Several years ago when we went to a 1-1 system and all students 4th grade and up were given laptops we also started looking at different Learning Management Systems. Most of us started using one system and for awhile I really liked that system, but then the honeymoon period wore off and I was finding more and more things I didn’t like.
Online quizzes allow students the ability to search for the answer instead of knowng the answer. Of course, the students believe that they are just using their resources. So I stopped using the quiz feature.
After I lost interest in this feature, I quickly started losing interest in this program altogether. Now, my district has actually invested in an LMS that will allow us to do more online, and possibly even teach strictly online. I have started attending the class sessions in order to learn more about this system with the goal of having, at least, the first unit for each of my classes up and running before the start of the next school year.
I can see so many benefits to this new system that I can’t wait to begin using it. Am I sick? No problem, the day’s assignment should already be online, I will just need to go in and publish it so that the students can see it. Did a student miss class? No problem, just check the LMS to see what you missed, or better yet, complete the day’s work while you are at home. Did you forget how to do the assignment? No problem, the directions will be on the LMS program.
Using this program should also allow me to cut down on the amount of paper I need to keep track of. Exit tickets can be done through the LMS, assignments turned in through this program, group collaborations done through this program.
Yes, I can tell that a little hard work this summer will pay off in the long run next fall.