Check Out an Overlooked Feature: Schoology’s App Center

When logging into Schoology, we know exactly where we want to go and navigate to it quickly: Courses, Groups, Resources, I rarely take a look around.  But take a moment to check out the navigation bar to the left, near the bottom is a page called “App Center.”

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Visiting this page, you’ll see a major list of apps that are available to link to your courses and other areas in which resources can be integrated.  While many will require the system administrator to allow access in the district Schoology account, there are a few that are ready for use and can elevate and ease Schoology integration in the classroom.

Start by creating an assignment.  In the description area, click the Insert Content icon.  After the apps have been added in the App Center, you will see icons to integrate Youtube and Khan Academy.  These are fantastic resources, with a massive amount of content, for embedding videos in assignments.

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Another icon that may have caught your attention is the Google Drive Resource App.  Using this feature, you can embed Google Drive resources into your assignment.  In the App Center, if you installed Google Drive Assignments, you can also select a Google Drive resource to link to assignments.  This will allow you to share a copy of the Doc, Sheets, etc. with every student in your course.

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Be advised, there is an extra step in making sure that your Schoology and Google accounts connect.  After clicking on Google Drive Assignments, you can connect them by following the steps in the screenshot below.

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Try it out, experiment with your courses. Any feature that can make learning more valuable for students and can make a teacher’s work more easily managed sounds good to me.

By Joe Zappa

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