The Future of Education is Digital
There is a revolution happening in the classrooms. And no, the children aren’t to blame this time. The digital revolution happening outside the hallowed halls of learning is now making its way inside. Chalk and blackboards are giving way to new technology. Teaching is entering a new era, the digital era.
E-Learning software or Learning Management Systems (LMS) as they are commonly known have now become commonplace throughout schools and with it increased efficiency in both teaching and learning. Learning management systems enhance the learning journey through improving communication, information and resource sharing between teacher and student. But what makes a good LMS? The following questions should help to choose an LMS to suit your requirements.
- Does it ensure teachers and students stay connected?
- Will it increase student engagement?
- Does it help reduce teacher workload?
- Can content be created and shared online?
With these questions in mind let’s have a look at three of the best LMS available.
First thing that sets Moodle apart from the rest is it’s free. With Moodle teachers are able to create their own private website and fill it with dynamic course material. Learning anywhere and anytime.
A personalized online learning environment can be created on Moodle complete with forums, chats, surveys, assignments, feedback and much more. Teachers have a wealth of features at their fingertips including file management, progress tracking, notifications and calendars.
Student engagement is actively encouraged through peer and self-assessment, badges, group management and multi-media integration. Available in 95 languages this really is the LMS you want.
Another free app taking the classroom by storm. Edmodo the largest K-12 network allows teachers to build relationships with students, collaborate with other teachers to improve learning outcomes and discover new resources.
With Edmodo the classroom discussion is brought online, students and teachers interact and measure progress with polls, quizzes and assignments. Through the app students are awarded with badges and grades.
Parents and teachers aren’t the only ones connected through Edmodo LMS, parents, administrators and publishers are also plugged into the system. Even other schools in the surrounding district can collaborate with each other through the schools and districts section.
Building a better educational experience by connecting and promoting collaboration between teachers and students. Students have instant access their grades and assignments, are informed of due dates and upcoming events on their mobile device of choice.
Teachers benefit from enhanced grading and assignment creating features and can provide real time feedback through students preferred communication channels- texts and posts.
With Blackboard LMS it’s incredibly easy to create, share and manage engaging content. Connect with other users for knowledge; resource sharing and consulting is also possible through Blackboard’s global network.
When looking at the key features of these three learning management systems what really stands out is the way they effectively engage students and reduce teacher workload. This is done through presenting relevant content in a way the students want to consume it, digitally. Another really great feature of these three LMS is the collaboration feature, which enables you to learn and share experiences with your peers. Isn’t it time you made the switch to digital?
Visit GetApp to learn more about these great applications or to view a comprehensive list of Learning Management Systems.
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