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Schoology: A Platform for a Collaborative Grading Program By: Michael Sheu
Purpose <ul><li>To create a mobile communication platform. </li></ul><ul><li>To keep parents, students, and teachers aware...
Associated Literature <ul><li>Albion, P. R. (2010): to build communities of practice who are action-oriented with other au...
Associated Literature <ul><li>Mathern, M. S. (2009): opens lines of communication from the stakeholders and can lead to ot...
Rationale <ul><li>Grading systems have begun to evolve to be more of a social tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: EZ Grade P...
What? Why <ul><li>Schoology is an online grading system in which the teacher and anyone with access to the course can mani...
How? https://www.schoology.com/home.php
<ul><li>Go to:  https://www.schoology.com/home.php </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own account using an active email address...
Implications for Educators <ul><li>Professional developments: understanding how vital keeping an open line of communicatio...
Future  <ul><li>This is the future!  People live in social environments and on the go.  Educators need to understand that ...
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) <ul><li>Governance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade book policies. </li></ul>...
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Professional Development: this is a power-point for a professional development I am giving my Resident teachers about the usefulness of online grading systems. Particularly, Schoology.

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  1. 1. Schoology: A Platform for a Collaborative Grading Program By: Michael Sheu
  2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>To create a mobile communication platform. </li></ul><ul><li>To keep parents, students, and teachers aware of the class’s progress. </li></ul><ul><li>To be socially constructed for enhanced ownership. </li></ul><ul><li>To be data aware and data driven </li></ul>
  3. 3. Associated Literature <ul><li>Albion, P. R. (2010): to build communities of practice who are action-oriented with other audience members. </li></ul><ul><li>Craig, E. M. (2007): to create learning environments where the content is managed by other members. </li></ul><ul><li>Folger, P. (2009): to redefine what grading policies look like and how they are developed with a social identity. Remember the students who are associated with the grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Geddes, D. (2010): data-driven students are only as good as the feedback they receive. Students must have access to their progress in real-time. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Associated Literature <ul><li>Mathern, M. S. (2009): opens lines of communication from the stakeholders and can lead to other insights which influence student achievement such as their home life or social factors. </li></ul><ul><li>Minocha, S. (2009): individual ownership which benefits the community as a hole. This in turn leads to an increase in intrinsic motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>Valance, M., Towndrow, P. A., Wiz, C. (2010). Online collaborative tools make the users accountable for creating and sustaining a collaborative environment. This is the variable which makes social tools work and evolve. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rationale <ul><li>Grading systems have begun to evolve to be more of a social tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: EZ Grade Pro (Individual/non-mobile), ISIS (Individual/mobile). </li></ul><ul><li>With the introduction of Schoology and other similar online grading platforms (Engrade), students and parents can become actively involved in the structure and direction of the grading system. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What? Why <ul><li>Schoology is an online grading system in which the teacher and anyone with access to the course can manipulate the contents of the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers: can build the site to include a grading system, post announcements, look at student progress through multiple data tools, post assignments such as handouts and other web links, and contact students/parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Students: can access the page 24/7, look up past, present and future assignments, access handouts from home, can analyze their progress along with their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents: can keep track of their child’s progress, communicate with the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone: Can give inputs into how assignments can be given, important dates to keep in mind and students can even create a discussion page about assignments in which anyone can give assistance to. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How? https://www.schoology.com/home.php
  8. 8. <ul><li>Go to: https://www.schoology.com/home.php </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own account using an active email address. </li></ul><ul><li>PLAY! Just click and go, this website is awesome because it is very user-friendly and there are also tutorials. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind your audience! This is a social grading system. Remember who will be seeing this webpage and what they (students, parents) will be doing with it. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the many screencasts about online grading systems such as youtube.com. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Implications for Educators <ul><li>Professional developments: understanding how vital keeping an open line of communication with parents is concerning their children’s progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Platform: Schoology creates a platform which forces the educator to think about their audience and how they will respond/react to it. This makes the teacher a progressive learner of their own grading system and subsequently, their beliefs and practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership: creates a medium for ownership and accountability of the students. They now have more access to their assignments and their progress. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Future <ul><li>This is the future! People live in social environments and on the go. Educators need to understand that communication of grades and allowing the audience a voice in the direction of the class is important. Not only can students collaborate on these online grading sites, but they can also give real-time inputs into how the teacher and class in general are doing. It is a learning tool in every sense! </li></ul>
  11. 11. National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) <ul><li>Governance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade book policies. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Curriculum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pacing plans through online discussion boards. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online communication of grading policies, actions etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and workshops on navigation of web tools. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How is technology being utilized to enhance the learning experience of students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental use of online grading books. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for teacher leadership to be actively involved in grant writing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability of technology responsibilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefit of all students including: ELL, students with disabilities etc. </li></ul></ul>

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