Online Classroom Environments
There are a variety of platforms which you can house the online learning environment in your classroom. Here, you will find links to the sites, brief YouTube clips that show you how to get started, and a link to the platform's support page.
Google Classroom - CLICK THE IMAGE TO VISIT THE SITE
Short YouTube clip with directions on how to set up your classroom
Instructions to add "Share to Classroom" Chrome Extension
Installation instructions for teachers and students
Google Classroom was built around Google's powerful productivity suite (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, etc.) and its biggest benefit is how easily students can collaborate.
Schoology - CLICK THE IMAGE TO VISIT THE SITE
Schoology is another free online learning environment and has a very similar look and feel to Blackboard & Moodle (what many colleges and universities use). While Schoology isn't as simple to Google Classroom to set up and use, it offers other features that may be of interest.
- Easily scoring assignments with rubrics & meaningful feedback
- Notification of when assignments are submitted/resubmitted
- Organize your materials into folders
- Graded discussion boards
- Easy to upload documents
- You can directly import tests/quizzes created in ExamView
- Grading tests and quizzes by question (where you see 1 question and everyone's responses)
- Fast and efficient response from tech support
- No direct integration with Google
- Not as easy to Google Classroom to set up
Chalkup - CLICK THE IMAGE TO VISIT THE SITE
Chalkup is the third online classroom environment that we've tried and tested.
- Easy to set up
- Grade assignments using rubrics
- Integration with Google
- Good technical support from company
- Chalkup iPad/iPhone app does not work very well, especially on shared devices
- Issues with discussion board questions
- While it does integrate with Google, there are issues when turning assignments in and often takes several tries