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Jul 23, 2018

The 1:1 Teacher

5 Essential LMS Setup ideas

When you’re in a 1:1 classroom environment, it’s important to have one place for students to go to get vital information from you. As I talked about in a recent YouTube video, having a Learning Management System (LMS) like Google Classroom is one of the top essential tools for the 1:1 teacher.

 

When you set up your LMS for the first time, it’s important to keep some simple guidelines in mind to help you be successful in implementing this type of system. Here are my top 5 LMS setup ideas:

 

Schedule posts and assignments

 

When you’re working in an LMS, you have the opportunity to create all your posts and assignments at one time, then schedule them to release at a specified date and time. Rather than having all the posts available for your students to see at once, limit what they’re able to see at one time. Having too many assignments to view can be overwhelming for students. To tackle this, try scheduling posts and assignments when you’ll be giving them in your classroom. This helps students manage the information overload that can happen in the 1:1 classroom.

 

Make sure actionable tasks are separate from announcements

 

When you’re posting in your LMS, it’s a good idea to keep actionable tasks separate from announcements. Just like when we get a long email and skim the content for the important details, students will likely do the same. When placed in one post, tasks can get lost in an announcement or vise versa. Make sure that the actionable tasks are clearly labeled so students can complete the work you’ve asked them to.

 

Calendars are your friend!

 

Whichever LMS you choose to use will have a built-in calendar which can help you manage assignments and due dates. Students also have access to a calendar to see when assignments are due and add their own events. The calendar helps both teacher and students to clearly see important dates and when tasks are due.

 

Treat your LMS like a “home base”

 

Rather than having many places for students to go grab information or assignments, your LMS should be your home base. Everything for your classroom should link to and from it, so students know exactly where to go each time.

 

Keep it Clean

 

Like a filing cabinet with no organizational structure, an LMS can get messy pretty quickly. When you set up your LMS, take some time to come up with a file organization system that works well for you and stick with it. It will be much easier for you to find assignments or edit posts when you know exactly where they are. Your students will also have an easier time finding things when they need them when files are organized.

 

The LMS does take some effort to set up, but once you do, you’ll notice it saves you time in the 1:1 classroom. What are your favorite tips for an LMS? Leave a comment below!

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