So it’s definitely not surprising that teachers in the educational sector find ways to use social media to connect with their students. However, I was not only surprised but impressed by the fact that not only did someone (or people) think to connect with their students using a platform their students may already be familiar with but they created it so that it is safe for teachers, students, and parents. What am I talking about? I’m referring to Edmodo.
In lamest terms, Edmodo is the Facebook of education. The platform is very user friendly and it does mimic Facebook. Students don’t have to worry about using a “lame” interface so it keeps their interest. Teachers can use this to communicate with their students about homework, conduct surveys for feedback, as create discussions. They can also create groups so that students within the class can work on group projects as well as manage other classes they may be teaching. Parents can communicate with the teacher as well as stay informed on how their child’s progress. Parents with multiple children will have access to each child’s account. Parents will only get to see what their children are doing and will not have contact with any other students.
Edmodo can be accessed online or via a smartphone or tablet. It is a wonderful tool to add in the classroom that encourages social media. With this tool, parents and teachers both don’t have to worry about inappropriate materials or individuals reaching the children. It’s a free and safe social media outlet that all can enjoy. If I was a teacher who wanted to increase the use of social media in my classroom, I would definitely use Edmodo. It keeps everyone informed and accountable.