How I Use It
First off, kids LOVE the facebook-like interface, and are excited to start chatting and posting. That being said, in order to have a productive Edmodo classroom, it's imperative that you first give a lesson on code of conduct where you outline what is an is not acceptable. Have students all sign this. Also keep a record of everyone's user name and password. Let them know this won't be private and that you'll have access to everything. One of my first rules is that all conversation MUST be academic. I always give them the incentive of earning access to a 'for fun/ creative' group once they've contributed a certain level of on topic discussion, Be prepared to temporarily take away an individual's account if they don't adhere to the class policy. I've only had to do this twice, and eventually those students returned to become key contributors.
Literacy: This platform is perfect for book clubs. You can create as many small groups as you need. In the early stages of clubs, I post a guiding question that students can discuss together, then submit their answers to me individually. Edmodo allows you to give personalized feedback to each student.(and saves it) I use this feedback in future conferences to monitor whether students are incorporating past suggestions. As students get more comfortable with clubs, they start to create their own discussion threads and post questions to their peers. Kids may start these online discussions at school and finish them at home. Since everything is saved on Edmodo, as a teacher, you can refer back to the student questions/ responses in future lessons.
Math: I love posting challenging problems of the week that students can work on for extra credit/ rewards.
Edmodo is also an excellent place to create a library of student (or teacher) created how -to videos. I usually have early finishers write a problem on an app like EDUCREATIONS, model that problem using visuals, words, and equations, then upload it to Edmodo for future reference.
Extra: once students have earned it, I invite them into a page where they can hang out, chat, and post drawings, videos or songs they've created. They get very motivated by this , and it's also a great way to promote class community /highlight student strengths.
As someone who struggles with the organization of a paper filled class, I LOVE this program. It helps me keep track of multiple book clubs, conference notes, and assignments in a logical , organized way. It affords endless opportunities for student to student collaboration. This site can be as amazing as you want to make it.
con: Don't bother buying the in site apps. I haven't found any yet that really impress me.