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

NEO vs. Edmodo


NEO is a world-class, award-winning LMS for use by schools and universities. The platform is known for its easy-to-use and beautiful user interface, comprehensive set of innovative features, and pricing that provides great value for money. With NEO it's easy to create great classes that students will enjoy anytime, everywhere.

NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, which also provides a similar LMS for use by businesses called MATRIX. Both NEO and MATRIX are used by over 20,000 organizations, support 40+ languages, and have millions of users.

Edmodo is a cloud-hosted "social learning network" that targets K-12, with features that allow a teacher to create groups for their students and then share posts, documents, and simple assignments. It includes a rudimentary grade book and the ability to give badges. Edmodo is also a freemium product, with a free plan and a premium plan that provides analytics for Snapshots, their system for quizzing common core proficiencies.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface is 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.

The Edmodo interface is fairly modern, but not responsive, so you must download the Edmodo app in order to use it on small devices. Its primary view is an activity feed, with rudimentary support for content in the form of folders. There isn't any concept of creating class content that you can navigate.

NEO Student dashboard

Ease of use

Both NEO and Edmodo are easy to use. They both include 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.

NEO Help center


There is a large difference in functionality between NEO and Edmodo:

NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, and self-paced), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, rules engine, learning paths, drip content, curricula and proficiencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, chat rooms, resources catalog, blogs, wikis, a customizable portal, e-portfolios, 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, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and SMTP/POP3.

Edmodo provides activity feeds, simple groups, a rudimentary grade book, and two kinds of assignments. Edmodo is missing some key features that NEO provides such as:

  • beautiful customizable portal
  • graphical dashboards for students, teachers, admins, and parents
  • graphical class catalog with categories, cross-listings, and more
  • powerful content synchronization
  • e-commerce integration if you wish to sell classes
  • click-to-chat instant messaging
  • prerequisite certificates
  • customizable welcome pages
  • built-in student help desk
  • optional integration with your own email server
  • ability to import RSS feeds into news feeds
  • support for 40+ languages
  • automatic language translation for messages and forums
  • rules engine
  • drip content

NEO Class catalog


NEO has a free plan and costs 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 huge amount of functionality that is not provided by Edmodo. A school using Edmodo that also wants features such as a full-featured gradebook, a wide selection of assignment, types, rubrics, support for self-paced classes, SIS integration, reporting and analytics, etc. would most likely also need to purchase an LMS.

Edmodo has a free plan and charges $2000 per year for schools (or $1500 per year for 500 students or less) on their premium plan.

NEO Class page


Because Edmodo is missing so many basic LMS features, schools adopting Edmodo will often also need to purchase an LMS, whereas schools adopting NEO get an all-in-one integrated solution.

Schools that don't need LMS "power" features can choose the NEO free plan, which includes most of the functionality of Edmodo as well as many traditional LMS features. Schools that want LMS "power" features can upgrade from the NEO free plan to a NEO premium plan at any time.

This was a comparison of the most important features of NEO and Edmodo. If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us.


This comparison paper was written in March 2016 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's 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.

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