What's Next? Find Out from Some of the Schoology Community's Top Innovators

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Dylan Rodgers

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What's Next? Find Out from Some of the Schoology Community's Top Innovators

Posted in Schoology | May 25, 2016

What's next in education? It's hard not to ask that question while looking at all the changes sweeping this industry. At the crossroads of education and creativity, some of the Schoology Community's greatest innovators are pushing teaching and learning forward. Luckily for the rest of us, they are sharing their insights in the "What's Next?" track of breakout sessions at NEXT 2016, our user conference.

Whether it’s gamifying a lesson plan, expertly utilizing all the free resources on the Internet, or customizing lessons with code, these breakout sessions will give you a look at the fresh ideas that these educators are using to transform education as we know it.

Below are the details for the What's Next 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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important.png To learn more about NEXT and find out how to register, visit https://www.schoologynext.com/


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Leveling Up: Using Schoology to Gamify Your Instruction and Engage Your Students

Presenter:

Beth Box is a middle and high school teacher in Okeechobee County, Florida. She has been teaching for seven years and enjoys discovering innovative ways to use technology to engage her students with her content.

Session Description:

We try so hard to get our students invested in school, but little of what we do mirrors the world our students live in. They are surrounded by technology and games every day. What happens when we bring a little of that world into our classrooms? Incorporating gaming principles into your curriculum will reinvigorate your instruction, engage your students, and change the entire climate of your classroom.

"Have you ever gotten so absorbed in a game that you completely lose track of time or experienced that rush you get when you FINALLY beat a ridiculously hard level? Don't you wish you could get your students that excited about your classwork? There's no reason your class can't be just as exciting and engaging to your students as their favorite video game. In this session you will learn about the amazing parallels between video game design and good instruction and learn how you can use Schoology to reinvigorate your teaching!" - Beth Box

What You'll Learn:

  • Understand the principles of gamification and how they apply to classroom instruction 
  • Walk away with a blueprint for gamifying your own course content

Who Should Attend:

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


Top ^

Top Strategies for Sifting, Synthesizing, and Curating Free Digital Content Like a Pro

Presenter:

Fran Kompar is a library media services coordinator, a K-12 professional learning specialist, curriculum developer, Schoology ambassador, certified in Google Apps and Nearpod, and is leading efforts to innovate the school library.

Session Description:

Content is key when it comes to succeeding in a blended learning classroom. The right online text, video or multimedia clip guides self-directed student learning. As teachers begin integrating resources into their blended learning courses, the art of curation, especially open educational resources, can make the difference between an excellent, interactive lesson and the equivalent of a digital worksheet. Expert curation means aggregating, sifting, and selecting the best resources. Learn the strategies to maximize the use of free, online content—then hire your library media specialist to help support you.

What You'll Learn:

  • A Digital Materials Selection Procedure
  • A step-by-step guide on mashing up services to curate content
  • Time to apply skills and browse, sift, sort, synthesize and curate content for one unit
  • Practice using tagging in Schoology to add to resources
  • A workshop-in-a-box for library media specialists who want to turnkey training for their teachers

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, Instructors, 101, K-12, Higher Education


Top ^

Taking it Personally with Schoology

Presenter:

Robert  Schuetz is a National Board Certified Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. A Schoology Ambassador, Bob was named Educator of the Year by Schoology in 2015. His reflections and contributions to learning can be found at his blog, Nocking the Arrow, at rtschuetz.net/.

Session Description:

In this session, we'll look at ways to create innovative ways to increase engagement and empowerment through the usage of Schoology. Based upon research from David White and Stephen Downes, attendees will learn the benefits of creating personal learning centers in a web-connected world. Attendees will come to learn that Schoology, an adaptive and evolving cloud-based learning platform, can be more than a learning management system (LMS)—it can evolve into an individual's personal learning center. We will discuss and illustrate ways Schoology supports personal learning and discuss how this insight can be transferred to learners in their schools and classrooms.

"There's been plenty of recent discussion about learning spaces and how they impact communication, engagement, collaboration, and so on. But what about our digital learning places? When was the last time you thought about where you go on the web to engage in learning activities? You, a member of this exploration team, will map your internet use, discuss the relevance of your charts, and share discoveries with other explorers. Schoologists, we will also map our Schoology use to solve the mystery, "How can we use Schoology to unlock our personal learning?" So pack your whip and your fedora, it's an expedition you won't want to miss!" - Robert Schuetz

What You'll Learn:

Become immersed in active, engaging learning experiences that offer personal learning insight, as well as, strategies for classroom implementation:

  • ISTE-T.2 Develop digital age learning experiences 
  • ISTE-T.3 Model digital age learning
  • ISTE-T.4 Promote digital responsibility
  • ISTE-T.5 Engage in professional growth

You'll also:

  • Gain an understanding of using Schoology as a platform for personal learning through reflection and Internet mapping. (ISTE-T.3 Digital learning)
  • Leave with at least two engaging strategies for gaining insight into learner preferences when using Schoology. (ISTE-T.1 Inspire Student Learning)
  • Be able to contrast digital literacy and digital fluency. (ISTE-T.1 Facilitate Student Learning, ISTE-T.5 Engage in Professional Learning)

Who Should Attend:

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


Top ^

From Consumer to Creator: Developing Apps for Schoology Using the API

Presenter:

As a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and IT professional, Adriaan van der Bergh has lead innovation in technology and pedagogy within schools in South Africa, Thailand, South Korea, and Germany.

Session Description:

One of Schoology's most often overlooked features is the App Platform and Developer API. In this session, I will talk about how I went from a user of Schoology to an app developer. I will share the methods, tools, and learning resources that turned me from a teacher into a developer in just under a year.

“Schoology is more than a learning management system; it’s an integrated educational platform. Did you know that Schoology provides you access to a powerful and well documented API that allows you to add almost any functionality you can think of? I hope my story can inspire to make a leap from consumer to creator on the Schoology platform.” - Adriaan van der Bergh   

What You'll Learn:

  • Understand the Schoology Developer Platform and API
  • Learn what the Schoology API can and can't do
  • Learn tips on how to get started on developing a Schoology app

Who Should Attend:

System Administrator, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, Instructors

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Those are the sessions in our What's Next category for NEXT. You can see all the sessions on our conference website. Check out our Leadership and Integrating Technology sessions, along with our other tracks right here on the blog. There are more coming soon.

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