Based in San Mateo, California (USA), Edmodo was founded 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.
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 easier to track the learner progress. All evaluations and grades are easily stored and accessible anytime. It can be accessible online and by 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 have already chosen it.
The real time system is free for any user, no matter from which school or country he or she is. However, the adoption of the platform within the school is a teacher’s decision, and not from the school, like with 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 with “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 any email address and only the people who have the group code can see the students/classes. Moreover, 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 place on an open forum. On the other hand, if needed, the teachers can also generate class rosters for printing. The platform supports more than 400 of both free and paid apps from third-party developers. According to its founder, last year the company charged its partners a 15% of the paid apps fees. In March 2013, the company made its first acquisition with Root-1, an educational app producer with OpenMinds as its main product.
The company has now more than 60 employees. During the last 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 it latest awards are:
- 2012-13 eSchool News Readers’ Choice Awards
- 2012 Webby Awards Official Honoree
- 2011 Tech and Learning Award of Excellence
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