Schoology

WHAT IS SCHOOLOGY?

Schoology_logoSchoology,/skoo-luh-jee/: A learning management system (LMS) that connects all the people, content, and systems that fuel education.
Schoology will provide our teachers the power to extend their classrooms into an online platform that will facilitate both scheduled teacher-led and independent at-home learning. Teachers can share announcements, special dates, pictures, newsletters, discussion boards, lessons, videos, and more on Schoology.

HOW CAN I ACCESS SCHOOLOGY?

Students are automatically enrolled in Schoology by their assigned school during the class enrollment process (managed by Synergy).
Students will not have to create an account – they will log into Schoology using their CPS Google accounts.
Parents will have to create an account – parents will receive an alpha-numeric join code that is linked to their child. Multiple parents can use the same join code in order to be connected to their children.
This video shows how to log onto Schoology with your parent account.

Parent Schoology Login Link

Teacher Schoology Login Link
Student Schoology Login Link

WHAT CAN PARENTS SEE ON SCHOOLOGY?

A Schoology Parent account will provide view-access to their student’s activity in Schoology. Parents will be able to monitor upcoming assignments, overdue work, and other course content. In addition, parents will be able to view opportunities offered to their student through the Groups feature. Synergy will remain the gradebook of record. This means you will still access your student’s grades through your ParentVUE account.

Our Teaching and Learning Department offered virtual demonstrations of Schoology for families. Click here to view the recording of the September 2, 2020 session.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I LOSE MY STUDENT’S JOIN CODE?

If you don’t have or have lost your join code for Schoology or need assistance with creating your Schoology parent account, please contact your child’s school.

CAN STUDENTS ACCESS SCHOOLOGY ON A MOBILE DEVICE?

Schoology can be accessed directly on the web through a browser or on an app installed on your mobile device (phone or tablet). Typically, apps have reduced capabilities or other limitations compared to the full website. While the Schoology app is very robust and students will be able to complete many assignments and assessments using a mobile device, it will not provide the same experience as using the full web-based site. This is particularly true for any assignments students have to submit using Google based products such as Docs, Slides, or Sheets.

SCHOOLOGY HELP RESOURCES

Schoology resources are constantly IN DEVELOPMENT. Resources will be posted as they become available.

In order to create a parent account in Schoology - you must have a parent access code (or join code). You will receive access codes from your student's teacher.
  1. Go to www.schoology.com
  2. Click Sign Up at the top of the page and and choose Parent.
  3. SIGN UP for an account screenshot
  4. 3. Enter your Parent Access Code. This is a 12-digit code in xxxx-xxxx-xxxx format that you receive from one of your child's teachers. 
  5. Sign up for Schoology with an access code screenshot
  6. 4. Fill out the form with your information.
  7. Sign up for Schoology screenshot
  8. 5. Click Register to complete.
  9. 6. When you use a Parent Access Code to create an account, you are automatically associated to your child.   You can add additional children to your account using the Add Child button. View students in your parent account screenshot
Notes:
    • Parent Access Codes are unique to each student, but can be used to make multiple parent accounts. 
    • If your Parent Access Code does not allow you to register or, if the code does not have 12 digits, please contact your child's instructor or school for more information.
Email and text message notifications differ from the Notifications menu (bell icon) located at the top of Schoology. The notifications listed under the bell icon are not customizable. They provide a running list of academic actions relating to your account only. If you'd like to receive the same notifications that your child receives, we recommend adding your email address or phone number to your child's Notifications area. Schoology sends you email notifications for Social, Academic, Group, and School activity that occurs in your account. These notifications pertain to the school, courses, and groups in which YOU are enrolled (not courses or groups in which your child is enrolled). To customize your notifications, follow these directions:
    1. Click the arrow next to your name on the top right side of Schoology.
    2. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
    3. Click the Notifications tab.
    4. Select the button next to the notifications you want to change.
    5. Choose On (receive from all sources), Off (the default setting), or Custom (pick and choose the sources).
    6. Click Save Changes at the bottom. 
1. If the Schoology platform "crashes" or is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues, is there a backup plan for our students to access classroom resources?
Schoology is aware of these concerns and has worked to remedy this situation. Scheduled teacher-led learning during online learning will be delivered via Zoom or Google Meet, which do not require Schoology access, so students would not be “waiting” in Schoology for any live instruction.

2. Are there certain search engines/devices that are incompatible with Schoology?
Schoology is compatible with any web browser, but works best in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.  

3.How will students log onto Schoology? 
Students should first setup their OneLogin solution to access their GSuite account. Student Schoology accounts are synced with their GSuite account. When they visit the student portal to login to Schoology is linked here, they should select their GSuite account to gain access.  

4. What should students do on the first day of school?
Students should follow the plan distributed by their school/teachers which includes specific times for scheduled teacher-led learning.

5. How can we get discounted internet access? 
Please contact your local cable/internet provider for additional information.

6. Are there specific programs or apps we should install on the devices our children will use to access Schoology to help ensure they have access to online learning?
Schoology, Zoom, Google Meet, and Synergy are all web-based programs that do not require additional downloads to be used.

7. Can my student access Schoology on their smart phone? 
Schoology is a web-based learning management system. It can be accessed on a smart phone through a mobile browser (Chrome or Safari). There is also an app that can be installed on your mobile device, however some of the features are not available within the app (and can only be accessed from a web browser).

8. How will Schoology be used in conjunction with ParentVUE? Will we log into both places to see grades and/or assignments that may be missing?
Synergy will remain the record for grades; Schoology is the learning management system that houses curriculum, lessons, activities, assignments, and assessments. To see your student's grades, you must log onto ParentVUE. Parent access to Schoology will allow you to stay connected to your student's activities (both academic and extracurricular) Your Schoology parent account will allow you to check on your student's classroom progress, see upcoming assignments and/or due dates, and make sure work is being completed on time.

9. Do you have any tips to help special needs children navigate this Schoology?
Teachers will differentiate their courses in Schoology to meet the needs of their students and will guide students in the use of Schoology during instructional time.

10. Can parents contact teachers with questions about Schoology?
Every teacher will have office hours each day. Please review your student's online learning schedule to see the teacher's availability.