Variations on a theme.
There are several ways to give assignments when we create them in Schoology. My experience with this currently is that these options are great; however, they are ever so slightly nuanced, and it takes teachers new to working with assignments time to understand these differences. Primarily the differences are in giving feedback, and how students engage in revision.
We’re going to look at two ways to do this: Schoology Assignments & Schoology Assignments with Google Drive integration.
We’ll take a look at the how to set them up, the student view, as well as the ways feedback works in each.
Students can upload from a desktop computer, can create inside of Schoology, or can submit from resources along with a built in app, like Google Drive, which is how most of our students perform submissions on their Chromebooks.
As teacher, when you get such an assignment submitted:
- Can provide feedback using an annotation tool which allows for highlighting, on screen marking and commenting.
- A draw back…for teacher who want students to revise work based on comments, students cannot make changes to “submitted” document. Students can view comments, but have to go back to the original assignment to make edits and revisions.
Schoology Assignments with google drive integration:
I’m going to share my personal practice when I use this feature. Before going into Schoology to create the assignment, I go into Drive, and to the folder where I store materials for the class and the unit I’m working on.
I’ve made it a habit to start assignment directions in Google drive, making sure to give the assignment a specific title. I’ll spend time in the Doc writing and revising the assignment, until it’s ready for my students.
If I’m having the students answer questions, I’ll give the questions, and a direction that tells them to begin their answers in the space between the question. If it’s an essay, I’ll give a direction that says “Start the Essay on the Next Page.” I do this because in digital environments, not only do we need to give directions about the knowledge they need to demonstrate, but also the procedures for how to complete the work.
With this done, I’ll now go into Schoology, open the folder, where I want to place the assignment, add the assignment, but I click the Google search for the assignment title, and insert it.
This makes it easier to track assignment progress and completion, give feedback in the moment, and share work on a smart board, projector, or Google Cast for Education.
- Here I don’t have the Schoology annotation tools. I can’t easily line-edit or use editing symbols that I might on a piece of paper.
- Most of the feedback I give in this system, is through making comments in the margins, at the top or bottom of the doc.
- Additionally, we’ve found that when students review their docs, they assume that clicking “resolve comment” is enough to fix your suggestions or edits.
- In co-taught classrooms, the teacher who created the assignment will only be able to see the student work.
There isn’t one right way to give assignments in Schoology. It’s nice to have two ways to do this for different situations.
Here’s a comparison of the two kinds of assignment submissions.
Remember that working in an LMS like Schoology is a learning process. How you use it will evolve as your understanding of how it will helps you grow, and how it will serve your students.