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thank you Matt. That's very helpful and clear.

~ Bonnie


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

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


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Yes.  Here is an excerpt from a great comparison between Edmodo and
> Schoology (
> http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/2013/02/schoology-vs-edmodo-round-2.html
> )
>
>
>
>    - *Discussions.* Schoology has a slew of discussion features not
>    currently available in Edmodo. As there are many, I'll simply bullet my
>    favorites below. For more information on discussions, read this article<http://help.schoology.com/instructor-guide/courses/course-materials#course-discussions>and check out this
>    video <http://vimeo.com/51168496>.
>    <http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ko-RUKDErds/USp-pz06tVI/AAAAAAABhB8/ESOnpmSKmns/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-02-24+at+2.56.49+PM.png>
>    <http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TOtDTVzdkio/USp_vqxyN5I/AAAAAAABhCE/-A35_SBIYCs/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-02-24+at+3.01.10+PM.png>
>       - Discussions are their own category - In Edmodo, if you want
>       students to have a chat discussion, you simply post a note or assignment
>       and allow them to reply to that. However, in Schoology, discussions are
>       their own category that are both gradeable, and assignable.
>       - Reply threads - Students can directly reply to one another's
>       comments in Schoology, and their comments show up as a reply thread (just
>       like in Facebook). This is not possible to do in Edmodo.
>       - Media embedded in comments - Students can comment in a discussion
>       with video and pictures - both on the desktop version and the iOS version.
>       This is especially helpful when they are discussion a math problem and they
>       want to share a their written work.
>       - Student comment spotlight - Teachers can use a "filter by user"
>       tool to see which of their students participated in the discussion, how
>       often they participated and where their comments are in the flow of the
>       thread.
>       - Shared discussions - Teachers can share a discussion with another
>       course to allow students from multiple classes to join in the same
>       discussion.
>       - Comment moderation - Teachers can also moderate comments before
>       they are published.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> 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
>> [log in to unmask]
>> 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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>>>>>> History/Civics Teacher
>>>>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>>>>> (802) 324-4521
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>>>>>> www.newschoolhistory.com
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> Harwood Union Middle/High School
> (802) 324-4521
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