Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2017

Edmodo

Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
4-12
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Pros: Small learning curve for anyone who uses popular social media, as well as a robust community and support.

Cons: The user interface is very busy for teachers, especially with ads, and it could use a rubric tool and better collaboration options.

Bottom Line: This free platform allows for teacher-monitored classroom communication but lacks excitement.

Edmodo is a free learning management tool that merges classroom content, safe communication, and assessment with students' social media savvy. Students and parents can get quick answers to questions as well as stay current on class assignments and happenings via the student planner and discussion threads. Post a warm-up question, or take a quick poll to get student input on the day's topic or to quickly assess understanding. Save time by using teacher-created assessments, and let Edmodo do some or all of the grading for you. Go paperless by collecting, grading, and returning student essays digitally, perhaps using an outside rubric tool for even more efficiency. Help students become more organized by using the teacher and student planner feature to manage assignments and deadlines using Edmodo's blackboard-like platform. Monitor student progress and personalize learning using the Snapshot feature, and use apps and badges to support student learning and increase engagement.

Need ideas? Look no further than the professional development community, and get suggestions from other professionals. Edmodo can be busy with notifications and community postings, so teachers will want to come up with strategies to manage these potential time stealers. Also, although ads keep the website and apps free, they can be an annoyance when creating content.

Editor's note: In the past, Common Sense Education has partnered with Edmodo. However, Common Sense Education's reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.

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Edmodo is a free Facebook-like learning management system (LMS) that serves as a great stepping stone toward online instruction. Teachers can create an account, classes, and their first poll or assignment within minutes and can invite students and parents to join them via class code, email, or handout. Once students join, they can see content, manage deadlines, receive and submit assignments, and interact with the teacher and other classmates by participating in polls and writing posts that include embedded media, links, and images. Teachers can see all posts and can moderate content or put class members on read-only mode. Users can share documents, links, video, and images using the drag-and-drop feature, integrating files from Google and Microsoft accounts. Teachers can also add apps such as a link to their Office 365 account or Snapshot, where they can create personalized, standards-based assessments.

The Edmodo Spotlight (beta) feature, a collection of app-based activities and resources shared by other users, has potential to become a great time-saver for teachers who want to up their level of digital instruction without reinventing the wheel. There's a robust community of Edmodo users who are eager to share ideas with one another through multiple discussion forums and groups, enhancing the site's educational quality and professional development opportunities.

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While the design of Edmodo is fairly basic, the opportunities to reach and engage students are plentiful for teachers who design thoughtfully, give responsive feedback, and commit to providing students with rich educational resources and experiences. The online discussion forums may encourage less vocal students to share and give students a chance to form thoughtful responses and benefit from the knowledge of their peers. Quick formative assessments and conversation-starter polls give students and teachers immediate feedback and can help teachers to improve instruction by identifying struggling or disengaged learners more quickly. Choosing exciting activities to supplement instruction can engage reluctant learners and provide opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and game-based learning. Finally, in addition to content standards, students can learn time management and self-motivation, soft skills that they need to grow as learners.

As with any social media forum, teachers will need to monitor student posts and communication for appropriateness, but overall, this safe, easy-to-navigate site gives teachers a platform and support for sound instructional design and gives parents an easy way to monitor their child's progress.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Users will appreciate the social aspect and Facebook-style interface, but teachers will need to be up to date with content and carefully monitor student communication.

 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Great option for a free learning management system and parent communication tool without a complicated learning curve. Community and file sharing features support 21st-century learning.

 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Easily accessed tutorials, a detailed help section, a robust community of users, and online forums provide ample support for users.

 


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Ms. D. C. , Classroom teacher
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Edmodo is a safe social media website for students. Students can post comments, send assignments, and respond to surveys. Teachers have total control and can delete posts and reset passwords. Members can join communities they are interested in.

Edmodo is safe for students. It provides them with an opportunity to be have access to the world of social media. Students who usually don't talk, speak well through social media. Students read more through this medium as well.

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