Learning Management Systems are great, but you have to bring your own content! As more districts find ways to go one to one or close to it, I expect more and more innovation in K-12 in this crowded business space – and OpenEd to lead the way in delivering quality content for students.
The whole premise of a one-stop shop for students and instructors alike can be realized even more thanks to what’s called LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability). This allows students to take quizzes on outside sites and have those results sent back to your LMS. Most major LMS’s support this protocol (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, Schoology etc).
This blog post is about some ways to use OpenEd’s amazing resource library of videos, games, assessments and more to add to your LMS.
For me, the best kind of lesson for a student would have the following setup:
Game or Video for students to play as class starts that day to get them thinking about the upcoming lesson. To play a video or game, you have to either link directly to that video or game, or use an iframe if you want to keep students within your LMS.
For most LMS’s, create a ‘page’ and then edit the HTML and insert something like this (replacing the link there with whatever resource you need to show up):
<iframe style="width: 1000px; height: 600px;" src="https://www.opened.com/game/integer-warp-arcademic/402538" width="320" height="240"></iframe>
Discovery Based Lesson: Depending on what’s being taught, I would try to introduce the topic using something discovery-based now that I know where all of my students stand in their understanding of a topic. I highly recommend activities from teacher.desmos.com and geogebratube.org if you are 1:1 or even if you can get students in groups of 2 or 3. The combination of formative assessment to drive the learning activities is well supported by research and I really can’t imagine a lesson that doesn’t benefit from technology integration done well.
Performance Assessment: At the end of the lesson, a cool assessment idea would be for kids to create either an interactive Zaption video of a screencast of them explaining the topic to future students. The questions they ask other students to ask about the topic are more important to me than the actual content they’re discussing. Students should be creators whenever possible not just consumers!