Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 1 - My Big Campus



Welcome to Day 1 of the EVSC ICATS 30-Day eLearning Challenge!!!  Today's topic is My Big Campus.  My Big Campus (MBC) is a modern Learning Management System created by Lightspeed Systems.  MBC has a great social feel and allows teachers and students a safe online platform for presentation, communication, collaboration and engagement in the classroom and beyond.  MBC is a free cloud based solution that works with or without the Lightspeed Systems mobile content filter.  Take a look at this brief video giving an example of how MBC can be used.


In addition to online assessments and assignments, announcements, discussions, video chats, blogs, Twitter integration, Google docs integration, and Facebook integration, one of the greatest features of MBC is "Bundles!"  The system allows users to create a "Bundle" of information that can be used to deliver content to an end user in many different formats.  What's even better is that the bundles are dynamic, meaning they can be edited in all locations in real time, and shared to people outside of the My Big Campus environment. Here is a link to the My Big Campus Teacher Training Bundle created and shared by Rachel Porter, one of the My Big Campus Coaches.   Take a couple of minutes to look over the bundle linked above to get a feel of how the system works.

Note: There are many good Learning Management Systems on the market.  Some are free and some are not.  The most basic features remain constant with most of them.  In the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation we are leaving one system and moving to MBC as our new LMS for multiple reasons.  For the purpose of the challenge, do not feel as though you must use MBC in order to contribute here.  The real discussion is not the tools presented, but in creating ideas of how they can be used to ignite a flame of learning in your students!

Your Challenge

With all the challenge posts, we encourage you to take a little bit of time diving into the tool presented and reflect on innovative ways to use it in conjunction with your classes.  The beauty of My Big Campus and the challenge in general is in contributing to the discussion and benefiting from those conversations.  After looking at My Big Campus, please share your creative thoughts on how a system like this could be used to ignite a flame of learning for your students.  

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  1. I use MBC daily in my classroom. Students do their bellringers from MBC (and MBC grades it for me!) and all I have to do is print the scores! Students also post me their work here as we did in Angel previously through a dropbox, now they don't have a limitation on file size. A drawback is typing math. Students are limited on that end more than I am but it takes a lot of time to type math.

    In other ways that I see it to be used is the sharing of information between teacher to student and teacher to teacher. I am able to share documents with each set of people and I can limit who sees what. To me, it's my new way of file sharing. My goal has been to create a user friendly site for teachers to access work when needed instead of coming in every period to ask for a copy; and this is one way I have solved my problem.

    MBC is far better than Angel I think.

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  2. I'm a big fan of My Big Campus and of using a Learning Management System generally. To me, one of the most useful features of any LMS is the ability that it provides to extend the classroom in space and time. I like that there is a digital space that I can create and use to interact with my students. It is hugely useful to be able to post information that can continuously be available to students as they go about their work. I also like that I become more accessible to students when they need me. This is especially true teaching in a block schedule that extends the time between face to face interactions. I also like the flexibility I have in creating multiple digital environments for working with different groups of students and colleagues. I find that schools that use LMS's most successfully are the ones that use it for multiple purposes, from track teams to faculty groups.

    I'm particularly fond of My Big Campus for a few reasons: 1. The Bundles feature is the digital content creation/curation piece that I've been waiting for. I can totally see this digital content community growing and becoming the solution that will bring the majority of teachers from print to digital. 2. I really like the social media feel of MBC. To me, learning is best when it is social, so the Twitter integration with EduTalk and the FB feel of each person's Activity page are great ways to begin helping kids to use social media responsibly. 3. I love how responsive MBC is to its users. I encourage you to send a message to Bob Campus (upper right of your Activity Page) any time you have a question or idea for making MBC better. 4. I love that MBC offers a YouTube solution for sharing videos with students in an environment in which we block YouTube on student machines. MBC makes this easy compared to other LMS's that I've used.

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    1. I am warming up to MBC, as I am a big fan of Edmodo at the moment! I may be persuaded, though! I use Edmodo with my PLN of amazing 4th grade teachers on Twitter.

      I use MBC to collaborate with my eLeaders, an after-school 5th grade tech club I started last year. We use it to communicate, share ideas, and plan upcoming events/projects. I like the bundles feature, but I am also a big fan of MentorMob, which organizes my content in a similar way.

