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More and more Bismarck Public School students are being encouraged by their teachers to Moodle. Moodle is a website that makes the school day easier and more fun for kids and teachers.

Since 2008, Bismarck Public School administrators have been encouraging teachers to put their classes on Moodle. Moodle is a website that allows students to interact with classmates and teachers on class projects, turn in homework, and complete other class-related tasks. Last year, more than 100 courses were put on Moodle.

With more than 600 BPS students using Moodle daily teachers are seeing the benefits.

"A lot of it due to student pressure. More teachers are interested, because they'll have students come to their class and say, 'Where's our Moodle class?' Because they really like the convenience of being self sufficient, of having a place to go that they know is available to look at what's happening with their course," says Bismarck Public Schools technical director Tanna Kincaid.

Teachers met up with others to create Moodle pages based on their particular subject area. By using the website, classes will have a blended environment, using both technology and in-class learning. This will let BPS administrators ensure that all high school students are learning from the same curriculum base and will give seniors an easier transition into college classes.

"Have access to technology on a daily basis. And be able to interact in a classroom that's quite a bit different from the classroom that you or I ever participated in, or many other people who've been through public school systems in the past. And really gain a lot of skills on the technology side of things," says teacher Tom Bushaw.

And it's not just for high school students.

"With 6th grade, with computer literacy, so 6th graders are already learning how to use the tools, once they get into secondary. Now the teachers do not have to worry much about teaching a student how you log in, how do you access information, it now seamless," says technology coordinating trainer David Sherwin.

More than 2,600 students accessed Moodle last year. And as teachers continue to develop their courses, BPS wants that number to grow.

Teachers are also working to make their Moodle pages more transparent, so parents can access their student's records.

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