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4 secure online learning platforms to use


Using a secure online learning platform site is more beneficial than traditional social media for schools

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As more educators engage with students outside of the classrooms, usually through office hours, using a secure learning platform might just be the answer to questions about how to initiate and maintain this communication.

A learning platform is a web-based system modeling an in-person education by providing virtual access to class material, homework, assessments, and many other academic resources. These platforms also have the added benefit of being a social space for educators and students.

Think Facebook meets the classroom, within a controlled environment.

Through these programs, teachers can make sure students are engaging in academics and not distracted with non-educational topics.

So what are the benefits?

By using a secure online learning platform, students receive direct access to class materials and can participate in class discussions. When eMails and phone calls aren’t enough, students can contact instructors directly through the program.

So if you’re thinking about flipping your classroom, check out the list below.

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Edmodo

Teachers looking for online communication and collaboration opportunities with students and other educators have another resource: Edmodo, an education-based social networking site. Edmodo offers free classroom communication among teachers, students, and administrators on a secure social network.

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With this program educators are able to post classroom material, share links and videos, and access homework, grades, and school notices within Edmodo. This program also stores and shares all forms of digital content—including blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, and presentations.

“The idea behind Edmodo is to provide a platform for teachers to be able to communicate with students, post messages, share content with each other, and post and grade assignments—but do it in a safe environment, where we aren’t requiring any private information from students,” said Betsy Whalen, former vice president of social media and marketing for Edmodo.

Gaggle

Specifically created for the K-12 environment, Gaggle features built-in processes and classroom workflows designed to promote educator and student productivity. This program allows teachers to easily create, assign, collect, and correct assignments while promoting student engagement.

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In its latest update Gaggle has combined forces with Wixie, a student publishing and creativity platform. With this integration, schools and districts will be able to add users to Wixie through their existing Gaggle accounts. The partnership between these two programs allows for students to share their knowledge through art and writing. Wixie also allows for educators to help share the work of students to others in the community.

Itslearning

Off of its May win of the SIIA CODiE Award for the Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution, itslearning’s cloud-based learning management system is enabling teachers to more effectively personalize and deliver instruction while engaging students anytime.

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With more than 4 million educators, the media-rich learning platform gives teachers a way to share instructional resources, assessments, assignments and activities with students and parent via personalized dashboards. Students also have the power to decide how they learn as the program automatically adapts to support learning styles.

Twiducate

Understanding many social networking sites exists; Twiducate differs from other programs because only teachers and students may view classroom posts, thus creating a private network.

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Twiducate’s focus is to give students the opportunity to develop their learning in an online environment, but with control over visibility and content.

Have any ideas on other secure platforms you’d like us to mention? Tell us in the comments section below!

Gaby Arancibia is an editorial intern.

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