Based in San Mateo, California (USA), the collaborative learning platform for schools, Edmodo, was launched in 2008 by Nicolas Borg and Jeff O’Hara. It is considered as a social networking site (very similar to Facebook) for teachers and students.
This post is updated in March 2017, from an original post written in 2013.
It provides a secure and easy environment where pupils can share their content, and access several activities, evaluations and notices. Users can send and receive messages, discuss on forums and share digital resources such as videos, audios or images.
The environment makes it easy to track learner progress. All evaluations and grades are easily stored and accessible anytime. It can be accessed online and via mobile devices (including Android and iPhones). The platform is available in 6 languages including English, German, Greek, French, Spanish and Portuguese. In the first quarter of 2013, there were over 18.8 million people registered in over 90 countries. 85 of the largest US school districts had already chosen it.
In March 2017, there were over 77 million reported members, and it is believed to be the #1 K-12 social learning network in the world.
The real time system is free for any user, and from any school or country. However, the adoption of the platform within the school is a teacher’s decision, and not the school’s, unlike many other platforms. The teacher must register himself/herself first, providing a group code to his/her students. Teachers give the class a signup code, which can be deactivated once everyone has signed up.
As it is only open by “invitation” – the network is used as a secure offline classroom. The learners will then register themselves (using the teacher’s code) to join the class(es). They don’t require an email address and only the people who have the group code can see the students/classes. The code can be used by the parents, allowing the monitoring of assignments and grades.
Pupils won’t be able to send “private messages”. All messages or comments should be placed on an open forum. On the other hand, if needed, the teachers can also generate class rosters for printing. The platform supports hundreds of both free and paid apps from third-party developers.
In March 2013, the company made its first acquisition with Root-1, an educational app producer with OpenMinds as its main product.
The company had more than 60 employees by 2013. During recent years, it has raised a fund of more than 40+ USD million with Investors like BenchMark Capital, GreyLock Partners, Learn Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Union Squares Ventures.
Some of its awards have included:
- 2012-13 eSchool News Readers’ Choice Awards
- 2012 Webby Awards Official Honoree
- 2011 Tech and Learning Award of Excellence
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Visit the Edmodo website to learn more.