May 7

Google is looking at getting into the Classroom

Today, Google announced their Google Classroom LMS.  Its still very early and not much information exists about Google’s entry into the Learning Management System neighborhood.  They do have some details about signing up for their Beta test and an assurance that Google will not be placing ads into their LMS.  Click here for more information from Google’s Blog.

It will be interesting to see how Google Classroom affects the established LMS’s such as Moodle, Instructure, and Edmodo.

February 6

Is it time to say goodbye to Moodle?

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This week, I have been playing with the “Canvas” Learning Management System (LMS).

I have 5 years of experience with using Moodle in my classrooms.  For what I needed at the time, Moodle was fairly sufficient.  However, Moodle’s development seems to have slowed the past few years.  In fact, Moodle’s integration of “Web 2.0” seems non-existent.  On the other hand, Canvas seems to embrace the “Web 2.0” features (collaboration tools, conferencing options, Google Doc Integration, Social Network Integration, etc).  In addition, Canvas’ User Interface seems cleaner and smoother than Moodle’s interface on the frontend and the administrative backend.

 

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August 5

Free Moodle Hosting

These past weeks, I have talked to several people inquiring about using Moodle.  This summer, I attended a conference where the facilitator of a workshop attempted to sell people on the benefits of Moodle (although he never really explained what Moodle was & implied that it was an app you run from your local hard drive like MS Office).  Anyway, some school systems around here are actually getting on board with Moodle.  It looks like word is finally getting out about this free LMS (Learning Management System).  If you are not familiar with Moodle, check out this earlier T4T post.

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August 24

Paperless Classroom

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been collecting a list of apps / tools to use for my almost Paperless Classroom.  Due to numerous online issues, it is not practical to attempt a complete paperless solution.  I have already had one day during the two-week old school year with no working internet in my classroom.  I have also run into a few snags where web-based applications either are blocked at school or do not function properly at school due to my districts handling of some secure server connections (SSL / https pages).  Therefore, I am aiming for a 90% Paperless Classroom.  Last year, I achieved about a 50% paperless classroom. 

I will publish my list soon.  I am still working on getting a few apps working properly.