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Software recommendations for managing after school classes?

Hi -

I've decided to teach a bunch of 4th graders computer science after school, and I'm looking for software to help facilitate the administration of the class. Specifically, stuff like coordinating schedules, and letting me put class materials online so the kids can access it at home.

I've seen a lot of these focused on sports, but are there any that focus on classes?

Thanks,
Doug

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Travis Workman
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Check out Udemyhttps://www.udemy.com/or blackboardhttp://www.blackboard.com/as a disclaimer I am not affiliated to either of these companies I have researched them for another client of mine who is trying to get into this space. If you are not familiar with the terms for this type of space it is reffered to as MOOChttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course


Eric Sexton
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Eric Sexton Entrepreneur
Game Desginer at Crate Entertainment
Im not sure if it will work for your needs but I like to use Trello for project tracking and task managment.
robert carter
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robert carter Entrepreneur
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Our school is using edmodo
David Gold
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David Gold Entrepreneur
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If you just want something free where your students go access documents/pdfs you put online you can always use Asana. I use it for my workflow, but you could hack it to suit your needs.

Assign tasks with due dates
Scheduling announcements
Assign specific work to individual users

Check it out!
Kris Braun
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Kris Braun Entrepreneur
Co-founder of KidsWifi
There's a startup with us in the VeloCity Garage called Planboard (https://www.planboardapp.com/) -- they concentrate on online lesson plans. Definitely picking up traction amongst public school teachers and boards.
Thomas Traylor
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Thomas Traylor Entrepreneur
Senior Software Engineer at Envysion
Check out Piazza (www.piazza.com).

Tom
Luis De Avila
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Luis De Avila Entrepreneur
Owner/Fullstack Architect at IdeaNerd LLC
What's wrong with Google Calendar and Google Docs? Everything is free. It doesn't seem like you need any special software for what you're doing... scheduling and document sharing.
Adam Porroni
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I agree with Luis - GDocs & GCal are great solutions for simple, straightforward scheduling, doc-sharing, etc. If you need more security, you can try Box or Dropbox for documents, but GDocs can be used for a lot of things, even Forms to act as quizzes/knowledge tracking.

What else do you want to do with your class? What other use-cases or requirements do you need to meet?
Paul Henderson
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Paul Henderson Entrepreneur
Co-Founder and CEO, CourseKicker.com
Check out School Empower (www.schoolempower.com). I happened to come across it the other day, but I haven't used it. Looks like it has some useful tools for managing classes, schedules, etc.

Paul
robert carter
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One thing I would say: these are 4th graders (of course, this is also a computer science class). Is it your expectation that this would be for the kids or the parents? Will they even have email accounts? I also wouldn't eliminate "sports" software such as TeamSnap. Managing sports practices, away games, driving pick-ups and coaches' gifts is directly analogous to homework assignments.
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