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Exploring the role of a learning management system

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Hello educators, and welcome to another week of Teacher Tips. And using an LMS to assess students online Now we've explored a few unique ways to use a LMS, let's go ahead and dive

Exploring the role of a learning management system

Hello educators, and welcome to another week of Teacher Tips. This is week, we're going to be taking a look at learning management systems. In particular, we're going to explore three of the top free learning managing systems that are available. Now if you're not familiar with learning management systems. They're essentially an online portal that allows you to manage all of the events that happen inside of a typical learning environment. For example, most LMS's give the teacher the ability to upload an overview the objectives for the course. Teachers can also build in the assignments for the course and those due dates.

With these two areas, the Learning Management System or LMS functions a lot like a digital syllabus. Essentially, students can access this online portal to get information about what's happening in the class. As LMS's have changed over time though, now, many of them allow students to turn in work, or take test directly online. And even more recent, some LMS's are allowing for student to student interaction to take place directly inside the class portal. Now, when LMS's first came out, a lot thought they were meant just for online classes.

But that's not necessarily the case. We find that a lot of face to face classes can benefit from an LMS as well. For example, it takes time during class to tell students what their homework is. Using an LMS, you can post the students' homework online. Every single day, students can log on and figure out what their homework is. That simple step can save two to three minutes of class time every single day, which can add up to huge learning opportunities for a student. And we also find that LMS's can be beneficial during class. With students having the ability to collaborate online. To take tests and quizzes online.

And for their results to be immediately compiled, you can use that during the actual class session for different instruction. As LMS's are evolving in education, we also find that there's a variety of ways in which you can use an LMS. Here's a few ideas to get you thinking outside of the box of just using an LMS with your students. Professional development can be a tought thing to manage. You've got teachers around the entire building with different planning periods. And sometimes helping all of your teachers get exactly what they need in professional development so they can do their job the best is a huge challenge.

While using an LMS you can streamline the professional development process, you can make resources available to your entire staff, you can set due dates and deadlines. This is a great way to help your staff feel like they have control over their professional development as well. The Flip Classroom Model is becoming really popular. And an LMS is an integral part to the Flip Classroom. If you're not familiar with flipping your classroom, essentially you take your introduction and new material, whether it be your lecture, or a Power Point presentation. And you create a video of that content. You then post that video online, and students can watch it prior to the class session.

When students show up to class, 100% of the class time is dedicated to helping them master that content, as opposed to just introducing them to the content. You can also use an LMS for differentiated learning. Inside of most LMS's these days, you have that ability to choose which assignment goes to which students. Because of this, when you create modified or differentiated assignments, you can quickly select which students receive which assignments. And using an LMS to assess students online can be a huge timesaver inside of the classroom. Typically, I have to set aside a large chunk of time every couple weeks in order to assess my students, to understand where they're at in the learning process.

Creating online quizzes and assessments, and allowing students to take them online at their own time, has saved me countless hours inside of the classroom. And I can also collect assignments online, this saves both ink as well as paper. Often my students are typing there papers on a computer instead of having them print that paper out and give me a paper copy that I then have to manage, they can go into the LMS and attach that digital file to the assignment. Many LMS's also give you the ability to grade that assignment directly inside the program and even assign a grade and send it straight to your grade book.

Now we've explored a few unique ways to use a LMS, let's go ahead and dive into exploring a few LMS's and see which one is right for you and your students.

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  1. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
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      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
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      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
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      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
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      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
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      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
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      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s
  42. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  43. 2m 55s
    1. Real-world learning in the classroom
      2m 55s
  44. 6m 49s
    1. Formative assessments with Pear Deck
      6m 49s

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