Publisher Best Practices

Publisher Community Guide

Create a publisher community to connect directly with the educators using your app. Answer questions, ask for feedback, post instructional content—but mostly, be active! Below are guidelines and best practices for creating an effective and valuable publisher community and building relationships as your technology gets implemented in classrooms across the U.S.

Update Your Account Information

Add Your Company Avatar

Display a unique image to teachers who visit and follow your community page.

  1. Select “Me” on the right side of the Edmodo toolbar at the top of the page.
  2. Choose “Settings.”
  3. Click “Upload a New Photo.”

Note: Your photo or image should be 150 x 150 pixels with a 10 MB maximum file size.

Add Your “About” Information

Provide your community’s value proposition. How will this community benefit teachers? Are there specific types of teachers who will find your community useful? Use this section to tell educators the most important information about your community’s core offerings.

Character maximum: 400

Build Your Collection

Add Files and Links

Share files, links, or embedded content by adding it to your publisher collection. Your publisher collection provides resources to teachers who visit your community page.

  1. Click the “Collection” icon on your Edmodo toolbar.
  2. Select the “Add” button at the top right of the page.

To edit content in your collection, select the item and click the pencil icon on the top of the page.

Guidelines for Publisher Collection Content:

  • Maximum file size: 10MB
  • Description maximum: 200 characters
  • Thumbnail dimensions: 120 x 120 pixels. (File thumbnails give teachers a quick glance at what they’re downloading or adding to their libraries.

Add Folders

Create folders in your collection to organize your shared items and to provide a simple
navigation experience.

  1. Click on “Folders” on the left navigation column on the Collection page.
  2. Select “New Folder” at the top right of the page.
  3. Click “Collection” on the left navigation column and select the item(s) you want to place in your
    new folder.
  4. Select the “Folder” icon at the top of the page and pick the folder(s) you want to add the item(s) to.

Add Content to Your “Featured” Folder

You have a unique folder in your collection called “Featured,” where you can highlight the most valuable items for teachers to see. One of these items can be set to appear on your publisher community page above the post stream.

To feature a collection item in the Featured folder:

  1. Go to your publisher collection.
  2. Go to the Featured folder.
  3. View the folder’s contents in List view.
  4. Select the resource you want to feature.
  5. Click “Set as Featured.”

This resource will now appear at the top of your community page.

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Publish Your Community

Make Your Community Visible

Once you’ve set up your community page, increase its visibility with the “Publish my page” option located on the bottom left of your publisher account homepage.

Add a “Tweet this Community” Widget

  1. Visit http://clicktotweet.com/
  2. Type in the tweet you want users to send out when they follow your community on Edmodo.
  3. e.g., “I just followed the [Your Company Name] Community on Edmodo. You should, too!
  4. [insert URL to your community page]”
  5. Select the “Generate Link” button and copy the URL generated.
  6. Log into your Edmodo account and click the “Collection” icon on your Edmodo toolbar.
  7. Select the “Add” button located at the top-left corner of the page.
  8. Choose the “Link” option in the pop-up box, and copy and paste the “Click to Tweet” URL generated in Step 3.
  9. Upload a thumbnail image, with a title and description, and select “Add”.

Grant Educator Access

Vanity URL

Your collection and your community page will be available to teachers from a unique URL: http://www.edmodo.com/publisher/[YourCompanyName]

Followers

Although anyone can view the messages posted in your community, only educators who follow the community can post a message.

Educators who previously joined other Edmodo communities can immediately begin posting to your community by clicking the green “Follow Publisher” button.

To maintain the integrity of communities, all educators must be verified as a teacher associated with a school. Educators can request to be verified by clicking the “Request Posting Rights” button at the top of your community page. Requests are routed to the Edmodo team who reviews for legitimacy. Once verified, educators are notified via email they have posting rights. The review process takes approximately 48 hours.

All educators (your community followers or not) can add all content shared on your community as well as content in your collection to their own libraries.

