Many teachers use literature circles as a way to encourage collaborative interactions around specific pieces of literature. This teacher has done a great job of explaining how Edmodo plays an important role in conducting literature circles as well as how it has benefited her students.
This is probably one of the most innovative ways I've seen a teacher use small groups within Edmodo. It's based on gamification but it's not all about games. It's about demonstrating and proving your learning in order to advance to new tasks. I think I would want to be in this teacher's class!
Any class group can also contain small groups which is great for differentiating the instruction. Since you can assign specific students to a small group, it also provides a private place for these students to work together. In this article, you'll find a good suggestions for ways to use small groups in your classroom
I used my Edmodo library extensively to collect online resources as well as materials that would be used by my groups. Organizing them is easily done in folders which I shared with groups so it was easy for my students to retrieve what they needed to successfully complete course requirements.
In my groups, I frequently looked for quick responses to questions to formatively assess student knowledge/needs. That's where Edmodo polls come in. Questions can contain multiple choices and the resulting graph makes it easy to quickly see the responses.
Students already create and participate in communities of their choosing in various types of social media. Creating a classroom group begins the process of helping them learn skills for engaging with each other effectively in groups.
The use of groups in Edmodo is most effective when we think about the instructional practices that group work is based on. As you read through this article, think about how these guidelines translate to the use of Edmodo and the features that can make group work more effective.
Using groups effectively in Edmodo, whether whole class or small group, takes support and instruction from the teacher both in class and online. In this video, many good points are made about the value of group work as well as what we as teachers do to help students function as effective group members.