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Exploring Edmoto

A LMS in the Metaphor of a Social Network
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Joshua Archer

on 3 November 2014

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Transcript of Exploring Edmoto

Founded 2008
104 Employees
Over 43 million members
Edmodo
is a
"social learning platform"
website for teachers, students, and parents. Edmodo is marketed as the 'Facebook' for schools.

Edmodo
was founded in Chicago, Illinois, when two school district employees set out to bridge the new digital divide between how students live their lives and how they learn in school.

Edmodo
was created to bring education into a 21st century environment.



What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is driven by grassroots adoption.
"Edmodo is now the number one K-12 social learning network in the world, dedicated to connecting learners."

Of the hundred largest districts in the U.S., 86 or 87 have set up Edmodo administrative features and have their own communities for the teachers and students in their districts.
Who's using Edmodo?
Edmodo meets many ISTE standards for students as well as for teachers
ISTE For Students:
- 1. Creativity and Innovation (a,b)
- 2. Communication and Collaboration (a,b)
- 3. Digital Citizenship (a)

ISTE For Teachers:
- 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and
Creativity (a,b)
- 2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments (a-d)
- 3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning (a-d)
- 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and
Responsibility (a-c)
- 5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
(a-b)
Edmodo and ISTE Standards
Using Edmodo, teachers invite students into private groups that can be used for online classroom discussions, but in a format that keeps the teacher firmly in control.
Edmodo is a social network platform that fosters participatory culture, not only between students, but also between educators.

"Participatory culture is emerging as the culture absorbs and responds to the explosion of new media technologies that make it possible for average consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content in powerful new ways" -- Henry Jenkins, "Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture", p.8
Why is Edmodo significant?
Exploring Edmodo
A LMS in the Metaphor of a Social Network
Children may vary in their experience and understanding of online participatory cultures depending on access controlled by socioeconomic factors.
1. Participatory culture through mediums such as Edmodo may be setting a kind of class distinction between those who have access to similar models of experience and those who do not.

2. In an attempt to use a social network model for a LMS such as Edmodo can create constraints around class organization and presentation of materials that are less convenient and harder to administer than more traditional LMS environments.
What are Edmodo's Downsides?
Implications for Teaching and Learning
Students can communicate about their interests, and work together on student-driven projects, while allowing teachers to provide guidance and oversight in their work.
Teachers can make content available for students to access on any device that connects to the internet. This is useful to students who are absent or easily distracted in a large classroom environment.

A teacher can also receive a student's work through Edmodo, in the form of an assignment, quiz, note, reply, or uploaded files. They can attach links to work created in cloud-based platforms, in collaboration with other students.

Edmodo can be very supportive of group projects in a constructivist model.
Teacher Resources for Edmodo from "21 Things for Students":
http://tinyurl.com/my3qkxz

Edmodo Training Slideshow:
http://tinyurl.com/ksrvt2h

Screencast Introduction to Using Edmodo:
http://tinyurl.com/l97kcg5

How to Use Edmodo Small Groups:
http://tinyurl.com/kywzp5l
Resources and Links
Using Edmodo
http://tinyurl.com/m4qapq9
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