Preconference Agenda

Good to know: All preconference sessions take place Sunday, July 15th, and are a separate add-on to your regular NEXT conference ticket.
Devices Required For Preconference Participants: All attendees should bring a laptop to the sessions and make sure they have access to their Schoology account before you come to the session!
Earn Graduate Credit: NEXT attendees will have an opportunity to earn graduate credit for their participation in both the preconference and regular conference. More details about the graduate credit will be posted later in the spring. To earn graduate credit for preconference sessions, you must attend both a morning and afternoon preconference session.

Schoology 101: Getting Started with the Basics

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: Basic

Session Description:

This workshop is appropriate for instructors, or anyone else using Schoology who wants to gain a foundational understanding of courses. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to create both informational and interactive materials. They will also understand how students submit work to them and how they can grade that work. An overview of the Schoology gradebook will be covered, including initial settings and managing grades. Attendees will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to begin using Schoology with students.

*Attendees can bring their new ideas to life and start creating content in Schoology by registering for the Create + Connect Workshop in the afternoon.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Create Schoology materials for student use.
  • Collect and evaluate student work.
  • Set up a basic Schoology Gradebook.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer
  • Coaches: Digital Age Learning Environments

Building and Sharing Curriculum in Schoology

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: Intermediate
*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 Group 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.

*Attendees can bring their new ideas to life and start creating content in Schoology by registering for the Create + Connect Workshop in the afternoon.

Expected Outcomes:

  • 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.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer
  • Coaches: Visionary Leadership & Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Administrators: Visionary Leadership & Digital Age Learning Culture

Igniting Creative Problem Solving through Digital Learning Challenges

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Carmen Marty, Schoology Learning and Innovation Specialist
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

Increase learner interest and motivation by adding elements of gamification, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving to your Schoology Courses. Schoology can serve as the management and creation tool for building engaging thinking challenges for your students or adult learners. In this session you will participate in a digital, out of the box thinking experience built in Schoology and learn how to leverage Schoology tools to build and create a similar immersive learning activity. Participants will leave this session with a comprehensive list of resources and a planning guide to help you get started!

*Attendees can bring their new ideas to life and start creating content in Schoology by registering for the Create + Connect Workshop in the afternoon.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Participate in an immersive learning challenge with a collaborative group.
  • Analyze gamification elements and best practices for building creative thinking puzzles in Schoology.
  • Understand how to use Schoology features to create and facilitate immersive learning tasks and add gamified elements to course activities.
  • Construct a plan for creating immersive learning activities using Schoology tools.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer & Facilitator
  • Coaches: Digital Age Learning Environments

Digital Leadership: Powerful Professional Learning Practices Using Digital Tools

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Gina Hartman, Schoology Learning and Innovation Manager
Presenter: Jon Courtney, Instructional Technology Specialist, Lee’s Summit School District, MO
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

Discover how to transform the professional development in your organization by harnessing the power of Schoology to design virtual, blended and on-site offerings. In this session, participants will examine research-based best practices for working with adult learners (Andragogy vs Pedagogy) and discuss the significance this could have when designing and facilitating professional learning for adults. A variety of examples built in Schoology from educators around the U.S. will be shared, and participants will be encouraged to share their powerful professional learning ideas in this collaborative session!

*Attendees can bring their new ideas to life and start creating content in Schoology by registering for the Create + Connect Workshop in the afternoon.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Examine adult learning principles and research (Andragogy) while reflecting on the impact this has when designing professional learning for adults.
  • Examine a variety of professional learning examples (face-to-face, blended and online) built by Schoology users.
  • Discover and evaluate ways (Courses vs Groups) to use Schoology to design, manage and facilitate professional learning for adults.
  • Share powerful professional learning practices with other Schoology users.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer & Facilitator
  • Coaches: Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Administrators: Visionary Leadership, Digital Age Learning Culture & Excellence in Professional Practice

Designing Formative and Summative Assessments Utilizing Schoology Question Types

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

Participants will explore strategies to create robust assessment opportunities using the various questions types available in the Schoology platform. Attendees will dive in and explore question creation options, create multiple assessment questions, and examine uses for both formative and summative assessments. Join us in this hands-on session to elevate your assessment practices.

*Attendees can bring their new ideas to life and start creating content in Schoology by registering for the Create + Connect Workshop in the afternoon.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Discuss options for formative and summative assessment within Schoology.
  • Review Standard Question Types.
  • Explore Enhanced Question Types.
  • Explore various setup options to get the most from your questions.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer & Analyst
  • Coaches: Teaching, Learning and Assessments

Supporting Schoology as a System Administrator

8:30a-11:30a
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology Product Engagement Team
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
*Prerequisite: Attendees must have a Schoology login with System Administration credentials.

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.

Expected Outcomes:

  • 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 integrations, 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.

