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We are reviewing our use of Blackboard and its purpose within our district. Most of our teachers use it to post files, pictures, etc... to increase the home/school connection. Some use the other tools embedded into the platform like assessments, blogs, wikis... But most that are into those tools have turned to other web 2.0 tools. (that are more K-12 friendly)


So what are your experiences? Does your school use, or promote a main CMS tool like moodle, Blackboard, edu2.0, Desire2Learn, Learningspace or other? Are you using it for primary home/school communication or collaboration, or both? Do you use it for virtual learning, in an online learning environment or blended?

Any info you can offer would be most appreciated- thanks!


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Hi Dodie,

A lot of our k-12 school districts in the MideWest, USA can not affored a CMS like Blackboard or Desire2Learn.  Instead we are using and training educators on, Edmodo,, Google App Suite etc.  These cost free CMS' assist our many districts with implementing a successful hybrid and/or blended learning opportunity for Middle School and High School students. Our ultimate goal is to prepare all of our students to become productive digtial and global citizens with a  variety of 21st century skill sets to be successful to lead and utilize in the workplace.  We know these opportunities will provide the framework for students to succeed to make it in which ever occupation they choose, or tech school or a 4 year year college by the exposure an online experience and to coninue (hopefully) model appropiate digital ethics and self-directed learning.


I am attaching our blended learning tools, 21st century assessments and 21st century skills documents I have put together that I use as resources when I train educators, administrators and students on these very same topics.


Naomi Harm


Thanks for these resources- awesome! I think that we are in similar places in that Blackboard is very pricey and my thought is with all the free (or relatively free) tools out there it seems crazy to pay the prices for a tool like Blackboard. Especially when other tools work well. I'm glad to hear that you like edu2.0- I was exploring it and do like it very much and I think the free version has a lot of pluses, but the upgrade is also very affordable.

Thanks again!


Hi Dodie,

Our school uses a product called Edline. We use it to post everything from grades to lesson plans to communication with parents. We also use it for blended learning in some classes. We post interactive homework assignments, quizzes, homework dropboxes, discussions, etc. I use Edline as a classroom portal for each of the classes I teach.


My experience with Edline is very good. It is a very reliable web-based tool. This semester I have stared using it to turn in ALL student assignments, projects, etc. The download feature is very nice and easy to use. The only feature that needs improvement is the Discussion Forum - it is asynchronous so if you want to schedule a real-time discussion (such as during an important event such as a presidential debate, news conference, etc.) you would need to use another tool.



thanks- I hadn't seen Edline before- I went on their website and see they offer a lot of tools, is it pricey?



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