Teacher Review For Edmodo

Great learrning resource for teachers and students.

Karen H.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 3
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Practice
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Edmodo mostly for three things. I can send websites, class rules, and upcoming events to all students (and parents) at one time. The problem is making sure students are checking for messages on a regular basis. I love to use Edmodo to create writing prompts. It was tricky trying to figure out how to mark corrections and comment on responses. Once it was figured out, I could get through twice as many essays in about the same time as it would take with hard copies. (I still, though, like to have paper to actually hold on to.) It is extremely easy to create multiple choice and true false tests on Edmodo. If you want short answer, fill in the blank, etc., fugetaboutit! It is not possible to copy and paste items from other documents. Grades on assignments are recorded and stored so it's relatively easy to just add grades to gradebooks. If I could change anything, it would be the ability to copy and paste maps, charts, etc.
My Take
Edmodo is great for creating writing prompts and multiple choice quizzes but the library doesn't work well for storage and access. This is not so much a "learning" site as, say, other interactive sites. This is a great tool for communication with students as well as families. Parents can be set up with their accounts so they can see everything on their kids' pages. It's definitely an educational version of Facebook and students have to be reminded that communication about non-school things is not what this is for. Once they realize this, they use the site to communicate with each other about class projects. They cannot see each others' work, though, so it provides some security. I would like to have better library access on the site. Once something is stored in the library, you may not be able to get it out. It's in some type of archive mode. It's not deleted from the site, but it's not reachable either. The support staff with Edmodo is extremely helpful and quick to respond with concerns. Sure wish it would allow users to auto-fill. One of the first things I do each school year is set up my classroom codes so we're ready to go.