Schoology and Academy District 20

Where Learning Happens │ August 10, 2018

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Where Are We Now? - The Weekly Update

We have almost 200 pilot members at some stage of the Getting Started with Schoology course! There has been over 300 discussion posts and over 6400 page views. It’s great to see so many people interacting with Schoology!


Your classes have been appearing in your 20Learn (Schoology) Courses section. Students are being uploaded, too (students won’t be able to see anything in Schoology until the grading period officially begins).


What you can do:


Worth noting:

Grade passback and parent account access won’t be available during the fall semester. As we make progress with those features we’ll communicate updates.


Keep in mind that we’re at the beginning of a journey. We have a lot of ground to cover and we’re just learning the terrain. Partner with us by participating, asking questions, and providing feedback so that we can continue to grow. That participation is helping us work to meet your needs.

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Let's Get Started!

Over the week, we’ve brought IC and Schoology together. You should now see all of your courses for the entire school year. What’s next? Last week's newsletter had some great ideas for getting started. The images here link to very helpful resources to guide you through of the more integral features.


You’ll need to do your Grade Setup. There’s a link below to specific directions. This is important because any assignment you create in an active course needs to be attached to a Category. That Category (or those Categories) will need to be exactly the same as you would setup in IC. The Grading Periods are linked to IC, so you don’t need to create one. The Grading Scales provided are those most often used in IC, but you are still able to create one of your own.


In addition to the links here, the Resources section of this newsletter has some handy Reference Cards to download and print.

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Test/Quiz or Assessments? What's the difference?

As you add materials to your Resources and your Courses, you'll see that there is a"Tests/Quiz" option and an "Assessment" option. Whether or not you're new to Schoology, you may be wondering which one to use.


Test/Quiz

  • This is Schoology's legacy assessment creation tool. If you imported a Question Bank from ALEC, you'll use this assessment feature.
  • This choice allows for feedback on question types.
  • Yes, you can send your Test/Quiz assessments to the Assessments assessment tool.


Assessments

  • This is Schoology's new assessment creation tool.
  • Assessments created here can be imported into Schoology's Asssessment Management Platform (AMP). AMP is a platform within Schoology that will be used at the District level for common assessment reporting and other high stakes tests.
  • Assessments contains a broader choice of question types. Assessments is only available in the Enterprise version. This is new to previous Basic (free) users.


Not all question types from Test/Quiz are importing into Assessments the way Schoology would like at the moment. That is why both assessment creation options are available right now. Anticipate the Tests/Quiz option to sunset within the next year.

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What about Groups?

Schoology’s social media-like design in general is intended to be used for collaborative purposes. Groups are where you can build and share resources with your team members. It’s where those course templates can be created and shared.


At the moment you’re unable to create groups on your own. There are some steps that have to happen before each building will be able to create their own. Don’t worry, submit a Help Desk ticket (help@asd20.org) with your name, your school name, and your grade level or department or team name. We’ll get that created for you.

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Migrating Your ALEC Resources to Schoology

You are able to import your ALEC files into Schoology. To assist in this process, we are creating backups for you! Use the attached PDF to assist you with downloading your ALEC files and uploading them to a Collection in your Resources.


Having problems migrating courses to Schoology? Here are some tips:

  • Try downloading a backup without the question bank.
  • Try choosing the Schoology option to import into a “New Collection” (see instructions).
  • Submit a Help Desk ticket if problems persist. We're here to support you!


Please keep in mind that these are two different platforms. Things in Schoology may not look exactly the same as they did in ALEC. Join us in a support session if you have concerns.

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Questions? Comments? Concerns?

As with any new adventure, there are questions and concerns. We'd love to hear them! Submit your questions, comments and concerns, and we'll do our best to address them in the following weekly newsletter.

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Professional Learning

Learning Services and Digital Integration Services are partnering with Schoology to develop our training program. You will be receiving online and face-to-face learning and support opportunities.


There are two (2) courses for you to join:

  • In Schoology - Getting Started with Schoology = this is growing and developing course to walk you through the process of getting to know Schoology. Join code = 5XK69-CHSJH.
  • In the SPOT - Schoology Support for Pilot Participants: Foundations and Best Practices = this is where you register in order to receive credit for your work. Course ID=1819-017-20.


Your support will include online instruction and resources in the Schoology platform, face-to-face drop in sessions throughout the summer and school year, webinars, plus additional workshops and formal training opportunities. Do you need instant support? Schoology has an extensive resource collection to help, too!


Keep logging your hours!

Schoology Pilot Course Log Sheet

Log your time spent learning, preparing, curating and creating.

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