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Three free learning management systems

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In this video, we're going to explore three Some of the perks of Schoology is that they have an iPad application.

Three free learning management systems

In this video, we're going to explore three free learning management systems particularly looking at what makes them unique or sets them apart from other LMSs on the market. In addition to that, I'll also talk about which grade levels each LMS is appropriate for. The first LMS we're going to look at is called Schoology. Schoology is probably the leading LMS in terms of design and teacher tools. It has a lot of functions and integrations that really allow you to manage your classroom, not just the classroom portion of it but, also analyzing data and helping inform instruction. Some of the perks of Schoology is that they have an iPad application.

Here, you, the educator, can access parts of the class and make decisions directly on your iPad, Android, or cell phone, and students can also access the classroom on their mobile devices. Schoology also offers a school-wide solution. If you're using a free account and you decide this is a great tool for your entire building, well, Schoology will put together a building-wide application that allows you to collaborate with the other teachers. Now one word of caution, the school-wide or enterprise solutions often do cost money. There's also integrated teacher tools. One thing that sets Schoology apart is that as you collect information from students in online tests and quizzes, you can then, turn around and analyze that data directly inside of Schoology.

It'll then help you make informed decisions about how to move forward in your class. It also has a really modern design. A lot of the LMS's look very bland, or, they give you a lot of control over the look, and so every class looks very different. Schoology's done a great job of making the design easy to use for, both teachers and students. And there's also a parent portal where parents can log on and view the progress of their individual student. The schoology LMS is going to be great for middle school students, high school students or even university or college level students. It's really one of the LMS's that captures the entire K-12 through university setting.

The next LMS we're going to look at is Edmodo. Edmodo has often been described as Facebook for the classroom. When it comes to the benefit of Edmodo there's a little bit of overlap with Schoology. For example, they have a great iPad application, students can login and manage their documents, turn in assignments and even take tests directly inside of their iPad. There's also a focus on collaboration. This is for both the students as well as the teachers. Inside of Edmodo, because it functions a little bit like Facebook, teachers have the ability to follow other teachers that are using Edmodo.

You can see articles and ideas that those teachers post online. You can even share lessons and collaborate. When it comes to students, students have the ability to join groups the same way you can join a group on Facebook and they can collaborate directly inside of Edmodo. There's also content monitoring built-in. Because Edmodo's designed for a little bit of a younger crowd, you, the educator, have the ability to turn on a feature that says that no student can post information to the entire class without you first approving that. There's also a student backpack. This is a great free feature.

Its gives students a small amount of space directly inside the Edmondo servers where they can upload their assignments. For example if your working on a long class project and your using laptop cards for example students may not have the same laptop from day to day. Well at the end of the day they can their assignment and save it to the Edmodo backpack. The student can then access that assignment from any internet connected computer. Another great student work are the Award Icons, built directly into Edmodo is also a behavior management and award system. You, the educator, can create awards that you then give to your students.

For example, if a student gives a great presentation, you can create a great presentation badge, and then award it to students accordingly. As I've already mentioned, Edmodo is great for the younger grades, particularly elementary school and middle school. Because of some of the content filtering and some of the design styles, even though it could be appropriate for high school, it's probably not the best suited LMS for high school and college aged students. The last LMS we're going to look at today, is Canvas. Canvas, which is made by instructure, is a great LMS. It was originally designed entirely for online classes, but has a ton of features that can be beneficial for the K-12 market.

Once again, Canvas has an award winning iPad application, including an iPad application called Speed Grader, that's designed to help you quickly move through assignments that have been turned in by students. It's also a simple and intuitive design. There's not a lot of customizing you can do inside of Canvas, but that creates a very streamlined uniform experience for both you and your students. Canvas also allows for modular course design. What I mean by this is, when you go in and you build your Canvas class, you can say, I want assignment a, b, and c to be in module one. You can then limit students from seeing all of the additional assignments until they've completed module one.

This is a great feature if you have students working online and you want to make sure that they've completed prerequisite material prior to moving on in the rest of the class. It also has great built-in grading tools. You can open papers, add comments to papers, all directly inside of Canvas, and then send a grade and feedback straight back to the student. Students then also have the ability to respond to your comments, and you can create an ongoing dialogue that really pushes the student thinking, as well as the learning. When it comes to using Canvas, Canvas is absolutely great for high school students, university/college level students and even continuing education.

Because of its easy to use interface, and the ability to really control how you want your to class to flow, older students that are working at a much more individual or independent level, find it a huge benefit. I hope you've enjoyed exploring these LMS's and that you found a tool that will be perfect for you and your classroom.

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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Managing electronic assignments
      4m 10s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
    2. Is this course right for me?
  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
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      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
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      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
  45. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s

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