Allan Didier


Learning Management System (LMS)

Learning Management Systems are the one-stop-shop for online schools. They are Powerschool (attendance, grades, scheduling), Planbook, email, Sites, Docs, Chat, and Meet all rolled up in one platform. Colleges and distance learning schools use them. Absorb, Canvas, and Blackboard are examples of them. Google Classroom and Seesaw are very simplified LMS. They cost a lot of money (>$1,000 per month), require tech support to run them, and are beasts of programs. If you are doing full online classes or college classes, they are great. You probably won’t pursue one yourself and I doubt if the district nor state will invest in them anytime soon because they would require a total technology shift. Don’t worry about using them until the school moves in that direction, which is doubtful even right now.