Blog 3 Must-have Integrations for a Holistic Learning Experience By Bel Clohesy Technology to Transform Your School A simple and effective way to maximise student engagement and learning is through integrations with your virtual learning environment—your Learning Management System (LMS) and Communication Portal. By integrating key elements into your online learning space, you will be able to ensure all school stakeholders are equipped with the tools required to achieve seamless transitions between physical and digital school life. In turn, this will lead to greater engagement throughout the entire community. Schoolbox, an all-in-one LMS, community portal and engagement platform for K–12 schools is focussed on creating a holistic learning experience. And to deliver such an experience, we’ve created a large number of market leading integrations that bring all your EdTech tools together in one place. To do this, we work together with carefully chosen education software providers to deliver features for all Schoolbox users that will enable a wholesome learning journey for all students. These providers are aligned to our company values and culture and are equally committed to delivering successful, quality solutions to our schools. In this blog, we will explore 3 of the must-have integrations that create a holistic learning experience. #1 Digistorm: Making Schoolbox mobile When it comes to communicating and socialising, many of us rely on mobile devices. For this reason, the Digistorm integration brings to our schools, the Schoolbox EduApp. The integration presents a personalised app that connects the mobile user experience with school life. Families, students and staff members alike are able to access key information and details of upcoming or completed learning through this carefully designed mobile app. The integration also incorporates a notifications system that is familiar and easy to navigate. Key information is easy to understand and is able to be pushed out in a timely manner. Example of Schoolbox EduApp from Digistorm Digistorm works alongside the schools to design the app. This ensures our Schoolbox schools are able to match their branding and required purpose in a mobile setting also. Features can be added and removed, and the Digistorm team are willing to support the need throughout the school year to make adjustments and update the system. For students, it presents Schoolbox in a way that mimics many social platforms they are familiar with, encouraging them to interact with it regularly, locating anything from submission dates to key calendar events that are happening at school. #2 Clipboard: What? When? Where? Managing school life is much easier when everything is in one place. The integration between Clipboard and Schoolbox helps students and parents to streamline extra-curricular dates and other school events into the Schoolbox calendar. This way, everything can be accessed from one place and there is no need to go to multiple platforms or locations. A direct consequence of integrating this element of school life into the Schoolbox teaching and learning space is that students can take further ownership of their learning, managing their time appropriately and building their personal engagement in school life—key aspects when considering a holistic approach to education. Extra-curricular activities streamlined into one calendar An added bonus from a school perspective is that the organisation can use Clipboard to trace where a student has been and what extracurricular activities they have engaged in. From a holistic perspective, having the ability to view the extra-curricular engagement of individual students within the Schoolbox LMS, means staff and parents are able to see the interests of each child and also be able to support them in discovering a new passion. # 3 Kami: Feedback at your fingertips As students continue to interact with learning digitally and therefore submitting their work using a range of digital systems, the integration of a tool like Kami is crucial. The Kami integration with Schoolbox allows teachers to view the submission and present feedback directly to students. This capability allows students to receive in depth feedback in real time. And instead of relying only on a text based approach, Kami also allows annotation to happen through text, speech, video and audio. Providing feedback in multiple forms helps to develop collaboration between students and teachers. These crucial contemporary skills enable educators to provide a holistic approach to each individual, by meeting personal learning needs and preferences of students. Teacher annotation using Kami All in one place By integrating a range of engaging, effective and educational appropriate tools within the software, Schoolbox provides the efficiency that comes with an ‘all in one place’ experience. This work is ongoing and we continue to seek out like minded education software providers to create a wholesome learning experience for K–12 students. Bel Clohesy has been a teacher for over 17 years, with expertise in teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 8. With a strong foundation in digital technology, Bel’s priority is ensuring an enhanced teaching and learning experience for K–12 schools. Want to explore more about Schoolbox and our integration partners? Chat to an Education Consultant today!