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ProductFocus * Steven Wyman-Blackburn
A GUIDE TO ONE SEGMENT OF K12 EDUCATION

Learning management systems
With personalized learning on the rise, more K12 educators are looking for learning
management systems that easily identify content based on individual student needs.
Platforms can pinpoint specific concepts students don't understand, allowing instructors to
help struggling learners more effectively by focusing on the areas that need extra attention.
Some systems can even identify gifted and talented learners who aren't challenged enough,
allowing them to skip subjects they already understand. Developers are also adapting LMS
interfaces to accommodate Just-In-Time Teaching, a popular method that many instructors are
incorporating into lesson plans.
Schools are under pressure to find systems that exceed the expectations of students as well
as parents. This means that schools must use technology that is easy to navigate-regardless of
what device the user is operating.
JUPITER IO
Jupiter Ed
Jupiter iO is a fully integrated LMS, gradebook, analytics system and SIS that allows educators to create
benchmark assessments. Teachers can test students online, analyze results without any data entry or
importing, and track student progress in real time. They can also develop online lessons to meet each
student's individual needs, and keep students and parents up-to-date on grades and homework. Students
can complete tests, lessons and assignments on computers, tablets or smartphones.
JupiterEd.com/LMS

ITSLEARNING
itslearning
An all-in-one LMS, the itslearning platform connects
teachers, students, parents and district leaders
to curriculum resources, instructional strategies,
objective-based lesson plans and assessments. The
platform includes nearly 2 million open education
resources and more than 14,000 collections of
additional content, such as images, videos, games,
textbooks and questions. Users can access dozens of
peer-reviewed courses in math, science, English and
other subjects, and can compare student progress
by school, course and topic.
itslearning.com

BRIGHTSPACE
D2L
Districts can meet ESSA's family engagement
requirements-which call for parents to be involved
and consulted in education planning-with new
updates on Brightspace, a cloud-based learning
platform. Parents can access their children's work,
and communicate with teachers on a new activity
feed. The feed allows teachers to share activities and
information using attachments, Google Drive, web
links and school activities. Students can also access
an ePortfolio, where they can share completed
projects, assessments, links and media.
D2L.com

TWINE
Twine
This student information and learning management
system was developed specifically for small to midsize schools. It connects administrators, teachers,
students and parents to attendance information,
grades, class schedules and assessments. Twine
users can make communitywide announcements,
create correspondence groups for schools clubs,
coordinate student needs and personalize schedules.
Twine requires no technical staff time to implement.
Choosetwine.com

BLACKBOARD CLASSROOM
Blackboard
Blackboard Classroom includes high-definition
videoconferencing, interactive videos and access
to open education resources from CK-12 and
Khan Academy. It can be integrated with Google,
OneDrive, Dropbox and Box, and users can track and
analyze classes in real time. This LMS can also sync
with student information systems, minimizing the
amount of time district IT members have to spend
on integration challenges.
Blackboard.com

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