      I'm looking forward to this challenge!!
      Let's do this!!

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    1. I do not have a classroom, but I can share a post that was placed on MBC by one of our high school teachers. "I use it in my psychology class. I have only juniors and seniors in that class. They are doing awesome! I have students holding discussions about disorders and all kinds of psychological experiments. I am seeing some students communicate for the first time. I have a few kids who are completely quiet during class everyday. Now they comment on other discussions and even start their own. It is amazing! Plus I get to teach topics outside the book all day by answering their questions and commenting on their discussions outside of class."

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  4. @haydensg Thanks for the comment and your participation! It is important for tracking purposes that you change your display name so that we see your full First and Last name. For assistance with changing your display name please refer to the Pre-Challenge Warm-Up post from 10/26.

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  5. With the social media that permeates most of our children's lives--the integration of EDUtalk is great. Plus, the setup of MBC so that it mirrors Facebook is also highly engaging for my middle school students. They want to "follow" each other-including their teachers. The MBC format is also great because of the quick response one receives from any questions asked of Bob Campus. Students like immediate feedback and MBC does a great job of responding immediately so students feel they are being heard.

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  6. I love the potential of My Big Campus. I love that we will have access to teacher-curated content in a wide range of subject areas. I look forward to building my courses on My Big Campus - much better than a text!

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    2. I changed it, but it doesn't seem to be retroactive. Adrienne Mayse.

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  7. I like how teachers can have their classes as different groups. It is very helpful to have a place to upload files and documents, websites, and videos for students to access. A student of mine found a good website that showed multiplying matrices and then shared it with her class by creating a "discussion" under that tab in our group.
    Since I'm flipping my classroom this year, MBC is host to my videos and files. Now there isn't an excuse for not completing an assignment...everything is at the student's fingertips!
    Students are able to communicate questions they have by messaging me. I definitely prefer MBC over our previous LMS of Angel.

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    1. Tara,
      We hope that you find your way back and participate in this great learning opportunity!

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  9. I use MBC to share documents with my teacher team. We set up a group for just the 7th grade ELA teachers. Each of the members can upload resources to share.

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  10. I think using the bundles function of MBC could be a good way to set up webquests for students. The way I learned to create webquests in college felt somewhat tedious, and I really don't remember the process all that well, but the way bundles are set up, I think adding the content for the webquests would be a lot easier. I also really like the discussion functions. A lot of students are really shy and won't really talk when the whole class is present.

    Aside from webquests and discussion boards, I could definatly use MBC to post articles and links to sites to help my students learn the history and mythology of the Greece and Rome. I could use it to post links to the quizlet vocabulary lists I encourage my students to use to study or to online Latin-English dictionaries.

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  11. My favorite feature of MBC is the Bundles. I find it much quicker to search other user's bundles for resources than to search the web myself. Before beginning a new topic or unit, I search the bundles and pull resources from different users to create my own bundles to share with my students.

    I also use MBC to communicate with my cheerleaders. I created a group for them and post important updates and information. This could be done for any student group.

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    2. Kris, after this post, I did change my display name.
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  12. I can see the benefits of using Bundles in MBC to share successful lessons and classroom ideas. I would call it PINTEREST for teachers.
    I can see myself getting lost for hours within the Bundles.

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  13. My Big Campus is a great way to keep classroom content organized and easily available for students. I am able to create bundles that include every resource students need to be successful in the project. I can make sure that the information students are using is reliable and verifiable content because I put it there myself.

    I also find it is a great way to keep parents in the loop as to what their child is working on in class. Project descriptions, rubrics, and deadlines can all be shared so parents stay informed about classroom work. Also, parents can review the resources to better help their child in their studies. It can also be a good way to communicate with parents about non class related things. I know several teachers who have created a group for an extracurricular group. They can post practice schedules, game times, important dates, etc. so parents are aware and do not have to constantly contact the teacher with questions.

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  14. I use MBC almost daily in class. I use it to post class documents, hold class discussions, share resources, and send messages. My students really like using MBC. Most recently, my students have been using MBC in conjunction with our election unit. We are holding class presidential elections and students have been using it as a forum to get their candidates elected. They have been posting crazy as they promote candidates and keep up with other comments. It has really added a new level of engagement that we didn't have before.

