My Big Campus - collaborative online environment for schools
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October 21, 2011 By: David Andrade
My Big Campus, from Lightspeed Systems, is an online service that allows schools to create an engaging, collaborative online environment.My Big Campus allows schools and teachers to create a virtual classroom to use with their students. There is a resource library with videos, web sites, wiki’s and more. You can create groups and blogs and use the messaging system. Teachers can create a classroom calendar and even create, assign, and grade student assignments. The teacher can keep up with what the students are doing through the notification system too. Teachers can upload files to share with their students.It can even be used for staff development and communications and collaboration in place of in-person meetings.It only took me about 2 minutes to sign up and get my free account and then I started creating my “classroom.” I am just getting started with it, but so far it is very easy to use and there are directions and support available on the site.The stand alone version of My Big Campus is free to use and chock-full of some great features. You can also purchase My Big Campus with a Collaborative Web Filter. To find out more, check the“Getting Started” page.I will be using it throughout the year and will be writing about my experience as I go.David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut. He is the author of theEducational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education.He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council.Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of his employer.