Steven Anderson shared a link to Edmodo's getting started guide. That guide provides a short run-down of the steps to creating your Edmodo account with your students. Included in the guide are links to additional resources like Edmodo's archived instructional webinars.
Shortly after ReTweeting Steven's link I received a text message from a friend who was wondering what she can do with Edmodo and why she might want to try it this year. That request got me to pull up the following list of things that teachers and students can do with Edmodo.
Here are fifteen things teachers and students can do with Edmodo.
1. Post assignments for students. Edmodo allows teachers to attach files
to assignment announcements. If there is a file your students need in
order to complete an assignment, they can access it at the same place
they view the announcement. Less clicking is good.
2. Create digital libraries. Students and teachers can create digital
libraries for housing their important files. No need to keep track of
USB drives because you can access your files from any Internet-connected
3. Post messages on the "wall." This allows students to ask questions of
each other and their teacher. Teachers, of course, can post messages
for all students to read.
4. Create learning groups. Teachers can create groups of their students
according to the courses they teach or create groups of students who are
supposed to be working together.
5. Post polls for students. Use the polls to gather informal feedback
on a question like, "do you feel prepared for next week's quiz?"
6. Post a quiz for students to take. You can attach links and files to
each question and answer choice. This allows you to post a document and
ask students to read and respond to it. Quizzes can be in multiple
choice, true/ false, fill in the blank, or short answer form. You can
allow students to see their scores immediately or you can disable that
7. Connect with other teachers. Join discussion groups to share ideas
about lesson plans, teaching strategies, and project development.
Discuss tools and content that you use. In some cases you can find
webinars like this one from Buck Institute for Education about project based learning.
8. Create a calendar of events and assignments.
9. Access Edmodo through the free Android and iPhone apps.
10. Turn in assignments. Students can upload assignments for their
teachers to view and grade. Teachers can annotate the assignments
directly in Edmodo.
11. Create parent accounts. Teachers can create parent accounts. Parent
accounts allow parents to see their children's assignments and grades.
Teachers can also send alerts to parents about school events, missed
assignments, and other important messages through Edmodo.
12. Generate printable class rosters. If you're going to have a
substitute teacher in your classroom who needs a printed roster, you can
print one from your Edmodo account.
13. Embed Wallwisher into your Edmodo wall to host a brainstorming session.
14. Embed videos, images, and audio clips into your wall to spark a class discussion online.
15. Use the Google Chrome extension or browser bookmarklet to quickly
add content to your Edmodo library. Anytime you find something on the
web, click the Edmodo extension or bookmarklet to save it in your Edmodo
Russell Stannard offers a 45 minute complete overview of how to use Edmodo. That video is embedded below.