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Transform Your Classroom With These 3 Essential Tools in iLearnNYC

iLearnNYC, powered by D2L Brightspace, is the learning management system (LMS) available to NYC educators and schools at no cost. Provided by the New York City Department of Education, the LMS is designed to help teachers focus more on teaching and less on administrative tasks.


As a teacher, you have a lot on your plate, and learning a new platform may not seem feasible on top of it all. But what if you could hit the ground running—saving time on daily tasks and offering engaging, adaptable education for all your students?  

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, iLearnNYC has everything you need to provide students with the best learning experiences possible. It’s the ultimate tool for educators who want to make a real difference in their students’ lives. The intuitive interface makes it easy to jump in, and there are tons of resources at your fingertips to help you along the way.

The best part: All NYC teachers can already access iLearnNYC with the click of a button.

iLearnNYC fits seamlessly within your existing technology ecosystem. It integrates with your favorite apps, including the Google tools you love, giving everyone in your class a single login and single platform that houses everything you need in the classroom and at home.

Let’s dig into some of the key tools that you can get started with on day one to help lay the foundation for your classroom in iLearnNYC.

Create a Go-To Spot for Classroom Updates on the Activity Feed

Communicating with students is one of the most important yet time-consuming parts of being a teacher. Outside of instruction, students often have a lot of questions about classroom activities and need reminders about what’s coming up. Time gets eaten up quickly when the same questions and reminders need to go out again and again to different students.

In iLearnNYC, you can leverage two-way communication with students right on the homepage to keep the class up to date on learning resources, a daily agenda or other important reminders. The Activity Feed can become your classroom’s go-to source for information where everyone can comment and engage. You can record videos right in it, pin important posts to the top, and share links to content or assignments. Plus, posts are shared with families through the Brightspace Parent & Guardian tool, keeping everyone in the loop about what’s on the go. Learn how to create a post.

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Empower Students to Document Their Own Learning With Portfolio

Tracking learning progress is no small feat, but it’s a lot easier when students are engaged in the process. You can gain an entire library of learning evidence by empowering your students to document their own achievements in Portfolio. At the same time, students gain autonomy and build reflection skills.

How does it work?

Students simply add photo and video evidence of their learning and include reflections that you can evaluate and provide feedback on. Each piece of work can be shared with parents and guardians in just one click. The Portfolio mobile app enables on-the-go documentation, and the interface grows with students by starting in Funster mode for young learners and nonreaders. Work is saved year after year so students can reflect on their entire learning journey.

Engage Families With Brightspace Parent & Guardian

Parent and guardian engagement is often a key factor in student success, though it can be challenging to send families frequent updates, especially when you have to do that manually. With iLearnNYC, you can easily connect parents, guardians and families with the learning experience by giving them a window into the classroom through Brightspace Parent & Guardian. You can share the Activity Feed, Portfolio items, Work To Do and Grades tools—all with ease. Plus, automated weekly activity summaries cut down on repetitive manual communications and help families feel informed. And the mobile app makes it convenient for parents and guardians to stay in the loop. Read the Brightspace Parent & Guardian tip sheet.

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Start Transforming Your Classroom

Jump into iLearnNYC to see how it can help you transform your classroom, get students excited about learning and save you valuable time.

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