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Maximizing Blackbaud Learning Management System in Lower Schools

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800.443.9441 | solutions@blackbaud.com | www.blackbaud.com December 2018 1 TIP SHEET Six Tips for Maximizing Blackbaud Learning Management System TM in Lower Schools BY ELIZABETH BOTTONARI, Account Executive When lower school families sit down for dinner, parents ask their children, "What did you do at school today?" The answer likely focuses on who the kids played with and what they ate for snack. But what if I told you that you have the power to transform dinnertime? Instead, you can fill it with conversation about the book that couldn't be put down, the caterpillar model made of marshmallows and candy, the math problems solved—the list could go on forever! Because elementary-age students rarely log into an LMS, it's naturally assumed that Blackbaud Learning Management System isn't a tool for lower schools; however, there are a variety of features that can significantly improve parent engagement. The following tips provide a blueprint for LMS success. Mold these to your school's educational philosophies and procedures, and dinnertime will never be the same. 1 Set expectations. To quote Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." For this to hold true for an LMS, it's vital to set the expectations with parents. Use open houses and back-to-school nights to walk parents through logging in and setting up a shortcut on their phones. Show them where to see photos of their child in class and how to access resource board content. It's also helpful to create a cheat-sheet PDF or video tutorial. In the beginning, parents will need plenty of reminders. Use the login report to see who isn't visiting the site and send them personal encouragement. 2 Fill the Bulletin Board. Rather than sending out daily or weekly emails with photos, announcements, event reminders, newsletters, etc., the Bulletin Board becomes a one-stop-shop for everything parents need to know about your class. As an added bonus, material can be imported year-over-year!

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