Edmodo Spotlight helps you boost your lesson planning and find resources to spark your students’ curiosity and improve their overall learning experience. It is a place to share, collect, review, and discover helpful resources for your students and teaching. It is a marketplace where both publishers and teachers can create and share resources. Teachers from the Edmodo network can download, peruse or purchase these resources. Read our one pager here.
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About Edmodo Spotlight
- I’ve never used Edmodo before. Can you give me a quick overview on how to get started?
- Will Spotlight integrate with my library and other Edmodo features like the Edmodo Store and Discover?
- I already share content in the Edmodo Communities. How is Spotlight different from the communities?
- How is Spotlight different from other sites where I can sell resources?
- Where can I get training on how to use Spotlight?
About Edmodo Spotlight
- Edmodo is the largest social learning network in the world. It allows teachers, students, and parents to connect in a free and secure environment. Teachers often create groups with their students to take learning beyond the classroom. Teachers can also discover resources, do blended learning PD, and connect in communities.
- To get started with your Edmodo Teacher account, check out the following links:
- Yes! In the future, we will be integrating Spotlight with several other Edmodo features, such as the Library, Discover, Search and the Edmodo Store.
- We love that you share in the communities because it helps fellow teachers in real time. Spotlight allows those same resources to be surfaced more easily. Teachers will also be able to follow you on Spotlight so they can get updates when you share new resources.
- Spotlight is not just about buying and selling. The spirit of sharing and collecting is fundamental to how Edmodo operates. Additionally, sharing on Edmodo Spotlight allows you to quickly reach our very large network of teachers and integrate the resources into your Edmodo student groups.
- We’ll be adding additional resources about Spotlight to our Help Center soon. In the meantime, if you have questions about using Spotlight, please contact our Support Team here and we’ll be happy to assist you.
What file types do you support on Spotlight? Is there a maximum file size I can upload?
- We support the following file types: .avi, .bmp, .doc, .docx, .exe, .epub, .flv, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .key, .mov, .mp3, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .m4a, .m4v, .pdf, .png, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .pub, .tif, .tiff, .txt, .wav, .xls, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltx, .zip
- Currently, the maximum file size that can be uploaded to Spotlight is 255MB.
What kinds of resources are you looking for?
- We would love for you to upload K-12 resources, as well as professional development resources. Think of resources your fellow teachers could use to plan or deliver lessons. Examples include original problems or questions with answer keys attached, vocabulary lists tied to stories, unit plans or compelling videos, and any other time-saving resources. You could also consider resources that students could use to tackle homework and research or supplemental work.
Who can upload content? Is it only Edmodo users?
- Only registered Edmodo users may upload content on Spotlight. If you are not a registered Edmodo user yet, you will be able to sign up for an account from the Spotlight homepage.
My resource is in a language other than English. Is that OK?
- At this time, we are concentrating on resources in English. You are welcome to upload resources in other languages, however, our search may not be as effective for those items at this time.
I do not understand the Creative Commons License Options.
- Creative Commons License Options give you more control over how your original content is shared, modified and/or utilized by the Edmodo Community.
- ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA): This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
- Attribution (CC-BY): This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
- No-Derivatives (CC-BY-ND): This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Where can I see the Spotlight Terms of Service?
- When you begin to upload resources, you will agree to the Terms of Service for Edmodo Spotlight. For reference, you can see the Spotlight Terms of Service here.
Where can I learn more about guidelines for copyright concerns for my adapted resources?
- We have shared some resources that could prove valuable for navigating Copyright:
- An Overview: http://www.copyright.gov/
- What Resources are in the Public Domain: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
- Descriptions of Fair Use: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/
- If your resources contain material from other sources, you must get approval to use them or follow Fair Use best practices.
Who owns the content I upload?
- You own your original content. You own all the rights associated with copyright.
Who will see the content I upload? Can I keep my uploaded content private?
- When you publish a resource, anyone using Spotlight will be able to view the resource listing. If you keep content in “Draft” mode, only you will be able to see it. Please note you can edit or remove your published resources at any time by navigating to “My Dashboard” in Spotlight.
I am concerned about the proprietary ownership of materials I have created on "school time" using "school resources."
- The intellectual property and copyright policies at your school or district could affect the ownership of your resources. Since these policies may vary from school to school, please review your specific school's intellectual property policy to learn more.
