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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.

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History/Civics Teacher
Harwood Union Middle/High School
(802) 324-4521
www.vermonteducator.com
www.newschoolhistory.com

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