Earlier in October, Jeffco hosted the Connect Colorado with Schoology conference at the Ed Center. There were participants from all over Colorado and over 17 school districts, including some travelers from Nebraska and Wyoming. Jeremy Friedman, founder and CEO of Schoology, was the keynote speaker and provided a great overview of the many new features Schoology has added, as well as features that are in various plans of development that will make using Schoology even more robust and efficient.
Three big takeaways for our Jeffco teachers include the following:
There is an optional new Assessment Management Platform (AMP)
It could be purchased and used for the development of district-wide common assessments. Additionally, there are new question types associated with this platform, some of which are to become part of Jeffco Schoology in the future.
Using schoology for "techquity"
Sarah Woodward of Collegiate Prep Academy in Denver Public Schools discussed how she used Schoology to increase student achievement at her turnaround school. A couple of the many things she uses Schoology for are to post mentor texts and Cloze-style scaffolding discussion templates in her Schoology course. Once students master the technique, the scaffold is removed from assignments. Additionally, she posts an A-B-C protocol to support students as they learn to develop rich discussion posts.
integration of google with schoology