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- Great interface, easy to use.
- Parent access code allows parents to monitor their children's learning.
- Notifications of resubmitted work is the most useful.
- Some of my students have difficulty signing in because Schoology linked them to a formal foreign language class. I found a workaround.
- Organization of instructional materials
- Streamlines the process of creating lessons
- Easily allows teachers to integrate programs such as NearPod, Google Sheets, etc.
- We have had several instances this year where the program crashed district wide. Possibly due to overload?
- Some programs, like Kami, do not work as smoothly as they should within the program.
- The training is intensive for the program. There has to be a way to make it easier for kids to use.
Still to come, a cleaner looking interface with differentiation for elementary students!
- Google Assignment App - this is a game changer for schools using Google and Chromebooks.
- Most open LMS - it integrates with more outside apps and programs.
- New interfaces on the way - a cleaner look for all and an elementary version of the interface.
- More question types coming for assessments including labeling.
- Options are availble for assessment monitoring for schools and districts.
- Microsoft OneDrive Integration and Assignments.
- Google Drive Integration
- I wish I could move and resize pop up editing boxes. I create complex and visual landing pages with hyperlinks for my students. I wish that box were able to be made bigger and many pop up boxes cover information on the page that would be helpful when working in the box.
- Settings and due dates for assessments are in two completely different places when creating them. One is in a tab in the content area, the other is in the creation "gear" menu. If both are not set correctly, your assessment will not work.
For the middle school to post secondary, all content and assessments can be managed through Schoology in traditional, blended, or fully online environments.
For elementary, a new interface is in the works geared to those levels, but basic course materials can be shared and house in the system. Additionally, its ability to integrate apps and LTI content within its framework means improved ease of use for all students as they can stay within Schoology while accessing content outside of the platform.
Assesment options are increasing and their assessment management platform (AMP) provides for the creation of question-based assessments that can be distributed to one or more course sections across a district or organization.
Parents can monitor their students assignments and keep track of what is due and when.
- Single Sign-On for Subscriptions. This is very good especially for the elementary grades. One point of access, one URL to remember.
- Syncing with SMS. We use RenWeb and it works well with them.
- Assessments are easy to set up and you can save questions on the question in the question bank for use later on.
- Enterprise - control of users and their profiles.
- Ability to remove an assignment that was uploaded to the wrong place or has a mistake.
- Change the order of students names in the submitted assignment section.
- Date to end/close a poll.
- Customer Service is amazing. If there is something that doesn't see to work, the customer service department is there to help! The help and support page is comprehensive.
- It is easy to embed various programs, web site and apps into this one LMS platform. This makes if very easy to customize.
- Improvements and modifications are constantly being made. The company stays ahead of current trends.
- Organization of courses and groups is easy, with many an endless amount of possibilities available for creation.
- While this product constantly seeks to make improvements, certain features need tweaking. As educators enroll in various courses, these course tend to accumulate. If the educator is not an administrator of the course, it is next to impossible to get out.
- Switching from one course/group to another course/group takes several steps. Not always easy to find the course/group needed.
- Connecting students and families to classroom learning.
- Working with students who are home sick or absent in travels.
- Posting online assignments and grading.
- The dashboard and main screen are beginning to look outdated.
- The connection to other third-party software is limited.
- Group discussions are not as easy to facilitate as other programs.
- Schoology organizes resources is an easy-to-understand and design layout. With this, student work and assignments are no longer lost in the "shuffle" of the school day.
- Schoology works well with many other apps and programs such as Google Docs, and uses an integrated LTI app so that users can embed other programs such as Thinglink, Quizlet, Padlet, Smore, and many more.
- Schoology is always improving. Since implementing Schoology we have had the benefit to see a number of key new additions be added to the platform including LockDown Quizzes with Respondus, the AMP and Mastery Learning feature, the Portfolio feature, and the upcoming enhanced Google Docs integration.
- One feature I'd like to see added is the option to individually assign an entire folder of contents to a particular student. As of now, each separate assignment can be individually assigned, but more often than not, teachers need to send multiple materials and it would be easier to open a folder and share.
- Schoology offers great support resources.
- The interface is easy for teachers and students to use and is visually appealing and intuitive.
- They offer many features above and beyond the basics.
- Integration with Google and Microsoft make it easier for teachers and students to use.
- The gradebook could use some improvement.
- They could use some themes to make the pages more interesting.
- Some of the grading features take some time to learn.
- Brings together students, school, and parents to have access to one site.
- Allows students to see materials, assignments, due dates in real-time. No longer need to write down the calendar from inside the classroom.
- Allows for absent or homebound students to access materials, engage in the classroom activity, and stay current with classroom progress.
- The grade book is functional and nice in many ways, but I like to run reports on assignments/assessments. This is not as easy compared to other grade book systems.
- Many of the third-party integrations need higher technical support to integrate. This may be a pro/con based on your school technical support staff.
- Some features appear different on different devices or on the web site vs app. For new users, this can be frustrating. Be patient.
If teachers do not use a lot of technology or if students do not have access to technology then Schoology is not well suited for you.