You can interact with teachers in your community by sending posts, sharing content, creating polls, and asking questions. When you log in to Edmodo, you’ll be presented with the internal view of your community. To send new posts and replies, enter a message in the post bubble or click the “Reply” icon below each post.

Leverage Social Media

Seed the Discussion in Your Community

Help educators visualize your service in their classrooms by providing concrete ideas and activities. Identify “power users” who can serve as educator evangelists for your service.

Announce Your Community on Social Media

Promote the launch of your Edmodo community page on Twitter and Facebook. Include your community’s vanity URL in your tweet or post. e.g., “I just followed [Your Company Name] on Edmodo. You should, too! [Your Community Vanity URL].”

Add a Welcome Post

Show your appreciation for your followers by posting welcome messages on your community page.

Examples:

“Welcome to the [ xxx ] community, where we provide [ xxx ]! We’ve posted some [ sample lessons, content, video, etc ]—click “Collection” at the top of the page to add these items to your library and use with your students today.”

“We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’re using [ xxx ] lessons in the classroom. Please come back often and share your experiences with the community!”

Implement the “Edmodo Share” Button

Allow Edmodo educators to share your resources with their groups and connections. When users click “Edmodo Share” on your community page, the content is embedded as a link attachment to a post that users can send to their groups and connections.

To embed the “Edmodo Share” feature, contact apps@edmodo.com for the code and image files.

Post a Message to Your Newsletter or Blog

Send out an email announcement and/or create a blog post about your community page on Edmodo.

Example:

We have an Edmodo community page!

For educators not yet using Edmodo in the classroom, it’s a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students, and schools. On Edmodo, teachers and students can collaborate, share content, and use educational apps to augment classroom learning with fun and engaging technology.

For those of you already using Edmodo in the classroom, this community provides a seamless way for you to integrate our content directly into your classroom activities, saving you time searching for relevant materials.

We’re excited about our community.. Visit us at Edmodo.com/publisher/[YourCompanyName] today and browse our collection for materials you can use in your classroom tomorrow!

App Promotional Opportunities

Following are several ways you can promote your app once it’s approved for the Edmodo Store. These opportunities are suggested best practices and not intended to guarantee or imply success.

Internal Promotion

Gain Visibility at Launch

All apps published to the Edmodo Store are featured in the ”Recently Added” section of the Store’s homepage, making it easy for teachers to browse what’s new.

Promote Your Publisher Community Page

Set up your publisher community by sending a welcome post to your community post stream, and enhance it by adding resources to your publisher collection. To make your community visible to teachers, check the “Promote My Page” option on the bottom left of your publisher account homepage. For more information on setting up your publisher community, please refer to the “Publisher Community Guide” document.

Request to Be Featured

The Edmodo Apps Review Board features apps in the Edmodo Store based on quality of content, user experience, and integrations with Edmodo’s core features, such as teacher libraries and student backpacks, student badges, assignment posts, and teacher grade books. For more information on integrating your apps with Edmodo’s core features, please refer to the “Plan Your App” section. To submit your app for consideration, email apps@edmodo.com with the subject line “Request to Be Featured” and the name of your app in the body of the email. Our Apps Review Board will review your request and notify you if your app is selected to appear in the “Featured” section of the Edmodo Store.

External Promotion

Share on Social Media

Announce the launch of your app on Twitter and Facebook. Mention @Edmodo in your tweet and Facebook post and we’ll retweet and share.

Sample Post: [App Name] is now available in the @Edmodo Store! Check it out here [link to app page in the Edmodo Store]!

Notify Your Current Users

Email your current users to let them know your app is now available on Edmodo. Users with Edmodo accounts will be able to install your app to groups where teachers post assignments, keep track of student grades, upcoming events, and more.

Promote on Your Company Website

Use your company’s website to publicize your app’s launch in the Edmodo Store. Have a blog? Include the “Edmodo Share” feature on your promotional blog post to encourage users to share the post with their connections in Edmodo. To secure code for the “Edmodo Share” feature, contact apps@edmodo.com.