Teachers seeking online communication and collaboration opportunities with students and other educators have another free resource at their disposal: Edmodo, an education-based social networking site.
The social learning network for teachers, students, schools, and districts offers free classroom communication for teachers, students, and administrators on a secure social network. Professional development for teachers is another component.
Teachers and students can post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades, and school notices within Edmodo, which stores and shares all forms of digital content—including blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, and presentations.
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Edmodo recently released new enhancements to its gradebook feature in response to teacher feedback.
“I think the real power of Edmodo is it’s completely based on teacher demand, and the way the service has evolved has been based on teachers requesting new features,” said Betsy Whalen, vice president of social media and marketing for Edmodo.