Schoology Streamlines the teaching process on many different levels. It allows me to layer more peer to peer interaction, immediately assess my students and also puts my mind at easy when I need a substitute teacher in the classroom. Schoology has made my life so much easier in many circumstances and I will continue to use it to enhance my students learning experience.
A feature of schoology I have begun to use this year involves creating discussion threads for most of my sections of Psychology. I am able to pose a discussion question in relation to the units subject matter and allow students to continue their discussions outside of the classroom. This allows me to not only supplement what we cover in class, but also move the curriculum forward under the rigors of an AP schedule. The discussion thread is also made easy to assess from the teachers point of view. I can simply select a students name and see exactly what/when they have written their threads.
I begin and end each class with an assessment for my students. I used to have students journal their responses and would have to wait until class was over to assess their responses. Now, with schoology I can see their response appear in real time as they are completing the assessment. Each student's name appears as they finish and I can change the entire dynamic of my lesson based on their response. I can modify if they are struggling with a concept or redirect in the right direction if they are struggling. This tool is invaluable for a teacher who needs to modify on the fly.
The ability to create and post assignments when I am not able to attend school has been life saving. Instead of relying on a substitute that is not qualified to teach my subject to drive the curriculum I can communicate with students through the schoology messenger, provide assignments, insert videos/'links or even provide notes for that days lesson. With an infant at home who gets sick often, it has been an immense help keeping my AP/IB Curriculum moving in the right direction.
The final keynote I would like to end on in this review has to be the time schoology has saved me. I no longer run off copies of material and no longer have to grade by hand. I have cut my prep time for each of my courses in half because each courses material is kept in the "resources" section of my schoology account. Each year I simply go into my resources to add each days assignment and material. I also grade all of my essays on schoology while using the turnitin.com app. This allows me to not only grade quickly using the rubrics have saved in my schoology resources, but allows me to simultaneously check for plagiarism.
Schoology has changed the way I reach my students and has saved me an incredible amount of time in my preparation for teaching. I use it daily and plan to use it in the unforeseeable future.
Honestly there is not a whole lot not to like. Currently my district has purchased the enterprise package which links our power school grade book to schoology. I have yet to connect the two as I am a bit weary of the connection and whether I lose my grades in one, that I will lose my grades in both. Therefore, I still transfer my grades from schoology to powerschool manually, which doesn't take me any more time then it did when I was transferring it from hard copy assignments.
Faster/Real Time Assessment
Modify Lesson Planning on the Fly
More Peer to Peer Interaction
Less Prep time organizing hard copy material
Easier to connect with an entire class or section
Every Lesson/Assignment is stored for later use
Less time grading tests/essays