Everyone uses a “Learning Homebase.” You know the kind of classroom webpage that we’ve had in one form or another since way before 2008. That online space where teachers post up assignments, links to important pieces of online content and most importantly, opportunities for students to create, collaborate, and share. You see it in nearly every training you go to: presenters use all kind of websites to host the day’s agenda and links. Some go for “flash” and some go for “substance.” (What digital tools are both?)
Once upon a time Dreamweaver was all we used… then came Moodle (Schoolweb). Many school districts still adhere to the “one-size-fits-all” concept, where 1 online EDU webservice or some LMS is purchased and required for all teachers. A couple of years ago the Strategic Design process began reversing centralized edicts like “all classroom teachers must have a Moodle (Schoolweb) page that contains assignments, resources, and a calendar.”
Autonomy and Freedom of choice are critical to our well being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, though modern Americans have more choice than any group of people ever has before, and thus, presumably, more freedom and autonomy, we don’t seem to be benefiting from it psychologically.
Things are different now. We have more choice. We have the choice to decide as individuals, teams, grade levels, or even campuses – what should our online “Learning Homebase” be. What are the skills and needs of my students? What is the learning that we want them to do? What is the communication I want to have with not just students, but parents, community and anyone else? What technology options am I facing? There’s a new article in our LISD Tech KnowledgeBase that hits a few key points: what are some fundamental advantages/disadvantages to 3 of our most-used Learning Management Tools.