Edmodo – A Social Network For Teachers & Students

Jeffry Thurana 17-11-2010

social network for teachers and 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“.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. kaylee
    February 4, 2011 at 2:07 am

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

    • Aibek
      February 4, 2011 at 7:30 am

      which one of them? :-)

  2. kaylee
    February 4, 2011 at 3:07 am

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

  3. Bsdesantis
    January 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

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

  4. Zionmega1
    November 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    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
      November 25, 2010 at 12:25 am

      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.

  5. Zionmega1
    November 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    How can I go about it without having any code?

  6. Jennifer Bond
    November 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    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!

  7. thurana
    November 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    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 - // then use the "Send Assignment" tool to announce the test to your students and put the online test link there.

  8. Ben Wilkoff
    November 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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

  9. Anonymous
    November 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Perhaps you should change the title to correctly spell Edmodo!

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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

  10. Bohearn86
    November 18, 2010 at 2:38 am

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

  11. James Bruce
    November 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    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.