This presentation discusses the how Learning Management Systems can help create an authentic learning environment for students.
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Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools
March 25, 2011
Students have widely different ways that they can process and organize information, ways to share this information, and ways in which they are engaged (Laureate, Inc., 2009). Present with these learning differences are also many instructional gaps within the same classroom.
Technology helps us bridge the gap for students based on individual needs. Infusing technology into daily instruction provides students with authentic learning experiences that appeal to all types of learners- kinesthetic, auditory, and visual (Laureate, Inc., 2009).
We have to be lifelong learners in order to be able to adequately meet our students where they are by providing the learning opportunities they need and upon which they will thrive in their culture (Laureate, Inc., 2009). One way to provide new learning opportunities to our students is through the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) like RCampus.
RCampus, developed by educators, is a comprehensive LMS and a collaborative learning environment. Through the use of innovative productivity tools, they are able to connect students and educators with important information crucial to student success while allowing school administrators real-time access to data for better tracking of institutional effectiveness. Educators, students and school administrators can manage courses, build ePortfolios, create websites, join eCommunities, assess school work with rubrics and much more, from a single location.
Chat features, discussion boards, blogs, and wikis allow students to interact with peers and promote collaboration by encouraging "sustained, on-task discussion among students" (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009, p. 56).
Allowing students to complete activities in a less restrictive environment often allows them to see "…a clear connection between the academic task and the kind of work done in the real world" (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009, p. 56).
Using a LMS allows teachers to create product-based assignments where students communicate their understanding of concepts with others and work together towards a common product of understanding. This type of learning prepares students for the demands of a fast-paced, highly collaborative work culture.