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.