Edmodo How-to: Locking and Unlocking Your Groups
Posted by: Lucia Giacomantonio
Edmodo enables you to quickly and easily create groups for each of your classes so that you can collaborate and share content in a safe environment. After your create a group, you can invite your students into the group by sharing the six digit group code or the join group URL.
Auto Locking Group Codes
As part of our routine safety procedures, all group codes will now automatically lock 14 days after the group was created or after the code is reset. This is to ensure your groups are safe and keeps you in full control. Don’t fret though, you can unlock the group code at anytime to add additional students, without affecting students who have already joined.
To manually lock or unlock your group, select the lock icon located to the right of your group code. Note that if your group has been locked and you need to unlock it, the group code will automatically reset.
Follow these safety best practices to keep your groups safe:
- Share the group code privately and only with the students in your class
- Provide the “Join Group URL.” This allows you to approve or deny each new member.
- Remember to lock the group code once you’ve added all your students
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean when my group is locked?
When a group is locked, nobody can join the group. However, all existing members in the group will still remain in the group. No need to worry, you can always unlock the group code to add additional students without affecting any students who are already members.
Does locking a group change my Join Group URL?
No. Your Join Group URL (located directly under your group code) will always be the same. You can distribute this Join Group URL to anyone you would like to join the group. When a user clicks the join group URL, you will receive a notification to approve or deny that user’s membership into the group.
I have a Professional Development group, how should I get teachers onboard?
For PD groups, we suggest distributing the Join Group URL or posting this Join Group URL in a public place.
I am organizing a “Powered by Edmodo” conference and have already created groups for all of the sessions, what should I do?
If you are leading a “Powered by Edmodo” conference that is happening soon, please let us know immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ensure the group codes do not lock until after the conference.
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