How I Use It
This program is great to use either with an individual classroom or on a whole school basis. It allows for teachers to provide content and resources and quickly share with the students. Students can log on anywhere at anytime allowing for reviewing and previewing. A calendar is integrated to allow for due date publishing and reminders. The calendar also has a running side bar on the front page of upcoming submission deadlines.
This program also allows for the teacher to individualize a students view and upload resources that only available to one student or a single group at a time. This allows for differentiation of the instruction and individualization according to student support needs.
At times assignment submission can be confusing but as long as the set up is clear and the teacher reviews/demonstrates the procedures, this can be ameliorated. Students with limited reading skills can also become lost at times within the site and may need added support as they become more familiar with the program and procedures.
Using the SAMR model, I would place this resource as a Redefinition level in that allows for the connectivity between students in discussions about topics and/or assignments as feedback.
Overall, this is a great LMS option for either classroom or school-wide use and one which I recommend.