- For additional information on this topic, see the following resources:
- UT Austin's “Who Owns What?”
- Elizabeth Townsend’s “Legal and Policy Responses to the Disappearing ‘Teacher Exception,’ or Copyright Ownership in the 21st Century University,” 4 Minn. Intell.Prop. Rev. 209 (2003)
- Laura Gasaway’s "Copyright Ownership & the Impact on Academic Libraries," 13 DePaul-LCA J. Arts& Ent. L. & Pol’y 277 (2003).
Is there a membership fee to participate? Is there a subscription fee?
- At this time, there are no membership or subscription fees. It is free to participate. If you would like to purchase a resource, you can do so.
Can I remove a comment or rating?
- No, not at this time. To flag misuse or inappropriate comments, please contact our Support team here with the link to the piece of content.
How do I follow a tag or teacher? How does that help me?
- Following tags will help us better recommend resources to you based on your interests. When viewing a resource, hover over the tags and click the “Follow” button that appears. You can also click “Follow” below the resource creator’s name, which will allow you to view future items they upload in the “Recently added” section of your Spotlight homepage.
How can I search on Spotlight?
- Enter a keyword in the search bar at the top of the Spotlight homepage or use the drop-down menus at the top of the page to sort resources by grade level, content area, and price.
I live outside the U.S. Can I sell, buy, and download resources on Spotlight?
- Yes! To sell resources, you will need to have a Paypal account set up so you can receive payments. You’ll be able to buy resources by either using a credit card or a Paypal account. Note: Prices and payments are in U.S. dollars.
How many items do you want me to upload? Is there a minimum or maximum?
- As many as you want! There is no minimum or maximum. If you upload 10 or more original resources, you will gain automatic access to the Luminary Program (stay tuned for more information on this upcoming program).
Is there any benefit to using Spotlight for the school I work for?
- If several teachers in a school use Spotlight, it can become your depository for sharing all school-specific resources. We hope this sharing space will help your school or district to quickly discover and share new resources. We also believe that if teachers in your school use Spotlight, they are extending their ideas and networks.
Who has access to the content on Spotlight?
- Spotlight content may be viewed by anyone, not just Edmodo users. However, to upload content or download paid resources, you must be logged into your Edmodo account.
Is Spotlight supposed to be only for free resources, or can I sell something?
- Spotlight is a combination of both free and paid resources. The beauty of Spotlight is that it is up to you what type of content you seek, share, and collect.
How can I better organize my content or curate larger collections into folders?
- We hope Spotlight will become your one-stop repository for all your favorite content. Currently, you can create and curate collections for different themes or units. This collection will house all your resource “cards”. In the future, these collections will integrate with other Edmodo features (i.e. your Library), and you will be able to make the collections public if you wish.
Can I upload multiple files to a Spotlight resource?
- Yes! If your Spotlight resource consists of more than one file (ex: a PDF and a PowerPoint that go together), you can add the files to a folder on your computer and compress the folder into a .zip file. You'll then be able to upload that .zip file to your Spotlight resource.
- Here's some helpful information about how to create a .zip file:
- On a Mac:
- Add the various files for your resource into a folder on your computer
- Highlight the folder
- Click "File" in the top menu bar on your computer and select "Compress"
- On a PC:
- Add the various files for your resource into a folder on your computer
- Right-click on the folder
- Select "Send to" and choose "Compressed (zipped) folder"
If I sell my items, can I offer coupons for teachers in my district?
- We do not allow coupons at this time, but we love the idea. Stay posted for some opportunities like this!
If I sell a resource, how much do I get to keep? What do you charge me?
- You keep 60% of the price. We charge you 40%.
How does Dynamic Pricing work? Can I change my price at any time?
- Dynamic pricing could be a bit confusing, but we believe it works in your favor. By agreeing to Dynamic pricing, it allows us to promote and maximize sales for your item by adjusting the price the buyer pays for it depending on its popularity or other promotional goals. No matter what, we guarantee you will always receive at least 60% of your minimum price.
If I am selling resources on another site, can I sell them here on Edmodo Spotlight, too?
- Yes. We do not require an exclusive commitment from you. We just want to help you share your best content with the millions of Edmodo teachers around the world.