Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Haiku: Our Learning Management System

A major move in K-12 education has been to provide platforms and tools to support learning once the students  head home after school each day. Several companies provide what are called "learning management systems (LMS)". Our research lead us to Haiku which allows our 5th grade teachers and also Mr. Ros in 8th grade science to have a virtual classroom accessible at school and at home.

Our 5th graders logged into Haiku for the first time this week using their user names and newly created passwords. They found their "My Portal" home page listing the following information:

  • Their classes 
  • Calendar with a listing of important events and tasks
  • Announcements
  • Recent Activity (new assignments, events, added files, etc.)

As the year progresses, the teachers will use many of the tools embedded in Haiku to give students the opportunity to:

  • See their assignments (the same as in their planners)
  • Download files
  • Upload assignments
  • Ask questions for teacher and student responses
  • Post their responses to teacher posted questions
  • Access websites to support learning
  • View media
  • Work on collaborative projects

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