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Using Slack as your lms

Review about using Slack as an educational LMS.

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Using Slack as your lms

  1. 1. 4 ELT Overview Slack is a simple and dynamic cmmunication tool which offers integration with services students and teachers use every day such as zoom, google docs and more. By using specific filtering, the user can easily search/find information previously discussed. Slack also allows for private or one to one group communication and it is accessible on the go via the app. Perfect for projects and a differentiated curriculum. Also private direct messaging from student to teacher. As Slack acts like an instant messenger, this helps to ensure more efficient communication between educators and students. Students are notified and communication is instant aneous and Slack takes"social learning to the next level. Add apps to even make the learning experience that much better!
  2. 2. Ease of Access Setting up a Slack account is easy, involving the completion of a few simple steps before an account can be accessed. To use Slack, the user needs to fill the sign up form on Slack’s home page and follow the onscreen instructions as you go along. Slack’s desktop app is available for Mac, Windows and Linux (beta versión) and its mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows phone. Pedagogical Use Slack was designed to be a powerful communication tool to aid team collaboration. Its main use is to provide a platform for volumes of communication among large teams or classroom. As communication on this scale can become unmanageable and inefficient, this tool can be used to ensure that communications happen all in one place and can be segmented by creating Channels for various topics. Educators can assign users to as many (or as few) channels as they need in order to keep topics visible to the class members who want to see any individual topic. Reviews “Slack has certain features that make it perfectly suited for work, including automatic archiving of all your interactions, a good search engine and the ability to work across just about every device you use. As it is hosted online and is extremely customizable, Slack is also easy for technology departments to set up and maintain.” - Fa rhad Manjoo( NY Times) www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12 Make your class at https://slack.com/create "Right now you could setup a Slack team, invite your students and have a much better learning environment than any LMS currently out there (well that I know of). Simply by the fact that Slack is an active environment by default ... It’s psychological. You feel like you are more present and in an active environment." - Mathias Elmose, Slack - The New LMS. https://medium.com/synapse/is-slack-the-new-lms-7d1c15ff964f
  3. 3. Advantages  Excellent private backchannel. Great for essential communication and discussion.  Wonderful, rich set of tools and options.  Most discussions in Slack are also archived and made searchable. As a result, over time, the chats build up into a corpus of deep historical knowledge. Accountability for teachers. Disadvantages  No assessment feature. No quiz builder.  Requires thoughtful use to be effective.  Students can be tempted to use it as a generic social tool  It does not support Boolean search: you can search messages using one term, but not several  Notifications can be bothersome. Some students can turn them off and miss events, announcements. Conclusion Slack is a powerful communication tool to aid class collaboration and teaching. Educators can assign students to as many (or as few) channels as they need in order to keep topics visible to the class members who want to see any individual topic. Slack is social learning. Students learn English through communication and interaction. Constructing their knowledge. At a minimum teachers should use Slack as their staff communication tool! It is much more effective than email or regular flat LMSs or message boards. And it's free! Free Version - Add up to 10 Apps To Facilitate Your Teaching 1. Video Communication. Zoom. Hangouts. Skype. 2. Audio Messages. VoiceMessage. 3. File Storage. Google Drive. Dropbox. 4. Surveys. Simple Poll. Polly. 5. Class Calendar. Google Calendar. Eventbot Calendar 6. Fun stuff. Giphy (share gifs) 7. Project and task management. Trello. 8. Attendance. Jibble.
  4. 4. Getting Started - 7 Basic Steps. 1. Make your first class (Slack Workspace). 2. Add channels (parts of your course) 3. Add your Slack Apps (up to 10 free) 4. Set up a calendar for class sessions. 5. Set up your content in your channels. 6. Customize your Slack. Appearance. Notifications. 7. Invite students individually or by link.
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