I’ve been using Edmodo with my 5th and 6th graders for a little over a year now, but I know I’m not making the most of it. The kids who don’t have Facebook tend to use Edmodo to communicate with each other, and I’ve posted a few assignments, but not as many as I would have liked. The great thing about Edmodo for assignments is that grading is easy. There are no papers to tote back and forth and the students don’t have to wait until their next library day for feedback.
Another fun feature that Edmodo added over the summer was badges. You can create badges and award them to students when they complete certain tasks. I was surprised by how much the kids like getting badges. They’re nothing more than an extra picture on their profile page after all. The difficult thing for me, as librarian, is keeping it all straight as I deal with so many students. The kids make sure I know it if I forget to award a badge they earned.
I would really like to connect my class with another class, but I haven’t had success with that yet. I’ve connected with a couple of teachers and joined a couple of groups, but that isn’t trickling down to linking the kids. My edmodo user name is CERLibrary, if you’d like to brainstorm a way to connect our classes.