Schoology Software


 

Schoology is a CODiE award-winning learning management solution specializing in curriculum management, course instruction and system-wide resource sharing and collaboration.

Users can upload course content and assignments into the database to create their website, which is hosted by the vendor. From there, dynamic content creation tools and a rich text editor allows for the creation of content and lessons.

HTML and CSS tools are also available to keep lessons as visually simple or complex as desired. From the website, each student’s profile can be viewed to gauge progress. Color-coded workload thresholds will show if any students are overloaded.

Web-based with native apps for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, Schoology allows students and faculty to collaborate and learn from anywhere. From system-wide district announcements to messages with customizable roles and permissions, users can access only the tools they need.

Other capabilities include third-party software integration, student performance tracking, a system-wide grading scale setup, audio and video recording and advanced analytics and reporting.

Schoology is free to educators in K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities worldwide. An enterprise version is also available, with pricing varying per implementation.

 

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    Recent activity
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    Course materials
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    Course status updates
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    My resources
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    Android view
  • Schoology - Gradebook
    Gradebook
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

33 Reviews of Schoology

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from International House of Prayer University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 50 to 99 employees Employees number: 50 to 99 employees

Amazing all course organizer

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Everything in my course is done through schoology - from course notes to blogs to paper submissions to grading with comments to class rosters and on and on. The interface in setting up the course is exceptionally easy and user friendly.

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It is hard to get stuff set up so that students cannot use the 'Find' function to locate information on their open note quizzes and tests.

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Students find this program easy to use. It is also easy to make comments on students' papers, almost too easy. The learning curve to use this product is relatively quick.

 

from International House of Prayer University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 100 to 249 employees Employees number: 100 to 249 employees

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Great way to manage class, assignments, interaction and grades. Students, faculty and TAs can all be on the same page

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real-time conversation/ chatting tools is missing. I like everything else about it.

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find a person who can put together a training video

 

from International House of Prayer University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 250 to 499 employees Employees number: 250 to 499 employees

I've used Schoology both as a student and as an instructor.

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Schoology is likable to other social media platforms, in the sense that its easy and familiar to use/navigate, but unique in its focus on education. I like that schedules, assignments, and grading are all easy to navigate.

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I find uploading graphics/ videos aren't as simple as they could be. Schoology could also probably use a remodel soon as far as the overall look goes.

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If your course uses a lot of videos/ photos/ graphics, Schoology is a little impractical. It's strength lies in text/ written assignments, discussions, etc.

 

from International House of Prayer University (Online)
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 500 to 999 employees Employees number: 500 to 999 employees

Your students and faculty will actually use Schoology!

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Schoology offers both a free and enterprise (paid) version. Our school of 600 has been using the free version for 3 years and it is still working great! In talking with a Schoology rep, they mentioned that 80% of the functionality of Schoology is available for free. After going through the Schoology Enterprise demo, I would agree. The main things the free version lacks is in the area of custom branding, administrative permissions, high level analytics, video conferencing, various integrations, and open APIs. Each of our instructors sets up their own course and students can log in and take our courses from anywhere they have Internet. We have used Schoology in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. The free iPhone, iPad, and Android apps works great.

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The site occasionally cuts out due to maintenance and does not automatically refresh.

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I recommend evaluating different LMS's on the basis of four things: 1) faculty ease of use, 2) student engagement and ease of use, and 3) administrative permissions and analytic data, and 4) IT integrations with a student information system (SIS).

 

from Lancaster Bible College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 250 to 499 employees Employees number: 250 to 499 employees

Communicate, Question, Appreciate

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As a vendor, Schoology is top notch. I feel like the crew there is an extension of my immediate work group. Everyone at Support, our Account Manager, and especially their PD team are friendly and professional. I follow many of them on Twitter and we share ideas and thoughts on the product. I'm thankful for their responsiveness and their authenticity about not being able to do everything at all times, but to hear all concerns and appropriately triage them for the product's future.

