by Alex Nnabue ‘18
For the upcoming school year, myMCPS will replace Edline. MyMCPS was developed by the company Canvas whose platform is widely utilized as grading systems in counties and schools, including Howard County and the University of Maryland. However, Google Classroom will stay.
The myMCPS platform will introduce brand new features that Edline and Google Classroom lack, such as a 6-12 gradebook, speed grader, and class surveys for teachers to collect student feedback. Furthermore, teachers can create classroom discussion groups and customize home pages for individual courses. MyMCPS will be available as a phone app and website for students and parents to access it. In order for teachers to become accustomed to myMCPS, the county will hold summer training opportunities. However, there is no current plan of action for parents to learn how to use myMCPS.
At Sherwood, Technology teacher Brandon Lees currently utilities Canvas software for his Project Lead the Way Engineering classes and has been doing so for the past four years. Lees enjoys its many of its features such as its app, speed grader, and Google Drive turn-in. Lees believes the platform is beneficial to his classes as it “makes it more efficient to do grading that can be submitted online.”