How I Use It
I would use this program to introduce information to my students, assign activities, and assess what the student's have learned through this process. This program can simply provide information or it can be used to allow the students to complete activities, post them, and respond to a variety of post that their classmates have made.
I think that this program is valuable for students in a middle school setting that have a 1 to 1 technology program. If schools do not have this type of technology program it may not be as beneficial. Students are able to access their courses anywhere and there for this would allow them to complete course work outside of school. The window on the right side that shows the upcoming due dates for assignments is a helpful tool to help teach teenagers organization skills. Students are able to join numerous classes at once so they have access to all subjects. Teachers are able to add their own information for lessons and make it as detailed as they want. As a team the 7th grade teachers I work with use this program. They began by using it to provide information to upcoming 7th graders. they are now creating class content that will be used to provide information, assign activities and then to assess what the students have learned. I have also experienced this program as an adult for various professional developments. The program allows for a variety of uses.
By using the SAMR model I believe that this program would fall in the Redefinition level. This would be explained by the fact that students are able to connect with other classmates, review their posted information and reply back.