Follow the guidelines below for the safety of your students and groups:
Do not post Group codes publicly: It’s a good idea to distribute the Group code to your students in class. Distributing the code via a blog, Twitter, or any other public forum creates opportunities for unwanted persons to join your Group. If you want to post the “join” information on your personal website to encourage teachers or students to join, please use the “Join Group URL” which you can find in the Group's settings menu.
- Note: As the teacher, you have the ability to remove any members who join your Group.
Lock Group codes after all students have joined: Once your students have joined your Edmodo Group, be sure to lock the Group. This prevents other users from joining your Group without your approval (until you unlock the Group). You can lock the Group Code by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the Group Code and selecting "Lock Class" . Edmodo will automatically lock your Groups after they have been unlocked for 14 days. Locked Group codes can still be used to join a group, but using a locked code will require the teacher to approve the join-group request.
- Note: You can easily unlock your Group Code to allow new members to join or reset your group code to generate a new Group Code. Once a code has been reset, the old or historical code previously designated to the class cannot be used to join.
Monitor student posts: As a Group owner, you have complete control over your Groups. Here are a few ways to help you manage student posts:
- Set up notifications: Notifications alert you of new activity in your Groups and connections. We recommend setting up text or email Notifications to help you monitor students’ posts within your Groups. To turn your Notifications on, visit your “Account Settings” page.
- Delete / edit posts: As the Group owner, you can delete or edit any student post in the Group’s Post Stream by clicking on the small blue arrow in the top right hand corner of the post. Note: you must hover your mouse over the post to see the arrow.
- Post moderation: Post moderation requires the Group owner to approve all posts and replies before they appear in the Group’s Post Stream. Post moderation can be turned on/off by clicking the more icon in the bottom righthand corner of the Group's information panel > "Settings”. In the pop up box that appears and check the box "Moderate all Posts and Replies."
Use “read-only” status when needed: “Read-only” status provides a valuable bridge for students who are in the process of building appropriate digital citizenship skills. Read-only status can be managed by the teacher and allows a student to view classroom messages, submit assignments and communicate directly to his/her teacher, but does not allow the student to post to the Group or reply to Notes sent to that Group.
Select unique student passwords: Students should create unique student passwords. Using generic passwords (such as “password”, “Name”123 or birthdates) makes it easy for students to guess each others’ passwords.
- Note: Passwords are case sensitive.
Set expectations: It’s important to set expectations with students about the content that is appropriate for your Edmodo class Group. At the beginning of the year, you may want to implement guidelines for posting behavior and etiquette. You can find sample guidelines and a sample code of conduct on our Teacher Rollout Resources page.
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