Navigate 3- LMS Tool Categories

The following is a blog for my online EOTC class.  Identify the major tool categories in Learning Management Systems.

The most important tools in most LMS are the ones for communication and grading.   For most of my career, I have had some sort of online assignments for my class.  Communication tools are those most important to online assignments.  Do the students know when the assignments are due? Do they know where to find the requirements of these assignments? Do you have a way to remind the students of upcoming due dates and assignments? 

Most of my students who had trouble with my online assignments had the same problem.  They simply refused to log on or go to the relevant site to find the information.  My students who were good at communication where the students who were most successful.  They would often turn in assignments ahead of time or ask questions relevant questions to upcoming assignments.  

Another aspect of communication was the ability to announce upcoming due dates.  This was a nice little reminder to the students that a deadline is approaching.  I also like the ability to send group emails.  I use these sometimes to remind students that an assignment was due yesterday or that day.  I have found out that some of the students would complete their work but neglect to turn it in.  So this helped to get in missing assignments.  

Grading is another tool.  This allows the teacher to give valuable feedback to the students.  This unit didn’t go into depth but I have scanned ahead to other units (  doing work on phone/ wifi issues).  In my experience most recently with Google Classroom, was the ability to leave feedback was great.  With the feedback, I could say great job but you skipped 2 items. This way the student knows their work is fine but they need to more careful. 

  

Participate 3- Accessing Digital Learning Communities

The following blog was written as part of a class I am taking online.

The big problem/ barrier  with audio video technology resources is a lack of uniformity.  One of the best school programs I have seen in person is GHS TV at Germantown High School.   The program at the time incorporated several teachers and ran a community access TV station 12 months a year.  This is a great program to follow if you have that kind of financial support.  However just a few miles away in Memphis Tennessee, teachers were patching together consumer grade equipment.   So when you are researching material it may be hard to find a program that has similar resources.  The best thing is to find your information from other programs in your community and state.    This makes it easier to sort out this information.  I was down the road from GHS at the time so it was easy for me to distinguish the differences in our programs.

It is better now then when I started out.  I had a few websites I visited pretty regularly but that was it.  Now I participate in list serves and Facebook groups.  It is much easier to post a question then to find a source online.  You can get answers from across the county from programs that are similar.

Another barrier with online information is some of the information leaves room for discussion.  Most media specialists will tell you that it is ok to to use 30 seconds of copyrighted material in your projects.  However the Student Press Legal Center will tell you something different.    I have seen tons of conflicting information.  I have my own interpretations through my experience.  I tell my students to rely on their employer or teacher when dealing with sticky information.

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Book Creator App

I installed the Book Creator app on my iPad this morning.  I used it to create a book of my daughter’s sight words.  With her help we recorded the words on the iPad.  It was a easy program to learn.  We were able to export it out as an ePub, a PDF and a video.  This only took a few minutes.  It will be easy to create a book each week for her to study.   The app cost $5 in the App Store.   It is available on iOS, Android and Windows mobile.  I recommend trying the free version out.   Here are links for the video  and ePub.  

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Creating and Sharing Live Photos

Live Photos have been part of iOS for a little while.   I have been experimenting with it to see its potential.   I used it last week to take pictures of my daughter at practice.  I was trying to take some action shots.  With Live Photos I was able to catch her in action. It didn’t matter that I didn’t snap the photo at the exact right time.  


In case you are not familiar with Live Photos, they are essentially a 3 second video that pauses in the middle.  I am not sure how that I will be able to use it except to share it on social media with family and friends.   I look forward to see what the future will hold for this feature.   

If you want to know more about this feature be sure to watch my video. 

https://youtu.be/wWVmMp14d_4