Learning Management Systems

San Juan USD Expands LMS Adoption To Support Digital Learning

The San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) has adopted the enterprise version of its existing learning management system (LMS) to integrate it with its student information system (SIS) and gain access to additional analytics and administrative features.

More than 22,000 district teachers, students and parents were already using the Schoology LMS, which allows educators to build media-rich learning communities, accessible by Internet-connected devices, for students to share, collaborate and learn together.

The district plans to build on work teachers have already begun with the LMS, using the system to create, curate, store and easily access curriculum aligned to the Common Core and to store open education resources for later alignment and tagging for district-wide use. The district has also created a training and deployment plan for the system in line with its strategic plan.

"Quite a few San Juan teachers have already found Schoology to be an easy to use, yet powerful teaching tool so we will build on those experiences as we deploy Schoology throughout the district," said Carl Fahle, senior director of technology for SJUSD, in a prepared statement. "Schoology's features fit well with San Juan's goal in helping students acquire 21st Century skills such as effective communication in any medium, collaboration, critical thinking, and the appropriate application of technology."

Other uses of Schoology already underway in the district include enrichment activities, teaching students coding and online book study.

"Schoology doesn't just benefit students. It allows us to provide online and blended professional development for teachers while giving them a private community to build their professional skills. It also allows for many creative applications of learning like building personal learning communities for students," said Kalei Eskridge, a teacher on special assignment who has used Schoology for professional development, in a prepared statement. "Our teachers see Schoology's potential for a variety of situations like self-paced instruction, face-to-face teaching, blended learning and 1:1 instruction using devices like iPads, Chromebooks or almost any other computing device."

More information is available at schoology.com.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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