Before everyone gets swept up in holiday concerts, assemblies, and the rush of getting those final papers graded so you can “start the new year fresh”, we wanted to take a few moments to reflect back on some of the things you’ve helped us accomplish this year and share with you some exciting new developments about the future of Edmodo.
We had a number of goals when we launched Edmodo: we wanted to provide schools with a safe and secure way to integrate social networking into classroom curriculum; we wanted Edmodo to evolve organically, based on feedback from educators; and we were committed to providing this service for free. In a nutshell, we had our work cut out for us.
Looking back on 2010, we’re pleased with how far we’ve come in our quest to achieve these goals. Edmodo just exceeded 1 million registered users in over 17,000 schools. We launched a number of new features based on your input, including: subject and publisher communities; a dynamic and growing library that facilitates exchange of digital content and user-created materials; the ability to differentiate instruction through the creation of small groups within a classroom; expanded calendar features; improvements to our online gradebook and assignment manager; the Help Center powered by the Edmodo community; and a wide array of tweaks and enhancements based on your experiences using Edmodo in your classrooms.
In addition, we have a number of new features currently in beta release that haven’t even been announced — stay tuned early next year for the wider release of Parent Accounts, which will allow parents to become active participants in the classroom through the ability to view grades, exchange messages with you and their child, and track school events and activities through a calendar that can be color-coded and filtered for each child in the family.
But what we’re most proud of is that Edmodo is and always will be free.
As you can imagine, launching a free service has required the backing of some very unique supporters – financial investors who understand the intricacies of the education landscape as it is today but have the vision to see the potential of social networking to fundamentally transform education on a global level.
Learn Capital was our founding investor and today we’re pleased to announce that Union Square Ventures (USV) has joined our team to help us achieve our goal of providing free, secure social networking tools to schools all over the world. Union Square Ventures is an investment firm with a track record for supporting young companies that use technology in innovative ways — you may recognize USV from their early investments in Twitter, Zynga, Foursquare and Etsy; we know them as a valued partner who truly believes in the power of technology and mobile learning to engage students and inspire them to reach their potential.
Through our partnerships with Learn Capital and Union Square Ventures and our continued collaboration with you, our dedicated community of educators, it’s clear that it’s time to reset our goals and look far beyond our wildest dreams for what we can achieve together. We can’t wait to see what the coming year brings.
So let’s get started.