Edmodo is a social networking site for educators to use with their stuents and their parents. Edmodo allows teachers to create various "groups" to correspond with different groups of students. For example, "7th Period - Algebra" or "4th Period Spanish." Students are then given a group code with allow them to see what you post on that code specific page. As a teacher, you will have an Edmodo "wall." Students and parents with the group code, will be able to view only the "wall" to that they are a member of. As teachers, you can remove people from groups and reset passwords. Additionally, teachers and students and parents may send posts to the entire class or to just the teacher.
On the each group wall, teachers and students can post pictures, links, assignments, quizes, alerts, and/or notes (similar to wall posts on Facebook). Teachers can also use Edmodo as a gradebook for students and parents to view. Documents and pictures are also able to be uploaded into the "Library" for students and parents to view that way.
This is my 2nd year using Edmodo with my Kindergarten classroom. I use it differently than most teachers, who teach older students. My main use of Edmodo is to communicate with parents. I post updates and information to parents about what we're learning, interesting things that occur in our class, important dates, and assignments. I have also created sub groups, within my whole class Edmodo page, for the 4 reading levels in my class. This allows me to message groups of parents, specific words and strategies that their child is working on. Parents have used Edmodo to set up playdates with other students, share summer camp dates, and inform other parents about various events that are occurring throughout their community. During our November parent-teacher conferences, every single parent commented on Edmodo. They commented on how appreciative they were to know what was going on in school. Most also shared, by knowing what was going on, they were able to facilitate more conversations with their child.
This is a video I created to show parents HOW to set up an account and how our class would use Edmodo.
This video will also explain other uses of Edmodo.