First things first: Apologies for leaving you hanging yesterday. I had to run the dog to the vet (again-she had a procedure done and I’m going every other day to have her bandages changed) and had two other appointments of my own and the day just got away from me.
Now, let’s explore another interesting technology together shall we? I subscribe to the AASL’s tip of the day email (if you don’t already I highly recommend it) and yesterday’s tip was about cultivating back to school collaborations. One of the technologies briefly mentioned in the email was Schoology. Having never heard of Schoology before I instantly hopped online to look it up.
Verdict? Definitely worth sharing with all of you.
As you can see from the overview screenshot, Schoology offers a few great features such as: managing your lessons, finding intriguing resources, interacting with your students, fellow teachers, and parents, posting assignments, posting tests or quizzes, and hosting discussions. Schoology even allows you to keep track of how students are doing with nifty charts and graphs.
Setting up a Schoology account and your Schoology profile takes mere minutes and afterwards they walk you through a quick introductory tour to get you started.
Now let’s use my account to show you how the introductory tour works. When you log into your account, there will be a link to click on to start the tour:
The first leg of the tour shows you where/how to add courses to your account:
The second leg of the tour shows you how to add or join groups in Schoology:
Leg three points out where to go to for additional resources:
The fourth, fifth and, sixth legs of our tour explain the navigation options in the upper right hand side of the screen:
The seventh part of the tour explains your Schoology calendar:
The eighth leg explains the recent activity center a bit further and the final section of the tour shows you where to get further assistance with Schoology:
One of my favorite features I discovered while exploring Schoology is their App Center:
The App Center offers a few cool apps to use with students:
I was especially impressed to see that the Concept Bank and ScootPad Apps utilized the Common Core.
All in all, Schoology seems to have a lot to offer and could be a great addition to your educator toolbox. Check it out and let me know what you think.