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Thing #12 – Social Learning & Learning Management Systems

January 5, 2014

This week’s topic was great for me to explore, as I haven’t really tested out any LMS’s, although I did use Blackboard as a grad student and found that pretty easy to navigate.  I can see many applications of this, especially as I have a few teachers who are starting to flip different portions of their classroom.  Right now they use our current website platform (eBoards), but this type of platform would be much more interactive than eBoards.  The Facebook-like interface would be very appealing to students, and the ability to provide instant feedback would be so beneficial for both teacher and student.

The biggest obstacle I could see in implementing this type of tool in my school would be time (always an issue!) and redundancy.  The time issue is self-explanatory; the redundancy would be an issue because we currently use eSchool data, and teachers are required to enter their grades in their.  I don’t know if it’s possible to import/export data from one system to the other, but I can’t think of many teachers in my school that would be excited about doing that task more than once.  In my dreamworld, if we could take the interactive features of either Schoolology or Edmodo and insert them into the required portal that every school district has, it would be the best of both worlds!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2014 10:56 pm

    You’re right, using one of these platforms in addition to whatever your school is using could get redundant and tedious. In time, maybe we’ll see your dreamworld tool emerge!

  2. January 13, 2014 10:57 pm

    p.s. don’t forget to log this post on the class log sheet. Link here: http://cooltoolsforschool.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/dont-forget-about-these-links/

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