The Inside Scoop: The "Inside Schoology" Sessions for NEXT 2016

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

The Inside Scoop: The "Inside Schoology" Sessions for NEXT 2016

Posted in Schoology | June 08, 2016

The breakout sessions at Schoology NEXT, our annual user conference, may be led primarily by stellar community members, but we can't let you have all the fun. That's why we have the Inside Schoology sessions—so we can join the conversation and share our expertise about our platform's best practices, inner workings, and upcoming new features.

Below are the details for the Inside Schoology sessions this year. The list is long, so check them out by using the links below to jump down and the links labled "Top ^" to jump back up.

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* To learn more about NEXT and find out how to register, visit https://www.schoologynext.com/


Top ^

Schoology Ninja Battle

Presenters:

Gina Hartman, Learning and Innovation Manager, Schoology
Lori Collier, Senior Professional Development Specialist, Schoology.

Session Description:

The Schoology Ninja battle is ready to strike! In this rapid fire session, members of the Schoology PD team and Schoology Ambassadors will show you some of their favorite tips and tricks to ninja-fy the way you are utilizing Schoology. Don't miss out on this fun and energetic session, as they battle it out to become the next Schoology Grandmaster!

What You'll Learn:

  • Collaborate with Schoology leaders while understanding their favorite features
  • Discuss new uses for tried and true features
  • Develop a list of favorite features to share with your instructors
  • How to set up grade books using the grading system you want to use, whether category, percentage or weighting

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Using External Tools within Schoology

Presenters:

Peter Keating, Business Development Analyst, Schoology
Alison Love, Implementation Specialist, Schoology

Session Description:

Within Schoology there is a Material type called File/Link/External Tool, but just what is an External Tool? Schoology’s External Tool feature is used to set up LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integrations, which allow users to access web-based resources within Schoology. This session explores what you need to do to configure an integration for a product that is LTI-compatible, how to configure it, and finally takes a look at how it works within a course for instructors.

What You'll Learn:

  • Discuss why LTI resources can be a valuable addition to your Schoology environment.
  • Understand what questions to ask your resource provider to see if External Tools is an option.
  • Review the steps for configuring LTI resources to gain an understanding of what information is needed.
  • Learn how to use External Tools in courses.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, and Curriculum Developers


Top ^

Thinking Outside of the Box When Supporting Your Schoology Users

Presenters:

Alison Love, Implementation Specialist, Schoology
Katie Eck, Professional Development Specialist, Schoology

Session Description:

Schoology is often labeled as a quick-to-learn, easy-to-use tool for instructors and students. But, sometimes your staff may not see it that way, especially if they are new to Schoology or using technology in the classroom. Supporting your staff goes beyond just fixing technical issues. It involves ongoing product education focused on engaging students in Schoology courses. Spend time with some of our Schoology team members to explore different avenues of communication and support that go beyond the traditional email or support ticket. Learn ways to empower and celebrate your early adopters to provide additional support to your whole organization.

What You'll Learn:

  • Discuss the benefits of using Groups to support teams of staff members.
  • Create a Schoology Resource App for collecting information.
  • Develop a plan for not only supporting your staff, but continually expanding their knowledge of Schoology.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, and Instructional Support


Top ^

Hitting the Target: Instructional Design for Schoology

Presenters:

Bradley Kemp, Senior Instructional Designer, Schoology
Julianne Treadwell, Instructional Designer, Schoology

Session Description:

Learn how create a project plan specifically designed for the unique challenges of course development. From initial needs analysis to final deployment, this session provides techniques and take-aways to enhance your own practices. This session is particularly geared towards collaborative development teams.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn how Instructional Design models like ADDIE, Dick & Carey, Bloom, and SAM can improve your development cycle.
  • Learn how Agile methods improve flexibility and project management once development begins.
  • Use Google Sheets and charts to plan and track course development progress.
  • Incorporate useful Schoology tricks to visualize the development process. Plan your deployment, feedback, and update cycle when courses are completed.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, and Instructional Support


Top ^

Elevate Student Achievement Through Assessment & Proficiency Management

Presenters:

Scott Kozic, Director of Product Management, Schoology
Devin Kani, Senior Product Manager, Schoology

Session Description:

