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Matt -

"ALL things considered?" That's a lot...School-wide implementation (for us
that's 55 classroom teachers and ~950 students) is a tremendous project. Of
course, TIME for training is Ed Tech's perpetual dilemma and I have to keep
reminding myself to be patient and that it is only day 6... we're learning
fast and our past experience with LMS in 1:1 has served us well to identify
recommended best practice. Bringing everyone together into ONE platform is
a huge benefit, as we previously had homework scattered across a variety of
platforms so students had to look here, there and everywhere for their
assignments online. It has definitely moved people forward into electronic
handouts (eg. Google Docs and web links vs. attachments) but that's still a
slow transition. We are only 50% 1:1 thus far (9th-10th) so "mixed" classes
of 10th-12th are still sticky. The biggest wrinkle in the process has been
ID consistency across platforms: We are set up for SSO with Google but
class schedules are drawn from SchoolMaster where Will is WIlliam, Abbey is
Abigail while Samantha Hall-Smith is Sam HallSmith in Google... you get the
idea.

Schoology has some awesome features and I anticipate that we will continue
to grow into them as 1:1 spreads to all grades in the coming years. I could
go on, but perhaps off-list... I thought I was busy LAST year starting
grade-level 1:1, but that was easy in comparison!


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


On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hey Eric,
> It's nice to be on the same team.  One question, what did you mean by 'be
> careful what you wish for'?  All things considered would you recommend that
> we adopt an LMS schoolwide?
>
> Thanks
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> 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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> (802) 324-4521
> www.vermonteducator.com
> www.newschoolhistory.com
>
> Scan here for my contact information...
>
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