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Edmodo is a social network learning portal for schools, teachers, and students for on-going collaboration and learnnig. It can support teacher adoption, collaboration and use. It can share educational content and engage in professional development with a global community of educators. You can create your school or district's Edmodo web address and connect teachers, students, and parents, securely in real-time.
It provides a secure learning environment protected by built-in privacy controls
Teachers can post messages for their students and students can post to the group
Teachers and students can share content and materials including web links and videos
You can post classroom assignments, encourage discussions and track progress online
Teachers can also grade assignments online providing convenient feedback and enables teachers to network with other teachers to share ideas and resources.
Users can connect via mobile smart phones and be updated with the latest posts
It has a calendar feature which helps track assignments and events
Students can post off topic messages, so this needs to be monitored
Some students may use it more as a social networking site than a site for academic purposes.
Students who don’t have the internet at home may be at a disadvantage
If you are looking for a Private Social Learning portal, you may want to consider eLearningZoom.