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Bonnie,
The current free version of schoology's discussion forums allows you to add
links, images, audio, video, and Google Docs.
The paid version even allows the ability to record audio and video directly
from the HTML editor.  I created a quick screencast so you can see for
yourself....http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cIQ1nQV5jY


On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
> [log in to unmask]
> 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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>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>> (802) 324-4521
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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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