Schoology.com : A Great Website for Teachers and Their Students

Schoology is an educational platfrom that teachers can use with their students. It has lots of use.

On this platform, it is very easy to create different Web pages with dynamic content creation tools and a user-centric interface. Also, we can create aggregated calendars threw Schoology that include your personal, course, school calendars into one calendar. Those calendars provide automatic updating which can be really usefull when you have a busy Schedule. The calendar option is fun ,because it is rare to find such a complete calendar on an easy to use website like Schoology.

There is the possibility of creating workload planning. To use those, every student has to create an account on Schoology. Once this is done, every teacher who uses this program and that has their students on it can get in touch with them. In other words, a student only needs to create one account to get in touch with as many people he has to. Every teacher has access to the workload planning of his students. He can see what the other teachers asked from their students on that platform. That way, teachers can make sure that their students are not overloaded. Also, as students can  »check’ what task they have done, the teacher can follow the student progression and make sure that he is in time. Teachers can also track their students path with the mastery reporting tool available on Schoology. Students report precisely what they have done, how it went and on what they struggled on with that tool. That way, teachers know better to which student they have to give more support. There is also a tool teachers can use that allows them to see how often their students are going on the Platform, when they used it and what they used it for.This website exists for teachers to support their students even when they are not in class and out of the office hours. Students can write messages to their teachers on Schoology. Students and teachers can post and comment on the platform. As on Facebook, they can like and dislike comments and posts that were made by others. Schoology can be used on a computer as it can be used on cellphones and on iPads. They created their own applications for Androide and for Apple products.

What is even more interesting with Schoology is that there is a discussion section where the teacher can invite all the students he wants on it . That way, those students can discuss about different subjects. It gets really usefull for English Language Arts classes where students are studying litterature. On Schoology, they can discuss what they liked or disliked about the book or story they read. It is possible to add videos, powerpoint slides and links into those discussions. Teacher can have access to those discussion at all time. There is also the possibility of creating groups. So if students are , for example, sitting in teams of four in the classroom, it is possible to make groups according to the way students are sitting. A teacher can also assign work to individual student if needed without doing it in class in front of the others. As a teacher, you can also create tests for students on Schoology. The only problem with that, is that you need to be in a computer lab in order to have all your students do their test, but it is a nice way to do it as it saves paper and as it is faster to fill in. In order to understand properly how Schoology works and how to use it, a YouTube video has been made to support the users.

As a futur ESL teacher, I feel like Schoology is a nice tool to use. It is really complete and you can do a lot with it. It is safe and students can have easy access to it. What I like the most about it is that you can collaborate with other teachers on that platform. It can be hard to be aware of what is going on in other classes , but you can easily know it with Schoology.

Catherine Hébert

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