January 04, 2024
We hope you're enjoying your first day back with students! To start off the year, I just wanted to share a number of new Schoology features that have been added in recent years that are worth noting.
Hope you find some of these tips helpful:
- Give another teacher access, but not too much access. Want to give another person access to grades/materials in your course, but don't want accidental changes? You can now set special admin access levels for each section.
- Disable automatic zeroes when assignments are marked as "Missing". By default, marking a missing assignment overwrites the grade as a "0", so if you want to keep a pre-existing grade, make sure to check this box in Grade Setup.
- Effectively manage "Overdue" notifications on the student/parent portal by using gradebook exceptions. One of the biggest parent complaints in Schoology has been not knowing what assignments were actually overdue and which ones were because a teacher didn't uncheck the "enable submissions" button. To prevent this problem, you can either do the latter (if you've collected a hard copy or you are simply reminding students to do something), or you can mark a graded assignment as absent, exempt, late, missing, or collected.
- Create an annotation assignment. Similar to the concept of Google Drive assignments, annotation assignments create an individual file copy for each student and allow students to highlight, circle, type, etc. directly in the Schoology browser, then submit their work to you.
Is there something we might have missed? Let us know! We're also looking for content ideas that interest you, so please let us know here.
Your Instructional Technologists,
Stephanie Eusebio and Kat Muñoz