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Elizabeth McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:41:59 -0500
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Looking at your list of "functions of digital classroom" I wonder if seeing Google Apps for Ed as a digital ecosystem rather than a LMS might be enough. With the new Google Plus, Teacher Dashboard and the potential for Google's Course Builder (which is early in development) there are all of the elements you list with the exception of a grade book but if you use PowerSchool or another SIS for grading then you don't need a second grading option. The major difference between a box LMS and GAE system is the learning curve and creation/customization of a classroom system. 

Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT
Technology Integration Specialist
Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer
From: School Information Technology Discussion [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Hall [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:13 PM
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Subject: LMS selection (*sigh*)

I know we've batted this around a few times, but... the selection of an LMS (currently Edu 2.0) has come into question at our school, and we are now revisiting the choice of a digital classroom environment (eg. stick or switch). Concurrently, we are also exploring how to balance the functions on an LMS with the use of Google Apps as a productivity suite.

I am working hard to make this a conversation about "digital functionality" vs. an LMS smackdown: backing away from the tools and focusing on the goals first. To that end I have begun to list the functions of digital classrooms<> that meet the goals of teachers, students, parents and Administration (the four "stakeholders" in this process.) This is an open document, so feel free to add your thoughts!

Personally, I am not convinced that there IS a system that meets ALL needs well, and I advocate for a hybrid approach: using multiple tools (limited in number for support and consistency) each for their strengths. That said, we also need to consider the LMS's that are available as part of the solution.

If you have a moment to complete this brief survey<>, it would be appreciated. The full results are here<> for others involved in similar discussions.


Eric Hall
Technology Integration Specialist
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Chittenden East SU

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