Tell us a little about your background and your role in the company.
I’m the Chief Product Officer at Edmodo, and I lead product development to ensure that Edmodo continues to meet the needs and exceed expectations of teachers and students. I co-founded the company in 2008 to address the demands of teachers and students seeking a secure social network for classroom use. Before launching Edmodo, I worked at a high school in Illinois for several years, building web-based tools and learning management solutions.
Was Edmodo the first app you developed?
I previously developed custom apps for school districts in the Chicago area.
What inspired the app?
Edmodo was started in 2008 when Jeff O'Hara and I were working in IT departments at schools in Illinois. We were being asked every day to block social networking websites in schools, and we recognized the power of social in schools but the inherent need for safety. Realizing the need to blend the online and offline learning atmospheres and bring digital tools and resources to the classroom, Edmodo was born, and today we have more than 20 million users from every U.S. state and every country in the world.
How was the issue of e-safety handled?
From its inception, Edmodo was designed to protect the privacy and security of students and teachers by providing a safe alternative to open, consumer social networking sites. Due to our focus on students of all ages, Edmodo has a unique set of concerns and extra checkpoints and safeguards to ensure privacy. This is and always will be one of our main priorities.
How friendly is Edmodo towards content from other apps?
We have streamlined the “Open In Edmodo” functionality. Documents from other iPad apps (such as Pages) can now be opened in Edmodo with one tap. From there, users can attach documents to assignments and notes and upload them to their libraries. Students can submit an assignment in just two easy taps. This demo is great at illustrating how the Edmodo iPad app integrates with other apps: http://www.appdemostore.com/embed?id=6201879088332800
What are the key features of Edmodo that engage learners?
Edmodo connects teachers with the best resources and tools, with each other and their students, while providing an easy and effective way to engage with students. Teachers can get the pulse of their classrooms through student reactions to quizzes, assignments, and discussion posts that capture understanding, confusion, or frustration. With real-time feedback to see, understand, and react to how students are absorbing information, teachers can personalize instruction for their students, amplify lesson plans, and recognize the broader learning trends taking place in their own classrooms.
As teachers all over the world are being asked to do more with less, Edmodo’s social features meet a digital generation of students precisely where they are and helps teachers connect with students on a platform they understand and want to use.
Is Edmodo aimed at a specific age of student?
Edmodo is tailored for K-12 teachers, students, parents, and school districts and administrators, but we see learners of all ages using Edmodo.
Are there any updates or new features planned for the app?
We recently launched an enhanced version of our web-based learning platform and released the latest Edmodo iPad app, complete with several updates and new features. We are constantly evolving it to make it as easy as possible for teachers and students to integrate into their daily workflows. Since the iPad app’s launch on August 7, we have already updated the way teachers can create and manage group settings on the iPad and are currently in the process of bringing quizzes to the iPad, which will allow teachers to create, assign and administer quizzes directly from the Edmodo iPad app.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
We are actively working on both Android and iPhone applications that are built for touch, and we’re continually working to improve Edmodo based on teacher feedback.
Nic thank you so much for taking time out to speak with us.
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