3 reasons elementary schools should adopt an LMS—and where to begin

eSchool News

Is it really possible for young learners to effectively use a learning management system (LMS)? This is a common question administrators and educational practitioners ask when considering LMS adoption at the district level.

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Finding and Creating Buy-In for a New LMS


Is your school looking for a new LMS? 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. As I watched her access her classes, schedule, assignments, classmates, grades, teachers and email all in one place, I thought “How could we not have this for our school system?” Some were very familiar with LMS’ and some were not.

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3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

eSchool News

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. We felt that there really wasn’t an LMS that worked with our academic model,” said Mote.

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Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. So is it almost like somebody’s in Google Classroom, and the doc is like a page or a webpage you would have in your LMS?

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Cloudschool: a free LMS that makes it easier to plan and teach lessons

The Cornerstone Blog

Cloudschool is a FREE personal learning management system (LMS) that aims to unburden teachers by combining the tasks of lesson planning and lesson delivery on one beautiful platform. Cloudschool is a truly amazing LMS and completely free for individual teachers to use.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

When students do work on projects, they can make a quick screencast and send the link to their teacher in Google Classroom or their LMS for fast formative assessment. This means that they’ll be able to access their Screencastify videos from whichever computer they use.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. So is it almost like somebody’s in Google Classroom, and the doc is like a page or a webpage you would have in your LMS?

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Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

Below are some simple strategies that can be used to integrate reflection into any lesson: Writing - A daily journal, blog, and LMS (i.e., During a coaching visit I observed Zaina Hussein , a 4th-grade teacher at Wells Elementary , use this with her students (see image below).

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


In Ontario, Canada, for instance, the somewhat shocking facts are: 99% of all Ontario elementary and secondary students have access to computers at school. However, global market forces are making the elite access to that kind of education unsustainable, as well as inefficient.

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EdTech that “Sparks Joy”


Developers have naturally found a niche for “joyful” tech in the elementary phases, where the idea of allowing younger kids to have fun while learning is all but a credo. Launching right in is our very own NEO LMS.

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Tapping into the potential of AI smart speakers to boost parental engagement


said Erin Ermis , a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Wisconsin, regarding her experiences with Alexa-powered devices in her classroom, at ISTE just last year. A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine , July 2019.

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The 10-Minute Teacher Show: Top Ten Shows for February 2017

The CoolCatTeacher

Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom with Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen (Episode #1). People are starting to use these transcripts and I hope it helps those of you researching, wanting to quote the shows, or those with accessibility needs!

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The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom


This is especially evident over the decade, as schools have increasingly adopted mobile learning as a signature initiative using BYOD and 1:1 programs and investing in tablets to provide their students with access to a wealth of relevant educational content and learning opportunities.

Why your young students love e-learning


An LMS with social media-like features and integrations with social sites will surely keep more students logged in and active during an online lesson. An LMS is the perfect tool for gamifying learning content. Kids are our future.

4 Steps towards digital wellness for students


According to the Pew Research Center , “Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’”. Back when I was in elementary school, I could only access the internet during Computer class.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

They are the Learning Management System (LMS) I use. Check out Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen’s show on iPad apps for elementary classrooms.

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Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.


Besides, the blended learning approach makes learning more personalized, increases engagement, social and group collaboration, provides more time for preparation and 24/7 access to the learning materials.

6 Awesome AR apps for the classroom


People don’t need extraordinary tech devices to access AR. Students then access the interactive digital content using their mobile devices and extend their learning beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom. Augmented Reality is awesome.

Digital Testing Safeguards

Tech Helpful

Use Canvas LMS? Access Codes - Codes serve as a safeguard that students cannot access exams when you are not ready for them to access it. By choosing to filter the IP address you can prevent students from possibly accessing or finishing an exam at home without a proctor.

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12


Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. A couple years ago, Van Ness Elementary in D.C. There are over 132,000 school communities in the United States.

