Overall Satisfaction with Schoology
We use Schoology as a platform for our teachers to host courses. Many of our teachers use it for quizzes and tests so that they don't have to grade by hand any more. Teachers host notes and other documents so that we save paper and students no longer have to lose items at home. Our sports coaches host their notes as well for their teams on their own course sites on our Schoology platform. We also have departments set up to use Schoology for PLCs. We have even begun hosting principal videos on principal "courses" where principals can put important documents and then post videos as needed to save teachers the time that they used to have to stay for afternoon meetings!
- We love being able to copy courses from semester to semester so that we don't have to redo all of the work each semester.
- Schoology is really easy to learn, there's not much training needed for new users.
- The platform is really fun for students to use.
- We would like to be able to tie the gradebook in with our current gradebook.
- We don't like the attendance feature.
- We've saved a fortune in paper - teachers and students rarely print anything any more.
- Teachers love that they never have to grade manual papers for quizzes and tests, they are saving so much time.
I felt that Moodle was way too hard for teachers to learn. We tried Moodle for a while, but the difficulty level was much higher than schoology, and the friendly "face" of the look of the platform never was the same as schoology. I loved the look of schoology. The way that it looked like Facebook gave students the desire to pick it up and run with it!
We absolutely love Schoology. I think it's one of the best LMS products on the market. It looks like Facebook, so students and teachers WANT to jump in and use it. It's super easy to jump in and figure out. It allows copying of courses from semester to semester, so your work is worthwhile. Tech support is very friendly and accommodating. We have been so happy with our decision. I wouldn't change to anything else.
Evaluating Schoology and Competitors
- Product Features
- Product Usability
- Product Reputation
The biggest thing I considered was usability and long term reliability. I wanted something I could trust to be around. I didn't want to have teachers invest in building courses on a platform that was going to disappear.
I am not sure that I would have done anything differently. Luckily I was able to attend ISTE and see many different products and evaluate them. I also was able to sample different products and have test platforms to see what we liked and didn't like. I gave teachers sample classrooms for a month or two to play around with so that they could give feedback as well.