Like all good things, the finest are not always found where you would expect them. The behemouth trade display at NECC mainly gave me a headache rather than inspiration – except for a couple of quiet finds that were buried amongst the usual widgets, gizmos and latest emperor’s new clothes of IT.
So after some delay I am looking back over some of those quiet discoveries.
Today I created my test account for Haiku Learning Management System. Now I am not an advocate of the usual wall-garden variety of LMS being a denizen of Web 2.0 cloud computing :-) I understand the reason why schools go down that path. I have yet to see one that equates with the approach that LAMS (Learning Activity Management System) takes – i.e. supporting the pedagogical side of learning, rather than just the organisation and presentation of a learning materials. LAMS provides teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities that make you THINK about your pedagogy. But that’s another story!
However, if you must have something, then chose wisely and don’t look for 20th century solutions – focus on the current and future learning platform that IS the web.
This is why the Haiku LMS has instant appeal. It is as easy to use as any blog, wiki, ning etc tool you are currently playing with. It does what a good LMS needs to do – allows you to create classes, drop boxes, add attachements – whatever. Choose your own templates for a fun look too!
BUT here’s the BEST part – it already has over 80 Web 2.0 tools ready to embedd – just drag and drop to rearrange your layout!
Absolutely everything that you might want is there. If is isn’t – use the embedd code box to add the latest. I remember them saying at the NECC stand that as soon as a good tool becomes available they will grab the API and add it to their Web 2.0 kit. Looking at the full set I found all the popular Web 2.0 tools, and some I wasn’t so familiar with and am now off to explore
This is the BEST of cloud computing I have seen for a school-based LMS yet. The power of this is amazing and wonderful – and just what we should all be doing.
I would love for this to be used at my school.