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  15. I have used MBC to collaborate with colleagues. It is an easy way to share materials, videos, and other media. Bundles are easily shared with everyone and can also be set to be private.

    MBC's up-to-date interface makes it easy to navigate. The bundle search option opens doors to classroom collaboration and exploration!

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  16. I think we're just seeing the beginnings of the kind of community that MBC's Bundles can create. I love that it makes it easy for teachers to share good content, and makes rock stars out of the teachers who do. (Some bundles have more than 800 views!) And as the community uses the rating system, great content is beginning to rise to the top. Do you know which EVSC teacher has a bundle that is rated in the top 25? Good stuff!!

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  17. I already decided to dive in and use MBC this year since we will be getting rid of Angel. I attach a daily assignment for my PLTW HBS class on MBC. The students view the file and post answers to the conclusion questions. They also send me messages through MBC when they are having difficulty with an assignment. I feel like it is a safe way to communicate with my students. Also, I've added the MBC app on my iphone. I can grade their work form my phone no matter where I am. This allows me to get their completed work back quicker.

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  18. I absolutely love My Big Campus. It's simplicity in use makes it an ideal tool for the classroom. It is naturally inviting for students who love Facebook to begin with. Additionally, the major benefit for teachers is the "Library" feature. The number of digital resources that can be pulled for a lesson or unit, into a bundle is vast. This could be a one-stop-shop for teachers looking to pull a variety of resources in a short amount of time!

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  19. I've found MBC to be a much more user friendly LMS than our predecessor. I think that like most things, our staff will make the transition easily with the support of our iCats and eLearning coaches.

    I really appreciate how hard MBC works on keeping their users happy by developing upgrades and taking feedback into account while doing so.

    My current favorite feature is Schoolwork due to it's ability to make a teacher's life more simplified. It helps with the time crunch we all feel with the pile of things to do just getting bigger by the day. Yes, it may take a bit of time to create your assignment, but it will be available for the life of your class.

    MBC has so many in class uses however, if I were still teaching Japanese I wouldn't be able to use it for much currently since it does not support Japanese input. I have suggested it to Bob for discussion among the experts. Let's hope it become a possibility for all the Asian language teachers out there! I would use it for a dropbox if I asked students to turn in a project or write in English for an assignment.

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  20. I have not had the opportunity to use MBC but I can see how it could be used to help our students. I could create of group of students that I know may be having an issue with self-esteem and send announcements that encourage postive self-esteem. It would also create a private outlet for the students to share information with me or other group members that would be monitored by me. I could also use the youtube connection to provide links to videos by others that have overcome self-esteem issues.

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  21. I'm behind the curve so far on MBC, since I"m teaching 2 completely new classes this year while trying to take all of my classes text-less. At 52, I feel like I'm starting all over, but that's not a complaint. I love the ability to create new stuff, instead of waiting for others to do what I want to do or being bound to some textbook's ideas. I could use MBC right now if it had a decent equation editor, but I haven't found one yet. I've also decided that a tablet is going to be a necessity for me -- love the portability of my phone, but can't see detail well enough to create. Anyone know if MBC will work okay on the Android tablets?

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    1. @Mike: The iOS app is very good and even includes a "Stash" feature for downloading bundles so that they can be viewed offline. The Android app is in the works according to "Bob's Blog," but they suggest using the web version on Android tablets in the mean time.

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  22. I have learned on MBC that I can add free APPS to my Bundles which my students can access at home on their iOS devices.

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    1. Patti's comment brings in a great feature of My Big Campus. UPDATES!!! The system is updated every week or two. Adding iTunes Apps and iTunes Books directly to your bundles comes from the most recent update on 10/26/12. Thanks Patti!

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  23. I LOVE MBC!! I use it on a daily basis with my sixth graders!! As a reading teacher, I am obviously very passionate about comprehension, so it is very important to me that my students annotate the text as they read. With the help of Jeff Tron, I have been able to teach my students to do this using MBC. After I upload a passage to MBC, students are able to download it to their netbook. Using Open Office, they highlight, underline, and insert comments into the passage about their thinking. Then they answer the constructed response question that follows. They save the document to their writing folder (response to text), and upload it back to MBC for me to grade! They are so excited about doing this eletronically! I have seen significant improvements in thier comprehension.

