How I Use It
I discovered Schoology last year after looking for an LMS that was free to use with my 5th grade students. I found this to be very user friendly for what I need for my classroom. I don't use the gradebook, as we have our own online gradebook in my school district. I have used it as a place for my students to find assignments, watch videos, submit items, etc. I find that I needed a "one stop shop" for my students to know where to find items for their classes and this was it. Sometimes I wish that the quiz feature allowed for more items to be inserted, but hopefully that will come in the future. Realizing that I am only using the free version, it allows me to have a course page where students can retrieve items and also can ask question of me and their classmates. Students respectfully use the wall to pose questions to their classmates and often solve problems or answer each other's questions before I do. I like this ability to provide collaboration and problem solving among peers.
I like this tool because I feel as though it gives me what I need. It gives me a place to tell my students to go when they need to get something or submit something. Instead of having a bunch of different locations for packets, rubrics, etc. they know to check Schoology. Currently we are sharing devices but this app is great for 1:1 environments where students would have access 24/7. I've found that since I started using this, my kids are actually more responsible and taking charge of their own learning because if they want to know an answer, they will post it on the wall instead of waiting the next day to find out. I highly recommend taking a look at this free LMS.