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    Anyone using My Big Campus ?

    I was wondering if anyone here has implemented My Big Campus ?

    It looks like a game changer and we are looking into rolling it out acroos our group of schools and colleges. Just wondered what the feedback was from those who have done this already.

    Thanks in advance
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    Bash,

    Not sure you will find many MBC users here, they tend to use MBC itself to discuss deployments and experiences etc.

    If you are not on there already PM me and I will send a link to the demo signup page. If you are a customer already I can send you a link to the Wiki article explaining how to link MBC with your filter (WAM or TTTC), and below are the help videos for using MBC.

    Video Tutorials - My Big Campus

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    We have jumped into My Big Campus with both feet. We are a one to one campuses 7th -12th grade. Our students have Apple laptops. We use MBC to communicate to students from teachers and administrators. The teachers use it for assignments, class discussions, resources, and clubs or groups. The students love the feel of facebook and the parents love that it is filtered, blocked from the outside, and monitored 24/7. We are finding that we are having to teach some students internet etiquette. With lightspeed, we can put them in a non-messaging group for a while, so they can still do assignments, but can't write on walls or blogs. We are in our second semester with MBC. Please feel free to ask any questions.
    Chrissie

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    Thank you Callen, I have us hooked up to MBC now.

    Its amazingly powerful, it certainly has us thinking how we might fully utilize it, and what implications it has on our systems and VLE etc.

    Thanks for the feedback.
    Bash

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    I got my DP to have a look at it and he said it looked like a VLE. Is this correct? Personally I didn't think it was. We have a Moodle based VLE and it is awful, just wondered if MBC could actually do more for us than the DP thinks.

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    MBC can make a great change to your school

    Quote Originally Posted by kenrick View Post
    I got my DP to have a look at it and he said it looked like a VLE. Is this correct? Personally I didn't think it was. We have a Moodle based VLE and it is awful, just wondered if MBC could actually do more for us than the DP thinks.
    The user base for MBC is growing all the time in the UK and therefore there are many schools who can share their experiences with you. Its changing the way schools approach collaboration.

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    It is a VLE. Would be good to see some working examples of it, it doesn't appears to be very common here at least (yet).
    Trouble with things like Moodle is that it's entirely down to you how it works - I don't think we could be much happier with ours and we're very proud of our colleague that handles it. Same goes for the sharepoint related stuff, there's no set template to work to. Whereas MBC would appear to be a set solution.

    Perhaps, in the spirit of collaboration, it would be worth a fully MBC set up school to give a live demo.

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    I will try to explain what MBC is, as it’s something that does not fit into an existing label, or product type, and is something new!

    My Big Campus (MBC) does have VLE type functions, these are being expanded upon on a regular basis due to customer feedback. It also has collaboration features, blogging, document creation, personal storage, and many other functions, but unlike other learning environments it is tightly integrated into the Lightspeed web filter, and has E-Safety at the heart of its design. The integration between the cloud based MBC environment and the local web filter, means a fully monitored and recorded environment that is linked to the schools local MIS and authentication systems. It also means that the integration with the web filter provides smart and dynamic content control for resources used on MBC by teaching staff, and students and can mean the end of overblocking for those using MBC.
    There are lots of other benefits of a blended learning environment that is not an island on a network, and its easy enough to have a look around MBC so I have put some links below if anyone is interested:
    MBC Tour - My Big Campus Tour - Overview
    BETT School - signup code c2mx8ey9, school BETT 2012 - https://www.mybigcampus.co.uk/sign-up

    Hope that clears things up.

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    So it's not exactly something new but a mashup of lots of other systems.

    Ben

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    Resurrecting very old post - hoping that some of the original contribtutors might have some input.

    I have exactly the same question as the OP - is anyone using My Big Campus? We're seriously considering Lightspeed for MDM and filtering, so it looks like a natural fit. The features look to be a good match to how we currently use our VLE and how we want to use Office 365 when we finally roll it out.

    Thanks

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    We are also looking into lightspeed as a replacement for smoothwall and are interested by the possibilities MBC brings.

    We currently have Moodle and can see scenarios where we will continue to use Moodle as our primary VLE but allow staff who want to to also use MBC. If it takes off, who knows, at the very least we'll allow staff to look at it, experiement with it and give us feedback.

    Really impressed with Lightspeed

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    My last place went from Moodle to My big Campus. It helped that there was an import tool for Moodle groups, and the interface is so easy to use, unlike a lot of others I have seen.
    The App went down well with the students also.


    Quote Originally Posted by RTFM View Post
    We are also looking into lightspeed as a replacement for smoothwall and are interested by the possibilities MBC brings.

    We currently have Moodle and can see scenarios where we will continue to use Moodle as our primary VLE but allow staff who want to to also use MBC. If it takes off, who knows, at the very least we'll allow staff to look at it, experiement with it and give us feedback.

    Really impressed with Lightspeed

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    I have a LS test box till May so don't want to do too much configuring but fancy rollign out MBC to staff. The way you upload the users and groups is interesting. Real shame it doesn't have SSO, it would be useful for our kids not to have to remember more than one password. Also... not too keen on the US based theme, be nice if they UK'd it. Ohh and if they get a timetable facilty... boom... be perfect.

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    If you hook the rocket into your directory, MBC will then hook into your rocket for authentication so the kids will just use their usual school username/password. Plus content on put on MBC by your staff will be dynamically allowed.
    Uploading of user and group info / integration with MIS systems, getting easier and more connector based in the summer.
    Interested to know which bits you find US based, always looking to add more localization options (9 languages coming soon)
    Parent portal is also available now.

    Simon


    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73 View Post
    I have a LS test box till May so don't want to do too much configuring but fancy rollign out MBC to staff. The way you upload the users and groups is interesting. Real shame it doesn't have SSO, it would be useful for our kids not to have to remember more than one password. Also... not too keen on the US based theme, be nice if they UK'd it. Ohh and if they get a timetable facilty... boom... be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eappariello View Post
    If you hook the rocket into your directory, MBC will then hook into your rocket for authentication so the kids will just use their usual school username/password. Plus content on put on MBC by your staff will be dynamically allowed.
    Uploading of user and group info / integration with MIS systems, getting easier and more connector based in the summer.
    Interested to know which bits you find US based, always looking to add more localization options (9 languages coming soon)
    Parent portal is also available now.

    Simon
    You got any pointers for this integration. I don't fancy messing arounfd with CSV's. I found this article Login - Lightspeed's Support Wiki but its CSV based.

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