Sunday, September 18, 2016

What does it mean to be an American?

This was the prompt for this past week's blog writing.  I always get amazing answers from my middle schoolers.  One question and one image.  It was up to them to share what this one question meant to them.  (Image used from Morguefile.)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Schoology Basics - Viewing the Gradebook

This is the last tutorial in this course Schoology Basics.  Students are able to view their grades at each individual assignment and/or view all their grades in one glance in their gradebook.  This is an awesome tool for students to have available for immediate feedback.  It becomes more of an issue when the students upload their assignment and one second later, they ask "Ms., what did I get on my assignment?"  I have to calmly remind them that just because they submitted a minute ago, does not mean I can grade it within that one minute.  They crack me up with their optimism!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Schoology Basics - Sharing Links

More difficult than uploading a document, is the sharing of links of assignments students have completed.  Students are asked to work on presentation software other than Microsoft Power Point which is provided on their desktops.  Students become familiar with Prezi, Emaze, Powtoon, etc.  All these are free and simple presentation software that are used to complete assignments.  In order for students to share some of these presentations, they have to share the link so we can view it and then grade it.  This is a different process then uploading a document.  This process is always the one that has to be reviewed the most; students have trouble remembering all the steps.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Schoology Basics - Uploading a Document

One of the hardest things for students to learn in the beginning is how to upload a document into Schoology.  It takes several assignments of practice before it becomes second nature.  But once they learn, they become efficient in turning in their assignments!  This task is easily transferred to learning how to send email attachments.  Some teachers are requesting students send them documents through email, so this is a very similar process.  Most kids are able to figure it out without needing instruction because of the similarity to what is being done through Schoology.  That's when I know that using this learning management system is working not only in my classroom, but is benefiting the students elsewhere.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Schoology Basics - Differentiating between Updates, Events & Assignments

One of the questions that gets asked at the beginning of the semester when it comes to Schoology and the students, is "What do I do with "Honor Roll Celebration?"  I tell the students, "You don't do anything.  It's just an event I posted to let you know what's coming up."  This video will show the differences of what each has to offer.  I really make sure the students understand the differences and why each is unique.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Schoology Basics - Pre-Test

I created a Schoology Basics tutorial course with several objectives covered.  To determine the need for this instructional solution, I created a simple pre-test.  The students were asked to take a simple test to assess how much they knew of the learning management system.  For this assignment, I had access to only eight students.  Three out of the eight students passed with a 70 or above.  The following is a screen recording of the test the students took.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Schoology Basics...Learning in the Classroom

Schoology Basics will be a tutorial for my 8th grade students.  I am sharing the Home page to the site that will hold several tutorials along with two assessments.  I will share the rest of the pages as I am completing them.  If anybody is reading this, please leave me a comment to let me know if this is something that you could use in your classroom.  I am willing to give you access through schoology as a schoology assignment(s).