Will Edmodo be the social learning network for K12 education?

If you still think social networks have nothing to do with learning, Edmodo hopes to change your mind.

Edmodo has more than 2 million users and will try to use social network tools for K-12 classrooms. Part of their pitch is that students already know how to use this interface, so it's a natural for students to communicate with teachers and each other around assignments and class topics. 

The teachers can post about assignments, add related materials or further discussion beyond class. The updates are shown in Facebook-looking stream. Add in the ability to turn in digital assignments and a gradebook and it starts to sound like many other course management systems already out there.

Yes, Edmodo has document libraries on Social Studies, Biology and other topics. It has social aspects like sharing with teachers from other schools and even those game-like badges that sites like Foursquare offer.

So what would make you venture into their platform? The business model is free. Edmodo is not charging for teachers or students to use the service, but will add revenue from publisher promotions of classroom textbooks or materials.

Edmodo is going after individual teachers rather than schools or districts which might backfire if the school/district uses another service or doesn't allow teachers to use these types of tools.

Updates via http://blog.edmodo.com


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