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UNESCO Recommend Edmodo for Distance Learning
March 19, 2020 News


In view of the disruption to education worldwide due to COVID-19, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited, a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that Edmodo, a subsidiary of NetDragon, was one of the recommended distance learning applications and platforms by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With over 100 million registered users, covering approximately 400,000 schools in more than 190 countries and regions, Edmodo is among the world’s largest and most active learning communities.

According to UNESCO, 85 countries have announced or implemented suspension of educational institutions, hindering approximately 777 million students’ learning progress. UNESCO has updated a “Distance learning solutions” section on its website with a recommendation list attached to promote online learning through distance learning platforms. The recommended applications and platforms tend to have wide reach, a strong user base and evidence of impact. Most of the solutions are free and several support multiple languages.

NetDragon encourages teachers and students of various primary and secondary schools to engage in free online interactive learning through Edmodo for continuous learning progress. Prominent functions of Edmodo have gained popularity among teachers and students. Edmodo can be widely applied across multiple learning use cases, including lesson preparation, lesson delivery, as well as after-class studies and discussions, while providing extensive functions that include assignment distribution, quiz assessment, learning progress monitoring and teaching statistics. It is handy for teaching and self-learning to be combined and managed on a single platform since it is embedded within a comprehensible interface similar to social media platforms. On top of that, Edmodo facilitates a swift interaction between teachers, students and parents. By raising or answering questions, sharing reading materials or intriguing videos and initiating discussions between teachers and students, it stimulates students to develop independent learning skills and areas of interest, and therefore, enhances mutual exchange of ideas with teachers. Edmodo also features remote student supervision, enabling teachers to monitor teaching data and further adjust their teaching tempo accordingly. Parents may also follow their children’s learning progress and assist in keeping up with the learning schedule during the school suspension period.

Recently, NetDragon has also partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services in setting up contingency plans and providing free cross-border cloud services to suspended educational institutions, so that teachers can easily upload and store teaching videos to cloud servers where local and cross-boundary school students can easily access the learning resources. Teachers can further assign homework or learning tasks to students and thus provide at-home learning support.

The recommendation by UNESCO is a recognition of Edmodo’s endeavors to online education, as well as its capability in handling situations of different kinds. Edmodo has recorded a substantive increase in new registered users recently, with significant growth in new and active users from Italy and Spain in comparison with the same period last year. In order to provide distance learning support to users in affected countries and regions, NetDragon will continue to use Edmodo’s powerful strength in online education .