Learn more about how Schoology's new Assessment Management System will allow organizations to centrally create, distribute and and conduct Managed Assessments and analyze the results using our new Proficiency reporting dashboards. We'll provide insights into what's coming next as we look towards the future of competency based education and how we're helping organizations improve student outcomes.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn about how Schoology's new Assessment Management System can help your organization elevate achievement
  • Get insights into the future direction of Schoology's assessment and reporting platforms
  • Please Note: this session is focused on product vision and roadmap

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

It Takes a Village—Learn About Ways It’s Getting Easier to Connect Schoology With the Tools & Content You Need

Presenters:

Jonathan Berg, Director of Product Management, Schoology
Jorge Zunigas, Senior Product Manager, Schoology

Session Description:

Learn how we’re enhancing the Schoology experience so you spend less time connecting and configuring, and more time on planning and delivering great education. We’ll share details on how we’re enhancing the App Center experience with a lot more apps, our commitment to IMS Global Standards, and the enhanced options we now have for you integrate with your data from other systems.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn about how recent updates to the App Center and enhanced data exchange methods are better connecting Schoology with the tools and content you need
  • Learn about how Schoology's partnership with and adoption of IMS Global Standards provides value for educators and learners

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

The Future of Mobile Learning with Schoology

Presenter:

Andrew Lee, Director of Product Management, Schoology

Session Description:

Learn about our latest release of Offline Access for Course Materials and get a view into our upcoming product roadmap for mobile. Get insight into the new way we are approaching the mobile experience and find out more about our plans to upgrade the user experience across our apps.

What You'll Learn:

  • Learn about the recent release of Offline Access for Course Materials, get insights into upcoming improvements, and see how your feedback has helped
  • Learn about the future direction of the mobile experience

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Strengthen Rigor and Relevance Using Schoology

Presenters:

Gina Hartman, Learning and Innovation Manager, Schoology
Bradley Kemp, Senior Instructional Designer, Schoology

Session Description:

The summer is a great time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t over the last school year. What could you do differently to extend the thinking of your students? Dr. Ruben Puentedura has designed a model to help educators reflect and integrate technology in more rigorous and relevant ways to redefine learning for students. In this session, participants will become familiar with Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model and see examples of utilizing Schoology at each level. Participants will also be challenged to let their creative sides run wild as they develop a plan to Modify and Redefine some of their current Schoology lessons or build new ones.

What You'll Learn:

  • Evaluate lessons and determine what level they align to in the SAMR Technology Integration model.
  • Create authentic, engaging activities and assessments that are aligned to the SAMR Model.
  • Redesign Schoology course materials in order to reach the Modification and Redefinition levels in the SAMR Model.
  • Enhance your list of sites, software packages, and apps that support various curricular objectives.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Harnessing the Power of Schoology to Strengthen the Home-to-School Connection

Presenter:

Sandy Sundine, Professional Development Specialist, Schoology
Gina Hartman, Learning and Innovation Manager, Schoology

Session Description:

Research shows that when families are involved in a child’s education, test scores are higher, attendance is better, and students have a more positive attitude. Dr. Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University has developed a framework that outlines six different types of parent involvement. This framework can assist educators in developing or strengthening school and family partnership programs. In this session, participants will become familiar with Dr. Epstein’s framework and collaboratively devise ideas for developing school and family partnership programs harnessing the power of Schoology.

What You'll Learn:

  • Discuss and begin to recognize Epstein’s research-based types of parent involvement.
  • Develop connections between Epsteins’ Six Types of Parent Involvement and the ways Schoology can enhance these home to school partnerships.
  • Examine and brainstorm examples for utilizing Schoology with parents or guardians.
  • Create an informal action plan to take your new learning back to your organization to share or implement.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Reaching the Youngest Learners Through Schoology

Presenter:

Sandy Sundine, Professional Development Specialist, Schoology
Jill Lenihan, Professional Development Manager, Schoology

Session Description:

Schoology is a great tool for middle and high school students, but why stop there? There are a lot of exciting features in the product that you can use to reach the youngest learners in your organization, too. Join members of the Schoology PD team as they demonstrate simple and straightforward workflows, various strategies for incorporating audio/visual content, suggestions for communicating with parents, ideas for centers and small group work, and more!

