As a middle school teacher, I was often bogged down with multiple assignments coming in at all different times and having to sort through stacks repeatedly to figure out who hadn’t turned in what. That took up way too much time! A couple of years ago I discovered Edmodo, and it has been an awesome tool for keeping everything straight and has saved me SO much time!
“Edmodo is a free social learning platform that provides a safe way for students and teachers to connect and collaborate.”
Here are some of my favorite features:
- After posting an assignment, I can see with a click who has turned the assignment in.
- Students can link their GoogleDoc/presentation to the assignment turn in, then all I have to do is click on the link to see their work. Presentations can then be easily projected.
- A handy feature is that the link is live, so if a student modifies the assignment, they do not have to resubmit.
- All of the assignments show up on the Edmodo calendar automatically.
- Edmodo has badges and polls built in.
- Edmodo can also be used to build the classroom community as students can post and comment as well.
There is an extensive support page (click HELP at the bottom of the Edmodo page). They also will answer questions by email.
(Note: They just changed the format of Edmodo a bit this summer, so I would stick with the tutorials here from the website. Other YouTube videos may not be up-to-date.)