Monday, November 3, 2014

Update for Leaders - Don't Get Stuck with the Wrong Learning Management System

One area where many school leaders have invested time and money recently is looking at a schoolwide learning management system (LMS).  The LMS is very beneficial for putting all of your learning together into one spot for each class, and can typically be used for a variety of different uses among teachers (whether they are incorporating some online learning components or not).

LMSs can be expensive however, with some charging up to $10 per student for the hosting and support that goes along with the system.  In addition, many teachers get frustrated if a system isn't supported locally by people they know, regardless of how slick it works.  AEA PD Online provides free LMS access for all Iowa schools in Moodle, and it is a scaleable option (one teacher can use it or your entire district).

While we provide the hosting, support and maintenance on the site, however, some districts are looking for very specific features, including integration with their Student Information System.  We can help advise you on the right product for you, even if it isn't our Moodle system.  Consult with us to find the right solution.

Below is a quick spreadsheet comparing the basic LMS tools, including Moodle, Canvas, Google Classroom, Schoology, and Edmodo.  In addition, check out our online lessons on An Overview of LMS Tools, as well as Why We Support Moodle, and How You Can Use Moodle in Your Classroom.

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