Today, learning management systems play an essential role in private school classrooms. An LMS is an invaluable tool that enhances teaching and learning outcomes, and also helps schools create beneficial and supportive relationships between teachers, administrators, parents and students.
Schools should choose a LMS based on the school’s unique pain points and how an LMS can solve their problems. An LMS is meant to streamline tasks and support all school stakeholders. Students, teachers, administrators and parents need to understand how the system adds value to their day-to-day routine.
Considering deploying a new LMS? Private school administrators may feel overwhelmed with options or think that a new system will complicate their existing tools and cost a fortune. However, that’s not the case, and leaders can easily implement an LMS that meets the needs of their school and is just as powerful as systems used in large public schools.
Twine is an LMS built specifically to fit the needs of K-12 private schools. Implementing Twine will help boost teacher productivity, bolster student-learning outcomes and give school leaders peace of mind without having to place technology decisions on teachers or replace existing systems. We understand that every private school is different and has their own goals when looking to deploy a new technology system. If you’re exploring a new LMS, consider the following best practices:
1. Put teachers first
Every teacher has different needs and their own vision for his or her classroom. Find an LMS that is user-friendly and provides all the needed information in as few clicks as possible. Eliminating the time it takes for teachers to find or set up their own technology is key to a more productive classroom environment. Rather than individual teachers making ad-hoc technology decisions, Twine allows teachers to be flexible with what tools they use within one standardized system.
2. Take a centralized approach
Communication is always a good thing, especially between your LMS and Student Information System. With teachers, students and course offerings changing each year, it’s difficult to maintain multiple systems with accurate data. Unlike other LMS platforms, Twine is centralized so teachers can work together, administrators have insight to everything on one system, and schools aren’t required to implement new platforms to maintain student and school information. Twine eliminates the need for separate systems and acts as both the LMS and SIS for the school, providing all stakeholders with one sign-in and a one-stop shop for everything they need.
3. Focus on features that meet classroom needs
Your LMS is only effective if it provides manageable and intuitive features to make daily tasks simple and easily accessible. The platform’s features should boost teacher productivity by tying together lesson plans, learning materials, grading and attendance; enable students to stay connected to their school work, teachers and peers; keep administrators in the loop with daily classroom reports; and inform parents with a 360-degree view of everything going on in their child’s school. To make this possible, Twine uses the rich functionality of Edsby, a popular LMS for large K-12 school districts, to provide a robust and comprehensive portfolio of features.
4. Build parent relationships
Technology used within the classroom helps build parent satisfaction. Parents have immediate access to their child’s grades and academic progress through Twine, as well as the ability to connect with teachers and administrators should they have questions or concerns. Twine provides an environment that encourages collaboration, transparency and engaged conversations among parents and school officials.
Installing a new LMS is a significant investment. Choose a tool that will enhance productivity for teachers, facilitate parent engagement, and provide the best educational experience for students.
Interested in learning how Twine can help your school? Sign up for a demo today.