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It’s Time To Support The Mental Health & Well Being of Teachers

EdNews Daily

I had the chance to chat with Dr. Jared Scherz, the founder of TeacherCoach , and a former elementary school guidance counselor who became a clinical psychologist in New Jersey. We have created the very first Learning Engagement System (LES), which is an evolution to the traditional LMS.

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

So what happens is a teacher would put out what they call a grid, they can either do that via website or an app and they will create a grid that they can push out to their students via whatever LMS that the teacher is using.

Adapting to the New Classroom


Our elementary and middle schools utilize i-Ready diagnostics to form enrichment and intervention groups,” says Dr. Julia Lamons, assessment supervisor at Greene County Schools. The school uses Google Apps for Education, PowerSchool SIS, Canvas LMS, and tools like Imagine Learning.



www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right


As the number of students and teachers who must log on, sign in, or register to access those materials grows, so does the challenge faced by the IT departments charged with managing that access. Indeed, keeping digital resources front and center requires behind-the-scenes coordination when creating, managing, and provisioning access for all. But the seams really start to show when access to online resources is stalled by cumbersome sign-on systems, Valenzisi says.

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TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


This can be done digitally with an accessible slideshow or clear instructions for students to begin working straight away. They correctly point out that file naming conventions are more and more being generated for the teacher and student through the LMS. (ie)

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An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process


Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary Center, South Park Township, PA. They not only look at how the product would fit with their learning standards and curriculum, but the product must also work within their LMS. Noakes emphasized that the process must include an equity assessment—can all of the students and teachers access the tech outside of school?

Integrated Education Management System ASSIST Expands Content with Apex Learning® Tutorials Research Proven to Improve Students’ Scores


It provides adaptive remediation, down to elementary level concepts. Students can access Tutorials with tablets, computers, Chromebooks, or netbooks. ASSIST is a single integrated system with a student data (SIS), student learning management (LMS) and curriculum management (CMS) system.

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How to Go Back to School, Higher-Ed Leadership Edition


I am a former high-tech executive with an MBA, turned severe special needs elementary educator, mother of 7 (4 in college, 3 in high school) who is looking at that next step in my career. Once I was back in our house and able to access wifi, I took a look at her situation. To be clear, this fact would never have shown up on her transcripts or anywhere outside the LMS. The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column.

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Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!

The Electric Educator

The Great EdTech Debate: Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger By Jeff Bradbury, Teachercast.net A Teacher’s Take: Canvas vs. Google Classroom By Misty Joaquin, posted to Canvas LMS blog Seesaw vs. Google Classroom: What's the Best Management App for Your Classroom?

Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!


The Great EdTech Debate: Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger By Jeff Bradbury, Teachercast.net A Teacher’s Take: Canvas vs. Google Classroom By Misty Joaquin, posted to Canvas LMS blog Seesaw vs. Google Classroom: What's the Best Management App for Your Classroom?

?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


The Department of Education has its own OER initiative, called #GoOpen , which aims to promote equity for all students to have access to high quality learning materials. For example, the program can first focus on subject areas like STEM or language arts, or grade bands like elementary or high school. Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States.

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier


With students on my roster performing at a range of grade levels from elementary to beyond high school, I decided against bundled curriculum and textbooks and instead committed to building an in-house curriculum tailored to my students’ needs. They could easily access a library of lessons and assessments I’d created from scratch, or use. “We’ve blocked three days off leading up to the first day of school for curriculum and lesson planning. You’ve got time to plan ahead.”

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: Edthena, Kaltura, Defined STEM


We sought out a private online video platform that integrated with our LMS (Blackboard) and would provide a cohesive experience across all of our users. Our primary use is from within the LMS - Kaltura provides a suite of video and multimedia tools that can be used from virtually any content area within Blackboard. Written by Meghan , a science and social studies coordinator at an elementary school in Virginia.

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Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook


For example, imagine that you are an elementary school principal who is looking for opportunities to strengthen specific third grade math skills in the new school year. Use the data outputs from your LMS, classroom assessment and practice programs, high-stakes tests, and any other technologies that you already have in place as support for driving effective instructional techniques. I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years.

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