- Schoology allows for grading groups and individual assignments. This allows me to tailor my instruction to varying levels of student needs as well as addressing student voice and choice.
- I also love that I can embed pretty much ANYTHING. I have never used an LMS that let me tinker with the HTML code of posts. That alone makes Schoology one of the best tools out there. I frequently embed Google forms, Padlet, Flipgrid, and many more tools.
- Their assessment tool is fantastic. It has a ton of question types and provides great data. Their assessment tool will soon support grading by question - because Schoology LISTENS to its users! If there is something Schoology isn't doing that you want it to, please send them a message. They really do listen!
- A streamlining of the process could help when teachers are transitioning it. The grading area needs some help. I often have classes of over 30, and scrolling up and down to click a kid's name and then see their work is really tedious.
- Schoology does take a lot more clicks to get things done than some other LMSs.
Schoology could do better on the mechanics of the grading for submitted Google documents.
- Schoology provides students personalized experiences.
- It allows students to keep resources and school materials available online, at any time.
- It provides students opportunities to engage in online tasks and discussions in a very engaging way.
- Schoology is very accessible, with a friendly interface, and provides mobile apps that are easy to use.
- Easy for teachers to learn to use, and provides multiple opportunities to teachers, depending on their level of knowledge.
- Best way to get teams of teachers to collaborate in groups or courses, and to share work and assignments.
- Fantastic way to gather data on students and their performance.
- They could provide faster updates in terms of changes to the system.
- It could use a better way to keep track of popular teacher requests in terms of a "wish list" of items to change or update.
- Platform to communicate updates and announcements to all stakeholders in our school community.
- Repository to house all professional development resources and courses for faculty.
- A collaborative platform for curriculum writing. Our content teams have all developed a collaborative Group to discuss, collaborate, and house resources to be used in the classes.
- A virtual classroom for all courses-- embedded interactive activities, assignments, due dates, calendar events, discussions.
- Gradebook-- while not the official gradebook, we use the gradebook feature for effective feedback. Our gradebook is set up to sync with our official district-wide gradebook.
- Schoology allows for collaborating and sharing of resources. It is vital for teachers to have the opportunity to collaborate and write engaging curriculum. This platform allows for teachers to participate in this effort any-time/any- place.
- Schoology is a great platform to provide any-time/any-place professional development opportunities allowing for embedded engaging interactive activities, accountability, and a badge reward system.
- Schoology is wonderful for our students and parents. All resources are housed through Schoology, which provides students and parents with the support needed to prepare for tests, accomplish tasks, and learn new things. Parents are aware of all due dates and activities, becoming vital partners in the education process.
- As the system administrator on campus, it would be nice if I could "Masquerade" as a teacher in order to troubleshoot. I could then see how 'they' went about accomplishing a task and help them through the process. At this time, I basically have to join the course as a course administrator and do what needs to be done.
- Our teachers are supposed to connect with their evaluating administrator. The administrator is not allowed in their virtual classroom without that connection. This presented a struggle in the beginning as teachers forgot to connect, or did not connect for some reason. It would be helpful to set up a structure to facilitate that. With that said, we are in the initial year of Schoology implementation. This functionality may exist. I will keep you posted!
- Organizing coursework in folders keeps my students focused
- Giving assessments on Schoology saves grading time and allows students to receive feedback in a timely manner
- It is difficult to get features modified by user suggestion
- Mobile app does not have all the features as using Schoology on a computer does
- Schoology does a great job providing a safe platform for students to collaborate and communicate.
- Schoology allows opportunities to create small groups for differentiation.
- I would love to see Schoology provide a way to schedule lessons on a particular day at a particular time.
- I would love to see Schoology respond to suggestions and ideas frequently as opposed to ignoring them.
- Schoology does a great job of working complementary with other interfaces, such as Neapod, Flipgrid, etc.
- Schoology does a great job of listening to feedback and involving those of us who use it on a daily basis on decisions of how to improve and upgrade.
- Schoology does a fantastic job of being a powerful program without losing the intuitive user-friendly interface.
- I'd like to be able to mark work as late and have it automatically deduct points based on settings.
- I'd like for the assessment feature to auto-update scores when I edit a question the way the test/quiz feature does.
- The ability to integrate Google Drive assignments is wonderful. Adding Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides are very helpful for presentations within the Schoology framework for both students and teachers. Being able to enter assignments in multiple ways and types enhance the learning of the students.
- The fact that Schoology is so user-friendly is great for both teachers and students to easily acquire the skills to be successful in it. Schoology allows for both collaborations with team members that may not always have the same planning periods and with students. Students are able to contribute and collaborate across class periods into large projects within Schoology.
- Feedback - it is wonderful that as I grade assignments in Schoology it allows me to give students feedback which is huge that cannot happen as quickly in any other way. I can easily insert a link in my feedback to assist a struggling student or perhaps just to assist a student that needs a little extra help. The ability for students to resubmit an assignment is also easily performed by the students and can be quickly graded by teachers.
