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I was asked off-list why I switched loyalties from edu20 to schoology and I
wanted to share my response....

Over the Summer it became apparent to me that Schoology had outpaced edu20
in features that teachers actually need.  I had been frustrated at the pace
of edu20's development and extremely impressed at the pace of Schoology's.

Schoology has just about every feature that has been on my LMS wish list -
it works extremely well on the iPads and it integrates nicely with Google
Drive (virtually ending the nefarious workflow issues for iPad users), it
has individualized assignments, badges, built-in PLN's, the ability to
create groups beyond classroom walls, it communicates to student's Twitter
and Facebook accounts, has great accounts for parents, allows the creation
of self-paced lessons through the creation of folders and resources with
conditions that students must meet before moving on, it has a built-in tool
for giving students feedback on written assignments, a great discussion
board forum with an amazingly smart feature that forces students to post to
the forum before being able to read other student's responses.  And in the
enterprise version ($$) it allows students and teachers the ability to
record audio and video directly from the HTML editor, allows for custom
curriculum and proficiencies to be added, and it has two-way integration
with Powerschool.  Oh, and it also has an amazing math equation editor and
allows for Examview Pro question bank imports.

I set up a Schoology account for Harwood a few years back because a science
teacher wanted to use the Examview Pro question import feature.  I was
pretty impressed back then, but it lacked a lot of must-have features for
history teachers (like rubrics...)  Because we set up an account a few
years ago we are grandfathered into some features that are now part of the
paid version.  I'm trying to get more teachers at my school to use it, but
I want to spend a year using it myself before I make any sort of general
schoolwide push.  After all, as a teacher I have lots of big ideas but very
little power other than the power of persuasion.

I'm really focusing this year on how technology can help teachers create
more personalized, self-paced learning opportunities for students.  We'll
see how it goes...


On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Well said, Katie.  I was wondering if anybody was going to ask that
> question.  Their are many types of portfolios for many different needs.  Is
> the portfolio going to be assessed as a whole or will the artifacts be
> assessed before going into the portfolio?  Will the portfolio be used for
> assessment and accountability or for celebration and display of student
> work (e.g. student-led conferences)?  Who is the audience for the portfolio?
>
> If artifacts will be assessed before going in the portfolio and if the
> portfolio is meant to be a warehouse of all relevant student work, then you
> might want to look at a learning management system (LMS) such as Schoology
> (yes, my new favorite), or VCAT.
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Adam Provost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Google Sites, Wikis... lots of options. Google Sites works well. There
>> are many templates to do this. Running blogs, deliverables, summary, etc.
>> Caleb Clark at Marlboro has a great template. Sites can be exported in web
>> format for archiving... which is handy for creating archiving of projects.
>> See: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2009/09/export-google-sites.html
>>
>> Adam
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM, Will Hatch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> In Addison Northwest SU we're trying to make Google Sites work for
>>> eportfolios.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Philip Hyjek <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>
>>>> Which ePortfolio systems are you currently using? Anyone done a
>>>> comparative analysis prior to adoption? Thanks.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Philip J. Hyjek
>>>> 589 Brook Road
>>>> Middlesex, VT 05602
>>>> 802-778-0912
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Will Hatch
>>> Educational Technology Specialist
>>> Vergennes Union Elementary School
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Adam A. Provost, MAT
>> Technology Integration - Partnership for Change Initiative<http://partnershipvt.org>
>>
>> Burlington High School, Vermont <http://bhs.bsdvt.org/>
>>
>> Personal Blog: creativeStir.blogspot.com
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Matt Henchen
> History/Civics Teacher
> Harwood Union Middle/High School
> (802) 324-4521
> www.vermonteducator.com
> www.newschoolhistory.com
>
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Matt Henchen
History/Civics Teacher
Harwood Union Middle/High School
(802) 324-4521
www.vermonteducator.com
www.newschoolhistory.com

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