How I Use It
I used Edmodo for my freshman Technology Discovery course as a tool to help organize my course content and provide 24/7 of this content by my students. Our course level team (which consists of teachers who teach the same course) wanted to begin to expose our students to accessing and completing work online. With the introduction of Common Core testing being online, we wanted to build a level of comfort for students in working and creating online.
I used Edmodo to organize our class projects- each project consists of lessons, a final and discussion questions. This was the first time we were able to have a "discussion board" and I was excited. I set it up where students had to respond to a question that related the current project. They could NOT see any response until they posted theirs. This helped encourage independent thinking. THEN students had to respond to another classmates discussion post. This REALLY worked well in that the quality of the responses for exceeded any written in a journal. Seeing their responses online "upped the game" for these freshmen.
I really liked Edmodo as a tool to introduce myself (and my students) to an online LMS. I appreciated how easy it was to set-up and organize work. As a management tool, I really enjoyed how easy it was to organize my curriculum to better suit an online environment. The students REALLY liked that there was an app for their phones and that they could check their work and grades on it.
I didn't like the manner in which the "wall" worked- especially when it came to post assignments. Since (at the time I used it) organized everything chronologically, it was difficult to go back on the wall and find the original assignment and student work.