Who says social networking has to be all about trading party pics and spreading juicy gossip? A new web-app called Schoology certainly doesn’t think that way. Although Schoology is based on a platform that resembles a social network, the similarities with Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter really stop there. Billed as a sort of digital classroom for the high-tech age, Schoology offers teachers, administrators, students, and parents a way to create, complete, and turn in all types of schoolwork online.
The way that you use Schoology will depend on whether you’re a teacher, an administrator, a parent, or a student. For all types of educators, Schoology offers an easy registration process that lets you create an account, upload a photo, add profile details, and enter your course information in just a matter of minutes. Schoology lets teachers and administrators determine their own privacy settings, allowing individuals to decide for themselves which online users can see their personal information and which cannot. Once you get going with Schoology, you’ll want to create course pages for each of the classes that you teach, and then start inviting students to join in. Each course gets its own hub page – similar to a Facebook Group – where participants can leave updates, read comments, and find important announcements. Teachers can create assignments, quizzes, and discussions for each of their courses, allowing students to learn and interact even when they are not in the classroom.
Not only does Schoology offer teachers and administrators a way to communicate with their students online, but the application also offers a number of gradebook and attendance features that makes it easy for educators to stay organized. As a school’s presence on Schoology grows, its administrators can also set up group workspaces for academic departments, clubs, and sports teams. With a mobile app in the works, there seems to be no limit to the possibilities with an application like Schoology.
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