Schoology is for “Littles” Too

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Jill Rice, Schoology Ambassador and Instructional Technology Specialist (Lee’s Summit School District, MO)
Presenter: Julie Jensen, Instructional Technology Specialist (Lee’s Summit School District, MO)
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Session Description:

Schoology is for elementary students too! Schoology offers a variety of features that can be used to reach all K-6 elementary learners. Come hear how the Lee’s Summit School District in Missouri is utilizing Schoology as a HUB for its digital learning environment. Participants in this session will see the behind the scenes work and keys to a successful implementation. Real classroom examples of what learning looks like inside K-6 Schoology Courses in Lee’s Summit will be shared. Participants will also have hands on time to create and share their own engaging, collaborative activities.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Recognize the essential elements needed to establish teacher buy-in for K-6 Schoology implementation.
  • Apply strategies for utilizing Schoology with elementary students.
  • Learn how to share resources within a Collaboration Cafe structure using Schoology Groups.
  • Explore classroom examples and create engaging activities using Discussions, Media Albums, Assignments, and Assessments.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Citizen, Designer & Facilitator
  • Coaches: Digital Age Learning Environments

Game On! Using Schoology to Gamify Learning

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Glen Irvin, Schoology Ambassador and Technology Integration Specialist from Minnesota
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

Join the 2016-2017 Schoology Educator of the Year and Schoology Ambassador, Glen Irvin, along with an educational expert on the Schoology PD Team to discover the tools and techniques necessary to begin building a gamified learning framework in Schoology. In this session, participants will explore why games, gamification and playful learning are not "buzz words" but a research-based pedagogy that can transform learning and engagement. The ideas shared in this session can be used when working with students or adult learners. Power up, get your game on, and kick off the Schoology NEXT Conference the right way!

Expected Outcomes:

  • Discover the benefits of gamification in education.
  • Become familiar with a variety of gamification strategies that can be used with students or adult learners.
  • Understand how to use Schoology features to begin creating gamified lessons or units.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer, Facilitator, & Analyst
  • Coaches: Teaching, Learning and Assessments & Digital Age Learning Environments

Building Blocks of a Digital Classroom

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Carmen Marty, Schoology Learning and Innovation Specialist
Presenter: Sarah Viner, Schoology Professional Development Specialist
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

So your organization has implemented an LMS and some digital tools: now what? In this session, participants will explore how to harness the power of Schoology to create engaging and effective lessons. As a group, you will experience a variety of blended learning facilitation models and the impact they have on teaching and learning. Leave the session with new tools, facilitation strategies, and individual goals to help strategize your next steps for infusing digital tools in your classroom.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Explore the benefits of using digital tools in the classroom.
  • Experience a variety of Blended Learning facilitation models.
  • Create and share strategies for managing a modern day classroom.
  • Develop blended learning activities using Schoology features and functions.
  • Reflect on current practice and create goals for augmenting classroom practice with digital tools.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer & Facilitator
  • Coaches: Digital Age Learning Environments

Digital Leadership: Learning & Leading With Schoology

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Kellie Ady, Schoology Director of Instructional Strategy
Presenter: Kara Gann, Schoology Senior Client Success Manager
Skill Level: Intermediate

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.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Strategize how to incorporate thoughtful practices across the organization using Schoology.
  • Develop a communication plan to maintain a connection with staff and community.
  • Establish an action plan for measuring impact.
  • Explore options for observation & evaluation of classroom practice.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Coaches: Visionary Leadership & Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Administrators: Visionary Leadership, Digital Age Learning Culture, & Systemic Improvement

Create + Connect

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology PD Team
Skill Level: All Skill Levels

Session Description:

Get your creative juices flowing and start creating materials in Schoology and bring to life the new ideas you learned from the morning session. The feedback from the NEXT preconference sessions last year overwhelmingly showed that attendees wanted to maximize their learning and have more hands on time to create and collaborate. So….. you spoke and we listened! This is your opportunity to apply your learning right away and get one-on-one support from educational experts on the Schoology professional development team. At the end of the session, attendees will participate in an interactive Speed Geeking activity to share their new ideas and creations. Speed Geeking is like Speed Dating, but with a fun and collaborative twist! You’ll walk away with new ideas and digital content from this Creating + Connecting session.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Apply ideas and concepts learned from the morning sessions.
  • Create materials in Schoology to take directly back to your organization to use.
  • Connect and share ideas with like-minded educators building powerful digital content in Schoology.
ISTE Standards Intended to Address:
  • Educators: Designer
  • Coaches: Teaching, Learning and Assessments & Digital Age Learning Environments

Supporting Schoology: Going Beyond the Help Desk Ticket

1:00p-4:00p
Room: TBA
Presenter: Schoology Product Engagement Team
Skill Level: Intermediate

Session Description:

It’s overwhelming to constantly get inundated with the questions and tickets from your organization. In this session, we will go beyond triaging the individual support tickets to outline strategies for enabling your community to help each other. We will identify how to create a space for sharing instructional practices, tips and tricks, and common practices with your end-users. You will be able to walk away with strategies that will creatively support your organization that you can implement right away.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Understand multiple ways to build capacity for supporting your Schoology users.
  • Create a plan for supporting your users outside of your normal help workflow.
  • Learn to use custom apps to build support into the Schoology platform.

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