How I Use It
I used Edmodo previously with teachers during professional development courses not only as an LMS for me, but as a means to demonstrate the application to others. The teachers were responsible for using Edmodo with their classes and maintaining an active presence in our class. Grouping students into groups is a nice feature for small group activities and was well received. The absence of embedded video does create some continuity loss for users and hyperlinks out are difficult for younger students when navigating back to Edmodo.
When Edmodo entered the scene, it was the first to offer select features of an LMS for the awesome price of free. The interface mimics a popular social media site which was the initial draw for teachers and students to use Edmodo. It includes a grade book, badges, feedback, assignment dropbox, and calendar for management of a virtual class environment. While still functional for the elementary level, the look is now showing it's age as older (middle school age and up) no longer desire to be members of the "blue" social network. Changes needed to compete with other options: (1)discussions need to be threaded so when students respond to a prompt, they cannot respond directly to a comment without mentioning the user name, (2) ability to embed video and other resources