    It is also very beneficial to me. I no longer have to carry home huge stacks of papers to grade each night. I simply logon to MBC from my personal laptop, grade student submissions, comment, and send back to students. In addition, I don't have to stand in long lines at the copy machine waiting for paper jams to be cleared! I love MBC!! :-)

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  24. Another great use is in the schoolwork section. I like the ease of creating a survey or questionnaire. I LOVE how MBC displays the results with nice graphs.

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  25. I really like that we can post youtube and other clips so that students who are absent can still view the clip.

    I noticed that they seem to be working on a REMINDER for students who do not turn in their work, that would be REALLY nice.

    One other thing that I really like about MBC is Bob, he is there 24/7 to help me when I have questions about MBC. Any time I have asked him for help, I have gotten a quick reply.

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  26. I agree, Janit! I would love for the REMINDER piece in Schoolwork to be accessible. Does anyone know when that might be in working order?

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  27. I'm still using Angel, scheduled to learn about MBC tomorrow on Tech Tuesday. Just signed up for Blogger, trying to learn how to get students logged in and the topics we could blog on for Government class.

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  28. After sitting through a MBC training session during E-Revolution, I have been slowly integrating it into my classes. So far this year I have been able to post tutorial videos for my 6th grade students who are new to their netbooks, include multiple resources, and use the discussion board with my 7th grade sutdnets.
    My 6th grade class was recently working on Open Office presentations and many of them are novice computer users.
    After teaching two lessons on how to use Open Office and the various formatting my students had at their fingertips, there was still some general confusion on getting started. With MBC I was able to create a tutorial using Screencast-O-Matic and assign it to all of my students. With 26 students in the class it was difficult to help each and everyone with this new technology and they have loved being able to go back to the video on MBC and work at a pace that is best for them.

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    1. Adding screencasts to MBC is a great resource!

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  29. I have been using MBC since the start of the school year. I really enjoy all of the options available in the schoolwork section. I have posted assignments, videos, and reminders for my students. I am going to be getting into the bundles feature after reading all of the wonderful comments about it. I do have a question though, it tells me that it has integrated with my google account, yet I do not see any connection at all, what is it integrating? Calendar, documents?

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    1. When you integrate Google docs into MBC it allows you to access your Google docs and share or view them in MBC. The integration is under "documents" in any of the announcement, wall, or discussion post add ons that appear directly under the comment window. When you click on "Documents" it allows you to select "google docs." Then your list of docs will appear to choose from. The sharing preferences in the google doc you are sharing needs to be set at "Anyone with the link" for others to view them on MBC.

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  30. The biggest thing I like about My Big Campus is that is is a downloadable app for smart phones. I have an iPhone, so even when I am not at my computer, students can post a questions about a homework assignment, I immediately get a notification, and I can in turn respond very quickly.

    Another thing that I do with My Big Campus is post what we do in class and what is assigned for homework every day in the Annoucements section of each class. However, there are a few things I do not like about this in comparison to Angel. First, the characters are limited. Second, there is no ability to edit once you post, and you cannot bold, underline, italicize, bullet, etc. If there is a better place in My Big Campus to post this information where students can see it very quickly and easily, someone please let me know.

    In addition, I cannot type accents into My Big Campus. I teach Spanish, so this is somewhat important. When I tried using the Alt keycodes or copying and pasting from word, it didn't work. The words looked fine, but once I posted, that letter was just left out of the word.

    Finally, one feature that I have used Angel with the last four years has been listening activities. I created an assessment in Angel with the words or pictures necessary and attached the listening file that students could open and play as many times as they needed to answer the questions. As far as I can tell right now, that is not possible.

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    1. Sasha; check with Bob Campus on the accents. It seems that 1 of my students has typed "Spanish" in it on his wall.

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    2. On MBC you can attach audio files to your assessment items. When you create the assessment items, there is an option to attach a file, quicklink, google doc, library item, or bundle to any question. Here is a link to the MBC release notes.... http://www.mybigcampus.com/topics/mbc-release-notes (Note: You must be logged in to MBC to view this link)

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    3. Thank you for the information. I had not spent a lot of time investigating yet, so I appreciate the time-saving tips.

