Edmodo is a free social learning platform designed for teachers and their students. Use Edmodo as a professional development platform to meet new teachers, share ideas or resources, and ask questions.
Edmodo also functions as a learning management system where teachers can create exclusive online classrooms where they can communicate with students, send out assignments, and more. As an educational social network, Edmodo’s use is restricted to teachers and their students. It is specifically designed for education and to address the needs of educators.
An internet connection
An internet enabled device(s)
The permission of your principal or school board (encouraged)
Sign up as a teacher
Go to the Edmodo home page (https://www.edmodo.com/) and click “I’m a teacher”. A sign up window will pop up where you can create a new account, or sign up using Google or Office 365
Once you have signed up, Edmodo will ask for some information about you.
First, enter the name of your school. If you cannot find your school, you will have to create it by using the add it here link below the text box. You can also select Home School or Higher Ed by selecting the buttons at the bottom of the page.
Next, enter your name, grade, and subject taught. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing this information, you are only required to complete the first and last name fields to set up your profile.
In this step, you can also customize your profile URL and ay upload an image of yourself.
In the final step, you are prompted to select communities that reflect your subject interests. Edmodo communities are web pages where like-minded teachers can connect with each other by asking questions, sharing resources, and exchanging ideas. Communities are great resources for teachers in all stages of professional development.
You will have to verify that you are a teacher before you are able to post in any communities. Do this by clicking the verify me link beside your picture in the top-right corner of the home screen. Verification requires you to either
- upload an image of your school ID,
- fill out a comprehensive online form about your teaching qualifications and background, or
- print, fill out, sign, and upload a paper form that confirms your qualifications.
Uploading an ID is the simplest option, and the online form is the most time-consuming because it asks more detailed questions than the paper form.
Use Edmodo for professional development
Edmodo allows users to connect with teachers from around the world, share resources, ask questions, and offer advice. Edmodo markets itself as the Facebook for teachers.
There are three main ways Edmodo allows teachers to connect:
Communities are designated pages where users can discuss a specific topic or subject. Communities are divided into subject-matter communities and publisher communities.
There are twelve communities organized by subject interests. These include communities for math, social studies, language arts, science, special ed, and more.
Find and follow these communities by selecting Show All under the Communities block on the left side of your home page. Then click the Discover New Communities link in the top-right corner for the ‘show all communities’ page.
You will see a list of all the subject-based communities available, and you can follow any that interest you by selecting the green Follow button.
You can also click the community name to take a look at the posts and discussions already going on in that page.
You will need to verify your account in order to post to communities.
Edmodo has hundreds of publisher communities. Publisher communities work the same way as the content communities except they are centred around some educational organization, group, or publisher.
For a list of publisher communities, first, select show all under the communities block on the left side of your home screen to get a list of subject-matter communities like you did in the step before. Then, click the discover new communities link in the top-right corner of your page. From here, click the Publishers button on the left side of your screen.
You can now browse the list of publisher communities. Click on the community name to explore it, and click follow publisher if you would like to see all the posts from that publisher in the feed on your home-page.
Groups are user-created spaces with restricted access. Groups are great for bringing your classroom on to Edmodo, but they can also be great places where teachers can connect, share ideas and resources, or ask questions.
Create a group by first clicking on the Home button in the top-left corner of the screen.
From your home page, click the plus-sign next to the Groups heading on the left-hand side of the screen and select create from the drop-down menu (this is also where you could join a group that someone else already created.)
You will be prompted to fill out some information about the group you want to create. Enter a name, select the grade level (or select none if grade-level is irrelevant), and select a subject-area.
Next, you can enter in the group’s expected size and describe what your group will be about.
Hit Finish to create your group. You’ll be taken to your new group’s page where you’ll see an access code that you can use to grant participants access to your group.
You group will remain open for 14 days by default, but you can lock it earlier by hitting the lock button next to the group code on the left-hand side of the group page. While the group is unlocked, anyone with the unique access code can join the group, so be careful not to share the join code publicly. Once the group locks, new applicants will need to be approved by the group owner before they can have access.
In your new group, you – the owner – as well as participants can interact with the group by posting notes, alerts, assignments, quizzes, and polls from the menu at the top of the screen.
In many of these options, users have the ability to attach files from his or her computer or Edmodo library (a library of previously uploaded resources that can also tie-in with one’s Google Drive) by clicking on icons at the bottom of the dialog box.
Groups are a useful way to collect a number of teachers who share similar interests, similar backgrounds, or work at the same facility in the same online space where they can connect with each-other and use one another to further their own professional development.
For example, an Edmodo Group might be used to connect some of these groups of professionals:
- all the teachers at a particular school
- teachers of a certain subject
- teachers from the same graduating class
- teachers who met at a certain function like a conference or a training session
There are many ways that Edmodo Groups could be used for professional development and many tools within Groups that can be used to enable resource-sharing, communication, and professional growth.
Connect with individuals
Like other social networks, Edmodo allows users to connect with other people all over the world. Communities and Groups can help users make new connections with teachers from different places who have different experiences and expertise.
If you meet someone new through Edmodo – or if people you already know are using Edmodo – you can add them as a connection so that you can see their profile, keep up to date with their activity on the site, and send them private notes. Adding teachers as connections lets you keep in touch with these individuals, share resources and ideas with each other, and expand your own network by seeing what kinds of communities and groups others are a part of.
To add a new connection, first getting to the profile page of the person you’d like to add. Do this by clicking on their name or searching them in the search button the top of the page.
Once on their page, simply click the Add Connection button to send that person a request. He or she needs to accept your request before the process is completed.
Edmodo as a learning management system
In addition to being useful for building a professional learning network, Edmodo is also a capable learning management system where teachers can interact with students, submit and receive assignments, post quizzes, and do many other things to affect learning.
Parents are also able to view the site, either by accessing through their child’s account or through creating their own account and being added to the class group with the teacher’s permission. This can be a powerful tool to facilitate and encourage parental involvement in the classroom.
To use Edmodo as a learning management system, start by creating a group. Invite students to join the group by – securely – distributing the access code to participants, or, if the group is locked, distribute the group URL and manually approve participants who request access.
Once all the participants have joined, lock the group if it is not locked already so that no one else can join unless approved by the creator of the group. Click the open lock icon to lock the group.
Edmodo groups have many tools and feature that are useful for managing student learning and interaction online:
- post assignments
- create polls for student responses
- distribute files and links
- create small learning groups and distribute information directly to the groups
- post quizzes
- create a calendar of events and assignments
- have students turn in assignments or upload assignments for their teachers to view and grade
- annotate the assignments directly in Edmodo to provide instant feedback
Most of the tools you will need for these tasks are found in the menu at the top of the screen.
When building your professional learning network, use other teacher’s profiles as resources to help you discover new community pages and other useful connections.
While Edmodo is growing as a global platform, it is most widely used within the United States.
It is a good idea to check with your school before using Edmodo as a classroom learning management system.