The product is very clean and straightforward. I am a system administrator for our institution, so I am always poking around in the nitty gritty. I may be the sole user at our institution that uses as many aspects of Schoology as I do. From course level settings, to groups, to system wide, I am all over the product and I heartily give my approval. I can navigate through the product with ease and can easily lead others in doing the same. I support our faculty and students on using the product, so it's great to know when I point them to a feature that it will always look and operate the same. I might say that is the BEST part of the product: the uniformity. We previously used Moodle, and our setup was not uniform. Thankfully, Schoology is.

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The product is young and still catered towards the K12 environment. The language, the features, and the community of users are primarily K12. While that's not a big deal, it can often make community events or new features irrelevant to the higher ed environment.
The only other downside is that there are not many settings for students with special needs. It is often clunky to create workarounds to accommodate students who need more time in quizzes or struggle to access media content.

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Communicate, question, appreciate.
I overcommunicate and it's well received. Schoology values email correspondence and timeliness, so I know that if I have a need or situation that I can email and expect a response. I've even, in a crisis, had the privilege of exchanging personal numbers with my previous Account Manager so that I could connect with him throughout the situation and get real time updates. As a result of that, our emergency was handled in less than 24 hours.
As I communicate, I ask a lot of questions. About the future of the product, about how things work internally, about how to use Schoology to its greatest potential. All of my questions are graciously answered and respected. I am never turned away and get results.
Lastly, I make sure to always tell them how much I appreciate the work they are doing! We are using their product for our institution. I know what it means to have my work appreciated, so I try to treat the vendor according to the Golden Rule.

Following these three steps has made our relationship with Schoology really healthy and provided us a consistently professional and excellent experience.

 

from Cherry Creek Schools
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 2,500 to 4,999 employees Employees number: 2,500 to 4,999 employees

Great option for online, blended, and hybrid learning

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We've used several vendors for our Learning Management System (LMS), and Schoology has the most user-friendly and intuitive interface. As a vendor, they are very responsive to the needs of their users, from teachers to students to parents. The parent communication portion is also much better than other LMS's we've used.

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I think the calendar feature needs some updating. This is a relatively minor point and can be worked around, but I would like to see the ability to have a live ics feed imported into the existing calendars in Schoology as many districts or schools already have calendars in place that should be easier to integrate.

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I would recommend having users from varied experience levels and grade levels be included in the evaluation phase, if you are looking at a solution for multiple grade level bands that will be adopted readily by people with different levels of comfort using technology. In our case, we wanted a solution that could be readily adopted by all users and was flexible for different grade levels (K-12), so it was important to have those voices represented.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Schoology for High School

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Still learning about it, but like that it keeps everything in one spot - assignments, updates, calendars, etc. Easy for communication to many students.

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The learning process - no easy steps or outlines to help...like setting up tests. Big learning curve as to how to create them. And explanations are confusing. Easy step by step process would help for each type of question, etc.

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Practice as often as you can with the feature that you will use most, but get comfortable using all features as they are very important to evolve the teacher & make grading and feedback easier for a teacher.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

It is pretty good.

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It allows all of our classes to operate on the same platform which is nice for the students.

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While it is intuitive in many ways, there are so many ways to use it to organize information for classes sometimes students get lost.

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Consider how your classes are set up and if you will be having the same students in the same classes consecutive semesters or if you will want to set up courses per semester. This has been a frustration for me as a teacher.

 

from Minneapolis Public Schools
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

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This product was very user friendly for both teachers and students.

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It would have been nice to incorporate more functionality with turning in and grading student work.

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Look for ease of use and accessibility. Look for multiple platforms for discussion and sharing responses with others. Students should be able to see responses of the instructor and the other students in real time. Also look for methods of submitting and evaluating student work.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Special Ed Teacher Review

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It keeps families and students up to date/informed of assignments.

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Teacher use of the product is sometimes inconsistent, which causes confusion to parents/students and support staff.

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Be honest when providing feedback so the vendor can make meaningful updates/improvements.

 

from Lancaster Bible College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 250 to 499 employees Employees number: 250 to 499 employees

Excellent LMS for any sized institution

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What I like best about this LMS is three-fold. First, it is super mobile-friendly, and has an excellent app for all OS's. Second is that Schoology is intuitive. Our students and faculty have no problem learning and navigating the software. And third, the LMS is built for design! Our instructional designers can focus on working the the SMEs to design extraordinary courses and not ahve to work about being HTML experts.
What I like best about the vendor is their high level of personalized service.

