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Frequently Asked Questions - Schoology

    • What is Schoology?
      • Schoology is an online learning management system (LMS) adopted by Saint Paul Public Schools.

     

    • What is a learning management system (LMS) and why do we need one?
      • A learning management system (LMS) is an online tool that helps teachers, students and families organize and share information about instruction and learning. This system will help us use our iPads more efficiently and effectively. Schoology also makes it easy for parents to stay involved in their children’s education.

     

    • What does Schoology do?
      • Teachers use Schoology to:
        • Post classroom materials online
        • Provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects
        • Assign and collect homework electronically.
        • Provide students with feedback on their work.
        • Collaborate with other teachers to share resources and improve instruction
      • Students use Schoology to:
        • Access to documents, assignments, announcements, calendar events and updates from teachers, advisors, and administrators.
        • Communicate with teachers and peers about assignments and class discussions.
      • Parents use Schoology to:
        • Access your child’s classes
        • Keep track of your child’s upcoming assignments.
        • See school and class announcements.

     

    • What is the timeline for implementing Schoology in SPPS?
      • Fall 2015  Schoology piloted in selected schools
      • February 2016 Pilot extended to all secondary teachers and students have access to Schoology, use is optional
      • August 2016 District online Professional Development moves to Schoology
      • June 2016 All elementary teachers have access to Schoology
      • September 6, 2016 Parents provided Schoology access with new parent/guardian usernames and passwords
      • School year 2016-17: Pilot program extended as an option to all elementary teachers and students.
      • 2017-18:
        • Deepen implementation
        • Migrate secondary assignment grading to Schoology
        • Establish Elementary model sites, develop sample lessons, resources, parent communications
        • Use School and Course updates to enhance communications

      

    • Where do I go to log in to my guardian Schoology account?

     

    • Where do I go for help with my log in?
      • Contact your child’s school office for parent/guardian username and password help.
    • What are the expectations for using Schoology in 2016-17?
      • This is a transition year in the implementation of Schoology. You will find that Schoology use will vary amongst your child’s teachers.
        • Some secondary teachers will use Schoology for all their courses and assignment grading.
        • Other secondary teachers will be exploring this new tool and doing their grading using the previous tool, Campus.
        • Elementary teachers may use Schoology with their students or with other educators for communications and professional learning.
        • SPPS online professional development is moving to Schoology.

     

    • When should I start using my guardian Schoology account?
      • Schoology is available now for guardians and students.
      • Use of Schoology in the 2016-17 school year has been optional on a per-class basis.
      • Teachers or schools using Schoology have informed students and families how to use Schoology in this limited basis.

     

    • What will I see in my student’s Schoology account?
      • You will see all of your child’s courses when you log in to Schoology. 2016-2017 is a transition year, so the information entered for each course will vary. For some middle and high school courses, you may see all your child’s assignments. For others, you will be able to monitor your child’s work through Campus instead of Schoology. Most elementary sites  will not use Schoology to record assignments this year.

     

    • How do I know if my child’s assignments and grades are posted in Schoology or Campus?
      • Teachers and schools will inform parents if Schoology is being used for assignments and day-to-day grading in a particular class.  
      • For secondary sites, all mid-quarter progress marks and final grades are posted in Campus.
      • Elementary sites are not currently using the gradebook option in Schoology or Campus.

     

    • Who can send and receive messages through Schoology?
      • At this time in SPPS, staff may post messages (Updates) to their classes as a whole. Both students and parents have access to these messages. Parents will also receive email notifications from Schoology of these updates as long as their personal email has been shared with SPPS.
      • Only staff can send and receive private messages in Schoology.

     

    • What are the benefits of Schoology from a student’s point of view?
      • Students can engage in a variety of activities, such as submitting homework assignments, viewing calendar events, reviewing grades, participating in interactive discussions, receiving announcements and feedback, taking assessments and writing academic blogs.
      • Students can submit assignments directly from their Google Drive, as well as many other apps on their iPads.
      • Schoology is a safe way for students to practice working in a collaborative environment, which they will experience in college and the workplace.

     

    • What are the benefits of Schoology from a parent’s point of view?
      • Parent accounts are linked to student accounts, allowing parents/guardians to see all information posted by school staff who are working with their child(ren).
      • Parents can see assignment submissions, download copies of classroom materials, and access grades for anything that is graded in Schoology.
      • Parents can subscribe to the calendar RSS feed to keep track of their student’s assignments, etc.

     

    • What are the benefits of Schoology from a teacher’s point of view?
      • Teachers can provide feedback and comment on assignments that have been submitted within Schoology and return those assignments to the student electronically.
      • Teachers can grade and assess students consistently with Schoology’s system-wide grading scale setup.
      • Assessments can be created, taken and graded using Schoology, and quickly adjust the teaching of lessons and assignments based on their students’ performance on the assessment.
      • Schoology allows teachers to easily record audio and video directly from their device, and then use the media within discussions, assignments, or any other area.
      • Instructors are able to import files directly from Google Drive, Dropbox and other sources into their Schoology resource area and transfer or link to those into a desired course.
      • Teachers can share resources through “groups” for collaboration.
      • Teachers have access to district curriculum and resources within Schoology. Teachers will be able to submit resources they have created to district leads for vetting and addition to the pool content area group resources.
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