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  31. Our 4th grade is departmentalized, so I teach 135 students math daily. I can see where MBC will be a way to give/share innovative ideas with other teachers to make my classroom as productive as possible.

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  32. I haven't used my big campus yet in my classroom, but have been diving into MyBigCampus on my own. Trying to create bundles and see what limits there are. I do agree that the ability to type math is limited. I have created a bundle of websites and places to go to get math help as well as play some math games that are actually up to grade level. I have been toying with the idea of getting all my worksheets up onto it, but I haven't found the time yet. I need to get started on that, especially since I always have students coming in with lost worksheets. This way I can say to them that they should have looked it up online.

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  33. I have used MBC mostly for the group features with my fellow teachers, which is nice to be able to communicate with them and share resources. I teach elementary school music, so the bundle features have been the most useful so far. I make playlists for each grade level on YouTube, and this is nice to have them embedded, and they play better than waiting to buffer all the time. I hope to integrate this into my 5th grade classes in the spring, since they use net books in my class and we do half music and half technology. My goal is for them to leave elementary school once step more trained for Middle school than years before. I can see using it to post assignments on music theory and music history, and have them complete and turn in their work digitally!

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  35. Welcome back everyone! I am so excited to have this opportuntiy again. I got so many great ideas the last time and I can't wait to collaborate again from the IPAD I won last year!
    While I am not in a one to one situation to use MBC in my classroom on a daily basis my daughter who is a freshman does use it daily. Her teachers use it to post assignments and then the students have to return their assignment on MBC. They post tests and the students take them on MBC. Many of her teachers assign a post that they have to respond to on MBC. I am a huge fan of Pinerest and am finding out quickly that MBC is just that only with lots of items specifically for teachers. While I still get lost for hours I at least stay focused on the subject at hand and am not as distracted as I can get on Pinterest! I also like to use MBC for collaboration with my team in my building as well as with teachers from other buildings. I look forward to the day that I can use this on a daily basis with my class when we get to be one to one instead of just ever so often when my class goes to computer lab. I like how Lori Mansker, who is in my building, uploads articles for all the studnets and then they can mark up the reading. That make me think aobut differentiating for students. It would be a great way to upload assignments and tests that are on the students level without other students knowing. My shoulders and back would love not having all those papers to bring home. As a science teacher I would love the fact that I could use MBC to upload videos for the students to watch or experiments that the students could try at home.

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    1. I would like to also remind our Bloggers that Melissa was the Grand Prize recipient of the New iPad 2 on the last Challenge! Way to Go Melissa!

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  36. I've switched to using MBC full time with two of my five classes, and part time with the others so far this year. In one class where our course materials are also entirely digital, I use the Announcements tab to post course readings each morning. Students who are out simply scroll down to find the missed work, and it's always in the same place. One thing I've learned: as a teacher, you definitely need to open up the communication lines with your students and encourage their input on the best way to use this tool to their benefit.

    I have to agree with Sasha--having the app seems to really make a difference. My students were surprised at the very beginning of the year when I asked them to get out their smartphones and download the app. Some of them use MBC almost entirely through their mobile device. This is great for communicating on the go with students, since you can set up your notifications to do an alert on the mobile device too each time someone posts to your wall or sends a message to your inbox.

    I really appreciate the Bob Campus wall where Bob models how to communicate professionally with others. He engages in discussion with them and reminds them of rules, when necessary.

    Overall, a great teaching tool. My classroom would look very different without an LMS like MBC.

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  37. Learned about this at summer training. My district does not use it district wide but I have looked at what others are doing in math and need to learn how to create a bundle before I introduce it to students. Can I squeeze that into my day? Hope so. I can see how useful this would be on the classroom.

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    1. You wouldn't have to create a bundle to use it. I find that the bundles are more for me as "storage" then for the kids' use. I teach math too!

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  38. Still learning how to fully use all the bells and whistles of MBC. I have been posted lessons and resources both on Angel and MBC with no preference to what the student uses. Am looking forward to some PD and some "hands on" opportunities to better understand how everything works.

