Edmodo Review

Edmodo
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Edmodo
2008
San Mateo, CA
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72 million+ users
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Edmodo At A Glance

Good: Teacher collaboration for support and resources, parents can access students' grades and assignments, teachers and students can collaborate outside of the classroom.
Bad: Not intended for higher education or companies, content authoring tools aren't offered, limited third-party integration functionality (aside from Microsoft Office and Google Apps).
Bottom Line: Social learning platform for teachers, students, administrators and parents.

Product Overview

Edmodo is a learning management platform that augments classroom learning with social learning for students and teachers in kindergarten to 12th grades. It has “freemium” pricing – meaning parents, teachers, students and even school districts can create their own accounts for free.

Edmodo is 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.

Edmodo offers several benefits, including:

  • Unlimited storage so teachers won’t have to worry about clearing out space
  • Integration with Microsoft Office and Google Apps for Education, so users won’t have to remember passwords for individual sites (a new feature)
  • Global teacher collaboration for support, answers and ideas for topics, lessons and issues
  • Anywhere, anytime access via dedicated mobile apps
  • Security and privacy tools such as private groups and the ability to track members’ activity
  • Parental access to students’ homework, tests, grades and classroom announcements
  • Collaboration features for parents

Note: Edmodo has a premium plan that includes advanced analytical features, integration to a school information system and priority support. It costs $2,500 per school per year.

Features

Some of Edmodo’s features are indicated in the checkboxes below. However, we want to point out two of its tools: Edmodo Snapshot and Edmodo Spotlight.

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.

Edmodo Spotlight is a tool for downloading various educational apps. Users can find specific apps by filtering for subject matter, grade and/or price. Teachers can create and upload their own apps or make recommendations. Most of the apps are free to download, but others cost a nominal fee (approximately $1 to $6 per app).

  • Asynchronous Learning?
  • Employee Training?
  • Gamification?
  • Content Library?
  • Mobile Learning?
  • SCORM Compliance?
  • Synchronous Learning?
  • Testing & Assessments?

Target Market

Edmodo is targeted to teachers, students, parents and administrators in the K-12 environment. It has been used by over 72 million people from over 350,000 schools in 190 countries.

Listed below are 10 schools that currently use Edmodo:

  • Capital Day School
  • Killian Middle School
  • Winterville Elementary School
  • El Vista Elementary
  • Jefferson County Board of Education
  • Scottsboro City School District
  • Parma City School District
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Winston‑Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • School District of Palm Beach County

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Implementation/Integration

Teachers, students and parents can sign up for a free account via Edmodo’s website. Implementation takes as little as a few minutes.

Edmodo provides many platform training opportunities, both free and paid. Such training includes:

  • One-day onsite training that costs $2,500 for 25 users (course is an overview of Edmodo and its features)
  • One-day onsite training for training users and deploying Edmodo to an entire school district (costs $2,500 for 25 users)
  • Six-week online course where training can be customized to a particular school or school district ($7,500 for 25 users)
  • How-to guides and tutorials on the Snapshot tool
  • How-to guides and tutorials on Edmodo in general
  • On-demand webinars on various Edmodo topics
  • Four-hour certified learner course (contact Edmodo for pricing)

Customer Service & Support

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.

Pricing

Edmodo has a premium plan that includes advanced analytical features, integration to a school information system and priority support. It costs $2,500 per school per year. It also offers a variety of training options (see the Implementation section for pricing).

Shortcomings

Edmodo isn’t intended for higher education or businesses. Those organizations can check out our other LMS reviews, such as NEO (for universities) or MATRIX (for businesses).

Also, Edmodo doesn’t provide content authoring tools. It also doesn’t offer any third-party integration tools except for Microsoft Office and Google Apps.

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About

Edmodo was founded in 2008 by Nic Borg, Jeff O’Hara and Crystal Hutter, three former school district employees who wanted to put social learning into an education environment. It has received several awards over the years, such as Noodle’s 2015 Best Online Education Tool, 2016 GESS Education Award and the 2015 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award for its Snapchat tool.

Edmodo runs a network of partners that consists of publishers, developers and other companies to share content and apps with teachers and students.

Edmodo also hosts its annual EdmodoCon, a two-day online user conference. At this conference, users get the opportunity to learn new information about the education industry and Edmodo in general, as well as connect with other users.

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