How I Use It
I used this site last year as a platform for partially flipping my classroom. I could post videos, activities, and articles my students could then watch, read, and complete at their own pace and on their own time. It allows for a deeper level of understanding as students can go at their own pace. I could then track and follow student progress through the site. It allowed them the opportunity to respond directly on the site after reading or watching. I can then respond to their questions in the program. It provides easy access and almost immediate feedback. This site can be accessed anywhere there is internet access. It allowed me the chance to grade anywhere and anytime. There was a primitive grade book type feature as well and badges that can be given as students progress. The only downfall was the site was still in development so there were some issues with buttons and graphics overlapping which have since been resolved.
This site has gotten a lot more fluid in the past year. There are several new features that I think are very beneficial. There is a new planner with a calendar that will allow teachers to plan out and stay organized. The app feature has gotten better with more options and easier way to incorporate them into the site. Many apps are free. You can create polls easily. Best of all they have added the common core standards to align to your curriculum. There is even an app that allows you to create an assessment based on the common core standards you want to select. All of these features make edmodo a nice *free* option for flipping the classroom and possibly evening gamifying your classroom. At the very least it is a great way to engage students using technology and give them access to your information from their own home and mobile devices.