All six of McHenry High School District 156 digital literacy coaches made presentations on the variety of features available in Schoology at the Connect Illinois conference Jan. 17 at West Aurora High School.
Coaches Matt Adam, Chris Madson, Jason Myhre, Leah Pelletier, Doug Primus and Cara Vandermyde led sessions for other teachers who want to learn more about Schoology’s different functions and applications. Carl Vallianatos, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, also facilitated a discussion with school leaders.
“It was a great user conference and our experts made up about 25 percent of the sessions,” Vallianatos said.
Matt Adam said his session focused on making individual assignments to students who may have missed a class or want extra practice. It allows teachers to avoid sending individual assignments to all students, and each assignment can be personalized.
Other sessions led by District 156 educators included using Playposit in Schoology, making creative lessons and gamifying learning.
Adam said he and other digital literacy coaches are available to help other teachers with Schoology, the online education platform for District 156, as well as other emerging technology.
The Connect Illinois event is hosted by Schoology to give further training to educators using the platform. This is the third year District 156 has been using Schoology.
Each state has started hosting events for teachers who may not be able to travel to the national Schoology conference.