I have been experimenting with my Edmodo site and am even more excited about this tool. I have to try it in my class! The possibilities are exciting- it could be the format of a collaborative long-distance project or just a way for students to connect and share ideas about your unit of study. Reviewing for a test? Students could post their questions they have and other students could "tutor" them with answers. Researching a topic? Students could share exciting sources. Writing papers? Students could ask their peers to help edit a difficult passage. I am sure that you can think of other ideas. Here is a blogger's list of social networking sites for education and some of their uses: Box of Tricks. At the top of his list: Edmodo!
I have been adding things to my Edmodo page. I created a group, and was having trouble adding students to it. As it turns out, when the group is created, you are given a code. Students, once they set up their account in Edmodo, just use the code to join the group. Simple: the teacher does not have to enter each student into a group; they put themselves into the proper one.
There is also a calendar page on your site. When you enter an event into the calendar, it gives a text box with the groups that should be notified. A message then goes to all groups or just selected groups that there will be a test. How easy is that?
I have not tried the gradebook page, but assignments can be graded and posted on the site so that students can follow their own grades for the unit. This is an easy way for students to keep up with turning in all their assignments.
The last page is a library page. Here, documents, videos and links can be loaded for individual group use or for all groups to use. I have added in a county crossword puzzle and last summer's VBA quiz, just to see how it works. When the student clicks on a document it can be downloaded for online use or for printing.
This is a tool with the possibility of housing an entire collaborative project between any 2 classes or teachers. Individual groups can be created, and information can flow freely between the teacher and groups or just a single group can communicate with another group. Likewise, group members can have private exchanges between members.