Schoology in the Special Needs Classroom
Updated June 06, 2017

Schoology in the Special Needs Classroom

Melissa Stanton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Schoology

Schoology is currently being used across the entire district. We are a one to one district with iPads in grades K-8 and laptops at the high school level. Schoology is the learning management system that I am using as a teacher to distribute and gather assignments from my students.
  • Schoology allows for personalized instruction of materials for students without others knowing that someone is getting something different.
  • Allows students without a voice (too scared to speak in the classroom) an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.
  • Opens communication for all students,
  • From a management aspect, I create on the web but my students are using the app. The amazing feature of using badges is not accessible from the app. I believe that this will be coming in the future. Our workaround is to log into the web version to see the badges.
  • When able to individualize instruction I want the ability to give an entire folder to a specific students. Currently at this point I do not have that ability.
  • Specifically in my classroom, when I first rolled out Schoology I had 8 students in reading (students with special needs) all 8 of them passed the state reading test.
Schoology was easier to navigate, students liked the look of the layout and were able to figure the app out quickly.
Any school that is one to one should be using a learning management system. It cleans up the clutter and allows all students to be able to access their materials without fear of losing them.

Using Schoology

200 - We use Schoology as our LMS in all 3 of our buildings. As a middle school teacher for students with special needs, I want my students to gain independence, become a self advocate for themselves and also learn to the best of their ability. Schoology has given me the tools to give all of these to my students.
3 - Schoology is super easy to support the people around me. I do not have a background in technology and everything I have done on Schoology has been self taught. On the times when I needed assistance, I have had great success using their support pages for additional help.
  • Students have access to their materials 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is a transparency for the parents to know what is going on in their children's classrooms.
  • Teacher more piles of papers, lost papers, trying to figure out the handwriting or "just what is this substance on the paper."
  • Students are mobile and like to have their information at their fingertips.
  • I use Schoology to track IEP goals.
  • Creativity and freedom of project choice for student voice.
  • Classroom management with MEDIA ALBUMS
  • I would love to see information posted on Schoology for our staff meetings.
  • Book Study for teachers and other staff
  • Increase involvement for parents with students in sports.
The ease of use for both parents, teachers and students. Having everything at your fingertips to nice to be able to get the information. I would love from a teacher persepective to have the ability to assign a folder to students individually like I can with the assignments.

Evaluating Schoology and Competitors

No - We were 1 to 1 iPads and had no way to contain, give or get the information to students or parents. We tried a few options and none of them seemed what we wanted,.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
As a classroom teacher for students with special needs, I needed a program that was easy for us to move around in, allow my students to have some independence and also become more organized. Schoology allowed for this to happen.
If I had to do it over, I would have created or found a checklist of the items we needed our LMS to be able to do. I also would have suggested that others try it out in more of a pilot program (maybe we would have more early teacher buy in)