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10 Reasons I Love Edmodo & Recommend It For Educators

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I just started using Edmodo, but love it.  It has become an extremely useful communication tool with my students.  Edmodo is a web 2.0 social networking tool for educators to use to communicate with students and parents.  Here are 10 reasons why I love it and recommend educators use it:

1.  It is free.  There is no cost for you to use it with your students or parents. There is no cost for parents or students.

2.  The interface is easy to use and works like Facebook but is easier to use.  If you, your students, and parents are used to operating Facebook, then you all can use Edmodo.  It is so easy that lower elementary students can be taught to use it.

3. There is no download required like Moodle requires.  It is accessible online anywhere you have internet access.  It is also accessible on the iPhone and Android phones.  There are free iPhone and Android Apps that you, parents and students can download.  This gives portability with Edmodo where it can be checked on the go. This portability has worked great for my students and I.  It is higher education and we don’t have access to use Moodle or Blackboard.

4.  It is private and secure.  You don’t have to worry about student content being viewable to the public, as you would with using Facebook, Twitter or other popular social networking sites.  Parents don’t have to worry about their child’s information being seen by others.  Edmodo provides account avatars that can be used instead of uploading a student’s picture.  This provides more privacy and security.  Parents can create a parent account to check their child’s activity providing another avenue for monitoring, privacy and security.  Teachers also have the option to give students access to read only assignments and posts on the message boards and disable students ability to post on the board for other students to read.  This just adds another privacy feature.  Teachers can create private secure groups that only members of that group, parents of those group members and the teacher can get access to.

5.  Edmodo has created teacher roll-out resources that the teacher can use, or edit for their use to distribute to students and parents. These include documents the teacher can download and distribute to parents or tweak according to their school, teaching discipline and Edmodo usage and then distribute to parents. I created a folder in my groups, with these resources so that they can be accessible to students and parents at any time. Edmodo created teacher roll-out resources include, “code of conduct”, “edmodo guidelines”, “sample letters to parents”, “parents and student guides” and more. I found these resources very useful and easy to tweak for my usage.

6. Edmodo gives you the option to create quizzes, polls and to upload documents such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for students or parents. These can be completed in class or anywhere there is access to Edmodo. Quizzes can be graded quizzes or practice quizzes, true and false or give A-B-C options. I have found the polls useful for asking students and parents how useful Edmodo has been for them, and for asking them questions about other tasks I would like to offer but want to give them a choice to vote for.  Uploading documents has been extremely useful for distributing assignments, study guides, course requirements, ect.

7. Edmodo provides Webinars and resources on ideas on how to use it with your classroom. These are useful.

8. Edmodo gives you the option to create sub-groups or smaller groups within a group. These can be used very powerfully and in many ways. If you have a large class with group assignments, you can take your class group and create small groups of students into sub-groups. This is just example of how sub-groups can be used.

9. Edmodo makes posting assignments, homework assignments, due dates and web links extremely easy. I use this feature quite often. It also gives you the option to subscribe an entire group to an RSS feed from other sites. I love this feature!

10. Edmodo gives you the option to connect with other teachers and join communities with other teachers for networking and collaboration.

There are many other features that make Edmodo awesome.  These are the top 10 reasons why I love it and recommend it. I’ve worked with BlackBoard and SchoolFusion before. Edmodo is free and is much easier to use than these two other platforms. If you are required to use BlackBoard or SchoolFusion, Edmodo would be a great supplement to use in addition to those programs. Check Edmodo out, sign up and give it a try. You’ll love it!

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I am an educational professional who is passionate about needs analysis and materials creation to enhance student learning of all ages. I hope the content I share here will be of value to you in some way. Opinions are my own and are not those of my employer. Join me at my session for the 2013 TESOL International Conference, "ESL Instruction: Developing Your Skills to Become a Master Conductor", March 21 10:00 AM in room C144. My presentation focuses on listening, speaking and pronunciation music teaching techniques incorporated with ESL teaching. This is not your typical music/ESL presentation with chants and songs. Be prepared to use your vocal chords, diaphragm, lungs, mouth muscles, and arms like you have never used before in pronunciation, speaking and language instruction. Learn how to use music conducting skills in the language classroom to better facilitate language acquisition. Learn how to use music performance skills (vocal and instrumental) to better facilitate language learning. Be prepared to laugh and have fun. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

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