Did you know that your HWDSB username (the one you use to access SchoolConnect computers, and the Employee Web Portal) now allows you to gain access to the Ministry Learning Management System located at http://hwdsb.elearningontario.ca? Did you also know that a course has been created in that space, and that your students are already enrolled in that course (relieving you of the headache of having to manage users)? This platform also provides a Single Sign On gateway to Voicethread, ExploreLearning Gizmos, and the HWDSB Commons blogging platform.
If part of your new year’s resolution was to start exploring blended learning in your classroom practice, The HUB (also referred to occasionally as Desire2Learn) is a great way to provide a digital space to enhance the learning taking place in your classroom.
With First Class soon to be replaced by a new system, teachers who are still interacting with students in that space will need to move shortly: The HUB is a perfect space to re-locate.