BOSS: BOCES Online Support System
During the initial weeks of school closures, the Center for Online Learning (COL) has been working to prepare alternative solutions should the order to remain closed continue for longer periods of time. This instructional planning is based upon the adoption of a full-fledged learning management system (LMS). The information following will guide districts on the ease and advantages of adopting Canvas, Schoology, or the New York Learning Network's Agilix BUZZ LMS, all systems accessible through an NYS BOCES contract.
Many districts are currently using a combination of Google Classroom and a cache of individual applications to provide instruction. Rollout plans for a more comprehensive solution include the continued use of present systems while onboarding to an upgraded LMS. The benefits of this transition include:
- The availability of full course content, including content delivered in multiple languages
- Assessment suite options
- Student data, including standards-based performance and attendance/activity logs
- Access to a full suite of instructional tools all integrated into one system
- The ability to integrate with district student management systems
- Access to teacher and administrative dashboards allowing for easy tracking of student activity and performance
- And more…
Canvas, Schoology and BUZZ are very user friendly; however, districts moving to these platforms should review each LMS carefully as the adoption of any system involves significant investment of time and resources. Although all systems contain many of the same attributes, distinct differences are of critical importance. Adoption should be after all options are thoroughly investigated.
Information and pricing on each system is available through the links below:
Schoology: This LMS is known for its distrinctive look/feel of a social media app.
Canvas: This LMS is one of the more popular K12 systems, including a strong data suite
New York Learning Network (Agilix BUZZ): This is a unique, New York statewide powerful LMS facilitated by NYS BOCES but domains are controlled by local districts. The system is built to house/deliver shared content and services
Please join a scheduled LMS overvew or reach out directly to the COL for further information/support.