Google Classroom vs. Edmodo: Key Features and Services Comparison

Both Google Classroom and Edmodo are designed to help teachers supplement their classroom lessons. With both platforms, teachers can organize their course content, track assignment status and communicate with students.

We’ve reviewed both Google Classroom and Edmodo and compared them to other LMS solutions in our comprehensive LMS Comparison Guide. In this post, we’ll discuss both solutions in more detail to help schools make the right purchasing decision.

Comparing Products

Here are excerpts from our Google Classroom and Edmodo reviews that summarize each solution:

 

Google Classroom: Google Classroom is part of the Google Workspace for Education package that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and other apps. It’s targeted to teachers and students in both K-12 and higher education markets. One of the biggest benefits of Google Classroom is it’s simple to use and encourages collaboration between students and teachers. Teachers can create a class and list educational apps, such as assignments, in a few clicks. They can add students by name or send them a code to join. Students can then see what assignments are due, participate in discussion forums or message the teacher (either in private or via group chat).

 

Edmodo: Edmodo is a learning management platform that augments classroom learning with social learning for students and teachers in kindergarten to 12th grades. It’s set up like a social networking feed, similar to Facebook. Students, teachers and parents can communicate with posts, and other users can like or comment on them. Announcements, questions, tests and assignments are posted in the Edmodo feed.

Similarities

Google Classroom and Edmodo have a few similar attributes. Both solutions:

  • Are deployed in the cloud and have dedicated mobile apps
  • Provide free accounts for teachers and students with a very short implementation
  • Primarily target the K-12 market (although Google Classroom also targets the higher education market)
  • Provide features that encourage collaboration and social learning
  • Provide unlimited storage

Two Core Differences

1.) Integration with Applications

Google Classroom: Google Classroom integrates with many student information systems, along with other third-party applications, such as instructional tools, digital literacy solutions and coding software. Also, as part of the Google Workspace for Education package, Google Classroom users have access to other Google products, such as Gmail and Google Drive.

Edmodo: Edmodo integrates with Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Zoom. Its Edmodo Sync solution allows schools to integrate the software with their Student Information Systems (SIS).

Bottom Line: Edmodo provides limited integration with third-party apps. Also, SIS integration is only available as optional, while it’s free in Google Classroom.

2.) Features

Google Classroom: Some of Google Classroom’s key features include platform branding with school colors/logos, as well as the ability to reuse tests, assignments and other content for future classes; share videos, links or images with other students; schedule postings of assignments; export grades to Google Sheets and set permissions for student access/commenting. Users can host virtual classes with Google Meet, and a new feature called originality reports lets students scan their work for potential plagiarism.

Edmodo: Edmodo supports in-person learning, online learning and a hybrid of the two. Here are some of its key features:

Lesson creation – Teachers can create engaging and interactive lessons, such as quizzes and assignments. The lessons can be saved as templates in the private resource library for future use. Teachers can organize their day with a daily agenda where students can access important assignments or resources in one place. Edmodo also comes with a shared calendar, so everyone can stay on top of tests, homework and events.

Edmodo Snapshot – The Edmodo Snapshot tool is designed to meet Common Core standards, as well as other education standards schools must follow. Edmodo partners with content providers to display resources such as lesson plans, tests, games and other activities. Snapshot also provides question banks and assessments for teachers as well as real-time reports that illustrate progress by student so teachers can figure out which students need help.

Lesson delivery – Edmodo’s course delivery is broken down into two components: Classes and Small Groups (e.g., study groups). Within each class or group, teachers or students can post statuses, add comments or share files. Edmodo has built-in Zoom integration, so live classes can be delivered virtually without leaving the software.

Progress measurement – Teachers and students can monitor their progress on specific assignments or courses with real-time dashboards. In addition, the gradebook feature allows teachers to grade assignments or tests, and parents can access their child’s grades via their dedicated Edmodo app.

Comparing Offerings

Price

Google Classroom: The Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals platform is free for qualifying institutions and includes features, such as Google collaboration tools (e.g., Docs, Sheets, Slides), communication tools (e.g., Meet, Gmail, Chat), data loss prevention for Google Drive and Gmail and compliance with GDPR, FERPA and COPPA.

There are three paid plans:

  • Google Workspace for Education Standard – This plan costs $3 per student, per year and includes all of the features of the Fundamentals platform, plus a security center, advanced device and app management features, Gmail and Classroom logs for export into BigQuery, and audit logs.
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade – This plan costs $4 per license, per month and includes all of the features of the Google Workspace for Education Standard, plus advanced Google Meet features (e.g., meetings with up to 250 participants, interactive Q&As, breakout rooms), unlimited originality reports and the ability to check for peer matches across a private repository.
  • Google Workspace for Education Plus – This plan costs $5 per student, per year and includes all of the features of the other plans, plus live streams with up to 100,000 in-domain viewers, syncing rosters from SISs to Google Classroom, personalized cloud search and prioritized support.

Edmodo: Edmodo offers two plans for schools and districts: Personal and Pro. The Personal plan is free for individual teachers and includes 1 GB of cloud storage, a classroom space, Edmodo community resources, personal groups, messaging, class calendar, a dedicated app for parents and email support.

The Pro plan includes all of the features of the Personal plan, plus unlimited cloud storage, Zoom meetings, professional groups, community pages, administrative tools and analytics, onboarding support, prioritized support, an institution resource library and training. It starts at $8 per user and is based on annual billing. Districts that want to learn more about the Pro plan can contact Edmodo for a quote.

Bottom Line: Google Classroom and Edmodo are free for teachers and students. However, both vendors offer different features and services as optional purchases.

Customer Support

Google Classroom: Google’s Help Center provides resources, including a product forum, about common Google Classroom topics. There are also dedicated guides for schools’ IT administrators. Finally, Google provides monthly updates on product releases.

Edmodo: There’s a dedicated help center for students, parents and teachers to find answers for common troubleshooting issues and other questions. Users can also submit a support request, ask questions to other users, send feedback to Edmodo or find out information on product releases from the help center.

Edmodo’s support staff consists of former educators who are experienced in classroom settings.

Bottom Line: Both solutions include a dedicated help center, but Edmodo uses the unique approach of staffing former educators to help with education inquiries in addition to software support.

Shortcomings

Google Classroom: Unlike other school-based LMSs, Google Classroom doesn’t offer accounts for parents. Instead, parents can sign up to receive an email summary of their children’s work and grades.

Edmodo: Edmodo isn’t intended for higher education or businesses. Also, it doesn’t provide content authoring tools.

Bottom Line: Neither solution is targeted for corporate learning, so businesses should check out our other LMS reviews. Also, while Google Classroom offers content authoring tools, they’re optional.

Takeaways

Although Google Classroom and Edmodo share a few similarities, the solutions also have several differences. You’ll want to look at each one individually to determine which one best fits your school’s needs.

If you need more information on LMS solutions in general, our buyer’s guide can help. In it, we discuss benefits, features and what to look for when purchasing a solution.

If you’re looking for alternatives to either system, head over to our Reviews page for detailed reviews on various LMS solutions.

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Comments

  1. I’m in Higher Education, and would love to give Google Classroom a go. However, since I have many students in China (where ALL services by Google are blocked), I guess I’m “stuck” with Edmondo (which works perfectly fine)…