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create a virtual classroom, but stored data
in a separate student information system.
The two often spoke different languages,
leading to a lot of manual work. For
instance, John Connolly, the chief technology officer, started each year by creating files for each class. "It took a lot of
time, but with Common Cartridge, it's
all automatic now," he says.
The move to a universal LMS world
has one more advantage for districts:
data portability. The Common Cartridge
is "our exit plan, because at any time it
allows us to move all our data to a new
system without the hassles of converting
the data," Connolly says.
One of the biggest LMS deployments
is taking place at Los Angeles USD, the
second largest district in the U.S. Because
the data is hosted online and the content
is delivered in a Web browser, the system
isn't restricted to PCs, Macs or iPads.
It's compatible with just about any connected computer, from a desktop in a

"When an LMS works,
it's like magic."
-Lenny Schad, chief
technology information
officer, Houston ISD

lab to a notebook, phone or tablet, says
Diane Pappas, the district's CEO of project management.
"There's no worrying about having the
right version or a PC powerful enough,"
Pappas says. "And it has less of an impact
on the district's infrastructure."
And Houston ISD's move to a single,
Common Cartridge-fueled LMS for its
284 schools has integrated a dozen digital

content providers so successfully that 90
percent of the district's high school classes
no longer use printed textbooks, says
Lenny Schad, the district's chief technology information officer. "When an LMS
works," says Schad, "it's like magic." DA

Brian Nadel is an education technology writer
based in New York.

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