Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Schoology

This is my school district's first year in their 1-to-1 initiative called Project OLE (Olympian Learning Environment).  Our mascot is an olympian.



Because we are 1-to-1, I think it's time I try a learning management system in my classroom.  At first I assumed that Google Classroom was the way to go.  My IT showed me how to use Google Classroom and then mentioned Schoology.  I know very little about either one, but decided to try Schoology because I hear it has more bells and whistles.  

So, without any training or anytime to play around with it, I jumped in.  Honestly, what's the worst that can happen?  (<-- That is not foreshadowing)  I created an account, gave the students the class code and POOF, I now have a learning management system.  Yay!  It's so easy.  

You hear this all the time but it's true:  You don't have to be an expert in technology to use it in your classroom.  The students are very knowledgeable with technology and are eager to help.  I started the class by being open and honest with the students and told them it was new to me and I wanted their help.  

My favorite feature so far: grading.  This is wonderful.  No papers to collect, no papers to carry back and forth to grade, and students can submit from home.  

Anyone else use schoology?

6 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to hear that you have had a good experience adopting Schoology and that you are finding it so easy to use. Thank you for sharing your experience with Schoology!

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  2. What kind of math assignments do you give that can be graded on this? We were just trained on Google Classroom and I love the idea, but not sure how to implement it. Also Google Classroom automatically puts adds assignments to students' and my calendar and makes spreadsheets of answers and grades. Does Schoology have these features?

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    1. Right now I'm just having the students create 'stuff' on google drive. I ask them to change the share settings so that anyone with the link can comment. Then they send me the link.
      I'm completely new with schoology, so I don't know about calendars yet...I will post more as I learn.

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  3. What kind of math assignments do you give that can be graded on this? We were just trained on Google Classroom and I love the idea, but not sure how to implement it. Also Google Classroom automatically puts adds assignments to students' and my calendar and makes spreadsheets of answers and grades. Does Schoology have these features?

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  4. My school switched to Schoology this year too! Big learning curve. When you add an assignment in Schoology, it gets added to the student's calendar.
    BTW, I attended your session at NCTM on Thursday. It was awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks for the info about calendars.
      I'm so glad that you enjoyed my session. I had more fun than I expected, you all were fabulous!

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