Using Google Classroom with an LMS
JULY 6, 2015
Tweet Google Classroom is a great companion for classes that are using an LMS. Examples of popular LMS’s: Schoology, Edmodo, Haiku, Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard. Google Classroom and your LMS are not mutually exclusive. Different Role When teachers use Google Classroom and an LMS, Google Classroom takes […]. Classroom Google classroom google LMS
Google Classroom: LMS or NOT?
MAY 9, 2015
Tweet I hear Google Classroom frequently referred to as an LMS. The question is… “Is Google Classroom an LMS?” ” and “Can I use Google Classroom if I have an LMS?” ” LMS or CMS LMS stands for Learning Management System. Technically what most people refer to as an LMS is actually a CMS (Course Management System).
The Playbook for Choosing an LMS is Broken
MAY 4, 2016
The release of our new, free e-book Rewriting the Procurement Playbook: Selecting the LMS That is Right for Your School is days away. The Playbook for Choosing an LMS is Broken. I’m sitting in a meeting with a school (let’s call them “The Super Awesome School of Excellence”) that is interested in learning more about the product my company makes. Well, the countdown is on.
What will the LMS of the future look like?
AUGUST 3, 2016
According to over 70 education IT specialists, current LMS functionality is great for administrative tasks, but doesn’t provide support for the new learning approaches in today’s schools. What is clear is that the LMS has been highly successful in enabling the administration of learning, but less so in enabling the learning itself,” wrote the report’s authors.
3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Today’s LMS is a bit of an upgrade, with new features and design elements frequently drawn from the social networking sites students love so much. For most, the LMS is rarely so different. Not so at Houston Independent School District, Ontario’s Greater Essex County, and Brooklyn LAB Charter School—three places where the LMS is being used in pretty innovative ways.
D2L Introduces Next Generation Adaptive Learning Technology in Brightspace LMS
APRIL 29, 2015
Advanced Adaptive Learning Tool is one of Several Enhancements Targeted to Help Accelerate Grad Rates to 60% D2L has just released its Spring 2015 update for its Brightspace LMS and has backed it up. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
Will Google Classroom be your next LMS?
MAY 20, 2014
Google is inviting educators to apply for a free preview of their “Google Classroom” The initial roll-out of the learning management system (LMS) includes several of the basic tools we are accustomed to seeing in other systems, including assignments and communications tools, along with a grade book. Google is inviting partners to participate with the […]. Learning / Distance Learning Emerging Technologies accessibility emerging technologies learner engagement learning technologies paradigm sustainability
5 signs your K-12 LMS needs an upgrade
OCTOBER 29, 2015
In the middle of changing times for the K-12 LMS, some administrators wonder if it’s time for an update. Learning management systems (LMS) are facing changing times, as many K-12 administrators evaluate how their current LMS fits into teaching and learning goals. Here’s a summary of the five signs administrators need to update their K-12 LMS, according to Edsby: 1.
The simple LMS move that has made our teachers more effective
JULY 12, 2016
We invited the companies that Gartner had identified as the top seven providers of learning management system (LMS) software to visit us and tell us about their products, and we set up a “sandbox” environment in which teachers and others could evaluate these systems. Assessments Data School Administration assessment data instruction itslearning LMSIt’s far too much for them to manage.
Ontario district implements cloud-based LMS Edsby
APRIL 14, 2015
Rollout to teachers, students, and parents now under way across region. Edsby, a cloud-based education engagement platform that connects K-12 students, teachers, and parents using smartphones, tablets, and the web, has been selected by Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) in Ontario for district-wide deployment after a rigorous procurement and evaluation process.
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Ask a Tech Teacher
AUGUST 31, 2016
An LMS — Learning Management System — is a digital tool that tracks a wide variety of student-teacher interactions such as homework, grading, sharing of resources, parent communication, assessments, and more. The term ‘LMS’ is often conflated with ‘SMS’ (student management system) and ‘CMS’ (course management system) because their purposes and tools are so similar. Having said that, I have a similar complaint about most LMS programs I’ve evaluated. Canvas offers many of the LMS tools most-desired by teachers. Anyone?
What Your LMS Procurement Checklist is Overlooking
APRIL 6, 2016
There are bigger fish to fry when choosing an LMS.). If you’re shopping for new edtech, specifically an LMS, listen up. I’m feeling good. In the last week I’ve connected with several schools who are just nailing their learning management system procurement. Why is that a reason to be in a good mood, you ask? Listen, not everyone gets this right. This one’s for you.