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    1. Don, Great to hear that you are trying out new things on MBC! There are several opportunities to receive training for MBC. After the Bell sessions are held around the district on scheduled days. There is even one today @ Bosse HS. Check out the schedule @ evscicats.com. Your building administrator can also request training for a group of teachers at your school from the ICATS. In addition, there is a building level ICATS (Bill Gumula) who is assigned to NJHS for as needed support. Here is a link to Bill's PD request form https://docs.google.com/a/evsck12.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGUtNzE0Z2l0UnlSZkwxeW9DOUZrX2c6MQ

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  39. We were pros at using ANGEL, but now that is is "on its way out," we have been searching for a suitable replacement. We have been sharing documents in our PLCs and across the school using Dropbox and Google Docs, but we are still missing that collaborative student piece. It seems like MBC would fill that gap. I am currently offering inclusion support in a third grade room where we are doing a research project on the presidents. A bundle on MBC would have worked great in this situation because we could have had a variety of texts at different reading levels along with video clips on different presidents. This would have provided different levels of support for my students. I only wish there was more hands-on PD on MBC since this is a distric-wide tool.

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    1. Kati, I would like to point you to the comment I made above for Don about PD. The exception here is your building level ICATS. Dan Watson is in your building 2-3 days a week and can support hands on training for you when ever you ask:)

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  40. I still have a long way to go in learning all the features of MBC, but one of the reasons I have cut back on Angel is that too often, I make the drop box, the studets do the work and then the file is too large! So I like that aspect. Also, when you are the only teacher in your building teaching a certain subject, MBC will make it nice to share with others. We did not get new textooks this past year, we decided to wait - so I am always on the lookout for more up to date articles to share with the students - MBC will make sharing these much easier too.

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  41. I recently switched from Angel to MBC and I'm loving it! Although I'm still a beginner, I can already see the advantages of this LMS. As a world language teacher I am constantly using the "Discussion" feature, which has a much nicer layout. I've got a few bundles still in the works that I think will be great for differentiation and for extending my classroom beyond the walls of our school. Looking forward to learning and sharing more!

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  42. I am slow in making the transition to MBC as I wait for the features I use the most: an organized method for students to submit work - check that one off! And an electronic rubric feature. Since my teaching partner and I run our classes through our Weebly website, we use ANGEL/MBC primarily to collect, evaluate, and return student work, as well as creating tests and quizzes.

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  43. Really, I have little to no experience with MBC, but I enjoyed watching the intro videos on some of the things it can offer. While watching, I was thinking of our election coverage in the third grade classroom. What a great place this would be to gather links, videos, games, and other info for them to check out at home. Further, I think third graders could even video interview parents about the importance of voting and post it! Third graders have iPods!

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    1. @Denise Thanks for the comment and your participation! It is important for tracking purposes that you change your display name so that we see your full First and Last name. For assistance with changing your display name please refer to the Pre-Challenge Warm-Up post from 10/26.

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    2. I've figured out how to post my comment with both my first and last name! Sorry! I reposted it below. Will that be OK? Thanks!

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    3. Thank You Denise! No need to repost, I have deleted the duplicate below. Check out this url for a great video on the 2012 presidential election from the Ron Clark Academy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hqme4X1b7E&feature=youtu.be

      You could post it in MBC for your students to see!

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    4. Thanks so much for the link! I'm excited to watch it! I'm loving getting all these great ideas!

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  44. I am not a teacher but hope to use My Big Campus to create bundles on topics to be a resource for the teachers I work with on occupational therapy topics and maybe assistive technology topics. I hope that the bundles will serve as a training tool for professional development as well.

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  45. Warming up to MBC. Still have a lot to learn, but the more I use it the easier it gets. Starting off with bundles and moving materials and resources. Hoping this site stays awhile so I don't have to move resources again!:-) Students like the fact that I can share links here so they don't have to try and type a long address. Want to learn how to have MBC grade bellwork like a previous poster is doing. Appreciate the help I'm getting from our schools ecoach.

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  47. I use MBC in my classroom for everything from bellwork to classroom activities, to exams. Kids always know what they miss when they are absent and know where to go to find it.

    Yesterday we tried something we hadn't tried before and attached a Flipchart in ActivInspire where students had to circle elements in a photograph, save it and reupload the revised version. This is teaching kids how to maximize the digital tools available to them on their netbooks and helping prepare them to be successful college students in the Digital Age.

