Good to know: All preconference sessions take place Sunday, July 23rd, and are a separate add-on to your regular NEXT conference ticket.


Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics

8:30a-11:30a
Presenters: Sarah Viner & Carrie Richards
**Schoology 101 is a prerequisite session for all other preconference sessions if you have little to no Schoology experience.

Session Description

This workshop is appropriate for instructors, or anyone else using Schoology who wants to gain a basic, overall understanding of the platform. Participants in this session will learn the basics of Courses, Course Materials, and Resources. A snapshot of Groups and the Schoology Gradebook is also covered. Attendees will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to begin using Schoology with students.

Objectives:

  • Create Schoology materials for student use.
  • Collect and evaluate student work.
  • Manage Resources.
  • Set up a basic Schoology Gradebook.
  • Create groups for communication.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • System Administrator
  • Organizational Leader
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Instructional Support
  • Lead Instructors
  • Instructors

Building and Sharing Curriculum in Schoology

8:30a-11:30a
Presenters: Katie Eck & Joe Vassallo
*Prerequisite: Attendees must have Schoology logins and a basic understanding of navigating the Schoology platform and course facilitation.

Session Description

This session is designed for your organization’s curriculum or content-development team. Participants will experience the many facets of the content-building and management tools within the Schoology platform. In addition to covering Schoology Course Resources, this workshop provides an in-depth focus on how to build and organize a strategic curriculum repository, align content to learning objectives, and share content with instructors.

Objectives:

  • Develop both interactive and informational resources.
  • Organize curricular resources into folders and collections making use of tags, alignments, and more.
  • Manage Groups and organize Resources support the sharing of curricular resources.
  • Populate courses using shared resources.
  • Apply basic instructional-design practices while building content.
  • Incorporate Google Drive or Office 365 documents into your resources.
Who Should Attend?
More Info
  • Organizational Leader
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Instructional Support
  • Lead Instructors
  • Instructors

Learning & Leading With Schoology

8:30a-11:30a
Presenters: Kelly Ady & Lori Collier
*Prerequisite: Attendees must hav Schoology logins and a basic understanding of navigating the Schoology platform.

Session Description

This session is designed for individuals who are using Schoology in a leadership position within their organization, including principals, assistant principals, curriculum specialists, and more. Participants will engage in both web and mobile versions of the platform to learn the tips and tricks to help foster leadership and promote and support the use of Schoology across the organization.

Objectives:

  • Create Schoology best practices across the organization.
  • Develop communication methods to maintain a connection with staff and community.
  • Establish Groups for staff collaboration.
  • Create courses for ongoing, job-embedded professional development.
  • Explore options for observation & evaluation of classroom practice.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • System Administrator
  • Organizational Leader
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Lead Instructor

Igniting Creative Problem Solvers Through Immersive Learning Challenges! Breakout EDU Style!

8:30a-11:30a
Presenters: Jen Jonson & Gina Hartman
*Prerequisite: Attendance in “Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics” or attendees must have an intermediate understanding of creating Materials and Course facilitation. This session is targeted to intermediate and advanced Schoology users.

Session Description

Want to add some elements of gamification, critical thinking, and problem solving to your Schoology Courses to increase learner interest and motivation? Schoology can serve as both the kit and the management tool for creating Breakout EDU challenges for your students or adult learners. Come experience a digital Breakout EDU challenge built in Schoology, and learn how to leverage Schoology tools to build and create a similar immersive learning activity.

Objectives:

  • Participate in an immersive learning challenge with a collaborative group.
  • Analyze gamification elements and best practices for building digital Breakout EDUs in Schoology.
  • Understand how to use all Schoology features to create and facilitate immersive learning tasks and add gamified elements to learning activities.
  • Construct a plan with a collaborative group for creating immersive learning activities using Schoology tools.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • Organizational Leaders
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Professional Development Leader
  • Instructors
  • Instructional Support

Creating Engaging Assessments in Schoology

1:00p-4:00p
Presenters: Lori Collier & Joe Vassallo
*Prerequisite: Attendance in “Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics,” or attendees must have Schoology logins and a basic understanding of navigating the Schoology platform and course facilitation.

Session Description

Participants will explore strategies to create robust assessment opportunities using a variety of course materials. Attendees will create multiple assessments, including formative and summative. Join us in this engaging session to elevate your assessment practices using the Schoology platform.

Objectives:

  • Explore options for formative assessment within Schoology.
  • Review available Test/Quiz settings.
  • Enhance assessments using automatic feedback.
  • Incorporate audio/visual resources.
  • Create and share Question Banks.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Instructional Support
  • Lead Instructors
  • Instructors

Transforming Adult Learning and Professional Development Through Schoology

1:00p-4:00p
Presenters: Gina Hartman & Katie Eck
*Prerequisite: Attendance in “Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics” or attendees must have an intermediate understanding of navigating the Schoology platform and course building and facilitation.

Session Description

Participants will dig into research-based best practices for working with adult learners (andragogy research) and use the Schoology platform to begin creating professional learning opportunities for educators. Example courses will be shared and attendees will have hands-on work time to build materials in Schoology.

Objectives:

  • Analyze andragogy research and best practices regarding adult learning and discuss how this can impact content creation and blended-learning strategies.
  • Compare and contrast professional learning examples built in Schoology.
  • Create interactive and engaging digital content utilizing Schoology features that is targeted to adult learners.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • Organizational Leader
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Instructional Support
  • Lead Instructors
  • Instructors

It's Elementary, Dear Watson: Using Schoology in the PK-5 Classroom

1:00p-4:00p
Presenters: Sarah Viner & Carrie Richards
*Prerequisite: Attendance in “Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics,” or attendees must have Schoology logins and a basic understanding of navigating the Schoology platform and course building and facilitation.

Session Description

Participants in this hands-on workshop will experience Schoology through the lens of our youngest learners, PK-5th grade students. We will explore the many options Schoology offers for station management, individual work, and whole group instruction. The presenters will share Schoology’s best practices for course setup, sharing elementary resources, differentiated instruction, and more! Join us for an inspiring session to learn what our youngest learners are capable of when we expose them to Schoology!

Objectives:

  • Use the Schoology A/V Tool to enhance instruction and accommodate diverse learning styles.
  • Develop strategies for using Schoology in all major disciplines.
  • Create Schoology stations for individual and small group work.
  • Evaluate the use of Discussions, Media Albums, Assignments, and the Schoology Test/Quiz feature for use in the elementary classroom.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • Instructional Support
  • Lead Instructors

Supporting Schoology as a System Administrator

1:00p-4:00p
Presenters: Alison Love & Kellie Ady
*Prerequisite: Attendance in “Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics,” or attendees must have Schoology logins and a basic understanding of navigating the Schoology platform.

Session Description

This session will focus on the nuts & bolts of the administrative side of the Schoology management console. Take a deeper dive into best practices for system setup, permissions, roles, and integrations with existing systems. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of managing the Schoology platform for their organization, and a plan for managing various system admin tasks throughout the year.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of various roles in Schoology, including how and when to create custom roles in the system.
  • Conduct an audit of Schoology permissions, with detailed explanations of what various permissions do and their impact on user functionality.
  • Learn Tips & Tricks to streamline workflows for System Administrators.
  • Explore LTI & API, including customization and possibilities for integrating Schoology with other systems.
  • Design a “maintenance” plan for ongoing management and support of the system, either for a single admin or an admin team.
Who Should Attend? More Info
  • System Administrator
  • Organizational Leader
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Instructional Support
  • Principal

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