Which LMS is best?
Deciding the best LMS is a very difficult thing. For my needs, I am a huge fan of Google Classroom.
How does the selected LMS meet the needs of all stakeholders, including administrators, students, teachers and faculty, instructional technology, development, support, and parents?
Google Classroom meets the needs of the stakeholders, administrators, students, teachers, and parents because of the accessibility, cost and tools. Google Classroom is a free application to anyone with an educational institution email address. Google classroom has mobile applications so students can complete work on a phone or tablet. Links for students can be added along with various types of files. Grading is made easy by opening work in Google Docs and allowing the teacher to move from one student's work to the next. Once grading has been done a grade sheet can be exported to Google Sheets. Students benefit from being able to use all types of Google Applications at no cost. Each assignment also has a discussion area that allows students and teachers to have an open classroom discussion.
How does the selected LMS align with the initiatives, growth, and technological needs of your organization?
K–12 leaders who have successfully chosen, implemented and supported an LMS recommend that schools begin by evaluating systems based on how well they support institutional goals. For example, if a school plans to launch an ePortfolio initiative that enables students to reflect on achievements and showcase work for university admissions or employment, its LMS evaluation team should determine whether ePortfolio functionality is provided, whether ePortfolios can be shared publicly and accessed beyond graduation and whether the functionality is included as a standard feature or for an additional fee. Doing so will help the evaluation team focus on meaningful outcomes and avoid the common trap of creating extensive but aimless features checklists.
The following is a screen shot of Google Classroom.
I have searched the internet of some really useful tools and resources for teaching online. After searching the internet, I found three really great tools for teachers to deliver information to their students. The first is Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a great site where classes can be taught, students can find assignments, and the teacher can leave links to more resources. Quia is also another great resource for teachers. Quia allows teachers to administer test, and create games for students to learn or reinforce classroom lessons. The third tool for teachers is Quizizz. Quizizz is a great website that teachers can use to create quizzes for students to take on any electronic device. Quizizz allows the student to take a quiz with a fun interactive platform. The teacher can also use Quizizz to post aditional assignments through Google Classroom.
Just as a teacher finds tools to use in the classroom, students need to know how to search the internet for safe resources to complete assignments. Many of the resources can be narrowed down by looking at the domain in which the resource is located. Students looking at resource pages ending in .edu, .gov, and .org are typically safe. I use the term typically safe because a parent or guardian should always monitor the students internet usage for safety. See the attached list of student safe search engines:
Kidtopia – Kidtopia is a Google custom student safe search engine for preschool and elementary students, indexing only educator approved websites.
SafeSearchKids – Safe Search for Kids is a powerful, safe search tool that filters search results to enhance your students’ safe search experience. Powered by Google.
KidsClick! – Annotated searchable directory of websites created for kids by librarians. Searchable by subject, reading level and degree of picture content.
SweetSearch – SweetSearch is a search engine for students. It searches only credible websites approved by internet research experts.
KidRex – Fun and safe search for kids, by kids.
Famhoo – Kid and family friendly search engine, filtered search results that remove adult content. Great for all ages.
OneKey – OneKey has partnered with Google to keep kids safe on the Internet.
A link to each of these can be found on my bookmarks page.
My name is Kris Martinez and I blog about learning public safety.