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Edmodo

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Mar 1, 2011
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Company: FusionProject, Inc., Mountain View, Calif., institutions@edmodo.com, www.edmodo.com

Price: Edmodo is free.

Audience: Edmodo is aimed at middle and high school audiences and, perhaps, sophisticated upper elementary students. One of the key considerations is the number of students with adequate internet access whether by computer or mobile device.

Format: Edmodo is a secure, web-based, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools, and districts that provides communication features and online digital storage.Teachers and students access the website with a username and password.

System Requirements: Essentially, Edmodo requires internet access with associated browsers and technology. Technology can include computers or a mobile device, such as an iPhone or an Android phone.

Description: Edmodo gives teachers and students a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades, and school notices. They can store and share all forms of digital content including blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more. Also included are features specifically for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators.

**** Report Card

Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A-

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: This is a matter of setting up an account. That is done by a teacher completing the registration from and choosing a username and password. Then they create an initial classroom group to ease communication and keep materials organized. A group confirmation email includes a secure code for the group to use for email and other purposes. Students then need to create their own accounts. In general, these processes are clear with ample directions. In­ stallation Rating: A

Content/Features: Edmodo has a number of excellent core features to promote using social networking to improve instruction in schools. The first is “Post a Message,” which allows sharing typed-in messages with individuals, groups, or entire networks. Files, links, embeds, and other digital content can be attached for sharing. Using this feature helps teachers hand out and manage assignments using additional features of “Post a Message.”

Other features include a calendar that enables the sharing of events and viewing assignments by month. A Spotlight section, located in the top right-hand corner of the teacher and student homepage, allows teachers and students to view upcoming events, new replies to posts, new alerts posted by teachers, and direct posts from other teachers and students.

The Edmodo Library is a tool for storing and managing uploaded documents in many file formats. They can be accessed and edited anywhere, anytime. The library also enables easy sharing and can be searched by name with the click of a button, stored in folders, removed, and so on.

Networking features allow teachers to connect with other teachers or communities of teachers with similar interests. Edmodo also has a mobile web application so users can access the mobile application through any web-enabled smartphone.

These and many other features allow teachers to use Edmodo to improve instruction by differentiating instruction, connecting with other classrooms locally or around the world, using it with co-teachers and substitutes, creating groups for projects and discussions, and so on. It is well-designed and intuitive to use. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Mastering the many functions of Edmodo will take some practice, but it is so well-designed that technology-savvy teachers will have it up and running in a very short time. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support includes FAQs, webinars, a user guide, contact information, and more in its Help Center. http://help.edmodo.com/admin Product Support Rating: A-

Recommendation: Using social networking features of the internet is an absolute must in modern classrooms. Edmodo is an excellent, inexpensive way to do that. I recommend it for all middle and high schools with adequate internet access. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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