Teacher Review For Edmodo

Safe Social Networking Encourages Students to Learn and Practice Digital Literacy

Bob C.
Classroom teacher
Taylor Street Elementary School
Sacramento, CA
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My Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
My third through sixth grade students use Edmodo like any social website, usually to share information about their personal lives, websites, games or apps they find interesting, or to ask questions about school projects. Now that we use Google Apps for Education, Edmodo serves this social extension of the classroom community while Google is reserved for academic collaboration, production and feedback of assignments.
My Take
Edmodo has been a wonderful way to monitor and instruct students in how to have appropriate interactions in digital contexts. As a class, we can look at which interactions have been helpful (perhaps posting a video that furthers their study of a subject that was covered in class) or not (like a boring "Who's on right now and what are doing?" exchange). I like having this separate format that can emphasize the social rather than academic aspects of the community, but before we had Google Apps, it encompassed both quite successfully. Students could post work and ask for feedback from me or their colleagues. The value of the learning is definitely dependent upon how the teacher monitors and uses the website. I've never used any of the paid apps or assessment tools, so I can't comment on their worth.