• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

NEO vs. Edmodo

Introduction

NEO is a word-class, award-winning learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. NEO helps schools manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and teachers/faculty. NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

Edmodo is a cloud-hosted “social learning platform” designed for K-12 audiences.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface has a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for students, teachers and administrators, a graphical class catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation.

Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through to college students. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize lesson material. NEO offers native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The Edmodo interface is simple and resembles a Facebook page, from its color scheme to its layout and notifications system. Its primary view is an activity feed, with rudimentary support for content in the form of folders. Depending on each school’s individual needs, this can be either a good or a bad thing since some organizations prefer to be able to customize their interface with their own logo, color scheme, turn on/off different features, and more.

NEO Student dashboard

Ease of use

NEO is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. NEO also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours 24/5.

Edmodo is easy to use and includes a help center, tutorials and a support forum.

NEO Help center

Features

NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, self-paced, and micro learning), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, adaptive learning, mastery and competencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, collaboration tools, resources catalog, a customizable portal, and more.

NEO supports many important industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, QTI and LDAP. We also integrate with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, G Suite, Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and more.

Edmodo provides activity feeds, with features that allows teachers to create groups for their students, share posts, documents, and simple assignments.

It includes a rudimentary grade book and badges for students. Edmodo also has the Snapshot tool, their system for quizzing common core proficiencies and Spotlight - a center for uploading and sharing teaching resources (still in beta mode). However, Edmodo lacks a built-in authoring tool, powerful gamification, automation, among other important features.

Here is a list of key features included in NEO that Edmodo does not support:

User interface

  • Customizable portal
  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical class catalog
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Customizable terminology
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Branded mobile apps
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Accessibility features

Content

  • Built-in content authoring
  • Drip content
  • Automation
  • Gamification
  • Learning paths
  • Compliance
  • Micro learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Certificates of completion
  • Prerequisite certificates
  • Waitlists
  • Class ratings and reviews
  • Seating charts

Assignments

  • Assignment types such as debates, surveys, team assignments, and more
  • Personalized assignments
  • SCORM and LTI assignments
  • Powerful gradebook
  • Built-in reports, custom reports, and scheduled reports

Collaboration

  • Wikis
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Teams
  • Organizations
  • Social networking

Integrations

  • Integration with your own email server
  • Integration with 1000+ apps via Zapier
  • Unicheck
  • Turnitin
  • LTI, CCF and QTI
  • SCORM
  • Panopto
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • Skype for Business
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • CometChat
  • PayPal
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • MailChimp

Other

  • Student help desk
  • Teaching assistant and monitor account types
  • Terms and conditions
  • Trash can for restoring deleted content
  • E-commerce functionality
  • SEO features

NEO Class catalog

Cost

NEO has a free plan and charges about $6 per student per year for its Small school plan and $7 per student per year for its Enterprise plan. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Note that these prices cannot be simply compared, since the NEO Small school and Enterprise plans contain a great amount of functionality that is not provided by Edmodo. For example, a larger school would normally require features such as a full-featured gradebook, a wide selection of assignment types, rubrics, built-in content authoring, support for self-paced classes, SCORM integration, advanced reporting and analytics, etc. and would most likely also need to purchase an LMS.

Edmodo has a free plan and charges around $2,500 per year for schools as part of their premium plan. There is an additional charge for items such as Edmodo Sync or Edmodo Training.

NEO Class page

Summary

This presents a comparison of the most important features between NEO and Edmodo.

Schools that adopt NEO as their LMS get an all-in-one integrated solution. Edmodo functions more like a social networking website for a K-12 audience which could be a downside for schools that require a more powerful LMS. While both systems offer a free plan, NEO includes many more features at the free and premium plan level. If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us at contact us.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.