- The test banks in the personal resources need to be more functional. The ability to be able to create folders for a course and insert multiple test banks within that folder for different units of the same course would be more efficient. Being able to add colors to different folders would also make it easier to identify which course teachers were looking for and separate test and quizzes from the unit and final exams. It would be nice if the tracking of the test banks could be turned on and off so that graphs, charts, political cartoons, and other images could be changed without the need to necessarily change the question. For example, using red for US History, blue for World History, green for Economics, black for Government then within each folder quizzes could be orange, unit exams could be yellow, and finals exams could be purple under each course, or whatever color made sense to the teacher.
- The graphing capabilities in assessments need to be more functional outside of math. It would be nice if geography students could create population graphs that would include inverted x and y-axis charts to the left of a regular x and y-axis chart with the ability to add age ranges in between them and then have bar graphs going both directions. Economic students need to be able to create dot line charts that curve to demonstrate supply, demand, and equilibrium charts. These also need both the x and y-axis so that price and quantity can be included. Bar graphs need to be able to have multiple bars in groupings so that students can compare the different measurements of GDP across multiple countries. Graphing isn't only for math.
- Schoology will respond pretty quickly to support request.
- Schoology also integrates with Infinite Campus and Google Drive. There are still bugs to fix, but the process is on-going.
- Schoology needs to improve on support. Although they are quick to respond, I have come across some of their support team who have not had a supportive mindset.
- Schoology needs to improve on the integration with Google. This might not be Schoology's issue, though.
- Schoology has a place to store resources, but it is just templates. You cannot create specific assignments or assessments in the resources area and they transfer over. This would be a great feature if they could fix this.
- Gradebook — provides a detailed breakdown of student grades, viewable by class or by the individual student.
- Assignment Distribution and Collection — Schoology allows instructors to distribute and collect assignments digitally, removing the "dog ate my homework" excuse from students. In conjunction with Google Drive / Doc integration, distributing assignments is made easy.
- Some functionality blocked by paywall — Schoology offers two levels, Basic and Premium. Basic is available to anyone for free, allowing access to all of the core functionality (building Courses, assignments, gradebooks, etc). Premium offers additional services at an organization-wide level with a subscription.
- Slow Updates / Upgrades for Free Users — While Schoology has rolled out several great features for Premium users (such as the more advanced "Assessments" assignment mode), free users rarely see any earth-shattering upgrades.
- Clunky Assignment Creation Utilities — Creating assignments can be cumbersome at times; the assignment creation interface allows basic word processing or HTML options. Unfortunately, this can cause some issues when trying to format text or import objects into the assignment pages. For example, text may not change colors, font sizes, or styles despite selecting new text options. Formatting can slightly change after creating the assignment.
Schoology is also best suited for secondary education purposes (8-12 grade) and higher education, as much of the social interaction and assessment functionality may be difficult for younger students to utilize and/or navigate. However, primary education instructors may find Schoology to be beneficial for digital record keeping, tracking grades, and parent/teacher communications.
For the first four years of my teaching career I taught at schools that were not digital. Because I had little experience using technology, I was nervous when I was hired into a school district that was 100% digital with a 1:1 device to student ratio. Schoology was a completely foreign word to me when it was brought up at our new teacher training sessions. It’s hard to believe that only one year later I’m teaching Schoology to other educators in my district.
I quickly realized that Schoology was not going to be an extra hassle to deal with in my class, but a lifesaver instead. It was an incredible way to keep my my resources organized in one location where I didn’t have to waste time searching for them. It was also the perfect home site for my students who immediately logged into Schoology each morning where they could find all of their assignments and materials for the entire day. Color-coated folders and the ability to add photos to courses made our journey even easier.
As a past user of both Microsoft and Google classrooms, I wouldn’t trade Schoology for either of them. I have never used another platform that combines so many different capabilities into one location. Its user-friendly design and variety of functionalities makes it the perfect LMS for any digital teacher.
- Schoology promotes classroom community through discussions and other collaborative features.
- Schoology makes it easy for educators to share resources with each other.
- Schoology promotes student choice by giving the ability to post a number of different activities and assessments.
- I would like to see Schoology add an area for students to create freely and submit work to the teacher that has not been assigned.
This addresses many business "problems" -- by engaging in one program, district wide, for communicating with and teaching students, we are able to better reach our students and their individual needs.
- User-Friendly: Schoology is easy to navigate for both teachers, administration, and students. This is important because this helps users get the most out of their Schoology experience without running into frustrating mishaps.
- Several Features: Schoology is multi-faceted. Teachers can assign tests and assignments, as well as post class updates, polls, and videos. Students are able to be enrolled in several classes at once so they have one spot as reference for all of their classes
- Differentiated Instruction: Teachers are able to individually assign assignments and tests to students/classes, making differentiated instruction easy.
- The prime version of Schoology has some kinks that could be worked out with linking to a Gradebook - the grades do not always transfer over, and in the event a teacher changes them, you have to manually enter the grade in the gradebook.
- Schoology Update font options - It would be great to be able to highlight and change the color of fonts right in the Schoology update menu
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What is Schoology?
PowerSchool acquired Schoology in late 2019.
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- Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
- Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
- Entry-level set up fee?No
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