home Similar To Facebook   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

The update area is “adjusted” as a tool to send Notes, Alerts, Assignments, and Polls to fellow students or other teachers.

02b Edmodo Create Note   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

If you are a teacher, you’ll appreciate the ability to easily send assignments. Just write down the title, description, due date and you are ready to go. You can add files, links, or refer some materials from the library. Choose the recipients before clicking the “Send” button. They could be other teachers in your network, or students from your study group.

02c Edmodo Create Assignment   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

Teachers also have the privilege to create groups. Aside from “Grade” (e.g.: Kindergarten, 9th, 12th, Higher Education) and “Subject Area” (e.g.: Mathematics, Creative Arts, Computer Technology), the groups can also be based on the classes that you teach, the difference of interest among students, levels of comprehension of a topic, etc.

03a Edmodo Create A Group   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

Then your status will be updated with the group that you’ve just created. One important thing that you should pay attention to is the access code of the group. You should inform your students about the code, because they won’t be able to join the group without it.

03b Edmodo Status Update Create Group   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

At the lower part of the home screen, you will find a few basic things that you should complete to make your account “fully functional”.

03c Edmodo Other things to do as teacher   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

The Students’ Perspective

If you are a student, the registration process is a little bit different. Other than your basic personal information, you’ll also need the group code that you are about to join. This is the code that your teacher will get when they create the group.

04a Edmodo Students Sign Up   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

After logging in, you’ll find a list of groups that you’ve joined right under your avatar. If you want to join other groups, have the access code ready and click the “Join” button.

04b Edmodo Student Page   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

There are links to “Calendar“, “Grades” and “Library” on the top of the page. While you could easily guess what you would find inside the first two, the third one is a bit unique. Library is the place where you can find all the files and links sent to you or any of your groups.

04c Edmodo Library   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

You could also add files to your library. This is a good place to store all of the materials related to your study.

04d Edmodo Add to Library   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

Another place that you might want to visit is the “Settings“. Here’s the place to complete your personal information, and change your picture. You can choose one of the available images as your picture or you can upload your own.

05a Edmodo Settings Users   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

You could also set what kind of notification that you want to receive and what kind of event that you should be notified about. The choices are email and text message. Unfortunately, not everybody can choose text messages as their option as it is only available for users of several major phone providers.

05b Edmodo Settings Notification   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

The Social Side

Above all of the features, the strongest point of Edmodo should be its social side. Just like Facebook, Edmodo makes it easy to search and add friends – whether they are teachers or students. If you are a teacher and you’ve defined your school, you might find other teachers from the same institution.

06 Edmodo Search Teachers   Edmodo   A Social Network For Teachers & Students

But Edmodo also finds a way to keep users’ privacy. The group concept will limit everything that happens in a group within the group members. And since it’s impossible to join any group without the access code, teachers can keep “unwanted parties” out of the group.

Even at first glance, I found Edmodo fits most of my requirements for a great teaching-learning tool. But you should not just take my word for it. Try the service yourself and share your opinions in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check out our other education-related articles like: 10+ Web Tools To Save Your Butt In School, 8 Awesome Websites to Take Free College Courses Online, and The Five Best Educational YouTube Channels.

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James Bruce

Does it have any facilities for making and giving online tests? Having taught in a Japanese university for 2 years I made extensive use of a system called Moodle which provided both a social aspect and virtual classroom / online testing and learning system. I’d be reluctant to use a system in the classroom that was basically just a clone of Facebook unless it added specific online teaching functionality, but it seems like a good way for teachers and students to connect without giving away personal details like Facebook does.

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Bohearn86

My teacher uses it for homework and big due dates. I love it!!

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Anonymous

Perhaps you should change the title to correctly spell Edmodo!

Anonymous

Thank you for bringing this up to our attention. The misspell is now fixed.

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Ben Wilkoff

I would agree. Please change the title of the post to the correct spelling. Edmodo!

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thurana

As far as I know, it doesn’t have any feature to make and give online test. But you can create the online test somewhere else (using tools like HotPotatoes – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/a… then use the “Send Assignment” tool to announce the test to your students and put the online test link there.

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Jennifer Bond

I love edmodo! I think it is a great way to teach children of all ages digital responsibility. I am a third grade teacher, and I make sure they post with good grammar (as much as I can) and when they don’t…we use their posts for editing work whole group! I post assignments, I had one child post a commercial for Jiffy mix (as we had to create ads for Michigan products, and we use it to keep all of our links for computer lab in one place! It is a great resource to use!

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jaywilder

Edmodo is so cool. I put together a short video on how you can use it w. myBrainshark to share back and forth voice + PPT presentations – btw teachers and student – I’m a big fan.

http://my.brainshark.com/myBra

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jaywilder

Edmodo is so cool. I put together a short video on how you can use it w. myBrainshark to share back and forth voice + PPT presentations – btw teachers and student – I’m a big fan.

http://my.brainshark.com/myBrainshark-plus-Edmodo-How-to-embed-410675655

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Zionmega1

How can I go about it without having any code?

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Zionmega1

As you have said that without the “group code” it is impossible to register and I dont wanna register as a teacher cos am still in the learning process…

Anonymous

If you are a student, maybe you could ask your class teacher to create the class network so that you and your classmates could join.

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Bsdesantis

Your school can obtain a free domain for edmodo- this way you can see usage as well as other admin features.

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kaylee

hi this is kaylee i want to know if anyone knows mrs brown

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kaylee

hi this is kaylee i want to know if anyone knows mrs brown

Aibek

which one of them? :-)

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