Create Your Own Private Social Network with Edmodo!
Last Friday, I was lucky enough to have a "private" preview of some of the amazing things coming this Fall to Edmodo. I was thrilled to see what's being added and can't wait to share the new features is some upcoming staff development and sessions I'll be delivering this summer.
Then, I asked myself, "Have you even blogged about Edmodo at all?" When I searched through this blog, I discovered I hadn't. How can that be? Edmodo is awesome! So, in case you've not heard about Edmodo, here it is in a nutshell.
Edmodo, found at www.edmodo.com allows teachers to create FREE private social networking sites for their classes. Sign up is easy and once you have an account, you can create as many classes as you'd like. Each class is given its own unique code. That code (which will look something like uyrdn) is the code you give to your students to join your class. They create their own accounts (or you can do it for the younger kiddos) and enter your class code to become part of your class. Sign up for students is even easier and doesn't require an email address!
As the teacher you can post notes, alerts, polls, quizzes, or assignments. You can attach pictures, links, or documents. Students can respond to your posts, post a message to the whole class, or post a private message to you. Students cannot post private messages to each other. That singular restriction for students makes Edmodo ideal for classroom use.
And, I've just touched the surface here folks! Edmodo has its own built-in gradebook, You can award built in badges to your students or create your own. Your district can create its own subdomain for greater administrative control. This fall, the addition of third-party apps will take Edmodo to a whole new level! And, the good folks at Edmodo offer great resources to teachers! It's a great tool!
Classes are not limited to students. Many teachers and schools create "classes" as Professional Learing Communities! If you'd like to see it in action, create a free teacher account and once your in, join my new "CyberCafe Blog Edmodo Group" by entering zrfvav as the Group Code.
"See" you there!