Pearson Realize course content now works with any LMS
JUNE 27, 2016
Interoperability certification gives teachers, students freedom to assign and use any Pearson content regardless of LMS. Pearson Realize is now fully compatible with IMS Global’s Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI™) standards, making almost all of the company’s K-12 content and data easy to use, access and analyze, regardless of the school’s learning management system (LMS).
itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content
JUNE 22, 2016
LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. Partnership supports educators’ access to open educator-curated content.
LMS + Cyber Days: The New Snow Day
JANUARY 20, 2016
As K-12 classrooms are becoming more connected with 1:1 device initiatives, schools and districts across the country are having success implementing cyber days with help from their learning management system (LMS ). An LMS has become a practical solution to unpredictable weather, effectively transforming the traditional snow day into a day of instruction.
The Four Things Any Admin Should Look for in an LMS
JANUARY 25, 2016
So then what’s an admin to look for in an LMS? A learning management system is a big deal. This is a system that houses classroom communication, assignments, grades, and course discussions. This is the platform that your students, teachers, support staff, and parents will use to stay connected and engaged. Here’s our take. Administrators EdTechUpdate
A Principal’s Guide to Using an LMS
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Implementing a learning management system (LMS) is no different. We’ve created “A Principal’s Guide to Using an LMS” to help you increase user adoption of your LMS and to help ensure that your learning management system is safe for teachers and students to use. Throughout this ebook, we’ve identified how seven different characteristics impact LMS usage.
itslearning unveils personalized LMS at ISTE
JUNE 27, 2016
Enhanced LMS platform is intended to personalize, improve user experience. ISTE 2016 attendees interested in the Digital Age Teaching and Learning focus area can stop by the itslearning booth (#1541) to see how the company’s brand new personalized learning management platform aims to change how educators and students work in a learning platform. The new platform will be live July 1.
Leaving the LMS to Make Course Remixing Possible
MAY 20, 2016
This week, Adam Croom combined these topics, showing how to use Jekyll as an LMS replacement. And it’s not totally LMS-free: there are still quizzes and a gradebook, both of which are linked to an LMS. But he was able to make the homepage of his LMS the Jekyll page, which is pretty cool.). Software Teaching jekyll lms OER open educational resourcesHow so?
Old teaching strategies and modern technologies: Could an LMS be part of Montessori?
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Perhaps the people who first thought about creating an LMS had a Montessori education background. Here are the basic Montessori classroom principles depicted into the features of an LMS: The working space is a carefully prepared and ordered environment. In an LMS, every student has his/her own personal academic space. On the Montessori education. My take on learning.
N.C. schools implement new LMS
APRIL 9, 2015
Statewide Canvas contract covers all local education agencies and charter schools in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has selected Canvas as its learning management system. Department of Public Instruction. The Canvas learning management system offers nearly 200 apps through the vendor neutral EduAppCenter. IT Management News School Administration Top News
Must-have features in any LMS
DECEMBER 14, 2015
Learning platforms features are standardized because users expect each platform to have the same basic features, such as integrating a school’s grading system in the LMS. So what are these features that any LMS should have? 1. Users can also search and look for other users, as well as put a short bio on their LMS profiles, the same way Twitter and Instagram users can. This way, learning becomes more fun and engaging because both students and teachers are greeted with a socialized and friendly LMS. 3. But features are not just build on user feedback.
Instructure Inc., Creator of Canvas LMS, Goes Public
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Ed-tech Learning Management Systems canvas instructure ipo learningmanagementsystem lmsInstructure Inc., which serves 1,600 customers with its Canvas learning management system, went public on Friday, in what some say is a boost to the K-12 market.
Student-Centered Design within a LMS
AUGUST 22, 2016
Use LMS sections consistently. Your LMS may have lots of headings–Canvas has spaces for pages, files, modules, announcements, etc–and to students these can be overwhelming and unclear. If your LMS has search tools, consider going through your content and checking for references to months, etc, that might no longer apply. Be careful of redundancy. Teaching
Why you should focus on visual elements when selecting an LMS
MAY 11, 2016
Most schools think that getting an LMS or any learning platform will help them instantly improve the learning process and make students and teachers more engaged. One thing is to get an LMS and another thing is to get a good LMS and learn how to use it properly in order to achieve the best results. When I was in middle-school, I was always most excited about my painting class.