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Its not really a "least," but Schoology was born in the K-12 world and functionality for higher ed is not as strong as it could be. But we have been thrilled with their responsiveness in incorporating our design suggestions.

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Make sure you know what you want in an LMS. While Schoology is extremely flexible and intuitive, it is not a "one size fits all answer." Make sure you know what you are looking for. Fortunately they have a free version for teachers to create courses at no cost or obligation, so you can experiment and explore most of the functionality that is available to the enterprise version. They also have a great deal of support material on their website, so learning how to create courses is a snap!

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

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The ease at which you can post files, documents, and import tests.
Can create tests of different varieties such as MC, Essay, Fill in the Space.
You can hide any folders and items within a couple clicks.
Able to move much of what existed on paper into a digital format.

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Can't do mass deletion of members. Have to go through and delete members one person at a time.

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There are multiple tools at your disposal for posting assignments, creating different types of tests, etc. Play around and get familiar with all the different features.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Never miss a thing!

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As a special education teacher, I help students stay on top of their class notes and assignments. Teachers and students can easily communicate with each other. Students can review class notes, lectures, powerpoints, videos, etc. and reprint missing assignments.

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Nothing. I haven't discovered anything I don't like about Schoology.

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Schoology is intuitive and easy to use. It's format is similar to Facebook, so most students already know their way around it.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Schoology for 5th & 6th graders.

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I love the fact that I no longer have to hear the excuse, "I lost the assignment". I download all of the assignments on Schoology so students have access to their assignments. Also, my students know if they are absent, they can get the assignment on Schoology and not fall behind in their work. I occasionally put Links from Khan Academy on my Schoology pages so students and parents can review the concept we covered in class. Schoology is a great classroom tool!

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I wish it was a little easier to get students signed up at the beginning of the school year. Sometimes it takes into October to fill in my class memberships.

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Sign up and play with it. I learned a lot just by experimenting.

 

from North Lakes academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 50 to 99 employees Employees number: 50 to 99 employees

has been great!

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Very easy to use and access! I am new to this and still navigating through it!

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Nothing so far from what I have been using and seeing.

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Making sure that each teacher understands and knows how to use all of the options of the software.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Very effective tool for a school-wide community!

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I like that it operates similar to Facebook. I also like that, since my staff is agreed to use it, we are uniformly able to refer students and parents to Schoology to get information from class.

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I would be interested to see how assessments and attendance could be used through Schoology, but those are components that only work if a school pays for a subscription

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It is effective if you have a community of teachers using the platform. Otherwise, it may be a bit obtuse.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Great Invention!

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This is such a great tool for educators and students. Students can no longer say they didn't know something was due, or that they left their homework at school. Students are able to log on and see everything that is due in the order it is due. If they forgot their sheets at school, they can print them off.

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There is nothing about Schoology that I have not liked at this point.

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This is a great program to keep teachers, students and parents informed. Keep it current and it will be your favorite tool.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

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Schoology is user friendly for students. It is similar to other formats they use daily.

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Sometimes cumbersome to navigate. Not a uniform way of entering information for each teacher.

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Make it easier for teachers to change classes at semester time or at the beginning of the year. Have an available code for staff to be able to access all of a school's classes.

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Great Resource for our Families

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Easy to use and a great resource to offer our families

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Sometimes hard for parents to learn new technology.

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Easy set up for parents if you hold their hands. The teachers love it, great way to communicate with students

 

from North Lakes Academy
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

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Schoology is easy to use and access for students & teachers to keep track of class content and upcoming assignments. I also enjoy having a board where updates can be posted by the students or the teacher.

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You are unable to un-enroll yourself from a class that you have accidentally signed up for or that you no longer want to be a part of. This gets especially difficult of frustrating if the person who is in charge of the class you enrolled in no longer uses Schoology and there is no way to contact them to get you off the list.

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You need to play around on it for yourself to fully appreciate what it is capable of. It is worth trying things different ways to see which works the best for you.

 
 
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