Holt McDougal has announced the launch of ThinkCentral — a full-featured learning management system (LMS) combining digital content with class and district management tools — at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio.
At a time when the K–12 market is undergoing rapid growth in the adoption and utilization of digital learning systems like online textbooks, ThinkCentral offers middle and high schools a powerful LMS previously unavailable to secondary schools, according to the announcement. ThinkCentral combines instructional content, pedagogical function, and management tools and allows schools to connect all elements of their teaching into a single location.
With ThinkCentral, teachers can customize their teaching environment by managing textbook content, teaching tools, administrative tasks, and by individualizing the instruction experience for each student. Additionally, districts can use ThinkCentral as a system-wide resource to manage content delivery, generate standards-based reports, and allow collaborative curriculum development.
As a publisher-hosted LMS, ThinkCentral includes an assignment manager; a reporting system to analyze class or student performance; a content authoring system; a schedulable calendar; a roster manager; tools for delivering automated remediation and differentiated instruction; and a searchable database of instructional materials allowing users to locate content by standard or keyword. In addition to Holt McDougal online textbook content, ThinkCentral can incorporate many other types of digital content including question banks, leveled resources, multimedia components, web links, and more. Because the content and system work so closely together, it is possible to deliver automated remediation and targeted resources to specified learning groups.
ANGEL Learning, one of the leading developers of LMSs for higher education, developed ThinkCentral in partnership with Holt McDougal and its parent company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
ThinkCentral for K–6 is available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers.
Source: Holt McDougal, http://holtmcdougal.hmhco.com/