Edmodo is a startup looking to disrupt the education industry with its social networking tools for the classroom. Tuesday Edmodo opened its API and providing a platform for third-party developers to publish educational apps to Edmodo’s 6 million users and 70,000 schools.
Edmodo brings Facebook-style social tools to K-12 classrooms. Teachers use Edmodo to communicate with students and students can also communicate with each other about class assignments or class topics. Teachers can write messages about assignments, post materials for assignments or discuss a class topic. Students view this information in what is for them a familiar Facebook-like stream of information like the News Feed. Students turn in digital assignments and teachers can enter and manage grades on the service. For teachers, Edmodo has document libraries on subjects such as Social Studies or Biology where teachers can share materials with teachers from other schools.
More than 35 companies are launching apps with the new platform. The basic apps will be free. Premium apps developed by publishers will require a purchase. Teachers also have the ability to connect the apps to existing Edmodo features such as badges, quizzes and assignments.