How I Use It
Setting up the classroom only takes a few minutes. Once it is set up, you can add apps to further learning and as a classroom management tool. Teachers can post assignments, assessments, polls, files, and share links with relative ease. Edmodo provides an on-site assessment maker as well. I have used Edmodo with my 4th - 8th grade students for a couple of years. Students catch on quickly to the layout due to its similarity to sites such as Facebook. I post links to sites students need to visit, post assignments, and use the assessment tool for pretests and posttests. Edmodo dovetails with Google 4 Education. This makes it simple for students to turn in assignments and no papers are lost. I also use Edmodo as a means to allow students to share their own blogs with the class. Students can then read and comment on them.
As an online classroom tool, Edmodo is invaluable to me in the classroom. Students are always connected to the classroom and able to seek out missed work when they are home sick. Students can easily find the most current happening in our classroom since the latest posts are always at the top. The secure environment is also appealing. Students can only interact with the whole class or the teacher. Students can be placed on the "Read Only" list when needed. The teacher also has the option to moderate before or after posting and can delete posts that are off topic. As the technology instructor, I take care of student account creation and the teachers in our building do not need to bother with part. It is simple to do and takes only a few minutes of class. There are also great tutorials for teachers just getting started with Edmodo. My experience has been nothing but positive.