Overall Satisfaction with Schoology
Schoology is used as the digital interface for which students in the middle school can access a schedule of their assignments, retrieve digital copies of handouts/resources, or access links to resources for each class. It is used by the middle school as a whole for each of the core content classes. Students who may have forgotten to write down their homework or had lost an important copy of something to complete an assignment were able to login to Schoology and find both what they had for homework and when it was due as well as digital copies of any handouts, notes, study guides, etc. All categories are by chapter or topic.
- Organized documents, files, links by topic in neat folders. Made it very easy for unorganized students to find what they need
- Tracked due dates of assignments
- Interface like Facebook presented the information in a format that was familiar to the age group. When I posted a "status" update, the students knew it was a reminder or change of information because of their experience with facebook
- Link to Google Drive
- Ability to check off when students have completed an assignment so that they may self-regulate
- Share grades back with students
- Make folders invisible (this way you can prepare items early yet not be seen by all)
- Opportunity to copy folders from one year to the next. If I've created a folder with the many resources for a particular novel unit, it would be nice to be able to copy that from one year to the next without creating new page/folder
- More responsibility placed on student
- Easily approachable to students familiar with interface
Moodle - Schoology was drastically better than Moodle because it created an interface that was familiar to both teacher and student. The screen was crisp, neat, and organized and students could see where they needed to go to retrieve documents. Schoology made it easy to organize work within the class and link PDFs, links, docs, etc. to any page.
Schoology is well suited for classes such as Language Arts, Social Studies, and/or Math where many notes and handouts are taken and given. Organizing the handouts and resources into folders made the many PDFs approachable to students who could open the folder they needed to find what it was they were looking for.