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

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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. Here are three reasons why districts should consider adopting an LMS for elementary and how they can begin technological integration for all classrooms.

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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. 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. Teachers then select the resources that they want to use/include and give students access to that information.

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Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. These platforms are online and accessible 24 hours, 7 days a week on multiple devices (computers, tablets, mobile devices and Chromebooks). Seesaw is the student engagement platform and digital portfolio tool I use with my elementary students. Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar !

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

The Cornerstone for Teachers

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. You can keep certain parts of the course hidden by choosing not to publish them to your “teaching space”, or you can set up a password for select lessons so that only students with the password can access them.

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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? Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to. I’ve embedded entire Hyperdocs in there, so the kids can access the Hyperdocs as they are on FlipGrid.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

If you use my link to sign up for Edpuzzle , you’ll gain access to a curated library of 50,000 free videos to use with your school. I embed the videos in my LMS and students participate — and we’re good to go! You can get started by clicking this link and you’ll get access to the 50,000 curated videos in their library. Sponsored by Edpuzzle From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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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? Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to. I’ve embedded entire Hyperdocs in there, so the kids can access the Hyperdocs as they are on FlipGrid.

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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). All of the videos are then easily accessible for review on a grid. best practices Change instruction Learning pedagogy reflection Wells Elementary School

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Distance and virtual are appropriate where all kids have access to a device and the Internet. The district distributed 1,300 Chromebooks to its middle school students and decided to pay $4,600 to provide wireless access for any student who didn’t have it at home. “We We have achieved equality of online access in a week,” said Superintendent Robert Zywicki. Fully utilize a learning management system (LMS) if one is in place.

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Snow Day? 7 Ways to Keep Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey makes available lesson plans and assignments that can be accessed from home, on the Internet: Before the snow fell, teachers were prepped, parents were warned and students had received enough assignments to fill a snow day. Big Blue Button is open source and not a stand-alone platform so it must be integrated into an LMS such as Canvas, Schoology, or Moodle.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.”. In Ontario, Canada, for instance, the somewhat shocking facts are: 99% of all Ontario elementary and secondary students have access to computers at school.

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Guest Post: How to provide a successful remote learning experience during school closures


If your school doesn’t have one already, you will first need to select a Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Canvas or Docebo to share your resources online. When teaching online during school closures , remember that each student has a different level of remote access – some might have a laptop, others might only be able to access the internet on their phones.

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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. Teachers using the NEO LMS platform can use a host of nifty tools to really make learning accessible, self-paced and fun. Two of the most successful games in this arena are 10monkeys and SkillPixels – both elementary math-based learning tools.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Sometimes an LMS discussion will help and other times integrating with another tool can be beneficial. What tools are in the LMS and other district approved applications that allow teachers to facilitate online instruction resulting in student deeper learning and understanding?

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How to reduce digital distractions & improve the focus in online classrooms

Linways Technologies

This may seem elementary and simple but it works most of the time. and students can access them without having to use youtube or other social media. Digital education definitely has it’s perks.

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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! Thank you to our sponsors for the month of February, SMART Learning Suite (see my demo with Smart lab) , PowerSchool Learning LMS , the Makerbot Mini Replicator+ 3D Printer , and Bloomz. .

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Over 1500 free MackinClassic ebooks available to all K-12 schools

eSchool News

To assist with every schools’ distance learning program, schools and districts with the free MackinVIA platform can swiftly download more than 300 classic elementary titles, 300 classic middle school titles, and more than 500 classic titles for high school. MackinVIA is a free digital content management system that provides complete and easy access 24/7/365, anywhere, anytime, to any device. It is an open system that works with a school’s SIS or LMS system.

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The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom


While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. 78% of elementary school students, 69% of middle school students, and 49% of high schoolers now use a tablet in their school life.

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. Parents could also access the school calendar through their smart speaker at home and check or get reminders of any upcoming events their kids will be involved in. A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine , July 2019.

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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. 78% of elementary school students, 69% of middle school students, and 49% of high schoolers now use a tablet in their school life. What makes them particularly appealing to students is the fact that they can access learning apps on tablets. Kids are our future.

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. Find an LMS that is compatible with what you already have in the classroom and has a variety of features and learning tools you can choose from. More information about available LMS features can be found at the JoomlaLMS website or social media platforms.

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. When you buy the Rocketbook Wave Smartnotebook, you get access to digital copies of the Rocketbook paper that you can print out and use in a bullet journal or make your own planner.

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How Might Audio Help Teachers During Extended School Closings?


Elementary grade teachers can narrate short readings, high school history teachers can add audio hot spots on top of primary source excerpts and maps, and science teachers can provide insight into complex graphics and equations. Copy the web link that is provided, and share the link with students via email, LMS, etc… With the podcast created, tap on the + icon to begin recording. by Greg Kulowiec.

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. The accessibility of technology means that they mostly learn about it at home and pick up on how their family members interact with technology. Communicate these things directly if you are using an LMS that has parent accounts.

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. Students of all levels — elementary, intermediate, and high school — associate this app with a fun and entertaining way of learning chemistry. And it’s only a matter of time until school LMS s will integrate AR. Augmented Reality is awesome.

Digital Testing Safeguards

Tech Helpful

I work with a teacher in the elementary school that has her students sit on one side of their desk when she is giving instructions and then when it's time for them to work on the computers she has them move their chairs to the other side of their desks so she can quickly see their screens when she is working with small groups in the back of the classroom. Use Canvas LMS? Easy access is eliminated. This is not a built-in option for most LMS options.

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. So maybe I’m a social studies teacher, I’m teaching middle school, I’m teaching high school, it could even obviously do it down in Elementary School as well.

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. I began my career as an elementary school guidance counselor, working in some of the poorest inner city and rural areas in Chicago and PA. I was watching the news describe a shooting by a first grader of another first grader at Buell Elementary School in Flint Michigan.

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


Blogs or Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Google Classroom allow submissions to be timestamped, which helps (p.lists several of the more common LMS) Submissions can be electronic through Google Forms or shared spreadsheets, for example, or the more cumbersome email Communicating the day’s agenda and homework was a nice topic to see, as I do this each day.

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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. This technology solved another of the district’s biggest struggles—implementing an effective common assessment among 12 elementary and middle schools. The school uses Google Apps for Education, PowerSchool SIS, Canvas LMS, and tools like Imagine Learning. Canvas LMS ?

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. The fact that there isn’t a place to access all components of the core design of a school makes it hard to implement anything new while considering the impact on the entire structure. 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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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. Blackboard Ally is an accessibility solution that helps make digital class content in a learning management system (LMS) more accessible for all learners. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Longtime Educator Jamaal Bowman Is Headed to Congress. Here’s His Take on Reopening Schools.


He started his career as an elementary school teacher. I started my career as an elementary school teacher in the South Bronx before becoming a high school dean of students and guidance counselor for three years. One of the problems is access.