4 Edmodo Best Practices Every Teacher Should Follow

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September 20th, 2011

To ensure safe and secure usage of Edmodo in your classroom, be sure to follow these four best practices when managing your Edmodo groups:

1. Do not post group codes publicly

When inviting your students to join your Edmodo group, be sure to distribute group codes in class or via a private channel. Distributing codes via a blog, Twitter or any other public site makes them visible to people you may not want in your group.

 2. Lock group codes after all students have joined

Once all your students have joined your Edmodo group, be sure to lock the group code so that no other students can join. You can lock the group code by selecting the drop down arrow next to the group code and selecting the lock option. Your group code can easily be unlocked if needed.

 3. Set up notifications to monitor activity

Notifications alert you to new activity in your Edmodo groups and connections.  We recommend setting up text or email alerts to help you monitor students’ posts in your groups.  To do this, visit the settings panel in your Edmodo account and select which activities you would like to be notified of (new posts, replies, direct messages, etc.) and how you would like to be notified (text or email).

4. Use Read-Only status where needed

“Read-only” status provides a valuable bridge for students who are in the process of building appropriate digital citizenship skills. Read-only status can be managed by the teacher and allows a student to view classroom messages, submit assignments and communicate directly to their teacher, but limits their ability to post messages to the entire group.   To change a student’s posting status, select “manage” in the Members section of your group page, select the student and change the status to “read-only”.

8 responses to “4 Edmodo Best Practices Every Teacher Should Follow”

  1. Peruvianboarder says:

    Sup everyone?

  2. Viktordavey says:

    Could this be used for a whole school like a newsletter ?

    • Anastasia Chavez says:

      Yea it can!!! It us a great venue to share best practices and communicate with co workers on activities in your classroom and up coming events!!!

  3. David says:

    I found out about this site from another teacher, and look forward to popping in and using it.

    I just hope that it can be linked in with Facebook, as some students only use one social media site.

    • teacherayala says:

      I don’t think it necessarily is designed to link with Facebook for security reasons. Class content is supposed to be private, and student classroom interaction is also supposed to not necessarily be posted publicly. Facebook opens the door for that to happen.

  4. Cdchiappori says:

    Our school opened the accounts without parents permission, is that ok? I don’t let my 6 grader ANY social media and I’m very disappointed. How is the website monitored? how do we know (As parents) that this is not used as other thing, specially if we depend on the teachers using “best practices”

  5. teacherayala says:

    It is completely teacher monitored. Nobody can see the page unless they are invited into the “connection” and have a special code. Hence rule #1 about not posting codes publicly.

    Also, this is not the same things as Facebook per se. They don’t necessarily have all of the Facebook apps and games. It is used for posting a calendar of assignments, discussion boards on class topics, notifying students of deadlines and things, as well as other creative class-related projects. Edmodo is considered “social media” only because it connects the students to the teacher, to each other and the teacher to the student, not because it connects them to the whole realm of public social media. In other words, it’s private and CAN’T be used in the same way that Facebook is used. That’s the beauty of this particular device.

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