What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a free virtual learning environment by which you can organize students into groups and communicate, share ideas, links, pictures, and videos with each group that you organize. It was founded in 2008 by Nic Borg, Jeff O’Hara, and Crystal Hutter in Chicago, Illinois in order to bring education into a 21st century environment. Currently, there are more than 60 millions members of Edmodo, and it is now number one K-12 social learning network in the world, dedicated to connecting all learners with the people and resources they need to reach their full potential.
Why Edmodo is an Excellent Digital Learning Platform:
Edmodo is popular because it is free and simple. Signing up is really easy; in order to join the class, students do not need to submit their emails. Both teachers and students will not have difficulty in exploring the platform for the interface is similar to Facebook; it is easy to learn and use. Also, it is a multi-platform and device agnostic; there are apps for iOS and Android, so you can get it on smart phones and choose whether to use the tablet app or just use web access on a tablet. It is also a safe environment for kids for there is no advertisement in Edmodo, and a process of inviting and managing which students access which classes addresses the fundamental concerns of privacy and safety that are an issue with many other free tools on the Internet that are great for sharing content and social learning, but are not education-specific or particularly student-friendly. If you are a fan of active learning, Edmodo is of a great choice; by having an easy to manage platform where you can provide digital content, and let students post content and have online discussions, you open up the possibilities for active learning.
Learn More about Edmodo:
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What You Need to Do:
- Sign up at Edmodo as a student.
- Join your class by using the group code:
- Computer Literacy Class A: cd6kmt
- Computer Literacy Class B: 3awhgr
- Computer Literacy Class C: ueresh
- Computer Literacy Class D: sfhuiy
- Computer Literacy Class E: shnk7r
- Do the exercise I post on Edmodo for you.
- Write a new post on your blog reflecting on this week web 2.0 tool, Edmodo. You can include how you would use it for teaching, the advantages and disadvantages of the platform, what you like the most from it, and what you don’t like from it.