Thoughts on different technologies to use in the classroom...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Social Network Site for Students- Edmodo

On a listserve, I found this alternative to Facebook,  It looks very much like Facebook, yet it has the safety features we would like to have at school.  It was easy to set up an account, and the accounts are sorted by school.  If you had several teachers at your school using this tool, they would be grouped together.  You could create a different group for each class, and enter each student into the groups.  I think that this would be a great tool to use in a collaborative project, and would like to work it into the one I create.

Here is a picture of the page I created.  It was really easy to do, although I did not create any groups yet.
I copied this from their homepage, for a bit more information about edmodo.

  • Edmodo is the leading social learning network for K12 education.
  • Our social learning network

  • Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts.
  • Edmodo provides free classroom communication for teachers, students and administrators on a secure social network.
  • Edmodo provides teachers and students with a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades and school notices.
  • Edmodo stores and shares all forms of digital content – blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more.
  • Edmodo is accessible online or using any mobile device, including Android and iPhones.
  • Edmodo has special institutional features for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators.
  • Our company

  • Started in 2008, Edmodo was created by two school district web professionals who teamed up with education experts to address the demands of teachers and students seeking a secure social network for classroom use. Edmodo is a privately held company based in Mountain View, California
Here is an introductory video about the site.

There is also a blog about Edmodo, with a calendar of upcoming webinars that let teachers know how to use the site better,

I am really excited about this one!


  1. Wow, a facebook knockoff. I can't believe it took someone 6 years to come up with this. While this idea works in theory--we have access to it, and it's safe--I think the whole idea of getting your class on facebook is that the students are already always on facebook to begin with. Would this be as effective?

  2. In that sense, probably not. On the other hand, I was able to access this on my mac while I was at school. So I think the accessibility benefit is worth alot. Whether or not the students would think it was fun, I am not sure. But hopefully they would!

  3. I think this is a great alternative to using facebook in the classroom! After reading the article about using facebook in the classroom, I started thinking how nice it would be to update the parents on a regular basis (to keep them happy), but for my young students facebook is too unsafe for them to use. Edmodo seems like a good change- can parents become part of the group?

  4. Janet, I tested out the link too and was surprised the site wasn't blocked at school. How do you plan to use this with your students? I would think most of them would be into this social networking idea since it is so similar to Facebook.