Friday, October 30, 2015

Schoology as a Communication Tool

Communicating through Schoology can create timely and actionable information for students, parents and support teachers. Paying attention to three details can mean the difference between fielding follow up requests for information or not. This post highlights those three key steps...

Step One - Use the Assignment Tool
If it's an assignment, meaning you expect the kids to do something and then will provide feedback based on that activity, then use the assignment tool under materials. This automatically will create an entry in the grade book, and if you're using online assignments, provides a place to give feedback. 

Step Two - Titles Matter
Write titles that a parent can understand. When students are worried about getting work done, or are trying to avoid work they can be quite convincing. Helping a parent can be as simple as making the title make sense outside of your classroom.

Pro-Tip - Come up with a consistent naming protocol and communicate that process.

Step Three - Don't Skip those Descriptions
Most information worth sharing to the kids have details attached. You've written in SMART Notebook, the top of the assignments or some other way. You include the objectives, learning targets etc... Copy and paste those into the description field. Adding key information that you normally share in class will help the out of class support.

It takes practice and a little bit of front end effort, but if you're building your Schoology presence so you can reuse your courses and enhance the content year after year, ultimately it will save time in construction, but so important - it will limit phone calls and emails for follow up.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post... The naming protocol is helpful not only to students and parents, but also to other teachers who are using Schoology to assist students not in their class, via the Advisee section.