Schoology was started in 2009 by three undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis. Initially, it was used as a note sharing platform for students. Later Schoology pivoted, focusing instead on developing a learning management system allowing teachers to communicate and share information with students, post and grade assignments, and build folders of resources and assessments for students to use.
With a layout similar to Facebook, teachers can share comments, videos, articles, and assignments from their home page with their students and with each other. Once teachers add students to the network, through a unique password for each class, they can select which classes may view the information posted. There is also the option of forming groupings of students within classes or for extracurricular clubs. Communication can then be tailored for each group as well.
Teachers can also use Schoology as a course builder, by creating folders with resources and timing the release of those resources to students. Within the platform they can create assignments, upload any related worksheets, and have students turn in their work directly via their Schoology accounts. That means that by working within the platform, teachers can view the work students have uploaded, comment on and grade that work, and record grades. Schoology also allows teachers and students to upload directly from their Google docs into the site, rather than downloading them to a hard drive and then uploading.
Schoology also helps teachers track students’ engagement: They can assign and grade student discussions within the platform. And Schoology also provides data on student activity, like where they are spending the most time when logged on.
There are other assessment features, too. For instance, teachers can create quizzes as they build out their courses on the site. They can then set each quiz to be randomized and sent to students for their testing pleasure. Teachers can also track attendance through the platform, make comments and write messages within the attendance page.
Through the teacher-to- teacher features, teachers can browse public content, and also check out content and course materials from their coworker’s pages. Groups of teachers can then be created, and used for private discussions and collaboration.
Parents can also log in using their own password and log on information and track their student's grades and assignments.
Creating a Schoology account for parents, teachers, or students is free. However, to link Schoology data and information with other systems within a school or district requires purchasing a license from the company. Currently, the platform is used by school districts including Jefferson Public School District in Colorado, Palo Alto Unified School District in California, and Minnetonka Public Schools in Minnesota.
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