Edmodo is a social networking site for learning. It is in fact a learning management system available online. In Edmodo teachers and students can share videos and notes. They can also share text and interact when they are away from the physical classroom.
Edmodo and Teachers
Teachers have to sign up for Edmodo. This can be done using your Google account, email, or your Office 365 account. One feature of Edmodo which is loved by teachers is that they do not have to share their phone numbers and email addresses with their students.
This was a nightmare when COVID-19 sent us home and some teachers took the initiative to teach using Whatsapp because this was the only way that some students could attend classes. Students called and wrote at some hours when you felt they would have been in bed. Some were less than kind with the things they emailed their teachers.
With Edmodo, the teacher gives the student an invitation to the class, by the way, a code. This implies that only invited students are allowed into your class. Yippe, finally our numbers and email addresses can be private again!
Once you have your class setup then it is time to start sharing content with your students. Teachers can give quizzes, assignments, and polls to their students. One interesting feature loved by teachers is that they can give badges to their students. These can be used to reinforce the desired behavior/outcome.
Edmodo and Students
Please note that students are not forced to submit personal information. They are permitted to join the class using the code provided by the teacher.
Edmodo gives the students an opportunity to receive immediate feedback from teachers. Students are also able to reach out to their peers when they need assistance.
Edmodo and Parents/Guardians
It is interesting to note that Edmodo allows parents to join the platform as well. In this way, teachers can have support from parents who are given an opportunity to see what their children are doing in class.
Parents have the option of logging in as themselves or as their children. This gives them an opportunity to see the work they are doing, they can also look at their assignments and grades.
When a student fails to complete on assignment this can be communicated to the parents using the Edmodo platform. Edmodo can also be used to inform parents about events that are about to take place at school.
Emodo and Video – Conferencing
One disadvantage of Edmodo is that it does not offer live streaming. This means that you cannot do video conferencing or webinars with your students. This is less-than-ideal for some of our students and teachers alike.
There are teachers who reported that once they learned how to Zoom, their students were excited to see them and they learned almost like when they were face to face.
Please bear in mind that this does not have to deter you from using Edmodo if you love the platform. It is always possible and may be wise to use a combination of tools to reach your students. This means that an occasional Zoom lesson or other video conferencing lesson could prove beneficial for all.
I am now going to share with you a video that will explain the above and lots more. This video gives a good peek into the features of the EDMODO platform.
Time for the Video
Please go ahead and view the video below:
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