Coach - Swimming and Diving coach, Mrs. Berleman, uses Schoology to share up-to-the-minute results and statistics with her competitors and their parents. Since Schoology can be synced up with Twitter, Facebook, and Remind, people that are part of her Pirate Swim Group, have several choices for receiving team information in real-time. “My girls, and their parents, appreciate having a direct line of communication with our coaches. Family and study time is precious, so parents and competitors appreciate how we are able to “flip” parent meetings, provide permission forms electronically, and share announcements through our Schoology updates and discussion board. Some results can be shared publicly, and other pieces of information can be kept private. I like how School gives me control over the visibility of our communication.”
Parent - Colleen, a mother of two PHS students, has Schoology bookmarked in her web browser. She uses Schoology to see what’s happening in her sons’ classes. She can also monitor their attendance and academic progress in real-time. “Having this kind of access through Schoology allows me to have better conversations, and be more helpful to my teenage sons when it comes to their work in the classroom. I can see their contributions to class discussion boards, and I can also see scores and teacher comments on their school work.”
Administrator - Assistant Principal, Mr. Alther, appreciates the data provided by Schoology’s analytics pages. In addition to usage statistics, analytics can illustrate progress on standards-aligned assessments in the Mastery menu. This information is invaluable to professional learning teams who are working to improve instruction. “Schoology has contributed to the learning of all of our stakeholders. Last year, we gamified our professional development using Schoology as the professional learning platform. We were able differentiate and personalize the activities. Teachers were able to learn collaboratively, and also at their own pace. Evidence of professional growth was acknowledged with digital badges and team points. Schoology made it easy to track our progress, communicate progress towards objectives, and celebrate our learning.”
About the Author: Although schools have been his focal point for fifty years, Robert Schuetz has been employed as an educator for nearly a quarter century. A National Board Certified Teacher, Bob has spent the past twelve years as Technology Coordinator for Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois, U.S.A. Bob’s wife Natalie is a 2nd grade teacher, and they have four school-age children. Robert’s passions include personal wellness, sports, music, and travel. He is a proponent of self-directed learning supported through socially connected networks. When Bob isn’t tending to the responsibilities of family or work, he enjoys contributing to learning through his blog, “Nocking the Arrow”.