How to Choose an LMS for Your Classroom

Learning Management Systems have grown significantly in both power and effectiveness since the first computer-based "e-learning" systems were developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The current market is divided into a number of different categories of systems all designed for distinct segments of the educational process. The Learning Management System or LMS is aimed at promoting a framework in which the entire educational cycle can be presented and managed.

At its heart, an LMS is a delivery mechanism as opposed to an authoring platform or research tool. This is not to say some LMS platforms allow course construction. Rather it clarifies the focus of the toolset. For example, the purpose of an LMS like Brightspace, is to not only deliver educational coursework, exa…


Teaching BYOD: Using Your Personal Devices in the Classroom

What’s working for business may also work in the classroom.

At least, that is what schools with shrinking budgets and expiring tax levies are hoping for. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a growing trend in multiple industries, established companies, and startups as well.

The reasons just make sense. Mobile technology is changing the way companies do business, in marketing, advertising, and sales. But it’s not often we look at education as a business, even though it is.

Our product as teachers is education, our measurement of return on investment is graduation rates and student test results, and our public image is created by how we interact with our communities. With shrinking state budgets, and rural schools challenged with passing levies to cover costs, schools are looking for ways to cut expens…


White House Chart: What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind

Since the beginning of his Administration, President Obama has joined educators and families across the country in asking for a bill to fix and improve No Child Left Behind to better serves our students, schools and educators. No Child Left Behind has long been broken, and it’s time for it to be replaced. This week, the Senate is considering the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act to fix No Child Left Behind, and we’re calling on them to move quickly to send the bill to the President’s desk.

The Every Student Succeeds Act will reduce over-testing and end the one-size-fits-all federal mandates of No Child Left Behind. It also guarantees that all students will be held to high academic standards that prepare them for college and careers and that, when students fall behind, states redirect resources into what works to help them and their schools improve. Finally, the bill makes one of the best investments we can make in our children’s future by providing high-qualit…


Teach100 Mentor In Pictures: Give Teachers Thanks

We could TELL you just how much teachers do, but a picture's worth a thousand words: we'll let our most recent survey results show you.

We asked Teach100 Mentors about the above-and-beyond efforts they've made this past year, and the results are conclusive: teachers are killing it. We also asked them to write themselves the thank-you card they'd like to receive from students and parents, and using designs from the #thankteachersfor project, we brought them to life. Thank a teacher today!


INFOGRAPHIC: Education Around the World

This infopraphic features a detailed breakdown of education statistics everywhere from North America to Sub Saharan Africa.

Standout numbers include student-to-teacher ratios (25-to-one in Mexico vs. six-to-one in Sweden), and college enrollment vs. graduation rates.

Interesting stuff, courtesy of Limerick Tutorial College:

Education Around The World - An infographic by the team at


The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education: INFOGRAPHIC

While there are many facets to a strong and valuable educational experience for children, there is one that oft overlooked: leadership. Queens University of Charlotte put together this infographic on “The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education,” making a strong case for the importance of high-quality leaders to effectively shepherd their schools and districts--and how a lacktherof may be holding us all back.

A few notable stats:

  • Teachers who report their principals as “excellent” are 14 percent more likely to report opportunities for professional development
  • 56 percent fewer behavioral incidents resulting in students being sent to the principal’s office
  • An effective principal is equivalent to between two and seven months of additional learning
  • There are expected to be nearly 100,000 job openings for principals by 2020

The Change of the M-STEP Due to Public and Teacher Feedback

Teachers, parents, and students often felt powerless when it came to government-mandated standardized tests such as the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress (M-STEP).

It was difficult for teachers and parents to understand if the amount of time spent on standardized testing was necessary and beneficial to students. Hours were taken away from teaching and learning time last school year in order to administer the M-STEP. This was a problem.

The M-STEP was also an online test. This took computer time away from teachers and students who needed them for instructional and learning purposes. This was another problem.

There were also technology problems such as software failures, which also ate up teaching and learning time.

Teachers across the state had issues with th…

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