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After considerable investigation and discussion, we, too moved to Schoology
from Edu2.0 this year as a school-wide implementation. We had a "laundry
list" of features that teachers wanted (and a list of gripes about Edu,)
and although the Enterprise version is not inexpensive (but necessary for
large-scale management) the results and feedback from staff and students
have been VERY positive.

That said: be careful what you wish for.


*Eric Hall*
*Technology Integration Specialist*
*Mount Mansfield Union High School*
*Chittenden East SU*


On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
>>
>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Matt Henchen
> History/Civics Teacher
> Harwood Union Middle/High School
> (802) 324-4521
> www.vermonteducator.com
> www.newschoolhistory.com
>
> Scan here for my contact information...
>
>
>

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