Introducing our 2015 Schoology Ambassadors

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Bridget Heaton

Social and Advocacy Manager

Introducing our 2015 Schoology Ambassadors

Posted in Schoology | April 17, 2015

 

The Schoology Community Team is excited to announce the beta launch of the Schoology Ambassador Program. Our first “Beta Class” of Ambassadors consists of nearly 20 educators who will pilot the program from March-July 2015. Through their participation and feedback, we will fine tune the program for an official launch in the 2015-2016 academic year.

What is a Schoology Ambassador?

A Schoology Ambassador is an active and engaged user of Schoology that has proven they are a leader in our community of educators. They are an experienced Schoology user who is passionate not only about education, but about what they have accomplished in their classrooms, schools, districts, and/or campuses with Schoology. To become a Schoology Ambassador, an educator must:

  • actively use the platform
  • share knowledge and resources with the community
  • find interesting ways to use Schoology
  • be a vocal advocate of educational technology
  • apply to/speak at events about how they use Schoology
  • actively comment/mention Schoology on their personal blog or social media accounts

Seventeen educators that exemplify these characteristics have been selected to help beta test the program. We're sure that you will be as impressed with them as we are! So, if you see the following educators on the Schoology Blog, on social media, or in Schoology Public Groups, don’t be afraid to say hello and ask them questions or advice on Schoology best practices. They are experts after all.

Meet Our Beta Class of Schoology Ambassadors

Kellie Ady | @kellie80

District Instructional Technology Coordinator
Cherry Creek School District, Colorado
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution? 

“We do all of our Professional Development courses and Professional Learning Communities in Schoology at a district level.”


 

Will Deyamport | @iamDrWill 

District Instructional Technologist
Hattiesburg Public School District, Mississippi
Schoology User for 0-1 year

What’s your favorite aspect about using Schoology?

“The workflow of using Resources to develop a 'digital filing cabinet,' where teachers can work collaboratively to curate materials. This is needed when making the transition to digital, and getting teachers in the mindset of working together to share lesson plans, best practices, etc.”


 

Thomas Gavin | @tomgavin

District Curriculum Lead-Technology
Colonial School District, Delaware
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“How much time do we have? 1. Online Professional Development courses; 2. Sharing district curriculum in groups.”


 

Kristie Burk | @KristieLBurk

Cyber Coordinator
Downingtown Area School District, Pennsylvania
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“We are using Schoology to run our entire blended learning program of 450 students.”


 

Brian Green | @AhaNetworkTeam

Online Learning Specialist
Falcon School District 49, Colorado
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“We offer blended learning and lesson planning on Schoology to better involve parents and advisors and the quiz tool for PARCC-like online testing. We also use Schoology for a lot of our Professional Development in District 49 and for teacher/leader collaboration.” 


 

Cory Klinge | @MrKlinge

Ed Tech Specialist 
School District of River Falls, Wisconsin
Schoology User for 1-3 years

What’s your favorite aspect about using Schoology?

“The flexibility of it, and the open API. We have been able to customize our program to meet our needs due to these features.”


 

Michael League | @mikeleague

Instructional Technology Specialist
Indian River School District, Delaware
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“I support two high schools using Schoology with approximately 2,500 students. I collaborate with teachers to design learning activities that integrate video, discussions, and collaborative tools like Google Apps (integrated with Schoology). A recent example would be the projectile motion lab I helped facilitate with a Physics teacher.”


 

Nichole Carter | @MrsCarterHLA

Teacher and Technology Coach
Neil Armstrong Middle School, Forest Grove School District, Oregon
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“...Another piece that I am very excited about is the ability to connect with other classrooms. I have recently been in contact with another teacher through Schoology that teaches in Australia and we are working on a way to get the students to connect and work together. We are all very excited about this development!”


 

Matthew McArthur | @mattamcarthur

Virtual School Facilitator
Aldine ISD, Texas
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“It's easy to get other educators excited about implementing it in their classroom...I currently use it for my virtual school courses and creating/delivering professional development district-wide.” 


