I’m not necessarily a traditionalist, but sometimes I miss the simple things. I have been a registered number since birth, but I never had to keep track of such numbers until life introduced me to pass-codes and later passwords. For me, it all started with a 4-digit code to give my ATM card access to my first bank account. I’m not naive to think that codes, numeric or otherwise, are something new to the world, but in this age of digital identity, there are many pass-codes and password requirements that sometimes it can feel overwhelming. I do remember what life was like before passwords. Even though I have adjusted fairly well to this new age of digital identity, it is important for me to be aware of my students, who likely have not transitioned yet to this stage in life. Once you start down the path of passwords, there is no turning back.
Edmodo appears to offer what I am looking for in an LMS. First, it does not require email addresses to register and for the group and for 4th grade students, I think this is an important feature. Even though it does require passwords, it seems to be a fairly user-friendly system, ideal for someone using an LMS for the first time. Moodle and Blackboard are much more robust and can easily overwhelm a fourth grader. I expect there will be varying levels of digital competency, but for some students, this will be their first exposure to digital tools and digital platforms. Secondly, I need a LMS that is versatile in language selection because the course will be delivered in Spanish and English. I have also sought out Callaborize Classroom, but English was the only language available. On the contrary, Edmodo offers multiple language selections.
Even though Edmodo is unfamiliar territory for me, there are other benefits to choosing this LMS. There are other teachers within the district (where I will be working) that have used this LMS with their students. The district utilizes Edline, but a few teachers have chosen to use Edmodo because it better supports their objectives. Even though I have used Edline before, I have not officially started with the district yet, so I don’t have access to the Edline system, therefore, I do not know if it is a viable option. For now, it is better for me to develop my course through Edmodo.