Schoology a Free Social Network Learning Management System

Looking for a Learning Management system that incorporates social networking for student collaboration?  Schoology might be the answer. This LMS package incorporates many of the social network layouts and interactions that students have become accustom to through social networking.  They are easily able to able to interact with their teachers and students to collaborate and communicate.  Teachers can create different groups and classes manage student progress, grades, attendance and even view course analytics. Teachers can create online learning content like quizzes, online dropboxes, webpages, and various mobile applications.  Most of what this site provides is free however, individualized branding, support and training are purchased add-ons. This site is definitely worth looking at if you are looking for a classroom LMS system.

Click here to take a look at this LMS System.

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Teach Live Online with WiZiQ

This morning I ran across another great online tool.  WiZiQ allows teachers to teach live online, create tests and quizzes, upload and share content, and allows you to teach live in Moodle.   This service offers a free and premium service for its users.  The free service includes the following:

  • 500 attendees & 02 hours limit per class
  • 03 Class Recordings & Downloads
  • Class Statistics
  • Forever Free Account
  • Forum Based Support

In order to teach in Moodle or integrate with any LMS you must have a Premium membership.  However, If you are looking to try out a live online learning lesson this might be a great resource to give it a try.  The interface was quite intuitive and setup seemed fairly simple.

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Flash Cards a Resource to Remember

Over the past few weeks, I have seemed to slip back into a bit of drill and practice with my students.  After a little time working with them on repetition, I began to remember how useful it can be for some learning applications.  So, I started to repeat key learning targets and use flash cards to help them remember certain facts and figures.  As we then moved into studying states and capitals, again, I looked at using flash cards to help students learn.  Since I use Moodle in my classes, I started to use their flash card application, but found that it was clunky and did not work the way that I wanted it to.  So, I looked online for another application that I could use on my website and found  Pauker.

After a first look and trial run, I really think this will fit the bill for my application.  Also, it is nice that some flash cards are already created that you can just simply download.  I always like open source programs with a community behind them.  Another bonus is that  it has a MiniPauker application that will allow you to use it on handheld devices and cell phones.  This is a Java application, so you may need to look at their compatibility page to see if this will fit your use of this program.  I found it very simple to use and setup.  I recommend it as a great application for creating flash cards for your students to learn.  Check them out at the address below.

(Pauker) http://pauker.sourceforge.net/pauker.php?page=home&lang=en

(MiniPauker) http://pauker.sourceforge.net/pauker.php?target=home&lang=en&project=minipauker

Another good flash card site:

HeadMagnet: http://headmagnet.com/

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