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. 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