Time. No one ever has enough. Especially teachers! But what if there was a digital tool that could help you feel like you have cloned yourself? What if there was a place where students could access differentiated learning, submit assessments, review their own data and progress toward proficiency of standards, make their thinking visible AND communicate with their teacher and peers? Good news- THERE IS! Our district LMS or Learning Management System does all that and more! Schoology is a powerful platform for hosting the entire learning cycle: Pre-assessment, differentiated learning, formative assessment, feedback and revising, summative assessment, grading and tracking mastery of standards. WHEW! All in one place. When you combine Schoology with the power of the G Suite... BAM! Superhero level! And while students are accessing all of this amazing digital learning, you can be meeting with individual students or small groups for extension or support.
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But even if you only use one or two of the tools available in Schoology you can save yourself and your students time. Here are a few of our favorites:
Discussion boards: They can be used to make thinking visible so that students can learn from each other or engage in questioning to push each other. Students can post links to their writing and engage in peer editing or review. Students can share videos they made, Google slide decks, images of hands-on projects and more.
Grading Groups: Schoology allows you to create grading groups in the members list that can then be used to assign individual students or small groups different content, assessments and/or assignments. It’s a super slick feature that helps you differentiate your instruction (can be used on a page of content or links to other tools) or your demonstration of learning (can be used on discussions, assessments, and assignments). And students can be in more than one group so if they are in a lower reading group but a higher math group, no problem! If they are on an IEP or 504 but also are a strong writer, no problem!
Gradebook: Schoology’s gradebook allows teachers to have a digital gradebook even if the work isn’t digital or collected in Schoology. This way students and parents can see grades and feedback the teacher leaves. And when you align your gradebook to learning objectives and standards you can track your class or individual student’s progress toward mastery. This allows you to have conferences with students and set goals for their learning with just a few clicks.
Google Drive Assignment: This functions much like Google Classroom in that it makes a copy of your Doc for each student. (Schoology is also developing a group assignment feature to assign to multiple students so they share one copy.) But, you can also attach a rubric right to the assignment for quick grading and improved feedback to students on how to improve. It allows you to view student work in progress in one simple screen, so you don’t have to open multiple tabs or wait until a student submits their work to give feedback.
And all of this is visible to parents and guardians by logging into Schoology using their Jeffco Connect credentials. They can see their student’s work, grades, teacher feedback, and mastery tracking with no set-up required by the teacher. We’ve done the work for you!
Schoology is constantly upgrading their system and rely on user feedback to design and make changes to their platform. For example, coming soon to a Jeffco school near you is QR Code logins to Schoology! So even our littlest learners can quickly get to learning.
Looking for more information on these features or others in Schoology? Check out this Tips and Tricks document. So take a chance and try something new. Use technology to transform learning and also save some time. You can also sign up to be a Schoology Ambassador for your school to get the info on the new releases first, learn how to use tools to your advantage from your colleagues and to provide feedback to Schoology on future requested items. Click here for more information on Jeffco's Schoology Ambassador program.
For additional support with Schoology in your classroom, contact Jeffco Ed Tech!