- Discuss your experiences with Learning Management Systems in your school.
- What tools did you test? What features worked well? What was missing?
- How would you put these to use in your school setting?
- Will you be able to use any of these services in your school?
- Will they benefit you professionally?
Our teachers currently utilize both Edmodo and Schoology within our school building for various units, projects and lessons. Teachers are very happy to have learning platforms that allow assignments to go “paperless” and also allows students more flexibility in learning with the flipped classroom model. For example, I work closely with a Social Studies Advanced Placement European History class and we have combined Schoology, the Google Art Project and the use of our online databases where students are creating art galleries in Google Art and linking them to Schoology along with a biographical description of their featured artists. This project is completely flipped and student directed. The online environment has become the center of the tech savvy teen’s universe and they are completely comfortable with utilizing new systems in order to learn and inform.
I feel that teachers have more creativity with the online classroom platforms and they find it easier to put all of their resources together into a one stop shop for their classes using these platforms.
It is interesting to think about using learning platforms to make the library, reading and literacy initiatives more flipped, flexible and exciting for tech savvy teens. I am interested in using Edmodo or Mightybell for a book club or reading challenge initiative. I want to do a reading challenge next school year using the novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio and I am hoping that I can create an online platform for students and staff to share their thoughts as they read the novel. I would also like them to post pictures and be more creative so I want to explore everything Edmodo has to offer to create this space.
My main goal with this activity and learning about these environments is to make a space where reading is important and people are able to express their appreciation of it. I am looking at Mightybell and Edmodo as possible places. I need to investigate whether or not Goodreads is blocked within our school network. I feel that this site should be unblocked in our schools so we can make use of it with our students. Teens are more motivated to read and share if they have access to online platforms. They are more comfortable sharing online than anywhere else. I believe you can see how Tumblr has taken off as an example of how teens have surrendered to the idea of using the Internet as a place where they are free to express opinions, art and ideas freely. By giving them a new system to learn online, schools are simply adapting to the already busy online world of the average teen.
Incorporating platforms and tools into our curriculum is always helpful to me professionally and as a learner. I enjoy learning online, reading online, tweeting and receiving feedback from around the world. I appreciate how we are able to improve ourselves in every way by gaining new ideas on social media platforms. Using platforms to make learning more social makes sense for this brave new world.