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Where Learning Happens │November 4, 2019
PowerSchool to acquire Schoology
Schoology recently announced that they are being acquired by PowerSchool. PowerSchool is a K-12 educational software company with a variety of digital solutions. PowerSchool already owns Performance Matters, our professional learning registration system, and SmartFind, our substitute request service. Additionally, PowerSchool has its own student information system (SIS).
Given the breadth of PowerSchool’s services, people might be wondering if we’ll be changing our use of 20Learn. The answer is no, our implementation of Schoology for 20Learn will continue on the same path. PowerSchool is acquiring Schoology because of the strength of its product and brand and wants to continue to help that brand grow. No one will need to learn a new platform or change how they are using our platform.
PowerSchool has it’s own SIS. Does that mean we’ll be changing from Infinite Campus (ASD20's SIS) to PowerSchool’s SIS? The answer is no. We will continue using Infinite Campus as our official student information system. PowerSchool is continuing with Schoology’s open integration platform as demonstrated by the majority of its customers using different SISs.
If you’d like additional information, check out the links below.
Personalized Learning Crash Course
In the article linked below, Joel Hames, the Schoology VP of Product, breaks down the differences between personalized, differentiated, and individualized learning; provides examples and best practices of personalized learning; and, challenges your thinking and practice. He brings in resources from ISTE and iNACOL to support the discussion and encourage a reframing of personalized learning.
Check out the article and consider how you might use Schoology to personalize learning in your classroom.
Grade books at the Secondary Level - IC and Schoology
Since we’re at the beginning of a new quarter, it seems a good time to review how to proof your Grade Setup in Schoology and IC.
Infinite Campus Grade Setup:
Create Categories - decide if you will be grading by weighted categories or total points.
Set up your Grade Calc Options - this must be done for every course.
Choose your grading curve - MS Curve or HS Curve.
If you’re weighting categories, Check the “Weight Categories” box if weighting categories.
Leave the “Use Score’s % Value” box alone.
Jeff Keller’s guide to setting up your IC located below is very helpful with these features and contains images to help guide you in the setup process.
Schoology Grade Setup:
Create the same categories as you did in IC.
Assign categories the same percentages as you did in IC.
Click on the category name to make sure your Schoology categories are being calculated based on “Total Points” (even if you’re weighting categories).
Check the “Weight Categories” box if you’re choosing to weight categories.
If the Schoology Gradebook is not your source of truth for grades, you might want to consider hiding overall grade visibility to avoid confusion between grade totals in Schoology and IC.
Do all of your assignments have categories? Categories and Grading periods are requirements.
Are all of your Assignments and Assessments published? You can lock or disable submissions to keep students from attempting the work past a certain time period.
Did you change any information on the Schoology Assignment/Assessment after syncing with IC? This breaks the association and will create a new assignment in IC.
Check out the troubleshooting doc at the end of this article.
Are you still having trouble with your grade books? No problem, submit a help ticket to email@example.com and we'd be glad to assist you.
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