Schoology at Bostian Elementary
Logging Into Schoology...
For Teachers and Staff:
Use your RSS email login. For example, mine is goddardrl.
Password should be your RSS email password.
Username is their Discovery Ed username.
Password is their lunch number.
What Can You Use Schoology For???
Once you are in one of your courses, there is a menu on the left side. Let's look at those features:
Materials: This is where you will work the most. You will add assignments and files from Pages, Keynote, etc, PDFs, Discussions, Quizzes, etc.
Updates: This is where you can make general announcements to the class. It looks a lot like Facebook or Edmodo.
Gradebook: You can enter assignments. Eventually, we will learn how to sync it to PowerSchool so you can enter your grades one time.
Mastery: Keep track of topics for student mastery
Badges: Badges are a great way to implement your own "Class Dojo" style rewards system for your class. There are badges that are already created but you can also create your own badges for students to earn.
Attendance: We will not be using this tab as we take attendance strictly through PowerSchool
Members: Get a quick list of students who are enrolled in your course.
Analytics: Want to know what the students are doing? Check out Analytics.
Workload Planning: This allows you to see what kind of work load your students currently have in their classes. This feature is great to see if a student is falling behind in several classes.
PowerSchool: This is where you will sync your gradebook but we will do this later.
How Can You Send "Assignments" To Students?
Assignments: If you want students to turn something into you, you will need to add an assignment. Under this tab, you can add resources such as a PDF document that you want your students to edit or read. (What a great way to save paper?!?) As students finish the assignment, they send the assignment back to you by uploading it from their camera roll or other apps (hopefully Pages soon). Students can also type out their answers in the box and click submit. Let's say for example you wanted students to predict what happens next in a story. Students can type their answers in Notes on their iPads and then copy and paster their response into the assignment box. Once they click submit, it is sent back to you for grading. Assignments are automatically added to the gradebook in Schoology. Eventually, we will sync them with PowerSchool.
File/Link/External Tool: This is a great way to send a PDF or image to students if you don't want to add the assignment. Students can download these onto their iPads in case they don' t have internet at home. In addition to files, you can use this button to send specific websites (by their URL) to students. It might even be a good idea to create a folder just for websites that relate to that unit of study. (URLs are not downloadable, just files like PDF and Images).
Discussions: We have talked a lot about how these can be used to promote student responses and collaboration. You can post a question and student can respond to your question. You also have the option to allow students to respond to each other.
Page: Pages are good if you want to type a list of directions like you may do for your centers. You can add images and links for students in these pages.
Media Album: I love the idea of a media album! When we are trying to get images to students for projects, we can create Media Albums and post images. Since we really don't want students to use Google Images and other risky sites, this is going to be a great alternative. Students can save these images to their Camera Roll by tapping the imaging and saving.
End of the Year BackUp!
- Go to "Resources" and choose "My Resources".
- Click "Add Collection" and give it a name. I would choose something with the year in it.
- Go back to the course you want to save and choose "Options".
- Click "Save Course to Resources".
- Find the folder you added in "Collections" from the menu.
- Select the Course Folder you are saving.
- Click "Submit".
Double check to be sure your materials saved.
- Go back to "Resources" and check for the folder. You should see it in there. If you don't, it didn't save. Only items in "Resources" transfer into next school year. All Courses are deleted.
- You should get an email saying the transfer is complete.