ISTE Coaching Standard 3: Digital Age Learning Environments
Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.
To address this coaching standard, I have explored ways to model effective classroom management procedures for a technology-rich learning environment as well as coach and model the use of online and blended learning in classroom and professional development settings. The teachers in my district are fortunate enough to have two paid-for options available to them for a Learning Management System (LMS). I was interested in learning more about each one to find out which option would be the best fit for my own first grade classroom, but also be knowledgeable enough to recommend and coach colleagues on the choice that would be best for their instruction. The main features sought by other teachers in my building are student monitoring and communication. See my findings below:
As a result of my research, there were two main factors that stood out as indicators for which option to choose. Both LanSchool and Hapara are excellent tools for digital classroom management, but teachers should consider the types of devices being used in the classroom and which online resources they will typically incorporate. Classrooms that are eqiupped with Chromebooks only should definitely choose Hapara, as it was designed to be compatible with Google products. If a classroom has PCs or a combination of devices being used by students, LanSchool is the way to go. Furthermore, if teachers are mainly using Google Apps for Education in their instruction, I recommend Hapara. Managing alternatives to Google products will likely be more effective using LanSchool. An additional factor to consider is the level of experience and comfort with using technology. LanSchool has more bells and whistles, while Hapara is more simplistic.