Teacher Review For Edmodo

edmodo: Safe Blogging Environment - No Draft Function

Cynthia S.
Media specialist/librarian
Fremont Public Schools
Fremont, NE
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this tool with 4th grade students to introduce them to blogging and communicating in a safe and contained environment. Students posted research tasks and writing from prompts. They were really excited to be communicating online and I liked the ability to approve all communication before it was posted. Students also branched out into the other tools and began to share and scaffold each other as they learned.
My Take
Edmodo is a great tool for introducing students to an online classroom environment similar to Blackboard. It also includes some social media components. It allows teachers to assign tasks and assessments, as well as create small groups for discussion. I did not like the fact that students are not able to create a draft (at least not that I could find) when they write a post. My fourth grade students struggled with writing and needed to be able to revise and edit.