ClassroomAPP offers a full integrated Learning Management System (LMS) that rivals the most famous ones in the industry.
In addition, the application has unique advantages over standard LMSes:
- Integration of Classroom and Content, such as forcing content onto student devices, or watching how students interact with the content.
- Content is available offline automatically (e.g. for students with no Internet access out of school).
- ClassroomAPP is an actual Application (i.e. not a website), and hence responds substantially faster than LMSes as all functionalities are on the student device, reducing school bandwidth needs.
- Deeper integration with school / district systems and third-party applications, including SIS, content, OER's, Clever and so on, that LMSes cannot provide given they run in a browser.
- Much simpler interface as ClassroomAPP was specifically designed for K12, while most LMS' in our schools today were geared towards Higher-Ed, with K12 as an afterthought (see our blog article here).
- Parent integration via mobile application, including notifications, parent-teacher chat, and Parent Mode where parents can access (permitted) content from their children's learning.
- Lower cost of deployment, thanks to ClassroomAPP's ease of deployment, but also as fewer systems are needed to deploy your digital classroom (e.g. you may not need a Digital White Board anymore).
Adding students can be done via two simple methods as defined in the Rostering article, including adding students live in the classroom.
There are two main types of Content objects, containers and resources. Containers simply, contain other content objects.
Containers fall in 3 categories.
- Courses and Workspaces -- are top-level containers (i.e. they have no parents). Courses and workspaces can contain Groups, Folders, and any Resource
- Groups -- are similar to courses and workspaces except they are not top-level, they are child containers (i.e. need a parent of their own). Like courses and groups, they can contain Groups, Folders, and any Resource
- Folders -- can contain Folders and any Resource.
Please refer to the appropriate articles for the subtleties of each container.
Courses, Workspaces & Groups have members. In other words, you control access permissions. Folders are 'dumb' containers meant for organizing content. Use them to organize your content thematically.
Resources are actual content items:
- Documents -- which are easy-to-edit documents / eBooks
- Blogs -- time-based articles
- Forums -- for collaborative-learning
- Online or saved resources (e.g. web link, images, PDF etc.)
- Presentations (think of Powerpoint)
- Spreadsheets (think of Excel)
Now that we went through the basics of Content in ClassroomAPP, we recommend that (1) you go through all the Content Wizards in the app, (2) go through the links in this article (or simply visit the Content Category).