Face of Your Classroom

Learning Management Systems

Resources for creating an LMS as your Face of the Classroom

Teachers that want to create a blended learning environment often select a Learning Management System. An LMS contains a variety of tools which help create an online presence, support an online course, and provide a collaborate and blended (online and in the classroom) environment. An LMS requires login by students, a system administrator, and in some cases has a fee for use. Popular LMS systems include Blackboard and Moodle. Some important features of an LMS include grading, discussion forums, online assessment, plagiarism checkers, community portals, posting and uploading of assignments, and tracking of usage statistics.

As teachers create courses within a Learning Management System, they have the opportunity to post assignments, monitor student progress and work, post content (videos, documents, links, and more), and to flip their classrooms!


Schoology Schoology

Schoology was created by four college students who wanted to build an LMS aligned with the needs and learning style of education in the real world. Schoology makes it easy to build courses that leverage new and existing content. Teachers can quickly create media-­rich lessons, reuse their past courses, and even embed content from Google Drive, Microsoft Office, YouTube, and countless other web tools. Students can be paced and tracked individually. They can also be placed in collaborative groups. Grading tools enable teachers to access their students’ work, easily switch between submissions, provide written and video feedback, and record grades in one fell swoop.

  • Schoology offers an extensive library of support videos
  • Visit their app center to see over 200 tools and integrations.
  • Find FAQs, community support, and the ability to search for support topics in Schoology’s extensive Help Center.

Google Classroom Google Classroom logo

Google Classroom is an option for a classroom face in GAFE (Google Apps for Education) districts. Districts that purchase Chromebooks for students often install GAFE and recommend Google Classroom for their teachers. It contains some of the features of a Learning Management System by allowing teachers to create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework while allowing for integration with Google Drive and Gmail. Learn more about Google Classroom.


Apple Classroom

Apple Classroom is available through the app store for iPad and Mac users.  It allows you to manage your class by pushing content to your students’ devices, monitor what apps they are working on through Screen View, and mute/lock student devices. Through Apple Classroom, you can launch and lock apps, share documents, and if you have Apple TV, you can project any screen on your monitor or projector.  When you end a class session, you can view a class summary. To see how to get started and details of the main features, visit Getting Started with Classroom. 


Microsoft 365

(formerly Office 365)

The Microsoft family has developed Microsoft 365 for Education to facilitate teamwork and creativity in a safe, online environment. 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/buy-license/microsoft365/default.aspx?culture=en-us&country=US


OneNote (digital notebook)

Microsoft OneNote is a cloud-based digital notebook.  It allows you to type or record audio, sketch or write notes, and add pictures.  You can share notes and collaborate with others by viewing and editing at the same time.  Notes can be moved around on a page or organized in notebooks. You can also create multiple notebooks that can be divided into sections. Visit Microsoft’s What is One Note? page to watch the introductory video and see the highlights of OneNote.


Moodle Moodle

Moodle is a popular LMS which is completely FREE. There are some administrative costs associated with having a Moodle system, as you will need a server, system administrator, and some start-up costs. Teachers can create a course, upload content, create discussion forums, and track and assess student progress. Moodle is a popular platform for creating an online learning environment and is an inexpensive way to flip the classroom.

Check out the following resources about using Moodle in an educational environment.


Edmodo

Edmodo

Edmodo is a FREE and secure social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. It provides an easy to use environment supporting collaboration and sharing of information online. Teachers can post assignments, a calendar, content, homework, grades and school notices. Edmodo provides a means to create badges for awarding student achievement. While Edmodo does not have all of the features of a traditional LMS, it's a good place for teachers who would like to try out a collaborative learning platform with their classrooms.

  • Edmodo has an excellent Help Center that includes tutorials.

Blackboard Blackboard

Blackboard is a subscription/fee based service that provides educators with the tools to create online courses, content, and assessments within a secure environment. This is a popular platform that is used by many secondary and post-secondary institutions. Blackboard has mobile apps, web conferencing, website hosting, and anti-plagiarism tools.

There is a FREE version of Blackboard that is available called Coursesites, and it is a good alternative for classrooms where Blackboard isn't provided. Teachers can create up to five courses for free.

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