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For years, students were provided with thick application and information packets, which were frequently lost or misplaced even before the actual packets were needed. I did some quick calculations and found that between the combined programs, over 44,000 sheets of paper were being printed per semester.

Ms. Mueller, the Director of Service Learning and organizer of the Friends Project, was one of the first to pilot non-courses becoming “courses” on Schoology. We found that by moving documents to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, we could easily update pages embedded with Google files on Schoology from semester to semester. These footsteps were soon followed by Dragon Ambassadors and the Career Partnerships Program.

This year, the Friends Project and the NHS Program were also hosted through Schoology. This meant that students could submit their contracts, resumes, applications, time sheets, and journals through our online learning management system. Students would have 24/7 access to resources and could see non-course assignment due dates in their calendars. To do this:

Students:

  1. Add themselves with a Schoology course code.
  2. Access resources anytime.
  3. Submit required documents to Schoology.

Teachers could then:

  1. Collect student work all in one place.
  2. Mark student completion in the gradebook.
  3. Post new assignment deadlines for all students.

One teacher even went out of her way to create rubrics in her Schoology assignment, which made journal grading much more streamlined and fair.

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