Magazine article Internet@Schools

Gaggle Safe Classroom LMS

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Gaggle Safe Classroom LMS

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Company: Gaggle.Net, Inc., P.O. Box 1352, Bloomington, IL 61702, (800) 288-7750; website: gaggle.net

Price: Contact Gaggle at 800-288-7750 or sales@gaggle.net for subscription costs in your situation, which depends on the number of schools and students involved.

Audience: Gaggle was developed for K-12 education.

Format: Gaggle is a hosted, web-based subscription service that incorporates use of a number of social media and other tools to facilitate the safety of students and the development of an effective LMS by teachers.

System Requirements: No special equipment is needed, and both PCs and Macs can be used. But for best performance, computers should be running at least Windows Vista SP2 or Mac OS X 10.5. Browsers can include Firefox 11+, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 or Safari 5 on a Macintosh, Windows or Linux platforms. Fast internet with lots of bandwidth improves Gaggle perforDescription:

The Gaggle Safe Classroom Learning Management System (LMS) promotes student and teacher productivity using current technology and social media. Teachers can create, assign, collect, and correct digital worksheets, such as assessments, assignments, tests and quizzes, and increase student engagement and performance through email, texting, blogs, and other LMS features.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Since Gaggle is a hosted, web-based service, the only installation needed is to be sure enough newer computers are available with browsers and a fast internet connection. District-wide implementation can be done by Gaggle in as little as 5-7 business days.lnstallation: A

Content/Features: Gaggle Safe LMS is a service for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of relevant information and content in a school or throughout an entire school district. This can include everything from digital educational content, worksheets, and tests to recording and reporting all aspects of student progress.

Gaggle Safe Classroom LMS is an excellent tool developed with student safety in mind. It includes safety management controls such as an anti-pornography scanner and a customizable blocked words list that can screen inappropriate words and images inside the LMS.

In addition to the comprehensive anti-pornography scanner, Gaggle has a number of specialized screening processes that check incoming and outgoing emails, student internet activities, and attachments for both text and images. …

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