What if you could have your own private and secure social network just for your classroom? What if it resembled Facebook but, well, it wasn’t as focused on making money by having you click on ads? What if that kind of technology already existed and that it’s being used by thousands of teachers around the world? Did I just blow your mind? Am I asking too many rhetorical questions? Yes?
There is a social network designed just for your classroom and it’s called Edmodo. You may have heard of it during a conference or perhaps in the hallways. However, like any new technology it can be challenging to find the time to explore and adequately integrate it into your classroom. While I think Edmodo is one of the easiest edtech tools on the planet to use, it’s powerful and has a boatload of features.
Where should you get started then? Don’t let elaborate technology scare you! Use helpful education blogs (like Edudemic, EduBloggery, and other useful sites) as well Twitter chats and in-person conversation to determine how to get started. In that effort, I’d like to share a powerful cheat sheet for Edmodo that I stumbled across today. It’s available on Google Drive right now but I’ve embedded it below to make your life a little bit easier.
This sheet walks you through the very basics of Edmodo down to the more advanced features. I’d recommend you checking it out on Google Drive so you can take advantage of the clickable links, by the way. That should save you even more time!
Source: The Interact Cafe