David Andrade tests Lightspeed’s My Big Campus. Read more about his experience each month at techlearning.com.
My Big Campus, from Lightspeed Systems, is an online service that allows schools to create an engaging, collaborative online environment. My Big Campus is available as a free standalone solution to educators, or integrated with the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter through the complete Campus Collaboration Bundle. A free app for iOS and Android devices is also available.
My Big Campus has been very useful in setting up class discussions at times when class doesn’t meet, like over vacation, as well as connecting with my class during state testing, when the class schedules are changed and we lose class time. I’ve also been able to post activities and resources for students.
The students would rather use My Big Campus than printed textbooks. By having all the class materials on My Big Campus, students don’t have to carry books home or worry about forgetting or losing something.
The students also like the discussion forums. They feel more comfortable expressing themselves by posting comments and questions through the site than they do asking in person in class. They also like that they can post the question any time (not just class time), and it will be answered by another student or myself.
David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut.