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Just want to check one more time and make sure I expressed myself clearly
... if students comment on a discussion, can their *comment *be more than
written text?

thanks,
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 10:40 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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