Edmodo is the leading social learning platform for the K-12 classroom. Edmodo launched at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year by Nic Borg and Jeff O’Hara, two Chicago-area School Technology Administrators.
Edmodo has over 65 million users. This extraordinary growth comes from teachers coming directly to Edmodo, signing up, creating closed groups and inviting their students to join these groups. Word about the benefits of Edmodo spreads virally among teachers across schools and districts. Over 300,000 schools have classrooms powered by Edmodo.
Once educators and students are connected in a safe social environment, they can collaborate; share digital content and educational applications; and access homework, grades, class discussions, and notifications from any computer or mobile device.
Safe Social Learning
One of the key benefits of Edmodo is that every feature has been built with students’ safety in mind. Edmodo differs from other social networks, while uniquely fitting the needs of the education environment in the following ways:
- Edmodo does not require private information from students. Students join Edmodo at the invitation of their teachers using a unique code the teacher generates within their Edmodo account.
- Once invited to join Edmodo, students can only access groups to which they have been invited by their teachers.
- Students cannot be “friended” or contacted by anyone outside of their Edmodo group.
- Students in Edmodo can post messages to their teachers, or to their entire Edmodo group, but students cannot send private messages to each other.
- Teachers maintain full control of their Edmodo groups and can delete posts, monitor all activity, review student posts before they go live, and even set individual students or groups of students to “read-only” access.