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  48. I have been navigating around MBC and have found the bundles to be very useful. I currently embed my bundles on my Weebly webpage so that my students can access all of the materials for each lesson. I hope to begin using MBC for assessments in the future.

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  49. I used MBC for an assignment today by posting a link to a science article on potential energy. Students had to read and write information about the topic in their science notebook. Then they had to share a part of their information with the rest of the class on MBC.

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  50. MBC is a great place for sharing digital content. Files, Videos, Websites, what ever you come up can be stored for students to view as needed. For me the big advantage with MBC is with video. I have been flipping my classroom for a while now and The issue of video storage and access was a major problem before MBC. Now I have a choice of methods. Either loading them to YouTube and linked thru MBC or directly to MCB. Problem solved.

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  51. I have been using MyBigCampus to assign and collect work for my students. I really appreciate the fact that I can grade and comment on the assignments digitally, but I struggle with finding their work sometimes. Also, I am frustrated sometimes because I cannot open their work because they have not changed the privacy settings. MyBigCampus is a great resource and I enjoy learning more about it.

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  52. I have been using MBC in my classroom to assign warmups and assignments. I feel that it is extremely helpful at letting students work at their own pace and when giving individualized instruction. You can assign modified assignment to specific students and they enjoy that others do not know the difference. It is also very helpful for students who are absent. They can look at posts and videos that go with the lesson for the day and can easily get caught up. I have only begun to work with MBC, but I enjoy learning and teaching the students new things about it.

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  54. I haven't switched over to MBC yet, but look forward to doing it. I've looked at it and am unsure about the user interface as of now. It seems more difficult in some ways, easier in others.

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  55. I used MBC for the first time yesterday. My sixth graders so far love it! I teach sixth grade Language Arts and the students were supposed to write a story with specific requirements, and post their assignments on MBC. I put the assignment in an "announcement," however, the students are telling me there are better ways to set up an assignment. I guess I'll learn as I go!

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      On the matter of assignments in MBC there is a feature called "Schoolwork" that will allow you to create assignments and receive files back from students. You can also import tests from the Examview test generator or create your own.

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  56. MBC is very interactive and the students seem to have a level of familiarity with it that helps. It is very similar to other social media sites, so they feel pretty comfortable with it. I love that it is easily accessible and never gets blocked like Angel!!

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  57. Andover (Kansas) does have Lightspeed. I wonder about the possibilities of using MBC to build our own curriculum, rather than using one that is already created. In the virtual school setting, I find myself trying to add so many resources for students to use. Some of my students live several hours from me. Finding new ways for our students to collaborate would be awesome! I liked what I saw of MBC when I was still there in Evansville. I love reading how EVSC teachers are using it! Sounds like a great LMS!!!

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  58. MBC is great to use with other teachers, but it would be hard to use it with 3rd graders.

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  59. My students and I started the year using MBC. There have been a few glitches and frustrations along the way, but Bob Campus and Kris Gordon have been quick to respond with suggestions and/or fixes.
    My kids use the calendar option to record their daily agenda. All of their assignments and assessments go through MBC. It is a wonderful organizational tool. I hate carrying paperwork back and forth. MBC is a great tool to keep me organized and it is convenient.
    We have tried the blogging that is available, but we haven't used it much. I would like to use it to post daily questions and allow them time to discuss it online.
    The bundles give so many different ideas. Even if I don't use the bundle as it was created, I often get great ideas from other teachers.

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  60. These posts have given me a ton of personalized PD on using MBC! Thank you for everything you have contributed so far! I know I will be able to use most of this information as we work towards moving from ANGEL to MBC this year. Keep adding ideas...

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  61. I would have to agree that the video content as well as the storage capabilities far surpass other similar programs. The interactive layout as well as the user-friendly tools make it easy for me (and hopefully my students) to navigate.
    I look to use this as a tool to work within light-speed systems to find and utilize useable content for my students.

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  62. I feel behind the curve when it comes to MBC. I wasn't going to worry about using it until the summer. I use Angel every day. I use secure browser frequently - is there anything like that for MBC?

    I am looking forward to 'bundles'. I am looking forward to posting websites through MBC that may otherwise be blocked - like youtube videos.

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