Robust learning management tool comes with challenges

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Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration

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Assessment, Classroom Management, Instructional Design, Professional Learning

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Many features and integrations in one central location. Enough variety and flexibility to tailor instruction to the needs and curriculum of just about any teacher.

Cons: Lacks some functionality; can be disorganized; has limited analytics. First-time users may find the platform overwhelming at first and may want to stick to basic features until they learn more in-depth.

Bottom Line: With patience and creativity, it can evolve into a rich learning management system.

Schoology offers a wide range of features and possibilities, so teachers should take their time to learn about how to use the tool by taking advantage of the multimedia support resources on the PowerSchool website. At this time, many glitches within the features make the site and app difficult to use at scale -- for example, notifications not operating correctly when the appropriate settings are selected.

If you can overlook the functionality issues, you can start out with a Sandbox practice course to build a personal resource library that may include videos, PDFs, links to informational texts, practice assessments, and homework help discussions. Transfer content to your students' courses to engage them in rigorous tasks, assessments, and discussions using teacher-designed and -uploaded assignments. Teachers have the ability to assess student work and provide feedback directly to students and, if desired, allow students to resubmit assignments that demonstrate growth.

Schoology's integration with Google and Microsoft opens doors for creating a more engaging curriculum that fits with tools teachers already use. Google Slides or Docs can quickly be attached or embedded into a course. Schoology even creates a unique copy for each individual as they open the assignment link. Additionally, the site contains options for Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration with hundreds of educational tools, including NearpodEdPuzzleKami, and many others.

Teachers can boost a connection between school and the home by creating a parent or grade-level group and posting class activities and school announcements there. Teachers and school administrators can also store important support or professional development resources in group folders. Although there's a lot to learn, teachers and administrators will likely find that using Schoology increases efficiency and enables students and families to take an active role in the educational journey.

Schoology is a web-based learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to create and assign both traditional and creative tasks. Some of the most often used features include assignment creation and submission, the grade book, links to outside content, PDF markup, student progress reports, and messaging. Schoology's Enterprise plan also includes features for IT staff to manage hundreds or even thousands of users as well as many courses. This includes integration with PowerSchool, Schoology's parent company, which can sync courses, sections, and users as needed.

The platform supports a variety of learning tasks, such as links to course readings, embedded videos, and discussion posts that will engage students in productive conversations. There are also many ways for students to demonstrate learning, like completing quiz or assessment questions, uploading images or audio, or uploading project files.

Teachers can organize course materials in folders, but this can quickly become difficult for students to navigate to keep track of due dates and notifications as more courses are added. Creating assessments and tracking student progress is fairly straightforward, but functionality can feel clunky at times due to the inability to pull reports for missed assignments, or temporary glitches in features.

Still, it can be useful, allowing teachers flexibility in grade setup, grading groups, standards alignment, manual or automatic grading options, and rubrics for detailed feedback. Schoology provides 18 assessment question types, including audio or video uploading as well as highlighting and labeling images.

Teachers from across grade levels and curricula may find Schoology useful thanks to its many features and customizability, especially for designing tasks and assessments. It can be used for skill extension, content scaffolding, and time management, especially for more tech-savvy secondary students who can better navigate the interface. There's no shortage of options to customize the learning environment and differentiate for individual student needs, including tons of different assessment types, from typical question formats to media contribution. 

Teachers upload audio or video directions for assignments or assessment questions, and younger students or students who have identified needs can record their responses as well. Teachers can provide quick feedback and communication to students and families and can keep track of student progress using badges, a grade book, email or app notifications, and workload monitoring. However, all of this isn't necessarily apparent when you first start using the tool, and it does not always function smoothly.

Teachers will need to take quite a bit of time to sort through the support materials, play around, and build up their digital classroom piece by piece. However, with thoughtful, gradual implementation and consistent use, teachers and students will be able to upload, create, collaborate, and check progress.

Learning Rating

Overall Rating

If teachers customize the platform to their students' learning needs through creative assignments, they can bring variety to classroom instruction and digital learning.


The tool can be used to give meaningful feedback, upload resources, initiate collaborative tasks, evaluate writing, and design meaningful assessments.


The Resources section of the site has guides and advice. Teachers can differentiate by placing students into customized groups, but students might need help working through the glitchy features.

Common Sense reviewer
Carrie Garges
Carrie Garges Teacher

Community Rating

This system needs so many improvements to make it quicker and easier to use.

I have never used another complete LMS, but there HAS to be a better one when based on the gradebook, which is what teachers use the most. Some teachers at my school also teach community college and say that Canvas is much better. Previous to this, I used EasyGradePro and Illuminate, both of which had gradebooks that were far more customizable. I am literally writing this right now because, in my 5.5 years of being forced by my district to use this LMS, not ONCE am I aware of any teachers being asked for product feedback--and only a couple times have any noticeable improvements been made. I find this intensely frustrating, as I have a long list of improvements that should be made and nowhere to share them. I arrived here, not at the product's website, after Googling "Schoology+feedback" And so I will post them here in their entirety in hopes that Schoology designers might actually care one day.
--should provide or at least allow pre-set comments to save time (best scenario: teachers can add them for the semester and save them in a comments bank)
--teacher should be able to set a default to show comments to student instead of having to click the box every time they want the student to see the notes
--comments should be dated

--system should be able to mark empty cells missing automatically once due date has passed (regardless of if assignment is graded yet)
--when student submits an assignment, missing mark should disappear
--missing mark value should be customizable (not always zero)
--”Mark empty cells missing” should be accompanied by the option of “except ones with submissions”
--submissions should be time stamped
--should have the ability to sort assignments in order of date of late submission
--score for quiz needs to update if student takes it late
--should be able to sort students by who has most ungraded submissions
--should be able to display by alpha order, number order, etc.
--clicking on a certain kid’s assignment used to take you directly there, but doesn’t anymore
--Bulk Edit should allow you to change the lock date
--I should be able to type in a LAST name to send a message
--Teacher should be able to merge rosters so that students on different rosters (i.e. SpEd) can respond to same discussion topic
--Copy Rubrics should not make endless duplicates; should notify when you already have a rubric with that name in the course
--read receipts for messages (better if only teachers could see)
--make designing seating charts possible!

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Users can interact with trusted users.
  • Users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether profile information must be shared for social interactions.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Users retain ownership of their data.
  • Processes to access or review user data are not available.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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