Tech Tutorials – Creating a Course in Schoology
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Schoology recently revamped its design. In this post, I will explore some of the changes and document my navigation through creating a course and exploring a few features.
The home screen when you first log in is cleanly laid out. Here you have options to complete common tasks such as adding assignments, messages, events, and updates.
Looking at the left side of the page, you will see that other frequently-used links are available. To view/create courses, click the courses link. The courses page looks like this:
Navigation is simple, and the locations of different tools and tasks are prominently displayed.
Let’s go through the process of creating a new course. To do so, click on the ‘Create Course’ button towards the right-hand side.
The next screen is where you create information about your course.
After your course is created, you have the ability to change some settings. The options that are available to you depend on the course’s visibility. If you allow it to be visible to other Schoology users or to everyone, then you have the additional options of allowing certain aspects of the course to be visible. This gives you complete control over the privacy of your course, and you can pick whatever works for your situation. In my course, I prefer to keep everything private to my school, so I will leave these settings alone.
Save your settings to bring you to the course homeroom screen.
Your new course will appear here. Now you need to get some students into your section. Click on the section name to bring you to the main course screen.
One of the major changes implemented with Schoology’s redesign in August of 2010 was that teachers were no longer able to create student accounts. Instead, students need to create their own accounts and join the course with the access code.
When students are added, members will be visible on the section’s home screen.
Using the drop-down menu to create an assignment, there are different options you can choose. Assignments are given a due date as well as the option of being graded or ungraded. This is what my first assignment screen looked like.
When we click on Assignment analytics, we can get detailed information about how often the assignment is being viewed.
This is only scratching the surface of what you can do with Schoology. I am taking a new approach to my reading instruction using this site, and I’m looking forward to getting into the features more as I use this tool. I will be sure to document my experiences with this tool to see how it can be used in an elementary classroom.
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