What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.
Benefits of Edmodo
- engages students
- improves communication with students
- allows for collaboration for the classes - students and teachers
- reduces the amount of paper used in your classroom
- UNLIMITED online storage for teachers and students
- sharing of resources - two way sharing... teacher to students, students to class/teacher
Why use Edmodo? (Video)
Teachers... (Video - How To)
How to create an Edmodo account?
Email me (email@example.com) for your school code and use the link below to sign up for a free Edmodo account.
(In the email: make sure to be specify the school where you teach in CCSD.)
- Help on Signing Up - https://cobbk12.edmodo.com/ckennedy/referral It is important to enter your school code when you sign up.
After a teacher has created an account, he/she will be taken to their Edmodo home page. From the 'home page', the first thing he/she will to do is create a group(s), which makes it easy for the teacher and the students to communicate and collaborate.
Here’s how to create a new group:
Step 1: In the left-hand column of your home page, select the plus sign "+" and then click the “create” link.
Step 2: Give your group a name, complete the details of your group and select “create”. The "advance" tab gives teachers more control over the group.
Step 3: Once you’ve successfully created a group, Edmodo will display the group name in the left-hand navigation bar of your home page. You will see the 6-digit code for the group you’ve just created on the left-hand panel. This is the code you will use to invite your students to the group.
Step 4: Have students create accounts and review the guidelines for using Edmodo in the classroom.
Step 5: Post a welcome note, an engaging poll, share best practices and code of conduct.
Step 6: Integrate Digital Citizenship resources/lessons into instruction. Sample Blendspace - Digital Citizenship Lesson Digital Pledge Poster
Self-guided Training from Edmodo
Students... (Video - How To)
Students will receive a 6-digit access code from their teacher to gain access to Edmodo or if they are already in Edmodo - access to a specific group/class.
Students can use the link below to sign up for Edmodo. (Tip/HINT: Have students use their CCSD student number as their username.)
Edmodo is great because it is CIPA compliant. Students do not have to have an email address to sign up... just a class code. I strongly encourage teachers not to have students enter an email address! Obtain Parent Permission BEFORE students sign up with Edmodo. There are some sample parent letters below on this page. Students can join several classes or groups. Unlike Facebook, students can only access class content. It is not a place to roam around and try to get lots of friends.
Schools/Administrators can use Edmodo as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) for book studies, school communication, grade level collaboration, Key Team discussions, Common Core collaboration, and much, much more.
Self-guided Training from Edmodo
Parents can have an access code too - after a student signs up, a parent code will be available on their page - or parents may email their teacher for the code. Click HERE for more information about Parent Accounts.
Teacher Help - - Click HERE or Edmodo page for the HELP link. There are lots of helpful links, videos, pages, etc. located on the Help Page. I am happy to provide local school staff development to school staff. Encourage your administrator to email me to set up a training.
I encourage schools to sign up for the Area 5 Professional Learning Group K-12). Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the join code. It is a Professional Learning Community where CCSD teachers are sharing resources about Edmodo use, BYOD, Flipping Classrooms, great Web 2.0 tools, Common Core and much, much more. I also have an 'iPads in the Classroom' Small Group in you are interested in joining.
Basic Resources: (More resources below)
Suggestions for Teachers:
1. Students MUST have parent permission to use Edmodo in a CCSD classroom.
2. Turn ON the moderate student posts. Teachers will accept or deny student posts.
3. Review Digital Citizenship skills with students BEFORE use. Have students and parents read and sign a "Code of Conduct" or guidelines (see examples in section below) document before they can use Edmodo. You can "block" student use for a short time if a student does not make good choices.
4. Review Edmodo with students... purpose for class use, etc. BEFORE sending home parent permission letters.
5. Have the students sign-in at school. Parents can join at home. Here is a sample parent letter that Amy Soto (Ford ES) shared with me. I like how the parent sign up directions are on the permission letter. Download Parent_Invite_A_Soto
6. Student logins.... This should be consistent in the school. For example: Username: Student ID and Password: student id.
Quick Videos to Learn More about Edmodo (Visit the "Help Page" to find more helpful tips and videos)
- Self-guided Training from Edmodo
- How to add content to the library (Teacher) Students will use the Backpack
Here are some sample documents that Area 5 teachers have used to introduce Edmodo to students and parents:
- Download Ccsd_edmodo_parent_letter
- Download Form_ijndb_1_revised_for_teachers
- Download Sample_codeofconduct
- Download How_to_turn_in_edmodo_assignment2
- Download Best_practices_for_edmodo2
- Great VIDEO about Code of Conduct for Using Edmodo
- SAMPLE Code of Conduct
- CCSD Instructional Technology Edmodo Support Page
- Edmodo Livebinder
- 20 Ways to Use Edmodo
- Why Should Teachers Try Edmodo Blog post
- Edmodo Basics - LiveBinder
- Three Advanced Features of Edmodo
- Build your Professional Learning Network (PLN) - Join teacher groups to learn and share.
- Twitter #edmodochat - Archived Chats
- How to keep your group secure - Edmodo Security Features (video)
- Edmodo Training Links
- Cybraryman's Edmodo Page
- Edmodo Support Page - Ask your question here for quick answers.
- My Advanced Edmodo Site
Using Edmodo in place of a Blog:
Sample Edmodo Blog Page - Mrs. Kennedy's Class
Below is an interactive screenshot of Edmodo: