What is Learnbps?
Learnbps is the portal to our online learning management system (LMS). It contains both student courses, and professional learning opportunities for teachers and staff.
How do I access Learnbps?
The easiest way to access Learnbps is through the (new) district website. There is a direct link to the Learnbps environment in the top banner (on every page!). Use your district username and password to log in to Learnbps. Note that the link currently points to Student Moodle. This link will be updated to Learnbps when we go live.
How do I get a course on Learnbps?
Chances are you already have one. Learnbps students are enrolled into courses from PowerSchool, so if you are teaching a class and have students enrolled in your PowerTeacher grade book, then the same students will automatically be enrolled in your Learnbps class.
Is this new? Why is this changing?
As our online teaching and learning practices grow, so does our Learning Management System. Previously there were two different environments for staff and students to learn online (PLC Moodle and Student Moodle). This could sometimes be confusing. We realize that we're all learners, so why have separate environments for teachers and students? You'll notice a new look, and some new features as well as new resources for continuous growth.
Are there any resources available on Learnbps?
There just might be! Learnbps is a teacher-created environment, so you can take a look at any of the "Marketplaces" on your Learnbps dashboard and see what your colleagues have created and shared. Nothing there? Perhaps you'd like to be the first contributor and get the collaboration started...
What is a Learnbps "Marketplace?"
Marketplaces are collaborative workspaces where multiple teachers have editing rights to design and create resources and activities for students. These activities can then be shared to student courses.
What's the difference between Learnbps and Google Drive?
To put it simply, Google Drive is a great place to store and share files (as long as they don't contain confidential student data). Learnbps is a great place to aggregate and organize those files into interactive learning activities. (It'll do other stuff too!)
I already use Google Classroom, do I have to start using Learnbps?
Not necessarily. Google Classroom is a handy way to aggregate and organize files from Google Drive too, but there are certain things (like online assessment, completion tracking, conditional release, automated feedback, badges...and more...) that Classroom just won't do. If you'd like to leverage blended environments beyond an online "in-out" box, then Learnbps is a great option!
Can parents see my Learnbps course?
Only if you want them to. Learnbps courses can be made visible to guests (people who don't have a BPS email account,) but only at the teacher's discretion. You decide if you want to allow guest access in your course. If you do, guests will not have access to student work, just an overview of the activities and modules in your Learnbps course.
What about all the #$%#@% work that I've put into my Moodle class?
No worries! It's all moving to Learnbps. Aside from getting accustomed to some of the new views, it should be business as usual - just hopefully with a slightly more friendly look and feel.