An LMS with a professional community ocan enable cross-curricular lesson sharing.

As new learning technologies and digital tools appear in classrooms, educators may become overwhelmed as they try to integrate these ed-tech tools into their lessons. But they might find help in their district’s tried-and-true learning management system.

The typical learning management system has evolved to manage digital content, and can organize and provide access to that content so that digital resources are delivered in engaging ways, said Gail Palumbo, former director of curriculum and technology in New Jersey’s Montgomery Township Schools, during a series of edWeb webinars on learning management systems’ potential. Palumbo is now the Lead Faculty – Area Chair for Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix Online.

According to Palumbo, a learning management system has the capability to include a multitude of digital content, defined as any and all materials or programs stored on an electronic or digital medium that can be transmitted or used by computers and over networks and the internet.

The benefits of incorporating digital content into the learning management system are numerous, said Palumbo, including being able to access the content and lesson from any internet connection, modifying lessons from anywhere and anytime, and many learning management systems will let the user add standards postings with the listed digital content.

(Next page: How educators can take advantage of their learning management system)