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Gaggle Safe Classroom LMS

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Nov 1, 2015
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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 performance.

Description: 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.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: 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. Installation Rating: 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.

Teachers and administrators have access to student accounts, including their settings, email messages, and all other activities. Teachers control who their students can correspond with—and who can correspond with them. Gaggle includes secure login and spam and virus protection as well as a number of other tools, with an emphasis on social media.

Tools include blogs, enabling students to post thoughts and ideas while teachers can post classroom activities and assignments with parents and students. All can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

Gaggle also has a chat feature for virtual office hours, online study sessions and other activities, discussion boards, an email feature and online calendars. Each class can have its own webpage and digital lockers for storing documents and other files.

The comprehensive Gaggle LMS even has a video feature: GaggleTube allows students and teachers to search for videos and share them. Also included with Gaggle are a texting function, a gradebook, and a means of annotating student work with comments, highlighting, or a free-form drawing tool. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Gaggle is a complicated, multifunction system, and, as such, can be fairly arcane. But documentation is excellent, and any computer-literate individual can learn to use it in a reasonable amount of time. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Gaggle provides outstanding support with live chat, DemoGaggle, webinars, webcasts, FAQs and lots of other resources. The company can be contacted by email at support@gaggle.net or by the phone number listed above. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: All in all, Gaggle is a well-designed, easy to use, full featured learning management system that I highly recommend for any school system with adequate student computer access and a desire to offer web based classes. Highly Recommended

 

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39- year teacher including, including 10 as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools, Hasting, Mich. For the last 17 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet @ Schools. His email is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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