Edmodo, an online education platform, made the move to release a new version to its interface Sept. 5 with the intent to make the site more user friendly for students and teachers.
The new version, which continues to align with the social networking format, enables same-subject teachers to connect with each other, creating a live stream of student activity, and also introducing its own version of the “Like” button to help with student engagement.
Edmodo launched in late 2008 and has grown to 10 million members. The changes were introduced due to user feedback.
Two of the newest additions are the Discovery and Insights features. Discovery helps educators find and share relevant teaching content, while Insights allows for students to react – approvingly or disapprovingly – to their teacher’s posts, and vice versa.
Other upgrades to the system includes Groups, which helps users to share folders and manage small groups; Planner, formerly known as the Calendar; and Progress Report, formerly known as the Gradebook.