Edmodo – A Social Networking Site for Education

Hello everyone, my name is Stephen Rahn and this is my first posting on this blog. I work as an information technology specialist at Kennesaw State University, and I am in my 22nd year as an educator. I was very honored to be asked to post here, and I hope you will enjoy this first entry.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Edmodo, but you should be! Edmodo provides a free and easy way to create a private (if you want) social network for educators.

The major features of Edmodo are the following:

  • Messaging: You can post messages to your entire group or only to individuals in the group. This makes it great for group announcements or individual feedback
  • Assignments: Creating assignments is quite simple. You can include the title, description, due date, and even supporting files for the assignment. Group members can submit assignments by uploading their files and leaving a message to the group leader.
  • Polls: You can conduct polls or surveys within your group and get instant results. All submissions are private, so group members can feel secure when answering honestly.
  • File and Link Sharing: You can share files up to 100 megabytes in size with your group. You can also share an unlimited number of Internet links.
  • An Online Storage Locker: Your group members can upload their own files (up to 100 megabytes in size) to Edmodo.  They can then access those files on a home computer or any other computer that can access the Internet. This can virtually eliminate the need to E-Mail files to oneself or carry around a portable memory drive.
  • Public announcements: You can designate certain message to be viewed by anyone. This way even non-members of your group (like parents or other educators) could get an idea of what is going on. By default all messages are private, so you would have to manually make anything public.

Sound intriguing? Here’s all you need to do.

  1. Head over to http://edmodo.com and sign up for a teacher account.
  2. Once you’ve created your teacher account and logged in, you will want to create a group. Edmodo automatically generates a code that your potential group members will need to gain access to the group. The code is a one-time password that enrolls the person in your group. Give this code only to those you want to join the group. If you feel that the code has been compromised, you can go to the group settings and have Edmodo create a new code. If you do that, the original code won’t work.
  3. After you’ve created your group and given out the code, your group members will need their own Edmodo account. Have them sign up at http://edmodo.com and tell them to enter the group code once they get logged in.

Note: If you are having students sign up, Edmodo does NOT require them to provide an E-Mail address. This is very important for some school districts.

Once you’ve got your group going, you’ll want to check out the Edmodo User Guide, which is very informative and user-friendly.

In addition, Edmodo has a FREE app that will allow group members to access their Edmodo accounts on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. They can also access the site on any web-enabled phone by going to this url – http://m.edmodo.com

One last thing…you’ll notice that I’ve mostly used the term “group members” instead of students. My reason for this is that Edmodo would also serve as a very good choice for building a Professional Learning Community of educators.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me at sbrahn@gmail.com, or you can follow me on Twitter @stephenksu.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy Edmodo!

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Posted on December 15, 2010, in Communications, Mobile Computing and Apps, Professional Development, Technology, Web 2.0. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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