Edmodo

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Edmodo
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Type Private
Founded September 2008
Headquarters San Mateo, California
Key people Nicolas Borg, Jeff O'Hara
Slogan(s) Where Learning Happens
Website edmodo.com
Alexa rank negative increase 6,208 (February 2014)[1]
Type of site Social network service
Registration Required
Users 33,000,000+
Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Greek, French, Turkish, Dutch, Chinese
Current status Active

Edmodo is a "social learning platform" website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools.

Applications[edit]

Current uses of Edmodo include posting assignments, creating polls for student responses, embedding video clips, create learning groups, posting quizzes for students to take, and creating a calendar of events and assignments. Students can also turn in assignments or upload assignments for their teachers to view and grade. Teachers can annotate the assignments directly in Edmodo to provide instant feedback.

Parents can also view this website, either under their child's username or they may create their own account. The Parent accounts allow parents to see their children's assignments and grades. Teachers, subject to creating and maintaining parental records, could send alerts to parents about school events, missed assignments, and other important messages. Similarly, teachers can, subject to creating and maintaining class-participant data, generate printable class rosters. so if a teacher is going to have a substitute teacher in their classroom who needs a printed roster, they can print one from an Edmodo account.

Student and, possibly parental, data is normally already maintained in a school's information management system and so would require ongoing effort and care to duplicate and maintain data on Edmodo outside the school's own security controls.

Edmodo, as with any social network, can be used as a place to post and critique work, facilitate collaboration, and post creative writing for an audience.[2] it is also subject to the same potential misuses as other social networks. In early December 2012, Edmodo underwent a style revamp to attempt to provide easier browsing, emoticon responses to assignments, and the addition of two apps, a photo editor and SchoolTube, an educational video site.

Educational social networking sites, like Edmodo, offer an opportunity to “connect with students and help them create norms and reflect on how different online actions will be interpreted.”[3] Edmodo and other social networking sites offer educators a chance to explore the use of social networks and use of media and online formats.

Edmodo is used worldwide but mainly in the US. In Edmodo, teachers can put posts with attachments such as videos or pictures from their iPad, iPhone or computer and put it in a group folder in which pupils and teachers can access the post in a safe learning environment. It can be used to teach children how to create podcasts, posts and basic web-site designing.

Implications[edit]

The implications of a commercial company holding personal information and contact details for parents and students might need to be given careful consideration dependent upon national legal requirements.[citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

As of December 2013:

  • The Top 100 Tools for Learning site in its 2013 list shows Edmodo in 29th place (down 7 places from the previous year) behind other collaborative sites such as Twitter (1st), YouTube (3rd), WordPress (8th), Facebook (9th), Moodle (11th), Skype (13th), Word (17th), Blogger/Blogspot (18th).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edmodo - traffic statistics". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Dobler, E. (2012–2013). "Flattening Classroom Walls: Edmodo Takes Teaching and Learning across the globe". Reading Today 29. 
  3. ^ Parker, Jessica. Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids. pp. 27–28. "connect with students and help them create norms and reflect on how different online actions will be interpreted." 
  4. ^ Top 100 Tools for Learning. C4lpt.co.uk. Retrieved on 2014-04-19.