Frequently-Asked Questions about Schoology

General Timelines

When is School Space “out”?
Henrico’s contract with SchoolSpace will end on June 30, 2016. The product will no longer be available after this date.

When will I have access?

  • Secondary teachers in our pilot schools (Hermitage and Holman) will have access January 4, 2016
  • Pod teachers (3 teachers in each secondary school) will have access Feb. 14, 2016
  • All other teachers will have access April 11, 2016.


Will I have another username and password to remember?
No, Schoology will be synced with LDAP credentials which will allow users to login with their HCPS laptop username and password.

Where can I find out more about who and why we picked Schoology?
We will use this space to regularly update information about the learning platform project: IT Website > Learning Platform

Can I just keep using School Space?
Henrico’s contract with SchoolSpace will end on June 30, 2016. The product will no longer be available after this date. So, you can continue to use School Space for the rest for the 2015-2016 year. Anything new added to School Space after Thursday, May 5, 2016 will not be automatically migrated to Schoology, so you would need to be sure to export it yourself.

How do I make this a part of the process we already have? An enhancement to what we’re doing and not a burden?
The new learning platform will provide teachers with access to a sophisticated tool that will allow them to integrate the diverse learning tools they are already using into a single location. This will drastically shift the amount of management teachers have to do allowing for more focus on developing and implementing innovative instruction.

Content Migration (Moving to Schoology)

Will I lose everything in School Space?
No. Content will be migrated from School Space into Schoology.

What will happen to all of my content in School Space?
There will be a specific exit plan from School Space. This will include the review, clean up, and exporting of content from School Space to Schoology. HCPS’ HCPS’ Technology department will move the content for all users.

When?

  • 5/5/16 -Content moved from School Space to Schoology
  • Teachers will have an opportunity to review their content in Schoology before they leave for Summer (this is why the export has to take place on 5/5).
  • 6/30/16 -School Space contract end date


Whose content will be moved?
It is important that all teachers and schools clean up their courses and groups prior to content being moved.

  • All content in teacher’s test course and LOR will be moved.
  • All content in active school groups will be moved. Please delete any groups that are no longer being used.

Schoology Use & Features

Can I sign up now?
To ensure proper support as you learn and transition to the new platform, our recommendation is for everyone to wait until the timeline indicates you will have access to the HCPS Schoology Environment. If you choose to sign up for a free account, please be aware your content will need to be manually moved to your HCPS Schoology account.

Do I have to use Schoology?
The new learning platform will provide teachers with access to a sophisticated tool that will allow them to integrate the diverse learning tools they are already using into a single location. This will drastically shift the amount of management teachers have to do allowing for more focus on developing and implementing innovative instruction.

What if I am already using Schoology, will I need to start over with a county account?
If you are already using Schoology with your HCPS email, contact your ITRT about the best way of moving forward to get your current content connected to the new enterprise county accounts. If you are using it with another account, there are ways to move content which we will learn about in training.

When do we need to start using Schoology?
Holman MS and Hermitage HS will pilot Schoology semester 2 of this year. All other secondary schools will also pilot semester 2 of this year with 3 teachers. The next year, all secondary schools will be using Schoology, while the elementary pilots will start. Finally, all elementary schools will start with Schoology in 2017-2018.

What are some of the cool features of Schoology?
Details Included in Overview Flyer

  • Powerschool Integration
  • K-12 Friendly Environment
  • Mobile Application/Access
  • App Center for Learning
  • Badging Recognition
  • Integrated Calendar


Can I use Schoology at home/away from ethernet/staff server? Does Schoology work on a mobile phone or ipad?
Schoology is accessible 24/7 and based in the cloud which allows for faster processing of information and larger storage space. All staff can utilize the features of Schoology from the internet and a variety of devices through the mobile app. For additional information regarding the mobile app, review the information here.

Can we still do school-wide announcements in Schoology like we did in School Space?
Schoology connects everyone on the same network to boost communication and sharing in the classroom, across the institution, and around the world.

Can my club or sports team use Schoology?
Groups can be created for a variety of users, departments, clubs, athletic or educational organizations. Enrollment can be manual or through a pin.

Can I communicate with parents through Schoology?
Parents can associate themselves with their students as a part of their account set-up process, which allows the course instructors to send messages to parents, all members, or individuals within a course or group.

Does Schoology talk to the PowerSchool Gradebook?
Yes, this feature in Schoology allows you to synchronize Schoology and Powerschool gradebooks by using a PowerSchool app to funnel Schoology assignment grades into the Powerschool gradebook. This is especially useful if your students take quizzes or tests via Schoology and grades automatically populate the Schoology gradebook and/or if you do not want to create duplicate assignments in PowerSchool and Schoology.

Do I take my attendance in Schoology?
No, all attendance will still be taken through the PowerTeacher Attendance.

Professional Development/Training

When will I be trained?
Schoology and Henrico’s Learning Platform Project Team together, have designed and developed training plans for each stakeholder group, including plans for teachers.  Each school will work to shape the plan to fit the needs of their teachers.  We will discuss this more in the near future.

Will I have to come in over the summer for training?
Professional Development will be offered in a variety of ways:

  • Secondary Teacher Training- 4th 9 weeks
  • Summer Training- Summer 2016
  • Summer Schoology Camp
  • Online Training
  • A similar menu of training will be offered to Elementary teachers Spring and Summer of 2017.


How will students be trained to use Schoology?
A specific training plan for your students will be collaboratively developed by your school leadership and learning platform implementation team to ensure students have what they need.

Digital Resources

How is Schoology different from Powerschool?
Schoology is a powerful tool that provides a platform for teaching and learning (courses, groups, and resources). Powerschool is a student information system (SIS) and gradebook application.

But what if I have started using Google Classroom?
Schoology compliments Google Classroom, and the two can be used together. You can still use Google Classroom if you wish. You will learn more about how they work together when we train.

How is Schoology different from Interactive Achievement?
Schoology is a learning platform that supports Henrico’s learning model, which includes assessment features for all teachers to take advantage of for formative and summative assessments. Interactive Achieve is an assessment and data reporting application, used by core content teachers.

Can I continue to use other digital resources such as WordPress or Edmodo with my classes?
Yes. One of the features of Schoology is it’s ability to integrate with other digital learning tools. Part of our implementation plan includes a detailed inventory of all of our resources and their ability to interconnect in Schoology. You will receive additional information in training and your learning platform implementation team will help you make decisions.

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