Edmodo: Empowering Student-Teacher Camaraderie through Social Learning Network

Nic Borg, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one”— Malala Yousafzai. The above quote symbolizes the empowerment of youth through the opportunity to learn, in turn, enriching the world they inhabit. Educational organizations encounter the intricacy of having to deeply understand the challenges faced by teachers, students, and educators to build game-changing learning environment. However, a technological solution, research-proven to be effective— if not easy for teachers and educators to use and ultimately benefit students—amounts to nothing.

“Education opens minds. Technology connects them. Edmodo brings you the best of both, all in one place,” declares Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo, adding, “the Company was created to bring education into a 21st century environment, dedicated to connecting all learners with the people and resources they need to reach their full potential.” Founded in 2008, when two school district employees set out to bridge the gap between how students live their lives and learn in school. Edmodo provides K-12 teachers, school officials, students, and parents with a closed, private learning network that they could use to connect and collaborate with each other. “Edmodo is free for teachers and students—and always will be. We strive to empower teachers to build relationships with students in an environment they know and love,” Mittal asserts. The social learning network offers a versatile range of solutions for Teacher-Student benefit such as Edmodo Web and Edmodo Spotlight. Parent accounts with Edmodo helps keep a tab on important classroom announcements, events, and assignments—upcoming, turned in, or past due.

The company provides prioritized support for administrators with Edmodo Management, PD Tools, and Collections. Edmodo management administers

the entire learning community and all of its members, all in one place and monitors how, when, and where the platform is being integrated. Administrators can follow posts, assignments, and groups to see where support is required and gain visibility into user accounts in the event of a safety or security concern. Built into the world’s leading education platform, Edmodo PD Tools delivers to educators a way to create, centralize, and manage a continuing education network across your schools Denver Public School District (DPS) uses Edmodo as a platform for professional development and to engage students in the classroom.

DPS provides a comprehensive professional development program that includes online, face-to-face and self-directed components while in the midst of implementing a blended learning initiative. Edmodo provided DPS a platform to meet the goals of their blended learning plan. In particular, Edmodo gave their Teacher Leadership Academy, which is a network of teacher leaders who collaborate with other educators, their own online Professional Learning Network in which they could share content and continue their discussion from face-to-face meetings. This experience has translated into classroom engagement and adoption, as Edmodo enables a crucial social collaboration component of the district’s blended learning initiative.

“Edmodo differs from other education technology companies due to the fact that it is created by educators for educators; we have a direct relationship with the teachers, parents, and students using our platform,” says Mittal. “Because of that, user trust is critical to us.” Technology is powerful and can effectively change the future of education and company believes that it can leverage the same in the cause of enhancing student learning. “We're passionate about use of technology in education, we're committed to it, and we believe we can accomplish better learning outcomes and protect student privacy at the same time,” Mittal concludes.

Education opens minds. Technology connects them. Edmodo brings forth the best of both, all in one place