Posts Tagged ‘EduPl 370’


Learning Management Systems

May 28, 2012

Learning Management Systems or LMS refers to a software application for administrators, deliveries, recordings, tracking, and reporting of e-programs.  Such e-programs are training programs, classroom and online activities/events, and training content.  Learning management systems allow users to have a more centralized learning and tracking system that is made for internal as well external use. Furthermore, the tools that LMSs provide are user-friendly.  Some of the more specific features are watching videos, screenings, and listening to recordings that help with training purposes and can go as far as having to complete assessment tests with the interaction of a simple interface (Coggno, 1).

Some examples of Learning management systems are as follows:  This first example is EDVI PRO 2004 which is implemented in a Web environment and consists of the programming language, Java; web server, Apache Tomcat; and database server, Oracle and Microsoft SQLServer. This LMS “includes a pleasant and intuitive graphical environment, the arrangement of their menus in hierarchical form and explanations of their forms, turn it a powerful tool and easy to handle by the user.” (An Example of Learning Management System, p.2)  Another LMS program is called Litmos.  This SCROM certified training program enables the creation of web-based courses and easy distribution to learners on MAC, PC, Iphone, Ipad, and Android.  Learners can self sign up and optionally pay to take the course using their online, integrated shopping cart.  One last example of LMS is Halogen elearning Manager that links employee training closely with your organizations bottom line success.  The online training management system combines breakthrough thinking in employee-performance management with the best-practices in learning management.  It gives you power to deliver development and training programs that will impact your organization.  It is also a simple LMS in the respect that you quickly see a return on your training investments (Capterra, p.1).


The benefits of using LMSs in the classroom are as follows:  LMS programs support teachers, students, and administrators with the tools that result in personalized, productive learning experiences.  Student engagement is another good benefit in which through multimedia content and an intuitive web 2.0. This includes wikis, blogs, journals, chat, and other types of online tools in order to improve and promote learning-focused collaboration and social learning in and beyond the classroom.  Another benefit of LMS is it offers improved teaching experience which refers to online professional development and integrated efficiency tools that allow for strategic lesson planning and reporting.  One final benefit of LMS programs in the classroom is efficiency and efficacy in the use of core resources.  This gives schools and districts the opportunity to utilize technology investments by incorporating instructional and administrative tools into one central hub (eduviews, p.4).






What my future classroom will look like!

May 16, 2012

What my future classroom will look like!

This is a rough sketch of my future classroom. I have a set of desks centered in the middle of room with a smartboard/dry erase board in front and a book shelf to the back of the room. In the corner adjacent to my smartboard/ dry erase board I have my desk and on the other side of the room are the computers and adjacent to the computers is my classroom door.


Top 5 Apps

May 16, 2012

1. Mental Math-Multiplication Table app. I would use this for my future 4-9 math class and turn it into a classroom game where the middle school math students get in groups of 2 or 3 and each group are given access to the app and see who can solve 5 multiplication problems the quickest, tiebreakers would be solved in those groups solving 3 problems and the first ones finished are the winners.  The winners would then receive some kind of reward and we would do this until all have had a chance to win.  This would be good for the classroom because not only can it be used for testing a students speed at solving multiplication problems at a fast pace but it is just another way for them to gain more practice at learning their multiplication tables.  2.The Quizzer app is another good app to use for the class.  This allows students to create flashcards and study any subject.  I would use this during their silent time of class as a way to keep them busy and it gives the students some freedom in the classroom to study on their own and if they have any questions they can always ask.  3. Smart Speller English is another good educational app.  This helps students learn to spell.  I would use this for my 4th grade language arts class in preparing students for spelling tests.  iMathPractice Fundamentals Lite is yet another useful app for math students.  This is more of a focus on the four operations (add, subtract, mult., divide).  I would have this as a daily drill and pick some problems from each of the operations to give some variety to the students and would make sure everyone in the class got a chance to participate.  4.  Deluxe Moon Lite is an app that shows how the moon influences our life.  I think this would be a good app for me to use if my future classroom was teaching science or astronomy to give students an engaging lesson on the moon.  5.  The last app that is a good one for educational purposes is the Brain trainer app. This is a good app to use because it helps “jog the brain” and keep it thinking.  This would be useful for during like an independent study where the students who are finished with all their other work can turn to this and practice different applications of the brain trainer app.


State of Education Post #4-Online classes

May 15, 2012

For this blog post, I will be talking about online teaching.  I think it has pros and cons to it.  The pros are that it gives a student the chance to learn from a less anti-engaging environment in that students can learn from home rather than drive to a school x minutes away to take a long and dry lecture class.  I also think it gives students an opportunity to learn at their own pace as well as work it in to their day to day schedule without the worry of missing class.  However the disadvantages this could bring are distraction from learning.  Being that it is a distance learning form, students could easily not do their work on time and procrastinate causing problems such as failure to do assigned reading and homework.  Also, the teacher is not readily available as in a classroom environment where you may stop the teacher to ask questions.  Instead, one must rely on email and phone contact which does not always prove reliable.  All in all, though there are differences in this form of learning, I personally feel it is a good way of learning, but if you are not use to indirect contact, a classroom environment may benefit you better.


Next Generation Classroom- Roles & Rules

May 5, 2012

The roles of mobile devices in the classroom are not to be a distraction or anything to prevent positive learning. The role of mobile devices in the classroom is to be a tool of the learning process and as a means to make students more responsive in classroom activities and as a way to get students to participate in those classroom activities.

The rules include the following:

1. Use mobile devices as a tool of the learning process.

2. No texting/calling other people in class.

3. No inappropriate activity should be going on when using mobile devices.

4. Stay on task when using mobile devices.


Future Classroom # 2

May 5, 2012

As a continuation into the spectrum of what future classrooms should look like, there are more things to be included.  First off, the importance of mobile devices should be included in classrooms. Not as a form of distraction from learning, but rather, as a way of improving the learning process and to stay away from boring lectures and textbook instruction.  The introduction of tools such as the Iphone,Ipad Touch, and smart phones is important to the nature of teaching because students nowadays are more adaptive as well as responsive to new technology and the different features of new technology. Also, I think that allowing students more freedom in the classroom is an exciting new way of improving the learning process. Rather than traditional teaching methods, a teacher should allow students some freedom in creating presentations through programs such as Microsoft Power point or any other form of presentation program where students can work in groups of 2-3 and let the creativity flow.


Mobile Learning

May 4, 2012

In the field of education, mobile learning is becoming used much more frequently.  It refers to a more technologically based learning with reliance on mobile devices such as the Ipad Touch, Cell phones, the Iphone, and many other various forms of mobile devices. Students use these devices at home and educators are realizing they are as useful to students in the classroom.  This does not imply they are being used as a form of distraction, but rather, as a tool of the learning process.  The pros of mobile learning are it gives students another fun tool to use in the learning process. Whereas teachers do not have to rely on traditional styles of teaching such as using a textbook or lecturing.  Also, mobile education is much more engaging and students can relate to the technology because of their daily and at home use.

On the other hand, the cons of mobile learning are the instructor cannot always see what students are doing with their mobile devices during class time and students can become distracted from texting, playing games, or any other form of non-educational use that mobile devices have.

However, though mobile learning has its pitfalls, it is important because it gives students the opportunity to learn as well as use the incredible technology they have as an efficient tool of learning.