In 2008, Nic Borg founded Edmodo alongside Jeff O’Hara, and Crystal Hutter. Edmodo is a free and secure cloud-based learning network that connects classroom community (students, teachers and even parents) together. While teachers have a platform to upload, assign, track and collect assignments to run their classrooms efficiently, students have a platform to connect and collaborate with their classmates anywhere and anytime. Parents could also stay current and get quick answers to questions.
Prior to launching Edmodo, Borg built web-based tools and applications for schools and districts. According to Borg, Edmodo was motivated by the desire to help teachers overcome challenges in teaching (for example, disseminating digital learning resources) and to enable students communicate with their peers and teachers after school hours.
Impressively, Borg has been named in the prestigious Forbes “30 under 30” list in 2014.
It is inspiring to learn about the innovator behind the platform that I successfully use with my students everyday. Students familiarise themselves very quickly with Edmodo’s user-friendly, Facebook style interface. I think Borg’s experience in field of education 7 years before launching Edmodo pushed the idea of taking social media into schools, enhancing participation and engagement in the classroom.
Here is a clip of Borg speaking about Edmodo.