How I Use It
I used it with computer/tech courses daily. Students would log in and see the daily agenda in Edmodo, then commence their work. It made my life much easier in that class, as it allowed me to post assignments, and allowed students to submit their work to a drop box where I could grade everything digitally. Edmodo saves paper, time, and trouble. Students can support each other as they work to conquer various tasks, have online discussions, etc.
The badge feature was well-received, as well. I used this to award badges to students for everything from projects and homework to good behavior. Students enjoyed earning the badges, creating a fun, easy way to motivate the class.
Edmodo helped me to create an organized online course and collect all work digitally. I was working in a computer lab daily with my courses, so Edmodo was an easy way to post the day's resources and let students work at their own paces.
Perhaps the most amazing benefit of using this tool was my experience with a young man who had Autism Spectrum Disorder. I'd taught him for nearly 3 years and only heard about few words from him in that time. He preferred to respond with shrugs and head nods. As soon as we started with Edmodo, he suddenly became the most "verbal" in class. He loved typing responses and comments and other students connected with him more, too. With Edmodo, he was now asking me for help and sharing more of himself with the class. It was beautiful!
I liked the way Edmodo was easy for the students right away. It strongly resembles Facebook, though it is secure and doesn't allow students to privately message one another.
The one thing that I wish were different is the way the assignments are accessed. I would love a button or such that took me to all assignments directly without having to use drop downs or whatnot.