Teachers and management at Liceo de Monterrey, a boys-only private school in Monterrey, Mexico, were not satisfied with their learning platform.
They used the platform to post student documents or to arrange a few online exams. It had not been updated for five years because updating was costly and time consuming. Liceo de Monterrey principal Fransisco Guzman was not impressed.
“We were using it as a repository,” he says. “We realised that a new learning platform could add real value to our teachers and students, so we went looking for a replacement.”
‘itslearning is easy to use, simple and intuitive’
In June, after attending an itslearning launch in Monterrey, Mexico, he chose itslearning as the school’s new learning platform. “We loved the platform when we saw it the first time. The first impression was that it is a good product,” Fransisco says.
“It is easy to use, simple and intuitive, and it enables collaboration in a very smooth way. We saw the platform as a support for the teaching and learning process, not as a substitute for interaction between teachers and students.”
A simple way to share resources among teachers
Fransisco and his teachers identified a problem at his school. His teachers were creating valuable resources but they had no way of sharing them.
“We were struggling to control the process of planning all of our classes. It was a mess, we had no control over it,” he explains. “There was no way of sharing and taking advantage of all of the great material that teachers produced, so our teachers were working in isolation. itslearning should change that.”
At the itslearning demo, Fransisco and a group of teachers were introduced to My Library, a feature in itslearning that allows teachers to share their resources.
“When I saw that, it was clear to me that we needed to do this fast,” Fransisco says. “We realised this tool will help us to standardize the planning process. It enables teachers to share their materials with each other, and enables collaboration between teachers at the school and even at other schools.”
Teachers central in decision-making process
Fransisco says consulting with his teachers to hear what they thought of the platform was a crucial element in the decision to sign with itslearning. He attended three itslearning demo sessions with five of his teachers.
“Their impressions were very positive,” he says. “We took them into account because they are the ones who are actually using the tool.”
The teachers liked that they were able to make multimedia teaching resources available to students and each other via the itslearning platform. This allows them to give their students access to online materials without them having access to inappropriate websites.
“It’s a closed environment. We take control of what students do on the web,” Fransisco says. “You can put them inside the platform, and they don’t need to go anywhere else on the web to get the information they need. That was a very important feature for us.”
Implementing itslearning takes only two months
Liceo de Monterrey plans to start using itslearning for all its secondary courses in August, which means getting the platform fully implemented just two-and-half months after seeing it for the first time.
Liceo de Monterrey, a boys-only private school in Monterrey, has 1,000 students, 70 per cent of which are in Years 1-9 with the remaining students in Years 10-12. In June, Liceo de Monterrey´s sister school, a girls-only private school, also signed a two-year contract with itslearning.
Posted on Thu, June 28, 2012
by Kristine Lango