App of the Week: A clever LMS for instruction design
JANUARY 3, 2016
Haiku Learning is a cleverly designed LMS geared towards extending learning beyond the classroom. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review. . Haiku Learning. What’s It Like? Keep up a gradebook, attendance rosters, and inter-class communications in this centralized, cloud-based learning hub.
Incorporating Your LMS into Learning Spaces
MAY 8, 2015
More often than not, teachers utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) to incorporate an online component to their course. And while an LMS can be very effective in an online or hybrid course, you want to be careful not to forsake the notion of classroom design. Here’s what to consider for your learning space when using an LMS. Assignment Organization.
Is a learning portal different from an LMS?
JUNE 23, 2016
Likewise, a modern LMS comes with a comprehensive set of features: a sleek user interface, content authoring tools, gamification, 10+ types of assignments, collaboration tools, translation tools, integrations with other systems, reporting tools, mobile apps, etc., Check out the features page of NEO LMS to get a glimpse into what etc., It isn’t, really. But it is. means.
Finding and Creating Buy-In for a New LMS
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
Is your school looking for a new LMS? We can help. implementing the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). The idea that FWSU needed a LMS became cemented in my thinking when I my college-age niece showed me the University of Vermont LMS. But what are the steps one needs to take to obtaining the best LMS—and, even more importantly, creating user buy-in for such an expensive product? would have been wasting my time if I simply choose an LMS for our system. Some were very familiar with LMS’ and some were not. What about students, you may ask?
Aligning your instructional activities in your LMS to the standards
OCTOBER 23, 2014
As there is an increase in blended programs and instructional activities in Learning Management Systems, it would only seem logical to want to align those directly within the LMS to the standards of your choice. blended learning common core LMS Schoology standards There is an increasing awareness and shift toward standard-based instruction and assessment.
You Shouldn't Need a PhD in Instructional Design (or Web Design) to Use Your Chosen LMS
MARCH 29, 2016
When I connect with educators who are shopping for a learning management system, there’s something I catch myself saying too often: “You shouldn’t need a PhD in instructional design to use your current LMS.”. This educator has probably told me about their struggle with the usability of their LMS. I’ve probably heard that they’re looking for something more intuitive.
Instructure and Pearson integrate LMS, SIS
MARCH 12, 2015
Two-way integration between Pearson PowerSchool and Canvas LMS streamlines processes for K-12 teachers. Instructure, the creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS) for K-12, announced at SXSWedu that it has partnered with Pearson to integrate the Canvas LMS with student information system PowerSchool. Next page: What two-way integration will mean for schools.
What Does the Future of Assignments Look Like?
JUNE 8, 2016
Student Engagement Teachers EdTechUpdate LMSOur newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek of this piece last week. Now, we're sharing with all of our readers and asking you to tell us what assignments will look like in the future. Tweet us your idea at @Chalkupedu or leave your two cents in the comments. We're game to offer a guest post to our favorite replies.
Nampa School District 131 becomes first in Idaho to implement the itslearning LMS
AUGUST 9, 2016
Ancillary achievement cloud collaboration communications data digital digital learning district grades IT K-12 learning learning management system LMS managementAs part of its on-going efforts to improve communications, foster collaboration, and bolster student achievement, Nampa School District #131 (Nampa SD) in Nampa, Idaho has become the first school district in the state to implement the itslearning learning management system. With 24 schools, Nampa SD serves 15,000 students in grades preK – 12, and will begin using the itslearning system this fall.
LMS Toolkit: Tips for Effectively Using a Learning Management System
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Many school districts purchase a Learning Management System (LMS) to create, deliver and manage learning. Here are three creative ways to reach tough students by utilizing tools available in your LMS. Here are some suggestions on how to use your LMS to get students to work more outside the classroom while inspiring engagement inside the classroom. Safe Learning Management
Using Your LMS to Help with Student-Led Conferences
JULY 20, 2015
With the help of your learning management system ( LMS ), what might seem to be a far-fetched idea is actually a real possibility. Use your LMS to house the preparation sheet template for easy access and assign it to each student. The typical p arent-teacher conference involves a parent setting an appointment and visiting the teacher alone. Students aren’t usually involved.
5 Ways to Use Your LMS to Help Students Prepare for a Test
MARCH 13, 2015
If you’re already using a Learning Management System (LMS) as a course management tool, you should also consider how it could help students prepare for a test. There’s likely a calendar tool available in your LMS, and while it’s usually for students to track assignment due dates, imagine the power it could have as a study tool. We’d love to hear your ideas!