How I Use It
I use Edmodo for my five 3rd grade, five 4th grade, and five 5th grade classes I teach. I set up each grade level in main groups, then each class separately in a small group within the main group. This allows me to post something to the whole grade level together or to one individual class. Students practice turning in assignments, taking quizzes, answering polls, posting comments and/or attachments, and replying to other posts. They also use the backpack feature to save work that they can then access outside of school. There are apps for extended learning. There is a resource section for teachers to find endless lesson ideas.
Edmodo is a crucial teaching tool in my classroom. I like that everything is in a controlled environment but still has the feel of other social media networks. There is no way for the outside world to make contact with students so it gives the security to parents that they need. Teachers can choose between letting posts that students make show up automatically or they give the approval before it appears on Edmodo. I have students turn in almost every assignment on Edmodo which cuts down on printing and waste. There is also a free app which students love having on their phones and iPads. Parents can create an account to help monitor what their child is doing. The options are endless with Edmodo!