Edmodo is a free private educational micro blogging site created for teachers and students. It provides the tools to stay connected with students through the Internet. This micro blogging website adds another dimension to both teaching and learning. It brings technology to the forefront. The age of technology is here and it is essential that a teacher use technology to enhance student learning.
Teachers continually look for multiple ways to teach students new ideas and concepts. Edmodo provides an avenue for students to complete work on a computer, compare their ideas with their peers, and learn to debate and have constructive dialogue with their peers and teachers.
Edmodo is easy to use for both the teacher and student. Simply go to www.edmodo.com and sign up for an account. A teacher is required to select a user name and password. Other information required is their title, first and last name. Click on the sign up button and an account is established.
Edmodo provides an excellent tour and user guide that walks a teacher through the different parts of the website. The website is set up like a typical e-mail account. There are areas on both side of the page where groups are created; communication is sent and received; spotlighted posts may be placed; a suggestions are that provides other teachers using Edmodo; filters are set to watch for alerts, assignments, feeds, polls and recent replies; and a section is provided to place tagged items. There is an area to upload files and an area used as a library.
A teacher must have an account and set up a group prior to a student signing up for an account. Each group created by the teacher will be assigned a teacher generated code. The code is used by the students to gain access to the class assignments and give them the ability to communicate with the teacher outside of the classroom setting. All communication from the student will be sent to a teacher’s e-mail account, twitter account or text messaged to their cell phone.
The communicate area is where posts are created. Post bubbles are used to place the communication. The types of posts are alerts, assignments and polls. These posts can be sent to individual students, multiple students, groups of students or multiple groups of students. This area is also where assignments are created, files are uploaded and items are added to the library. A teacher watches for assignments to be turned in, reply to posts, make public posts or tags a post within this section.
Teachers new to blogging will enjoy the simplicity of Edmodo. The website even provides an on-line grade book so teachers can look at a class in a glance and see what assignments have been turned in and what student is missing assignments. Another great option is the calendar that allows a teacher to type important date information that students need to remember.