How I Use It
I use Edmodo on a daily basis. I have my students trained to log in to Edmodo at the start of every class. At the beginning of the year it took a few days for students to get used to, but it is very user friendly. I really did not have to teach them how to use it. I set all students to "view only" for the first few days so they could not make comments and then once I had discussed the rules I changed their permissions to allow them to make comments.
I use it for warm up activities. I can post a written question and have students reply with their answers. Students can read each others responses and make additional comments. I will also post a picture of a math problem that is solved incorrectly and ask students to explain why the work is incorrect. It is a great way to allow shy students to express their thoughts without talking in front of the class.
For instruction, I will post a copy of the notes on Edmodo. I have my google drive connected to Edmodo, so posting lessons, slides, etc. is very easy. I also will post links to websites that we use during the lesson so students can go back and look over the material again on their own. I have students that open the lesson from Edmodo and take screenshots of important pictures or notes and use online tools to annotate. At the end of the day I also try to post videos for each big lesson so absent students or students that need review have something to go back and reference. I have students that will post website links or videos that they feel are helpful. I have never had to, but if a teacher felt they needed to delete a comment they could. They also have a tool called the Snap Shot. It essentially gives you a snapshot of your class. You can select standards and it assigns students 4 questions based on the standard you chose. Students do not all get the same questions. I assign a Snap Shot as a warm up before we go over new material and again after I have taught a unit to see the changes. Students like it because they get a jewel if they master the standard. I like it because the question bank has great common core aligned questions and there are enough questions that a student can take it twice and not see the same questions. I also like that students can see that they have mastered a standard. The only drawback is that it does not tell students which questions they missed. I do not use it as a formal evaluation tool, simply as a warm up or exit slip.
I also have posted homework, practice problems, google forms for online work, and inspirational images. I think Edmodo is a very versatile tool that can be used to get information to students quickly and easily.
I wish I would have tried it sooner. There are free apps for phones, which means I can respond to student questions easily on the go. Students can access the app on their phones and ask questions or watch videos, even when they do not have a computer at home. My students do not even have to have an email to create an account. I can reset their passwords if they forget and I have control of who joins my classes. The only drawback I have encountered is with the Snap Shot tool. It is a question bank with a set of questions for each standard. You can assign questions to classes to see if they have mastered a standard. Recently I found that a question was not complete, but I emailed the support staff and they responded very quickly. Because it is a new tool offered by Edmodo, I feel this will not always be an issue. Overall, I love Edmodo and will continue to use it with all of my classes.