When I first heard of Edmodo it sounded amazing! Always touted as ‘the Facebook for kids’ it had me intrigued as a way to keep my students in touch and allow them to keep collaborating beyond the classroom. After implementing it for the first time this year, I have been left with mixed feelings. I think part of it is caused my being in a 1:1 iPad classroom, which makes some tasks more difficult to achieve than they would be using a laptop. Still, there are many advantages to using Edmodo as well, even on the iPad.
- It is a brilliant way to stay connected with your class, and for them to stay connected with each other.
- It is very easy to give students feedback on their work – no matter what they upload, you can leave a comment attached to it.
- It is a fantastic way to teach social media – its amazing how many students claim to be fantastic at social media and yet have difficulty posting relevant topics and commenting in a constructive way. Edmodo is a safe space for them to learn.
- It allows you to connect just with a specific group in your classroom, so not everyone has to read the resources you found for that particular small group.
- It is difficult for students to upload work from their iPads – it is a multi-step process, and something always seems to go wrong. It would be great if it was a lot smoother transition.
- Again, with iPads, sometimes students just cannot log in, even though all their details are correct (and they can get on using a laptop).
The positives of Edmodo clearly outweigh the negatives, but, unfortunately for my class, these particular negatives mean it is incredibly hard to use consistently in our 1:1 iPad classroom. With a smoother iOS experience, it would definitely be my social media tool of choice in the classroom. Until then, I will continue to use Cel.ly for student-to-student collaboration and email or Dropbox for assignment submission.