[Video] Using EdTech to Break Down Educational Silos
No school has to be an island. This is the message behind the Broome-Tioga BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services). And in the latest video from our Advance What's Possible campaign, you'll get a look at how this organization is connecting schools with Schoology and how two teachers are seeing some exciting results.
Broome-Tioga BOCES: Using Technology to Break Down Educational Silos & Connect Schools
Full Video Transcript
Dustin Andrus: My name is Dustin Andrus and I work at Broome-Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, New York. I work with 20 different school districts integrating technology more efficiently and effectively into classrooms, and I work with administrators on strategic planning of instructional technology initiatives.
BOCES is short for Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and what that does is basically it allows schools to come together to pool money together to pay for educational services. So we don't want our schools working in isolation from each other, but we're giving them a platform in which they can cross-collaborate.
And that's how we really talk about the value of Schoology and really talk about what is the impact in the region. And it's really this collective idea of being able to share ideas and connect schools that were not previously connected before.
Rachel Murat: My name is Rachel Murat. I am a teacher and tech integrator at Maine-Endwell High School. I currently teach AP government and politics, which is a college-level class, economics, U.S. history, digital citizenship, and a Google suite course.
I use Schoology for all of my classes every single day. That is how they access everything that we're doing in class. That's how they know what it is they're responsible for, it's on the calendar. That is where their online assessments are, that's where their digital formative assessments are housed so that they can link to them.
Rick Bray: My name is Rick Bray and I am an instructional technology specialist with Broome-Tioga BOCES. So my classroom before Schoology was an absolute mess. I had resources and materials everywhere, and I had to try to make them all. What Schoology allowed me to do was to take all those resources and put them in one place for my students, so they only had to go one place to look, which saved me a lot of time in my classroom, and a lot of frustration.
The other thing is it allowed me to connect with other educators, look at the resources that they created, and use those in my classroom, maybe tweak them if I need to, but through that sharing process, I gained a deeper understanding of what was happening, and I think that everyone in the process made a better result.
So I think Schoology does add a lot of value to classrooms in the sense that it simplifies a lot of things for me. The value that it brought to my life was in terms of organization. I didn't have to deal with trying to figure out where to put things and, "Well it has to go here, and it has to go there." It only went in Schoology.
Rachel Murat: No more is there, "Well I was out for three days." I'm not at school today, but there is no learning that hasn't stopped today. They are just able to go through. They have the expectations in there, they have the embedded videos, they have the formative assessments.
Actually, while we were sitting there, I was watching the formative assessment data roll in, and I was able to send comments to myself about, this needs to happen or this needs to happen. I've identified their gaps in understanding because of them putting them in online and I can then track that and I can close those gaps before the test, because the test then becomes an autopsy.
If I find out what's wrong then, it's way too late. And so, the kids have said to me, "It's like you're in my brain and you know what I don't know." And that's the whole point of being able to access that information and Schoology is the avenue through which I do all of that.