Thanks so much, Sierra! I'm super excited to improve students relationship with technology in school in a way that lets them stay focused on their work and prepares them for the real world. I will definitely let you know if there's anything I need your help with!
The success you've already had with this is amazing, Sierra! While it's not the most creative solution to a problem, it is one that seems to be working super well for you and is unique enough that it provides something new. If there's anything you need help with, especially on the tech side, feel free to reach out!
Thanks so much for your feedback! So far (and I need to talk to more teachers and administrators from traditional schools to improve this), my strategy to get "traditional" schools to uses my LMS (and shift to a progressive/student-centered model) is that my LMS makes it easy for them to start student-centered programs and assignments. I talked to a couple of teachers that said for teachers new to student-centered learning, it's hard to design a curriculum based around it. I'm hoping that my LMS will help guide them through that process.
Additionally, I hope to measure the effectiveness of this in progressive schools, so I could later use that when marketing to traditional schools. (For example, Ergon improved student participation by x%, turn-in rate by y%, and final grades by z%, as well as making x% more students interested in what they're learning.)
I have also been thinking about offering an assignment/project "marketplace" where teachers could show off some assignments and projects they've done with their students. Teachers looking for project ideas could then "copy" that assignment/project into their class(es) as a starting point for their project. This would make it easier for new teachers to see (and use) projects that emphasize student-centered learning.
Finally, if schools really want to leave their students in a good position to enter the real and working world (which they should!), they need to make sure their students have 21st century skills (problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, etc.). A student-centered and project-based approach to schooling undoubtedly makes this easier for schools. Students can design their own projects based on some guidelines from their teachers (creativity, critical thinking, problem solving), work together on projects (collaboration, problem solving), and assess their own work (critical thinking). If schools want the best for their students, a student-centered schooling model is better than one that's traditional.
This is definitely something I need to, and will continue, to think about as I develop my LMS further. If you have any ideas, I'd be interested in hearing them!