Schoology is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for Modesto City Schools.
- WHAT IS A LMS?
For those not familiar with what it is used for, here’s a little background on it. Our students and teachers have had access to a variety of online tools to create word processing files, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets and more for several years now. What was lacking was a workflow delivery system that would allow teachers to distribute these online assignments, collect them, grade them and return them to the students electronically. Schoology allows this to happen all within one easy-to-access system. Schoology was implemented at the beginning of this school year (2014-15) at all of the high schools. Grades K-8 were set up to pilot the program in early January.
- HOW IS IT ACCESSED?
Students and teachers login using any browser or computer system, from home or school, with their MCS login (this is called single sign on or SSO).
They can see assignments coming up, can download, complete and submit back, all from the same website. Teachers can collect, review, comment on grade and return them back to the students. These grades can then be synced with the push of a button up to the PowerTeacher gradebook. Parents can also login and see all of their students’ calendars and assignments from one login, no matter how many students and school sites they are at.
As was mentioned above, students and teachers only use one login to access calendars, assignments and turn in homework. No need to learn multiple usernames and passwords. There is no need for third party drop-boxes or complicated collection processes. Students can submit assignments, get feedback from their teacher, make corrections and re-submit, all from one website. Students can see immediately when a teacher has graded an assignment and that score can appear in the PowerTeacher gradebook with the click of a button. The skills learned by the students as they interact with the teacher electronically will be a huge benefit when they go to college or get a career with any large company that depends on electronic file collaboration. In G230 alone, they have cut paper and ink costs by at least 66% since implementing it.
- SCHOOLOGY: MORE THAN A LMS
School sites and curriculum departments are just now discovering the collaboration potential Schoology offers through its Groups and Resources features. Resources and lesson plans can easily be stored and shared with colleagues. LAUSD heard about our program and contacted the District to learn more about how we have implemented Schoology both in the classroom and in departmental groups.
- ANALYTICS – DISTRICT-WIDE USEAGE FOR 2014/15
- Schoology Website Visits – 578,074
- Schoology Webpage Views – 4,643,124
- Assignment Submissions – 192,170
- Files Uploaded – 141,255
- ANALYTICS – DISTRICT-WIDE USEAGE FOR 2015/16
- Schoology Website Visits – 924,737
- Schoology Webpage Views – 7,484,001
- Assignment Submissions – 308,926
- Files Uploaded – 251,198