Getting Started with Schoology
Ready to get started with Schoology, our learning management system? Here are some resources to help you dive right in.
What is Schoology?
Schoology is a learning management system designed to make it easy for K-12 teachers to interact with their students online. As our 4th-12th grades approach 1:1 Chromebook adoption, Schoology provides a central platform where students can access learning materials for all of their courses from any device. Teachers can post assignments, give quizzes, facilitate collaborative discussions, and give students feedback using Schoology's intuitive interface. Students can see upcoming due dates, submit Google Docs to teachers for grading, and connect with their teachers and peers in a safe online learning environment.
How do I get there?
We have our own Schoology domain from which RFSD teachers and students can access Schoology. Go to http://rfschools.schoology.com and you will be prompted to log in with your rfschools Gmail credentials (the same email address and password you use for work/school). The first time you log in, you will be prompted to click 'Allow' or 'Accept' to login with your Google credentials; go ahead and allow that connection, and you won't have to do that part again.
There's also a link to our Schoology domain from every RFSD school website; look for the little "S" icon on the left side of any school's website, click it, and you'll be redirected to rfschools.schoology.com. This is an easy way for students to access Schoology from home.
How do I get started?
Start by clicking on one of your courses in the Courses drop-down menu at the top. Then click "Add Materials" to add files, links, quizzes, or whatever you want to share with your students.
- Getting Started on Schoology- For Instructors is a nice resource to familiarize you with Schoology's interface and main features.
- Note: You do not need to create courses or add students; all of your courses and rosters are imported from Infinite Campus every night.
Using Google Docs in Schoology is easy once you've connected your Google Drive account to your Schoology account. The videos below demonstrate how to connect your accounts and start importing documents from Google Drive for the first time:
- How teachers create a Schoology assignment based on a Google Doc. (click here to view)
- How students submit a Google Doc as an assignment in Schoology (click here to view)
I hope you will dive in and start clicking around in your Schoology courses soon! I will provide frequent tips on this blog and in the staff newsletter throughout the year, and I'll be in every school to help teachers
More support resources:
- The Schoology Blog is a great way to get started and stay up to date on new features.
- I'm offering Schoology 101 (for beginners) and 102 (for advanced users) during the 1st Quarter Thursday Academy, a .5 credit course that meets from 4:15-5:45pm on Sept 17 and Oct 1, 15, and 29 in Carbondale. Click here to register.
- And as always, email Ben Bohmfalk to get personalized support for yourself, your team, or your whole faculty.