Why Use an LMS for K12 Education?

An LMS (Learning Management System) is a school software application for the development, implementation, and delivery of educational courses. There are many advantages of using a K12 LMS in a school setting. Some popular K12 LMS include Moodle, Sakai, Schoology, Blackboard, Canvas, and Brightspace. Echo360’s Echosystem, a portfolio of learning engagement solutions, integrates well with these K12 LMS programs. Continue reading to learn some of the advantages of using an LMS for K12 and how the Echosystem can work with your K12 LMS.


Advantages of using an LMS for K12

  • Efficient distribution of materials
    All students, whether in class or as remote learners, can access lesson objectives, activities, and resources, including textbooks. EchoAuthor works with your LMS to store each item used in digital instruction individually, so not only can students and parents access it, but you can use it in multiple lessons rather than recreating the same or similar resources.


  • Variety of formats
    You can source and distribute resources in a variety of formats including PDFs, Google Docs, images, and more. Using EchoVideo, you can create, edit, and embed videos in lessons whether they are synchronous or asynchronous. 
  • Parental access
    When using a K12 LMS, parents get access to their child’s calendar, class timetable, syllabus, and assessment dates. This creates the opportunity for meaningful discussions between parents and their children outside of class time and allows parents to be actively engaged in their child’s learning.


  • Diverse assessment options
    With EchoExam and a quality LMS for K12, you can easily create and deliver assessments of all kinds. Whether short quizzes, multiple-choice tests, or lengthy questionnaires, you can receive immediate and actionable feedback on a class or individual level.
  • Transparent feedback
    You can easily provide feedback for formative and summative tasks on the class page of a K12 LMS. This feedback can also be shared on the parent pages of the LMS. Feedback can be stored indefinitely so students can access and use it in later assignments or study sessions.


  • Communication options
    With a quality K12 LMS, you can set up a variety of access points and groups for communication. Popular choices are class pages, home rooms, parent pages, year-level, or house pages. Communication is available during class through EchoAuthor in real time, both on the classroom level and in breakout rooms for smaller groups.
  • Tracking student data
    Attendance and performance data can be pushed from EchoEngage and stored and tracked in your LMS. Assessment results on EchoExam are automatically uploaded to the LMS where you can see if there are specific students who need a bit more support in certain areas. Students who are doing advanced work can also be supported by tracking student data throughout all classes. The Echosystem syncs seamlessly with your LMS.


  • Enhance student organization
    You can automatically populate each student’s calendar with assessment dates, project or assignment due dates, task requirements, and criteria and information regarding a formative or summative task. Students can add in their extracurricular and personal commitments. This gives students an opportunity to manage their time weekly, monthly, and for the entire term. Parents can access their student’s calendars to help guide them in time management.
  • Digitalization of teaching and learning
    Digitizing the curriculum gives students in all classes access to the same outlines and resources. This creates cohesion and equitable access across the grade. Digital units can be saved for use the following year. It’s much easier to edit a unit in an LMS for K12 than to recreate it each year.


  • Transition to remote learning
    Using a K12 LMS enables learning to take place from any location, including the student’s home. This acts as a safeguard to provide continuity to students when schools need to transition to remote learning for a short or long period of time. Sorry, kids, no more snow days now that you can access your day’s learning online.

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