What is Schoology?
Schoology is a virtual learning environment for K-12 schools that allows users to create, manage, and share academic content. Also known as a learning management system (LMS) or course management system (CMS), the cloud-based platform provides tools needed to manage a virtual classroom. Schoology helps teachers contact students, post daily reminders or updates, message students, manage assignments on a calendar, and enter new assignments anytime. Assignments can include quizzes, forms, links to websites and videos, and discussions for students to share ideas.
What is the expectation for USD 497 staff?
During the 2020-21 school year, Schoology is a resource available for all USD 497 teachers. Teachers are not required to use Schoology to share assignments and resources during this initial implementation. It is a choice for teachers whether teaching remotely, in a hybrid setting, or in a face-to-face setting. For those elementary teachers, hybrid or distance learning, who would like to access content in the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) environment, they must use the Schoology platform.
How will teachers learn to use Schoology?
Professional development for Schoology will be implemented in phases in order to build training capacity and comfort with the new platform. To read more about the professional development plan for Schoology, please visit this page: Schoology Professional Development Plan
The following resources are available for teachers to learn about Schoology or refresh their knowledge.
USD 497 Schoology Videos
Schoology and FLVS at Your Own Pace
This resource, developed by USD 497 Curriculum and Instructional Coaches, provides a number of self-paced resources for teachers in Schoology and FLVS. NOTE: FLVS is only available for elementary teachers.
This video from Billy Mills educator, Shari Flakus, outlines what she has learned about Schoology using it with her classes in the 2nd quarter of the 2020-21 school year.
How to Create a Banner in Schoology
Billy Mills educator and Peer-to-Peer Instruction Technology Team member Shari Flakus put together this short video (7:22) in which she shares how to add a banner to your Schoology page to share important information with your class.
How to Create Hyperlink Buttons with your Schoology Banner
Billy Mills Middle School educator and Peer-to-Peer Team Member Sherri Flakus shares how to add buttons for links such as WebEx, Google Classroom and more to your Schoology banner.
How to Create Portfolios
This video, from Billy Mills Educator, Shari Flakus, shares how to create portfolios within Schoology.
New to Schoology? Learn the Basics for Online Learning
This video, created by an educational expert on the Schoology professional learning team walks you through the basics of setting up your online course in Schoology.
Back to Schoology for Grades K-5
Watch this on-demand recording of a webinar held on Aug 12th, 2020 inwhich Kellie Ady - our Senior Director of Instructional Strategy for Schoology, addresses many of the questions that Schoology Learning users have – especially those new to the Enterprise Schoology Learning platform. This video is for K-5.
Back to Schoology for Grades 6-12
Watch this on-demand recording of a webinar held on Aug 12th, 2020 inwhich Kellie Ady - our Senior Director of Instructional Strategy for Schoology, addresses many of the questions that Schoology Learning users have – especially those new to the Enterprise Schoology Learning platform. This video is for 6-12.
Success with Schoology - 5 Things to Try in K-5
Keep the learning going with Schoology! Here is a conversation about how to use Schoology with your younger learners. In this webinar, we tried to cover 5 new things in our K-5 environment including workflows for student work, teacher grading, and creating engaging activities!
Schoology provides additional on-demand webinar recordings on everything from integration with Google/Microsoft, to Course Assessments in Schoology. Visit this page to see the list of On-Demand Webinar Recordings.
Or explore the Schoology YouTube Channel for QuickStart Tutorials, User Videos and more.
We encourage you to take a look at Schoology's Success with Schoology webinars, where Schoology Learning experts (such as Kellie Ady and Adam Larson) are diving into many of the questions that Schoology Learning users have - especially those new to the Enterprise Schoology Learning platform. Below are the upcoming times and dates with registration links:
December 2nd, 3:00pm CST - Tips and Tricks for the Schoology Gradebook & End of Term Prep (Register Here)
December 16, 3:00pm CST - Live Instruction with Conferences in Schoology (Register Here)
Click on the image below for a collection of all the videos available on Schoology's support site.
Schoology provides an online community for eductors that are new to the platform. New 2 SGY provides resources and invited Schoology Ambassadors to serve as Mentors. Join to connect, share and learn!
The Schoology Exchange blog provides Pro Tips, Evolving Ed articles, Community ideas and News on the platform.