Schoology vs. Edmodo: Key Features and Price Comparison

Schoology and Edmodo are two learning management solutions that focus strongly on the K-12 market. Both solutions encourage collaboration between teachers and students, and are deployed in the cloud. However, Schoology and Edmodo have several differences.

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

Comparing Products

Here are excerpts from our reviews of Schoology and Edmodo that summarize each solution.

Schoology: Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) solution designed for collaboration between any kind of learner and instructor. The solution is intended for K-12 learning, higher education and corporate training programs.

A core focus of Schoology’s LMS solution is to enable collaboration, with frequent checkpoints to ensure learners are engaging with the material. The most recent addition to the solution is assessment management, which brings learning management features to assessments.

Edmodo: 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.

Similarities

Schoology and Edmodo has a few similar attributes. Both solutions:

  • Are deployed in the cloud
  • Provide free accounts for teachers, students and parents, as well as paid accounts with advanced features
  • Primarily targets the K-12 market
  • Provide features that encourage collaboration and social learning
  • Have a global support community where teachers communicate with other teachers

Two Core Differences

1.) Price

Both solutions offer a free account as well as paid accounts. The types of paid accounts differ, however.

Schoology: Schoology’s Basic plan is its free version. Its paid versions are Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. The Enterprise plan offers many advanced features, such as premium integration, dedicated implementation and support, and system-level administration. The Enterprise Plus package includes all features of the Basic and Enterprise plans, but adds assessment management and proficiency reporting features. Note that we don’t have prices for the Enterprise accounts, so you’ll want to contact Schoology directly for quotes.

Edmodo: Teachers, students and parents can create a “freemium” account that includes many of Edmodo’s basic features. However, there is a premium plan ($2,500 per school year) that includes advanced features (analytics, gamification and prioritized customer support).

Bottom Line: Schoology’s free account has basic features that appeal to teachers, students and parents. However, its more advanced features aren’t free. With Edmodo, on the other hand, users can get many features for free.

2.) System Integration

Schoology: Schoology integrates with many different apps, such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Blackboard Collaborate, Moodle, PowerSchool, Evernote and YouTube. It also synchronizes with a School Information System (SIS).

Edmodo: Edmodo integrates with Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office. Its premium plan offers SIS integration. Also, the Edmodo Spotlight tool can be used to download various user-created educational apps.

Bottom Line: Edmodo has limited integration with third-party apps, unless you use its Spotlight feature to download additional apps. However, integration with Google and Microsoft is included in Edmodo’s free plan, whereas for Schoology, integration with those apps isn’t available in its free account.

Comparing Offerings

We’ve compared different offerings of Schoology and Edmodo, including training, customer service and shortcomings.

Training & Customer Service

Schoology: Schoology offers webinars, video tutorials, presentations, best practices and research about the best ways to use the solution.

For troubleshooting issues, Schoology has a ticket system for users to submit requests, along with a customer service number. A support community is also available for users to submit their ideas about new features.

Edmodo: Edmodo provides many training opportunities, both free and paid. Such training includes a one-day onsite training ($2,500 for 25 users), a six-week customized online training ($7,500 for 25 users), tutorials on Edmodo and its Snapshot feature, an on-demand webinar and a four-hour certified learner course.

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

Bottom Line: Both solutions have a help desk ticket system, user support community, webinars and tutorials. However, Edmodo provides a variety of training opportunities and works with former educators dedicated to helping current teachers with best practices.

Shortcomings

Schoology: Even though it does offer solutions to businesses, Schoology’s main target is educational institutions. Also, it doesn’t offer certification management functionality.

Edmodo: Edmodo is generally targeted to the K-12 market rather than higher education. It’s also not aimed at businesses. Edmodo doesn’t include content authoring tools, and it doesn’t integrate with other third-party systems aside from Google Apps and Microsoft Office.

Bottom Line: Both solutions have the K-12 market as their main target, although Schoology has offerings for higher education and businesses.

Takeaways

Both Schoology and Edmodo may share some similarities, but, there are distinct differences between the two solutions. You’ll want to look at each one individually to determine if either solution fits your institution’s needs.

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

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

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