Cloud9 learning launches new mLearning management system
Cloud9 Learning has announced the launch of the mLearning Management System (MMS) that adds the communication, collaboration, and accessibility features associated with mobile computing to the power of a conventional Learning Management System (LMS)—for major mobile tablet and smart phone platforms (iOS and Android). As schools implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, flipped classroom learning, web-based peer-to-peer collaboration, and other innovations using mobile devices, the need to unify and manage student work into a single application is critical.
In a controlled, secure network environment, Cloud9 Learning (C9) delivers and manages structured educational content, formative assessment, and student performance data. Since all activities are aligned to standards, C9 facilitates the transition to the Common Core Standards, as well as ensuring students receive assessment and instruction on state standards. The Cloud9 Learning MMS application’s architecture is open, allowing educators to select existing content or create their own with easy authoring capabilities. Through a partnership with the industry leader EdGate, teachers and administrators have access to proven, powerful content and tools that streamline the creation and consolidation of study materials, quizzes, and tests.
With all assignments, whether class-based or personalized, teachers build lesson plans and manage student activity. Lesson plans and assignments draw from a variety of resources: those currently licensed by the school (eBooks, online textbooks), free web or cloud-based curriculum and activities, and the comprehensive curriculum provided with the C9 application. Teachers can provide feedback, author content, and grade assignments, including essays, on their tablet or smart phone as well as their laptop. The chat feature allows teachers quick communication with students—especially useful for hybrid and online schools.
Students can set their folders and backpacks aside as they open the C9 app and swipe between their classes for a list of assignments and notifications. Just a tap launches students into the activity—whether a quiz, a video, an essay assignment, or a webpage—without leaving the application. An embedded calendar keeps students organized and focused. Because one of the most effective uses of mobile devices is peer-to-peer communication and collaboration, C9 automatically populates chat groups with students and teachers by class. Parents, guardians, and tutors are involved in their student’s learning with Observer logins—giving them access to assignments lists, notices, school-related notifications, and chat features.
“As we researched the potential of mLearning, we realized that education will soon expect, if not require, that all mobile devices have the same capabilities as computer-based personalized learning as well as immediate accessibility and instant communication features,” according to Jeffrey Butler, President and a Director of Cloud9 Learning. “As the mobile learning environment evolves, we designed C9 to be flexible to embrace the changes. Schools can invest confidently knowing that the application will not be outdated or limited over time.” C9 allows schools to organize their numerous resources into meaningful, standardized instructional material—improving teacher effectiveness, student performance, and communication among all those involved in student learning.
Cloud9 Learning is currently recruiting districts for pilots. For more information, watch the brief video at www.cloud9learning.com to see how Cloud9 Learning is helping schools fully utilize their mobile devices as powerful teaching and learning tools.
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