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Yes, entries to all types of assignments (incl. discussions) can include
media. Schoology's Dropbox and grading interface are great for assessment:
Uploads, direct entries or GDocs copied from Drive are rendered into an
interface that allows comments, highlighting, drawing, etc. Rendering can
take some time (variable depending on back-end load) but files are
typically ready by the time a teacher wants to view them. Not immediately,
however.


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


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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>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> 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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