How I Use It
Class discussions; enrichment groups for book reviews; after school computer club to discuss the games and tools we use during our computer club and also to give students the chance to collaborate together.
I wish that the discussion postings could be more of a threaded discussion so students can see who responded to them directly underneath their posting. They have to create their own post to do this as this does not work in a reply area from a post I gave to students.
This site provides an excellent way to conduct a class outside of class. The teacher has the ability to post questions for students to respond to, assignments to complete, links to other websites, and files of any format (contained in the library section of the site). I like the ease of use to set up students on the site. The teacher only has to give out a group code and a student does not need an email to register.
The students I have worked with on here have enjoyed responding to posts from me and other students in the class. We have had some amazing discussions about the books we have read together. I find many of the students log right in when they get home to check if anyone responded to them.
Students do not seem to have a problem with the navigation of the site. Once they have an account, they have the ability to join multiple groups if other teachers provide them with codes. Teachers can also set up groups within a group.
I would like to see a more integrated discussion area that works more like a threaded discussion. It would really adhere well to this platform. Right now, it is very much set up like a Facebook account, but in a closed environment.
I also use this with teachers. I hold a monthly PD webinars and use Edmodo to post the files, archived session recordings, and post new items I come across. Group members are encouraged to do the same and many participate.
Overall, I highly recommend this website for working with both students and teachers.