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Eric and others-

I have a question about Schoology. We have a team of teachers that has been
using Edmodo and they like it a lot. One teacher wants to be able to post a
discussion topic for students to see and respond to. He would like the
students to be able to respond in a variety of ways- in writing, photos
demonstrating their learning, short video, etc. Edmodo doesn't allow for
any response to a conversation other than written. Does Schoology?

I looked at Google+ Communities and it's the same as Edmodo. We can't use
that with students who are almost all under 13 anyway, but I was just
curious.

thanks for your thoughts,
Bonnie



Bonnie Birdsall
Technology Integration Specialist
Williston School District
Williston, VT 05495

New phone: 802-871-6024
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Twitter: @bonniebird


On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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>> 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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