Edmodo for Parents

Edmodo was first introduced to Donabate Community College three years ago where a small number of teachers started to use the online Educational Learning Environment. Now almost every teacher is using Edmodo in their classes for the exchanging of notes, important information, assignments and submission of work. It is proving to be a powerful tool for the teacher, the student and now the parent. This article will help you to sign up as a parent and keep track of your son/daughters progress along with some helpful tips and tricks.

Parent Accounts

Parent Accounts are a great way to stay up to date about your child’s classroom activities, assignments, grades, and school events. We’ve outlined the simple sign-up process, so you can get started observing your child’s classroom right away.

After your child has created a Student Account (they will have this from school), you can create a Parent Account using your child’s unique Parent Code. You will not use a Group Code as Parent Accounts do not join Groups.  Once you create your Parent Account, you are automatically observing any Group/class that your child is part of on his/her account.

You only need one Parent Account your entire time on Edmodo.  Even if you have multiple children using Edmodo, you can add them all to your one account. There is never a need to create a new Parent Account (and there is never a need for your child to create a new Student Account as well). If your child did create a new account, simply obtain the Parent Code associated with your child’s new account and add it to your existing Parent Account. As your child joins or leaves classes or schools, your account will automatically update to reflect these changes.

You will need an email address to sign up for your Parent account.

 

How to Sign Up as a Parent

  1. Obtain the unique 6-digit Parent Code from your child’s account (this is not the same as your child’s Group Code/s).
    • The Parent Code is attached to your child’s account. Each child has a different Parent Code. You can find your Parent Code the following way:
      • Your child’s Edmodo Homepage: the Parent Code is located on the bottom of the left side panel.
  2. Go to www.edmodo.com on a web browser (currently, you cannot create your Parent Account on the mobile or iPad Edmodo apps).
  3. Click “I’m a Parent,” listed below the “I’m a Teacher” button.
  4. Fill in the necessary information and your unique Parent Code, and check the box to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  5. Click “Sign Up.”

Note: Each child has a different Parent Code. You do not have to share a Parent Account with another parent, relative, or guardian. Multiple Parent Accounts can be set up for one student. Simply use the same Parent Code found on the student’s account to create a second Parent Account (must have a different email address).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a further PDF guide to signing up as a parent – Click here

 

Editing your Email and Notifications

You can control what email and text notifications you receive from Edmodo by visiting the “Email and Text Updates” tab from Account Settings.  To manage your email and text notifications, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the “Account” drop-down arrow on the right of your top toolbar.
  2. Click the “Settings” option in the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the “Email and Text Updates” tab at the top of your “Settings” page.

Notification Type: Choose e-mail OR text message from the drop-down list to edit your notification type.

  • Select the type of notifications you’d like to receive by checking the box located next to each option. You can receive notifications for Alerts, replies, Notes, and Assignments.
    • E-mail - Email notifications will be sent to the email address associated with your Edmodo Account.
    • Text Message - Type in your phone number and select the type of notifications you’d like to receive by checking the boxes.   If you select text updates, enter your 10-digit phone number and select your current mobile provider. You will need to verify your phone number in order to enable text alerts. (Text updates are only available for users in the U.S. and Canada. Standard text messaging rates apply.)
    • None - You will not receive any email or text notifications. However, you will still be notified on your Homepage about activity on your child’s account.

Note: You can select to receive email and text notifications. It is not possible to receive both types of notifications. 

 

Best Practices for Using Parent Accounts

Whether it’s having students use an avatar as a Profile picture or making a habit of logging out after using Edmodo, we’ve compiled a few best practices:

  • Set Expectations with Your Child

Although the school have set out its own expectations and guidelines for using the internet and Edmodo Accounts, it is important for you to discuss and set your own guidelines with your children regarding Internet usage.

  • Use a Secure Password When Creating an Account
    • Students should create unique student passwords, the school has already helped with this. Using generic passwords (such as “password”, “Name”123, or birthdates) makes it easy for students to guess each others’ passwords. Passwords are case sensitive.

    Setting up Email or Text Notifications

    • Notifications alert you to new activity in your child’s account. We recommend setting up email or text notifications to help you monitor your child’s posts and progress in school. To turn on these notifications, visit your Account Settings page. You will also automatically be notified on your Homepage about activity on your child’s account.

 

 FAQ’s for Parents

  • Why is a post showing up on my child’s account but not on my Parent Account?

You will only see these posts on your account if the teacher has included the Parent Group in the post, or if your child’s teacher has sent a direct message to just your child (or vice versa).

  • Can parents directly message their students’ teacher(s)

This feature is not available for Parent Accounts.

  • Where do I find the Parent Code unique to my student?

You will find the Parent Code at the bottom of the left side panel on your child’s account. Your child’s teacher can also provide you with the Parent Code.

  • Can we have more than one Parent Account associated with one student? 

Yes! Multiple Parent Accounts can be set up for one student. You do not have to share a Parent Account with another parent, relative, guardian, or even a coach. Simply use the same Parent Code found on the student’s account to create your Parent Account (must have a different email address). The same Parent Code for one student can be used multiple times.

  • Can I have more than one student on my Parent Account?

Yes! You can add multiple children to your one Parent Account. Simply click the “Add a Student” button in the top toolbar on your Parent Account. Enter the student’s unique Parent Code, select a relationship to the student, and click “Add.”

  • Can I merge my Parent Account and Teacher Account?

Unfortunately, you cannot merge the two separate accounts. We believe that each account has unique functions that serve a specific purpose, and therefore the account features are separate. You can easily register for two different accounts.

  • Can parents join Groups?

At this time, parents are not able to join Groups.

  • What if I forget my password?

If you forget your password, you can go to www.edmodo.com and click the “Forgot your password?” button on the login page. You will receive an email with instructions on how to recover your password.

  • How can I get more information about Privacy?

You can visit the Edmodo Privacy Policy at http://www.edmodo.com/corporate/privacy-policy and can always contact Edmodo at info@edmodo.com for more information.

  • Can I upload a Profile Picture? 

Parent Accounts do not have a Profile page and therefore cannot upload Profile Pictures.

  • Can I sign up for a Parent Account on the Edmodo app for my iPad or mobile device?

Currently, parents cannot create their accounts on the mobile or iPad Edmodo app.

  • Can I send posts or reply to posts? 

At this time, it is not possible to send a message or reply to a post from a Parent Account.