Edmodo is a simple course management system site created to connect learners, both teachers and students to people and resources around the world to help them reach their full potential. The co-founder of LinkedIn and Matt Cohler, one of Facebook’s early employees are social networking experts and have joined the board of directors of Edmodo. Their intent is to create a Facebook-like site for education that educators find comfortable to use in the classroom. They realize that some teachers simply fear what would happen if they allowed their students to open Facebook in the classroom. They want a something safer an more secure than Facebook for student-to-student and teacher-to-student online collaborations.
As of December of 2011 more than 5 million teachers and 60,000 students worldwide used Edmodo as a resource. Edmodo is the brainchild of Nic Borg and Jeff O’Hara. Who were IT professionals in a Chicago area schools district. They wanted a way for students to soar on social networking sites because they were exhausted with having to block them from the school computers. So they created Edmodo in order to provide a venue for teachers and students to connect with other people in other classrooms without fear of administrative retribution or the fears teachers make up in their minds. It began as a K-12 tool but as a college instructor I also find it very useful. School Districts such as the Bellevue district in Washington have adopted Edmodo as their official course management system and links Edmodo to the districts website.
Take the challenge! Be converted! Leverage Web 2.0 technologies, and take your teaching to the next level. You can help students learn to use social networking better collaborate about your learning, stay engaged in your lessons, thus; have a stronger learning experience. The educators and students who sign up for Edmodo, the more valuable it becomes as an educational resource. And it’s got the best cost of all…..FREE!
It’s Not Rocket Science Most social media sites work the same. Edmodo is no different.
• A teacher signs up for free.
• He adds his students.
• Create classroom groups, also called communities.
• Teachers and students can use any mobile device available, a PC, laptop, IPad, or SMART Phone.
• Teachers can then begin to send messages about assignments, tests, and projects to groups or individual students.
• She can create quizzes and post comments about lectures and topics covered in class.
• Teachers can share lessons and best practices with teachers worldwide.
• Students can communicate with groups of students in their own classroom or individuals, or worldwide.
• Badges & Awards are created for student achievement.