Leverage Learning With Schoology
February 25, 2016

Leverage Learning With Schoology

Brian Green | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Schoology

As the Learning Services department at Falcon School District 49 saw the need to offer professional learning in other ways, we explored the possibility of creating, delivering and managing our own online professional development. Thus, we needed a way to facilitate and manage learning, which led me down the path of learning about and exploring various learning management systems. Having taught technology in education in one form or another for nearly 30 years I knew if we were going to have any immediate and longterm success then we would need to have a system that was extremely simple to use! That was my number one criteria. Schoology fit the bill and within two months of using the free version our senior leadership team agreed to move to an enterprise version so all students and staff had access with enterprise features and management options.

Pros

  • Many of our teachers are discovering the power of mastery grading and mastery learning. The ability to link all items to standards and receive mastery reporting is a game changer.
  • Ease of use both as a student and instructor.
  • The ability to leverage teaching, time, talent and resources.
  • Schoology gives an easy to access avenue for parents to engage in learning like never before. When teachers use Schoology to its full potential the parent view allows parents to be a partner in the education process.

Cons

  • Handy, ready-made professional development modules (Schoology) that are constantly updated and made available to system admin for distribution and management.
  • More rapid response upon clicks!
  • Allow system admins the ability to set permissions by schools and not just for the entire enterprise. The needs of elementary is quite different than the needs of high school students, plus, building leaders want the ability to taylor their LMS to their preferences.
  • We found that Schoology, a revolutionary cloud-based system, is technologically ahead of some of our other systems. We use Infinite Campus as our student information system and are strongly considering changing to an SIS that will integrate with Schoology.
  • We have noticed the normal distribution pattern of early adopters, followers and laggards.
  • In our district we have moved years ahead of our competition districts with the ability to collaborate across a vast district and deliver professional learning anywhere and anytime.
  • eLearing Days have been developed to make up for days that use to be lost to numerous snow days. There is an enormous return on investment just for that reason alone.
  • Schoology has the ability to differentiate like no other LMS tool. That makes Schoology priceless in our eyes.
We are a Google Enterprise and some of our teachers use the Google Classroom instead of Schoology. If a user is just looking for a virtual space for files, videos, etc. I suppose Google will suffice. If you want a robust learning, leverage tool that integrates with every LTI compliant system, Schoology is the answer. Nothing that I have seen in the market dares to compare! In our district we also have a charter school that used BlackBoard to deliver FuelEd content. They don't even attempt to create their own courses with BlackBoard know what Schoology can do. We took advice from the largest school district in Colorado, Jefferson County School District, who moved away from BlackBoard into Schoology because of the difficulties they had training teachers and leaders to design courses in that system.
Schoology has been a huge success with students, teachers and parents when students have devices. Teachers struggle using Schoology with classes that lack devices. The lack of devices usually leads to the lack of access. The other observation we have made in our school district is that when administrators lead a vision for Schoology, exciting and innovative progress is made.

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