What You'll Learn:

  • Create content in Schoology appropriate for learners in grades K-2.
  • Develop strategies for reaching parents of elementary students.
  • Learn tips for using Schoology in centers, small group, and whole group instruction.

Who Should Attend:

Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Combining Schoology with Google Apps to Improve Learning and Collaboration

Presenters:

Katie Eck, Senior Professional Development Specialist, Schoology
Joseph Vassallo, Professional Development Specialist, Schoology

Session Description:

Google, Google, Google! Learn how to merge the power of Google with the versatility of Schoology. Participants will learn how both instructors and students can easily access live Google content from anywhere in the Schoology platform. We will look at using Google Drive (in both the web and IOS versions) to create assignments and collect student work that results in a paperless, organized workflow. In addition, learn how to embed Google Presentations and Forms to enhance your instruction.

What You'll Learn:

  • Install and Connect the Google Drive Resource App in Schoology.
  • Understand the workflow of moving Google content to Courses and Resource Collections from Schoology Resources.
  • Create, edit, and delete Google files from within Schoology.
  • Collect student work created in Google Apps and grade both live and static versions.
  • Embed Google Forms, Slides, Docs, and more into the Schoology Rich Text Editor.

Who Should Attend:

System Administrators, Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

One Hour for Schoology Training—Help!

Presenters:

Lisa Rudge, Director of Professional Development, Schoology
Julianne Treadwell, Instructional Designer, Schoology

Session Description:

How many people have been in the situation where your administrator says, “Hey we have some time - can you spend an hour with the instructors on that new Schoology program we have?” Sometimes this happens when first starting to use the system; other times it happens after the system has been in place for a while. Learn the tried-and-true way to deliver Schoology training to your staff with a minimal amount of time. We will discuss training tips and tricks in face-to-face, remote, and online self-paced training situations. Sample materials will be provided, and participants should come prepared to develop a continuing education plan for Schoology.

What You'll Learn:

  • Develop an effective one-hour Schoology training.
  • Discover best practices for delivering any Schoology training.
  • Create hands-on activities and checks for understanding to complement any Schoology training session.
  • Develop a plan for continuing education around the Schoology platform.

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, and Lead Instructors


Top ^

Schoology Portfolios—Showcasing Student and Instructor Work

Presenter:

Sandy Sundine, Professional Development Specialist, Schoology

Session Description:

Saving and showcasing student work. It’s over here, it’s over there, but is it ever in one place? Schoology Portfolios provide a single location for students to save and highlight their best work, show progress from year to year, and even create their capstone project for college admission or entry into the workforce.

As educators, our lives revolve around our students: planning, grading, counseling, mentoring; but we also need to save and highlight our own achievements. Coursework and projects are necessary to complete continuing education requirements. Utilize Schoology Portfolios to showcase professional accomplishments and share as evidence during the recertification process.

During this hands-on session you will create your own portfolio and share it with other session attendees, as well as discuss different ideas for portfolio use in your classroom and professional life.

What You'll Learn:

  • Discuss the benefits of using Portfolios in education.
  • Create, edit, and share Portfolios in Schoology.
  • Develop a plan for using Schoology Portfolios in the upcoming academic year.

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Exploring Schoology’s Managed Assessment Solution

Presenter:

Lori Collier, Senior Professional Development Specialist, Schoology
Katie Eck, Senior Professional Development Specialist, Schoology
Kelsey Collins, Associate Product Marketing Manager, Schoology

Session Description:

Assessments are a powerful tool used to inform instruction and increase student performance. Schoology’s new assessment solution allows educators to create teams to collaboratively develop formative and summative assessments, and then to distribute them to multiple course sections. You can then compare the data across the course, grade level, or district. Join Schoology Product and PD team members for this hands-on session, and be the first to experience this exciting new platform.

What You'll Learn:

  • Be a student—take a Schoology Assessment.
  • Build a Assessment Question Bank.
  • Deliver an Assessment to multiple Courses/Students.
  • Analyze Assessment Data.

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, and Instructional Support

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Those are the sessions in our Inside Schoology category for NEXT. You can see all the sessions on our conference website. Make sure to check out our LeadershipIntegrating TechnologyWhat's Next?; and Mobile, 1:1, and BYOD sessions.

See you in Miami!

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