Sumant Yerramilly, General Manager
The widespread COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the educational world to the extent that distance learning and online education have become an economic necessity for educational institutions and students. This drastic shift to remote learning has challenged educators, students, and parents across the world to resume teaching and learning. As educators are overwhelmed with several online tools and platforms, choosing the right platform with all the essential features has been a challenge for them. On the other hand, there are still considerable gaps in terms of digital equity. Some students and teachers do not have access to the internet and the right devices, which hinders them from harnessing the online education system’s potential. In short, the need of the hour is a reliable partner that can provide robust online educational solutions to help schools, parents, and administrators facilitate student learning with better engagement and communication.
One company that is doing exceptionally well in this distressing time in empowering educators and students with distance and hybrid learning through its simple communication, collaboration, and coaching platform is Edmodo. With over a decade of experience in this space, Edmodo is on a mission to bring all the education stakeholders online together and make the distance learning experience more useful and engaging. “Our objective is to create a global education network similar to the real-world private community that connects all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential,” states Sumant Yerramilly, General Manager of Edmodo.
Edmodo’s design is inspired by the simple user interface of Facebook and other social networking platforms. Delivered as a pay-per-use model, Edmodo’s emphasis is on developing solutions that are intuitive, fun, and meet every stakeholders’ needs. “Whether it is an eight-year-old student or a 50-year-old teacher, they should be able to use our platform effectively and easily,” explains Yerramilly.
Our objective is to create a global education network similar to the real-world private community that connects all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential
With Edmodo, teachers and administrators can share resources, communicate with each other via messages, create groups, all this within one safe and secure place. Educators are able to create digital classrooms with all of their students, assign digital homework, create quizzes, and bring their favorite communication tools onboard. If teachers want to clarify specific topics, they can find a community of peers that will support them when they need it most. They can also enhance their knowledge by exploring Discover – full of educational collections and apps, as well as follow hashtags of important topics and subjects on Edmodo. For students, the benefits are multifold. Using Edmodo, they can plan and organize their class folders effectively, ask teachers questions at anytime day or night, and study their favorite topic anywhere and anytime.
Recently, Edmodo’s platform has integrated with the Zoom application to deliver improved video, audio, and chat communications. The platform also has analytics, which empowers educators and administrators to understand and analyze how students access and consume the learning content. “We know how learners like to learn. So everything that we build at Edmodo is really about driving classroom engagement and driving classroom participation,” says Yerramilly. Apart from the robust technology, Edmodo is backed by a highly-skilled team, who were former educators and district administrators.
Since its inception, Edmodo has come a long way, transforming from a direct-to-teacher company to an enterprise that supports large rollouts district and state wide. Owing to its platform’s capabilities, today, the company has over 140 million users. Edmodo has primarily focused on K-12. But, since the pandemic has accelerated the need of partners like them, Edmodo plans to cater to other organizations as well. The company is expanding its administrative tools and product set to support new industries that need an intuitive collaboration and communication platform. In a nutshell, by connecting all the stakeholders in the education realm, Edmodo stands tall as the right partner in laying the ground for a future-ready learning environment.