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Organizing the Classroom with Learning Management Systems

Digital coursework, student/teacher collaboration, assessment, and customization are only some of the many popular features Learning Management Systems (LMS) have to offer a K12 classroom. Though on the surface many LMS products seem to have similar assets for students, teachers, and administrators, each of those featured below have something different to benefit an individual district or classroom’s needs, whether it’s adapting to special needs, communicating with parents, or online security. 

This software curates educational resources from around the web, and makes searching for them safe and effective. Each of the 330,000 learning resources have been selected by experienced educators. netTrekker can refine search results by academic or reading level, subject, format, or student or teacher recommendations, and filter resources by state or Common Core State Standards, subject areas, and themes.

Whether teaching involves one-on-one learning or an entire class, Edgenuity’s system allows teachers to customize course content and assessment settings. This customization includes settings for test-taking time, grade weights, special-needs students, and English language learners. The educator dashboard allows teachers and administrators to monitor student progress, engagement, and achievement and send student reports to parents.

Blackboard Engage
Edline LCMS
This Learning Community Management System (LCMS) has an array of classroom features, including interactive assignments, homework hand-in, student online storage, and online tests with automatic grading. Teachers can also digitally send permission slips, forms, and surveys to parents, as well as communicate with an entire classroom. The LCMS also provides teachers and districts with live, up-to-date grades and student information.
With this digital learning environment, teachers can create interactive, online lessons for students, find shared content from other teachers, and make classwide, group, and individual assignments. Teachers can also assign, collect, and store student assignments with Sky. The program alerts users when an assignment is ready for grading and when students ask questions about the assignment or need clarification. With Sky’s District Curriculum Publishing, schools and districts can assemble a unified curriculum and pacing guides.

Slate XP
Slate XP Platform
This customizable learning management portal allows schools to build their own learning environment. SlateXP works with each school to determine the specific needs, convert the school’s offline content (PowerPoint, Word or other written content), integrate with third-party tools and sites, and create the school’s own branded learning environment. SlateXP also monitors students’ computer activity to address the growing problem of cyber-bullying, aggressive sexual predators, and to prevent bypassing filters.

Epsilen Environment
This system enables faculty to create and share syllabi, lesson plans, tests, and documents. Its multimedia resources can include text, websites, video, and over 150 years of New York Times archives. Faculty and students can collaborate through blogs, wikis, forums, and chats, and teachers can connect with one students or entire groups, with announcements, emails, and calendars. Course drop boxes also allow students and faculty to exchange assignments.

Desire2Learn Learning Environment
Students can log onto Learning Environment from their smartphones or tablets via a mobile app, making it possible for them to access courses, receive notifications, and stay engaged in their learning whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them. All digital content, activities, and assessments are customized for individual institutions, courses, and learners. Teachers can use a range of learning activities to create unique learning paths based on learning styles, interests, current achievements, and special needs.

School Insight Assessment Platform
Teachers and school administrators can create Common Core and standards-aligned tests and assessments on the LS platform, and deliver them to students online with computers or tablets, on interactive whiteboards, student response devices, on bubble sheets, or on paper. Student achievement and teacher performance can also be monitored with LearningStation’s Insight Reports.

Schoology Learning Platform
This LMS provides teachers and administrators with a suite of tools to manage lessons and homework assignments, administer and grade tests and quizzes, and discover and embed new educational content and resources. They can also share and collaborate with other educators on course materials, analyze individual student and overall classroom performance, and communicate and engage with students in a secure online environment.

Acting as one site where teachers, students, parents, and administrators can access resources for hundreds of Pearson programs, SuccessNet includes interactive digital lessons, reporting software, and lesson planners. Users can search for digital resources by state standards, media type, and topic. The platform can personalize instruction for individual students and track student progress, and it provides direction for instruction based on student performance.

Haiku Learning
Haiku LMS
This management system, which can also be accessed via a tablet app, has many features, including a resource library to which teachers and administrators can add content. Teachers and students can communicate instantly through Haiku Chat. New dropbox enhancements allow teachers to view many documents at one time in a grid layout. And assessment reports can be created for a single student, a group of students, or the entire class.

CourseMill LMS
Schools can customize this LMS program using its own branding and logo, as well as selecting all the features appropriate for its classrooms. Teachers can use CourseMill’s calendar interface to view all courses and assignment due dates. The program uses an email notification system to alert teachers of class enrollment status and student success. Administrative and curriculum reports help manage data and can be scheduled to run weekly, monthly, or quarterly. This LMS also comes in CourseMill Hosted and CourseMill Enterprise versions.