My Big Campus Passes the 1 Million User Mark
Makers of the safe social learning platform celebrate its growing K12 community
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
This month, My Big Campus welcomed its one-millionth user to the community of K12 educators and students. The safe social learning platform from Lightspeed Systems, leaders in K12 content filtering and online safety, continues to grow in value as it grows its loyal community of users: more users means more vetted content and more collaboration opportunities.
Released in 2010 as a feature of the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, My Big Campus provides a safe social learning platform to end overblocking for teachers, provide a safe community for collaboration and teaching digital citizenship, simplify classroom management, advance K12 professional development, and help teachers enhance learning for students. In July 2011, the site was opened to teachers not using the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter via standalone accounts. For educators, My Big Campus combines the functionality of a classroom LMS with a social networking site and a library of educational resources.
The key distinguishing features of the site are safety, access, and sharing. Safety comes in the form of CIPA filtering, user policies, reporting and monitoring, profanity interception, image skin-tone analysis, file virus-scanning, and the omnipresent Bob Campus, the site mentor and helper. Because My Big Campus is integrated with the Lightspeed filter, it opens up access to often-overblocked resources, like YouTube videos, blogs, wikis, and web sites. And a true community focused on sharing and collaborating comes to life with features like discussions, topics, EduTalk, and the Bundle Exchange (a new lesson plan library).
The one-million user mark is especially significant since only educators and students can create My Big Campus accounts. “Each teacher and every account is created or initiated by a verified educator,” explains Merleen Johnson, My Big Campus Community Engagement Director. “So we know that those one million users aren’t spam or junk accounts. They’re teachers and students who have come to My Big Campus to join the growing, active community of K12 learners.”
Many of those users have been around since the beginning. In fact, many were integral to shaping development of the site to make sure it delivered the features and functionality that they needed. Robbie Grimes, Technology Integration Specialist at MSD of Wayne Township in Indiana, shares, “My Big Campus has grown from a simple YouTube filter to a full-blown educational social network. In today’s world, if teachers aren’t using some type of learning management system to compliment their students’ in-class learning, they are not truly preparing their students to become 21st century citizens. As My Big Campus evolves, it is becoming the perfect (social) learning management system.”
Another teacher, Adrianne Burns from De Pere Unified School District in WI, agrees: “I think the best part of My Big Campus is that it is evolving. Lightspeed Systems is constantly working to meet our every changing needs and desires. It is the only web tool out there that will listen to what I want and the goals I am trying to reach and then change to better meet my needs. It really is MY Big Campus.”
The benefits of being one of the million? Lisa Hancock, Business and Technology Instructor for the Lafayette County School Board in FL has seen “increased student engagement, improved student performance, enhanced professional development, and simplified communication with our students, teachers and parents.”
Growth of the community increases the benefits each user feels, as there are more people to connect with, share ideas with, collaborate with, and learn from.
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