How I Use It
Schoology is the Learning Management System that I use to build my class online. Students use a code to join the class. I create folders for chapters, sections, content skill sets, projects, etc. Next I add assignments for class and as homework. This is how I flip my classroom too. You-tube links, video clips, article links, etc can be inserted into the resources or any assignment. I have students go home and watch the video, etc. When they return to school, we have an assignment, lesson, or activity that relates to the flip. I like to find controversial articles to use post as part of a synchronized online discussion in class. Another feature utilized is the Quiz/Test section. By selecting the import feature, you can pull questions from other resources or previous tests to create your own new online assessment. You can build your tests or quizzes online, assign point values, and automatically have it graded. I always go back and review my test submissions prior to acknowledging the test/quiz as graded and posting the grade in the online gradebook. There is also an option to add media albums. We use this to add pictures of our Health Occupations Students of America Club as well as pictures of medical examples, etc. I mail out letters to parents at the beginning of the school year to explain the use of blended learning in our classroom along with a parent code for Schoology. Parents can join and view the student work and grades. I am able to export grades to our county grade management system.
Schoology is set up similar to Facebook. You can join groups and chat with others, make posts to the class, etc. I am a member of certain educator groups. By reading other’s questions, posts and posting my own; I learn new ways to utilize this LMS and the tools available. “Valuable” is the label I would give this application. I appreciate the fact that I do not have to carry papers back and forth from school for grading. The internet allows me access assignments, tests, ect and grade them from my computer without the hassle. “Convenient and teacher/student friendly” is a great way to describe Schoology. Not only can I grade assignments from the computer, I also can archive classes and copy assignments from one course to another as a time saving method. I created a class almost a year ago when I first discovered Schoology near the end of the year. The following year, I was able to edit the class and add to it. Each year since, my class resources, functions, assignments, etc continues to expand. I print my lessons, assignments, etc off to include as part of my lesson planning. It is a work in progress that simplifies and improves over time. My only noted complaint at this time is the fact that students can leave the browser during testing and surf the internet for answers. Other than this, I definitely recommend this!