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Nov 18, 15

Ideas on where to start with Schoology:

Language Arts:
Articles of the Week: Create a discussion board where students must link to their article, summarize they key points, and give their opinions on the article.  Then require students to respond to at least two students.
Make sure you go over proper discussion board posts and responses prior!
Create Literature Circles: In Schoology you can create groups based on the books that students choose.  This will then allow you to assign assignments directly related to their books to those specific students.
Create Assignments: That students must go through, at their own pace, on items like grammar, or parts of speech.  You can set up folders within Schoology that requires them to either earn a specific grade or submit an assignment before being able to move on.
Lab Report: After students participate in a lab and write up their report have then submit it in Schoology.  Even further, you can create a template for them to use the first couple of times they write a lab report so they understand what it should look like.
Simulations: There are millions of science simulations that you can link or embed within Schoology.  This opens the door to labs that we may not be able to have in school due to safety or lack of materials.
Discussion Boards: Use the discussion boards as way to bring in real life examples of science material that you are currently studying with your students.  Anytime we can connect the material to something that actually occurs can be very powerful motivator.
Problems of the Week: Put the problems of the week on Schoology and have students work through the problems on paper (yes, I said paper).  They then can take a picture of it and submit the image in Schoology.  This allows you to go through all of the problems, makes comments, and return it to the students all electronically.
Real-life Scenarios: Use the discussion board as a way to bring real life mathematical problems in to the classroom.  They can work in groups or as individuals to try to solve the problem using what they are currently learning.
Math Tutorials: Create math tutorials right in Schoology that students can use to help them if they need reminders on solving types of problems.  You can also record your lectures and put them on Schoology and then use the class time to work on example problems (either in groups or individually).  This is more of flipped approach, but could be very powerful in a math classroom.
Social Studies: 
Current Events: post current event topics that are going on throughout the world.  Have them discuss them within a discussion board and ask them to relate it to the current topic you are talking about.
Video Notes: Create a video of the lecture.  Put the video within Schoology as an assignment and then ask the students to submit their notes of the video within Schoology so you can ensure that they watched the video and understand the material.
Jigsaw Projects: There is never enough time to get through all of history!  Give a group of students a topic that they will need to research.  Create a discussion board where the students will post a link or embed in their Google Presentation on the topic.  Students will then be required to go in and view their classmates Google Presentation to get the information on the topic.  Now you have group of "experts" on the topic and can use them throughout the chapter or unit.
Physical Education:
Articles of the Week: Have students find articles on physical fitness, nutrition, or the current sport you are teaching about.  They can link the article and then write a summary on the article in a discussion board.
How-to Videos: Create videos (using an iPad) on how to correctly shoot a basket, or throw a ball, etc.  Post those videos on Schoology (link or embedding) and that way they are there for students to view.
Lecture/Notes: Post all lecture and notes on Schoology for students to view.  This leaves more time to participate in the sport or for in class projects (Health classes).  Essentially this is very close to flipping the classroom.
Record Practice: You can have students record their practices and submit them within Schoology (as long as a student has a device that can record like a iPod, iPad, smart-phones, etc.).
Assessing Examples: Post examples of a song or an accompaniment and have students score the example pointing out key things that were done well or maybe even poorly.  This could help them start to recognize their own mistakes in order to fix them.
Record Performances: They you can create discussion boards per group (percussion, alto's, etc) for them to review their performances as a group to come up with an idea on how they can improve for their next performance.
I know I did not give examples for all of the classes that we have available to our students.  However, if you are wanting some examples specific to your classroom please contact Rekke or myself and we can sit down and brainstorm together.  Our biggest ally through this digital conversion is our colleagues who are in the trenches with us!  "

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