Tech Tip Tuesday: Bring Schoology and Google Together

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Google Drive works within Schoology. Unfortunately, many of our students do not know this and when they try to submit a Google Doc or slide, it doesn’t submit correctly, often showing some HTML coding or script. Once they figure out the correct way, they can submit their work right from their Google Drive. And you as their teacher can upload/attach/embed Google files to your Schoology assignments. Here is how you and your students can sync Google Drive to Schoology.

First, at the top of your Schoology window select the “Apps” –> “App Center.” Locate the Google Drive Resource App –> click on it –> then “Install Resource App” –> “Add to my resources”. Google Drive should open a pop-up window asking for permission to access your account/drive. This is ok as Schoology and Google need to sync across each other’s interface. Allow this!

Whichever app(s) you installed should now show up under “resources” –> “apps”. Select “Google Drive” (if not already opened) and the right column should now open with all of your folders and/or files from your Google Drive. From this you can: open a file or folder that you want (which opens it in Google Drive on the web), create a new folder/doc/sheet/slide/drawing, or import the document as a file or link (to do this place the check next to the document you want to select and the “import” button will appear next to “add resources.” These are the same steps you want your students to follow if you want them to sync their Google Drive accounts to their Schoology.

Next, to have students submit work from their Google Drive simply have them click “submit” in your assignment –> “resources” –> “apps” –> “Google Drive” –> select the file they want by placing a check in the box next to the file –> then “import” –>
“import file.”

Pro Tip: When creating an assignment in Schoology, don’t just insert the link or attach a file, instead, embed it! If it is in your Google Drive simply create an assignment as usual but then click the “insert content” button –> “Google Drive” –> check the file you want to embed –> “import” –> “import embed.”

Hope this helps!

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Self-Paced Mastery Learning with Schoology

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One of the biggest advantage of using an LMS like Schoology, is the ability to create differentiated self-paced learning lessons/units for your students. With Schoology’s “Student Completion” feature, you can create a lesson or unit plan that essentially walks the students through at their own pace, and monitors what they learn by setting “completion settings” that students must abide to for true MASTERY LEARNING.

To set this up in Schoology, simply create your lesson or unit plan. (TIP, there should be a natural progression of ideas here that link together. Consider designing your lesson or unit around BLOOMS. Once it is set and you have everything in your Schoology course/folder follow these steps:

  • Go into the folder –> Click “options” –> click “Student completion” –> Add each assignment you created in the order you want them to appear, from top to bottom –> next to each assignment select a “mastery/completion setting” –> Check “requirements must be completed in sequential order” at the top –> then click SAVE at the bottom.

You have now designed your own self-paced learning activity/lesson in Schoology to really personalize the experience for your students and open you up to make rounds to each student in your classroom, checking in, and building those relationships!

If you want to try this hands-on with me or work together to create your self-paced lesson/unit, please reach out to me.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Having Issues Using Schoology with Safari or Firefox?

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Recently, a handful of teachers have come to me about issues with Schoology when using Safari or Firefox. One of them being embedded content (like a Google Doc or Slide presentation) not loading properly or just getting empty content. Here is an example of one of the Schoology PD modules:

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The image above shows an error in Schoology with an embedded Google Doc that is not loading properly. When you get this you can click the little box and arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and it will open a new tab to the Google Doc. However, this shouldn’t have to be done.

The way around this is quite simple. Simply make sure you re logged into your Google account! To do this, just go to gmail.com –> login with your school account. Then reload the page or navigate to the Schoology page you are trying to access. Once you do that, this is what it will look like:

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Notice the embedded Google Doc that can you interact with right within Schoology. Simple and effective. So if you or your students ever have this issue, just make sure they are logged into their school Google account.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Utilize Turnitin With Schoology

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If you haven’t already taken advantage of the Turnitin app within Schoology, here is a quick “how-to” to get started:

What is it? 

A plagiarism detection tool to ensure academic integrity. It will give you an overall summary of originality score as well as percentages of what was pulled/taken from what site.

To get started, go create an assignment as you normally would by selecting “add materials”. From here select “add file/link/external tool” –> “external tool”.

In the window that opens, select Turnitin from the “tool provider” drop-down menu. Give the assignment a name/title, then check the grading box to open the submenu. From here you can set the point value, due date, and category. Once complete, scroll down and select “submit”.

Once the assignment is created, find it within the class stream and click on the title. The Turnitin LTI app will open. Click “settings” to modify anything on the Turnitin side. Make sure the “start date” and “due date” match what you set on the Schoology end. You can also establish a feedback release date if you would like. Next, make sure you enter your instructions. These are the instructions your students will see when they access this assignment.

A few extras . . . open the “optional settings” to be able to modify or allow for things such as late submissions, enable grammar checker, exclude resources, or allow students to view the similarity report. Once you are finished, click “submit” at the bottom. The Turnitin assignment will save. You can now go back to your main course screen and everything will be set for your students to begin submitting work. Make sure your assignment is “active” and allowing submissions. Once students complete their submissions, you’ll be able to click on the assignment to open all student submissions and view the similarity reports for each.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Create Flipped Videos Within Schoology Using ScreenCast-O

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Have you checked out Schoology’s App Center? It is constantly being updated with new, integrated apps that work streamlined within Schoology. To go there click “home’ –> “app center” –> then scroll through the list to locate the various apps the at are available to be integrated within Schoology. Some require a cost or require a premium license from the company tool. Some, however, are free, and pretty neat.

Check out the app Screencast-O-matic. This is PERFECT for creating flipped lessons/screencasts/video tutorials/ mini lessons right from within Schoology. To install it find it in the list –> click on it –> “click install LTI app” –> then check off the courses you want to add it do. Next, open one of your courses that you just installed it to. Once on the course click on the “screencast-O-matic” tool on the left navigation. The tool should load. If it doesn’t, but you get a gray window, click on the gray window and a popup should occur. Use your Google account from the school district to activate.

The tool will download an extension to your computer and ask for permission to your camera. Allow this. Once everything it set, you’ll need to refresh the screen and the tool should load with the Screencast-O-matic window. To get started, click on the “+ New Recording” button –> “Open Screen Recorder Launcher” on the next popup. The tool will load on your desktop and activate the recorder feature.

From here, set your parameters for recording. You can select if you want to record the screen, just your webcam (facetime-esque), or both (which creates a flipped video with your video in the lower right corner of the screen). Adjust the screen size you want to record by dragging the sides of the screen, then click on the red “record” button. The recording will begin and you can stop when necessary.

From here, you can edit and modify the video you created. When you are all set, create a new “material”/ “assignment”. In the editing window click on the “insert” button, then select Screencast-O-matic from the right side and it will load all videos you have created. Pretty neat and so simple!

Hope this helps and reach out for more assistance if you need it!