While an empty classroom may be peaceful, it’s not where learning happens. The same goes for an Edmodo Group; you want your students signed up and added to your Group so they can engage with the rich learning opportunities Edmodo provides.
As a teacher, you have full control over who enters your Edmodo Groups, and bringing them on board is quick and easy once you understand the two ways that students (or teachers) can join a Group:
An unlocked Group Code gives students immediate access to your Group. Students simply click the plus sign on their home page, enter the code, and they’re in! But like a key to your classroom, you don’t want to give it out to just anybody. Share it in direct communication with your students (e.g. on the whiteboard in class) and avoid posting it publicly.
To keep your Group as safe and secure as possible, Group Codes lock after two weeks. However, students can still use locked codes to join your Group. When a student uses a locked Group Code, you’ll receive a Group join request that you can approve or deny. This feature keeps the control in your hands and prevents someone who comes across an old Group Code (e.g. your student’s older brother) from joining.
Even after a Group Code is locked, you can continue to use it throughout the year. If you prefer granting instant access after it locks, you can easily unlock a Group Code, which generates a new code. Should want to continue to moderate those who join, you can still use your previously locked code.
To request access to a Group via a Join URL, a student (or teacher) simply enters the Join URL into a web browser and the Group owner receives a join request that needs to be approved or denied (just like a locked Group Code). Because of this, the Join URL can be sent out publicly (e.g. via a personal website, blog, or Tweet). It can also be distributed via the “Invite” button located on the Group page. Whichever way you decide to share it, the Join URL never expires.
Signing Up for Accounts
Students can create an Edmodo account if they’ve been invited to a teacher-owned Group and can use either a Group Code or Join URL to get started. When signing up through edmodo.com, students must enter a Group Code during the sign-up process. If creating an account through the Join URL, students will not need a Group Code, as the Join URL serves as the invitation to a Group.
Do your students already have Edmodo accounts? They can simply enter the Group Code or Join URL into their existing account and get added to your Group.
Managing Group Members
Once students are in your Group, you (and any co-teachers) have a number of tools to manage Group members and maintain safety. From resetting student passwords, to moderating or deleting Posts, you are in complete control of what occurs (and who joins) a Group.
However you decide to invite students into an Edmodo Group, understanding the similarities and differences of the two options will help you pick the option that works best for you. Whether you use a Group Code or Join URL, adding students to a Group is a breeze. Now, if only managing your classroom was as easy…