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Social Learning | ISTE 2014 Coverage

Edmodo Intros App for Windows 8.1

Edmodo, a free social learning network for K-12, has developed an app for Windows 8.1 users. The company made the announcement at the ISTE 2014 conference in Atlanta.

Edmodo enables schools and districts to create closed, private, online communities for teachers and students for the purpose of facilitating communication and collaboration. Users can access Edmodo's full functionality through a Web browser, but until now Edmodo apps have been available for iPad and Android tablets only. The platform has expanded to Windows 8.1 devices, furthering the company's commitment "to bringing a streamlined Edmodo experience to users no matter their device preference,” said Nic Borg, co-founder and chief product officer of Edmodo, in a prepared statement.

Unlike the iPad and Android apps, which offer a subset of Edmodo features, the app for Windows 8.1 provides "access to the full suite of Edmodo features available on the Web version," according to the company, but it emphasizes the features most commonly used in classrooms.

Key features of the Edmodo app for Windows 8.1 include:

  • Live tile notifications;
  • Touch-enabled split screen;
  • Ability to create and join groups;
  • Collaboration with peers in the group stream and Edmodo subject communities;
  • Assignment creation and submission;
  • User library access;
  • Content retrieval from the Edmodo Store;
  • New account creation; and
  • Content sharing between teachers or from teachers to students.

Further information can be found on Edmodo's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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