 

Matt Montagne | @mjmontagne

Director of Technology
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, California
Schoology User for 3+ years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“On the co-curricular (e.g., clubs, student life activities, etc.) side of things, we have hundreds of active groups that are used to facilitate sharing and communications. For courses, we have 100% of our faculty using Schoology on a regular basis for fostering meaningful learning experiences. We also have over 2400 active parent accounts—so parents get a meaningful window in the learning environment in a way that simply isn't possible otherwise.” 


 

Tim Scholefield | @timscholefield

Director of Technology Services
Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District, California
Schoology User for 1-3 years

What’s your favorite aspect about using Schoology?

“The collaboration via Schoology is where we find the most value added. I don't always get the opportunity to walk through classrooms and visit sites but with Schoology I can take virtual walks to find students and teachers sharing ideas, creating media rich projects/presentations, and being able to do so from their classroom to other classrooms across our district and abroad.”


 

Smita Kolhatkar | @SKolhatkar

Educational Technology TOSA
Barron Park/Palo Alto Unified, California
Schoology User for 3+ years

What’s your favorite aspect about using Schoology?

“If I absolutely had to pick one, the collaboration aspect, the community it builds, whether amongst students, staff, or between the two parties. It helps people share in a safe environment, especially elementary aged students. Another close runner up would be the media albums—how to upload and share in a safe forum from any device, how they can be stored over the years in terms of student work, photos, videos, any media of relevance.”


 

Robert Schuetz | @robert_schuetz

Technology Coordinator
Palatine High School - Township HS District 211, Illinois
Schoology User for 3+ years

What’s your favorite aspect about using Schoology?

“I am currently working with the Beta version of Schoology Portfolios. This is a complete game-changer! I believe all learners should have a digital canvas to display and share their learning. I see the existing power of Schoology's learning communities becoming even stronger when learners begin communicating and collaborating supported by Portfolios.”


 

Keith Sorensen | @keithosorensen

Technology Coordinator
Fremd High School, Illinois
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“This week I am assigning 2,700 students to their counselors in the advisor/advisee role. The counselors think this is the cat's meow by having the ability to see a student's workload, schedule, and even activities and sports schedules.”


 

Erin Mayer | @Erinsmayer

Teacher
Oberon Middle School, Colorado
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“My Schoology 7th grade science course is problem-based, self-paced, and differentiated. Students determine what they will do each day when they come to science class using their Schoology unit folders as a guide. They must demonstrate mastery of concepts prior to moving on to the next concept. How they demonstrate mastery varies from student to student. Students use Schoology to collaborate on tasks, publish their thinking and their work, and revisit and revise their work to demonstrate their true, comprehensive understandings. Using their Schoology course as a home base, they tackle real world issues as they make meaning of important science concepts and develop critical skills such as communication and collaboration.”


 

Chris Vincent

Director of Educational Technology
International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“Our entire community of parents, students, and teachers are members of the environment. Throughout the Primary School we have parent groups associated with each class. These groups are used to inform parents of the learning and activities associated with the class and to promote communication between parents...We are using groups to support the many co-curricular activities that we run at the school.”


 

Joe Young | @Jyoung1219

5th Grade Teacher and Tech Lead
Palo Alto Unified School District, California
Schoology User for 1-3 years

How do you use Schoology in your classroom or institution?

“My students use Schoology on a daily basis through my flipped and blended learning models of instruction and through homework discussions on 'lifeskills.' This year I've gotten more involved with the quizzes and tests feature. This has definitely helped my students and me go paperless. Embedding Google Forms for my daily reading log within Schoology has helped collect data, continue to go paperless, and ease my students' process of recording their reading. With my institution, I have shared resources, tips, videos, and tutorials with the various groups I'm a part of. Having the theme-based and school-based groups have really helped with communicating with colleagues and professional contacts.”


If you think you have what it takes to be a Schoology Ambassador, we'd love for you to apply to our program. Applications will be open starting this summer.

We want to give a BIG thanks to all of our current Schoology Ambassadors for being such prominent leaders in our community. Your students, your peers, and your biggest fans (us!) are grateful to have you here.

Congratulations, Schoology Ambassadors of 2015!

Stay tuned here on the blog for more information on how to apply for the Schoology Ambassador Program this summer. Questions? Reach out to marketing@schoology.com.

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