Edmodo is an E-learning platform that allows students and teachers to communicate in a safe learning environment. It is modelled on the style of Facebook, but with tight control of who can join each school group.
Teachers sign up to Edmodo using the school's page http://bsu.edmodo.com where they can then create individual groups for their classes.
Teachers then give out the individual group codes to their class, who can then sign up via http://bsu.edmodo.com.
Within class groups students and teachers can have discussions, share informative links, set up polls, and even set, submit and mark assignments online.
This all occurs within a completely safe environment where the teacher and administrators are in control. For example, if a youtube link is posted, Edmodo will open it within a secure window, to ensure that the students do not have to leave the safety of the site to visit Youtube where they may become distracted or find inappropriate material.
As a school we promote safe use of the internet for research work and homework. Edmodo is regularly used by our secondary teachers and students.