The Long Review: My Big Campus
Last year, Tech & Learning followed the experience of Trenton’s
Village Charter School as they tested Pearson’s Successmaker
and Dell’s desktops. This year, David Andrade tests Lightspeed’s
My Big Campus. Read more about his experience each month at
My Big Campus, from Lightspeed Systems, is an online
service that allows schools to create an engaging,
collaborative, online environment. The standalone
version of My Big Campus is free and chock-full of
some great features. You can also purchase My Big
Campus with a Collaborative Web Filter.
Inviting people to join My Big Campus is easy. You can invite your
colleagues or students via email or generate a link with code for them to
use. This makes it easier to add your students to My Big Campus. You
can also enter each student manually, creating an account for him or her.
Another feature I like is the Quick Link feature. This allows you to
create quick links to any page on the site and easily access them from
the top menu bar. You can also integrate your Twitter account with
My Big Campus.
There is also an icon for quick access to your notifications, which can be set
up to be sent to your e-mail address or as an SMS message. Notifications
include anytime someone posts or comments on your wall, sends you a
message, or gives you a quiz or assignment. This makes it easy to keep up
with student comments or questions. It also means that students will be
notified of assignments or comments so that they don’t miss them.
My Big Campus is turning out to be a very useful and powerful tool.
I’ll be exploring more features each month at techlearning.com.
David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology
Specialist in Connecticut.