Using Edmodo — Amazing!

These past few weeks I have been  using Edmodo in my AP Economics class, and I just want to post some quick reflections and thoughts about my students use so far.

According to their website, Edmodo is “a private social platform for students and teachers to share ideas, files, events and assignments.”  According to my students, Edmodo is a lot like Facebook for school (except it is unblocked!). According to me, Edmodo is awesome!

The process to sign up is easy and painless, and within 2 minutes you have created a class and have been given a code for your students (and only your students) to enter so they can enroll in the class you have created.  From there you can send links, alerts, files, and assignments to all the students enrolled in the class.  Here are some thoughts:

The Good:

  • Ease of use Edmodo is one of the easiest learning applications I have ever used.  The students are familiar with the layout because yeah, it is a lot like Facebook and they can Facebook in their sleep. From a teacher’s perspective organizing and publishing  is also pretty easy.
  • Ability to stay connected with students From snow days, swine flu, extended absences, or just attending to a conference teachers are able to always connected with their students and give them new homework or remind them of homework that is due, or other upcoming events.
  • Its mobile Students can sign up to have alerts, notifications, links, or events sent directly to their cellphones.  Also, Edmodo has a great interactive mobile site for iPhones and Droids (more on the Blackberry later).
  • It collaborative Students are able to post on the main message board for the entire class and have discussion about upcoming tests, assignments, readings, etc.
  • Its private Since you need an access code to sign up for the class, if you do not have one of those codes, you cannot participate in the class.  This high standard of privacy has given me (and my administrators) great piece of mind and allowed for more leeway with allowing more social networking for classes.
  • Support The support Edmodo offers is amazing! I had a question, sent them a message and had a response within an hour.  From what I hear this is true throughout their network.

The Drawbacks:

  • Student-student communication Students are not able to direct message each other unless you create specific groups that students can join.   I can understand wanting to control this for younger students, but it should be an option for each class you created so older students could collaborate in real time on assignments by talking directly with each other instead of posting on the board for all to see.
  • Digital Divide Some students in our district do not have access to internet at home and do not have a cell phone (or with one text messaging) so being able to log on to check assignment becomes a little more difficult because they will have to access Edmodo from the school library.
  • Doesn’t play well with Blackberry I have had a hard time navigating the mobile site on my Blackberry for whatever reason.  It won’t let me post/update from the browser.  I hope they are able to change that soon so I can have the same accessability from my Blackberry as my students with iPhones and Droids do (I know, I know,  fix the problem permanently by joining the iPhone dark side!)

The “Not Quite Explored Yet”

  • The Edmodo Calendar Ok, to be honest I have explored that a bit, but right now it seems a little too clumsy for me to do all my lesson planning in.
  • RSS Feed You can have an RSS feed from your favorite blogs fed right into your class page so the updates can be viewed by your students with ease.  I am going to spend some time this summer looking for blogs to incorporate into my class sites.
  • Assignment Grading There is a feature that allows students to turn in their homework online.  You can then grade it and score it right there online.  The score will then show up on the students home page.  A pretty cool feature that I look forward to exploring in the near future.

In closing, if you are looking for a great social networking site that is private, safe, easy to use for both you and your students check out Edmodo.  If you already use it in class, I’d be interested in hearing from you and how you use incorporate it in your classroom.


About jjanczak

A secondary social science teacher jumping into the world of education technology and trying to make classrooms centered around technology the rule, not the exception in the school systems.
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12 Responses to Using Edmodo — Amazing!

  1. genegeek says:

    I also like Edmodo. I’m using it for discussions in a university course and it works well.
    I can see the appeal of the student-student communication….but I would want to see it. I’m afraid that students would write to each other and 1) I wouldn’t be able to give them credit on a discussion and 2) they might be less likely to follow the rules of engagement. What do you think?

    • jjanczak says:

      Thanks for your comments. You make some interesting points about the student-to-student communication. I would make the emphasis on student-to-student communication more of a “need a quick question” answered or “give me some feedback on this paper” type of set up and maintain the main page for discussions, etc. As for your 2nd point, that is the bleeding edge of technology sort of speak…how do we keep them on task, and communicating appropriately…we’d have to try it and see! I’d love to hear more how you use it in your class.

  2. FKaiser says:

    I have been using Edmodo with my 8th grade science class for the past 3 weeks. I could not agree with your reflections more. The students love it; it has added a new dimension to our classroom. I like to embed video clips as well. These are great if students are gone. The other component is polls. It has been nice to gauge class opinions on environmental issues we have been studying and has brought a dialogue component regarding these issues that has never been in class discussion.

    • jjanczak says:

      Thanks for your comments. I too like to embed/link video clips to TeacherTube of me running through the lesson if I am going to be gone for a conference. I am just getitng into polling for it…I have some ideas rolling around in my head about how to use it for Econ. Love your use of polls for gauging opinions on environmental issues. Awesome! Good luck!

    • Mrs. K. says:

      I’m an 8th grade science teacher interested in edmodo. How do you use this? What works for you? I would love to see what you have done for your classes. Do you think this is more work for you? How often do you incorporate edmodo in the classroom? How do you deal with those that don’t have access? I appreciate your time

  3. jeffreyeducator says:

    I like your blog entry on Edmodo. I am currently using it to start collaboration groups with teachers. We have been doing article reviews and discussing projects via Edmodo and think it is great. I too wish it was on Blackberry. I refuse to sellout to an iPhone!

    • jjanczak says:

      Thanks for your feedback about Edmodo! I am pretty much done with my Blackberry and getting ready to move to a Droid, hopefully I will have better luck! Of course, Edmodo just released an app for Apple too.

  4. Lori says:

    The electronic turn-in feature is what initially brought me to Edmodo. I have only been using it since school started and so far so good. I can’t wait to try some of the other features. So far we have only been using it to turn in assignments, grade, and me give feedback.

  5. Hi! I just learned about Edmodo and it sounds pretty cool. Your comments about the positives and drawbacks is very helpful for a novice. Do you ever have your students connect with other students from other schools, states, countries?

  6. I use Edmodo every day with my 5th grade class. I love everything about it. My favorite though is the fact that I connected with another teacher in California and now our classes are pen pals, pen and pencil AND through an Edmodo group!

  7. Edmodo is a very nice site. Clean design and very useful. I think it’s better suited to younger students (grades 1 to 6) since as you mention there isn’t much student – student interaction. I have built a site which is designed for older students (grades 8 to 12 and above) which enables this and is also a powerful tool for project based learning. It’s called and it’s free.

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