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Usefulness



What is it?


Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. The goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.


Where can it be used?

Edmodo promotes anytime, anyplace learning. Functionally, it allows teachers to post messages, discuss classroom topics, assign and grade classwork, share content and materials, and network and exchange ideas with their peers - but in reality, it is so much more.

Why is it used?


Edmodo was built on a microblogging model, the site allows teachers the ability to handle a good deal of class activity online. Teachers can send out assignments, receive completed assignments and assign grades using the online platform. In addition, they can maintain a class calendar, store and share files, have a public (RSS) stream, and conduct polls. Teachers can also use the site to send text (SMS) alerts to students. Users have a home page where they can see a summary of recent activity for their class.

The home page also allows the teacher to make a new assignments, assign an event to the calendar, send out an alert, write a note to an individual or a group of students, and share links or files with students. When a link or file is shared, a message can be added that explains the contents. A number of filters can be applied to the summary view, including notes, alerts, events, assignments, links and files. Teachers can also assign grades to assignments, and students can easily view a summary of their grades on all assignments.



Edmodo Pros:

  1. Very Simple tool and clean interface for sharing Ideas between students, teachers, and schools in real time.

  2. It is secure, each forum can be set with a specific password that the teacher can set up and only those invited will have access to the forum.

  3. In a world where students are constantly near their phones, this can actually put them to good use on the education side and actual be used to help keep them accountable for work and assignments that they have to get done.

  4. It works like many other popular social media sites, so students and teachers alike who are most likely familiar with these types of sites, won’t have difficulty navigating the Edmodo interface.

  5. Teachers and students can share ideas, files, events and assignments

  6. Maintain a classroom blog

  7. Teachers can post assignments, share links and files, and send text (SMS) alerts

  8. Teachers can maintain a class calendar and assign grades to assignments

  9. A public stream (RSS feed) of class activity is available

  10. The service is entirely free



Edmodo Cons:


  1. Simply, if certain or multiple students are not fortunate enough to have access to a computer at home this can cause an issue in using the site altogether.

  2. Some Students with learning disabilities may need help with working with a computer and web based software such as this. They may not be able to work at home alone on this site and may need additional help.

  3. There is a very limited capability to customize your profile. This could make it more unique and engaging for the class. However this is more of an aesthetic critique.





Multimedia


Phone/Tablet Applications

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OS X - Apple Store
Android OS - Marketplace
Mobile Web - m.edmodo.com

Links

Sources

User Guide: http://help.edmodo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/UserGuide_Sep11.pdf


Frequently Asked Questions: http://help.edmodo.com/category/frequently-asked-questions/