You may not know it yet, but you will soon be saying “Goodbye!” to Google Classroom and “Mosey along now!” to Managebac.

AISB is in the process of transitioning from two of its learning management systems (LMSs) for the Secondary division—Google Classroom and ManageBac—to one single platform, Toddle. Recently, AISB’s Digital Learning team and its IB Coordinators have started coaching grade 11 students and Secondary teachers with the intent of smoothly transitioning the whole of Secondary to Toddle by the next academic year: 2024-25. 

The reasoning behind this change is to simplify access for both students and parents, whether it’s academic work posted by students or to stay informed on the parents’ side.

If you are confused about the changes, read on!

What is Toddle?

Screenshot of the Toddle homepage demonstrating the user interface and style. (Source: Toddle)

According to their website, Toddle is a teaching and learning platform specifically designed for IB education system schools. Similar to other learning platforms used at AISB such as Google Classroom, ManageBac or Seesaw, Toddle incorporates many aspects of digital learning such as: curriculum planning, assessments, student portfolios, projects, progress reports, classroom management, family communication, and much more.

Toddle was launched in 2019 and is headquartered in Bengaluru, India.

According to the Economic Times of India, “Toddle is used by over 40,000 educators at over 1,500 schools in more than 100 countries. It initially started with a focus on International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, because of which more than 20% of IB schools globally use Toddle.”

Why Toddle?

Digital Learning Coordinator Gitane Reveilleau provided more information regarding the reasoning and benefits behind this program: “We decided to go to this platform in order to reduce complexity in terms of the number of clicks and steps required for students to simply perform an assignment.”

Reveilleau added that Toddle will replace Google Classroom and ManageBac. The main reason behind this is that all the work completed on Google Classroom needs grading on Managebac afterwards, which allows parents to see it. 

”That means that there is a lot of complexity because the students and teachers need to go back and forth between two tools,” Reveilleau says, “and it doesn’t help parents because parents can’t see all of the journey of the first assignment to the grade.” 

One thing that should be noted is that Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drive) will not go away, and students can expect to see the same or similar files assigned in Toddle. In addition, Veracross is here to stay.

How Do Students Feel About the Change?

In late 2023 The Bite sent a survey to grade 6-11 students and 35 students responded with mixed opinions about the transition to Toddle. 

Many students are confused about the transition to Toddle. (Survey responses from grade 6-11.)

While few students were excited to see the benefits of Toddle, most were confused and disappointed at the upcoming disappearance of ManageBac and Google Classroom.

Eighty percent of respondents felt some degree of negative emotion such as confusion, sadness, stress or uncertainty. The remaining 20% were either neutral or positively interested in this topic.

As for the responses surrounding this transition, some students are invested in trying out the new platform for different reasons, such as simplifying access to digital learning tools or just willingness to try out something new.

A majority of students consider the change unnecessary since ManageBac and Google classroom have been the primary digital learning tools for so many years. 

Grade 6 student Myra H. sees the benefit of Toddle “because it would be easier to access everything instead of going to so many websites.” 

Grade 9 student Alexandra B. answered similarly: “[Toddle] would be much more helpful because instead of constantly going and looking up multiple websites, it is easier if all our tools and information is stored on one website.”

On the other hand, some students simply wish to avoid sudden changes. For example, grade 8 student Sophie G. states: “I very much prefer the way we have it now because I don’t see a problem with it, and I don’t see why this is necessary. I don’t have the time to adjust to this change.” 

Grade 8 student Lisa L. echoed this apprehension: “ManageBac has been used for such a long time; changing to Toddle is inconvenient.”

A concerned DP student is worried about what challenges they might face additionally on top of the current assignments they have to complete: “I don’t really see how it is necessary to change to another platform in the middle of the year, especially as a DP student who got used to Managebac and CAS. Having everything in one place can make it even more confusing.”

Although there are positive opinions towards the transition, the majority of respondents shared they prefer our current digital learning tools. Most students essentially claimed on the survey that they worry their confusion towards the platform will get in the way of their learning.

Eighty-five percent of students said ManageBac is an “easy tool to navigate and use” along with 100% of students voting for the same thing for Google Classroom.

The Bite Survey (35 Respondents from Grades 6-11)

How Will the Transition Planners Ensure Student Sanity?

Worried students may wonder how the AISB community will manage to smoothly transition to this platform, avoiding any difficulties that might affect their current academic duties. 

According to MYP Coordinator Kate Sorrell, her current role surrounding the transition of Toddle is ensuring teachers’ understanding of the platform. Once this is established, she plans to ensure student’s smooth transition to Toddle at the start of the 2024-25 school year with several upskilling sessions planned. 

Sorrell says that when students arrive for the first day of school they “will all get training in Toddle, and support and coaching” to be able to access the platform’s numerous features.

If you are a student or teacher who has seen more of Toddle’s capabilities, please comment below to let us know what insights you can share about this new learning management system!