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Technology at ECS

This page is a work in progress.  As we hear your questions and needs, we will update links and resources that can help you navigate topics related to technology, one-to-one computing, digital citizenship, screen time, and other critical

At ECS, we value how technology can enhance learning experiences and facilitate strong communication with our community. We appreciated the continual engagement of parents and guardians last school year regarding our adoption of 1-to-1 computing, digital citizenry, and the web-based platform, Schoology.  In fact, the lessons we learned, the feedback you provided, and the ups and downs of this first year provided the groundwork for working together in the 2016-2017 school year. Look for monthly updates and bi-monthly evening sessions throughout the year to support students and parents/guardians in the navigation of all things digital.

Learning Management System (LMS)

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.  What does that mean without the tech jargon?  At ECS, we use a LMS as a way for students, teachers, and parents to interact, to gather information, to post and review resources, and to give feedback on a web-based platform.  It’s like taking learning the interactions and reporting notebooks and binders to a manageable, web-based, real time version.  ECS uses the nationally recognized and award winning LMS, Schoology to tackle this work.

Schoology

ECS uses Schoology, a web-based learning and data-gathering portal, in all of our K-8 classrooms to enhance connectivity, communication, and information-sharing across our community. Schoology enables our students, parents, and teachers to engage with learning materials such as embedded documents, maps, or videos while also interacting with their ECS grade level community via the Schoology website and the Schoology mobile app. We adopted Schoology to streamline our classroom workflow and to provide a more direct link between the classroom and our ECS families.

We understand that using technology and digital resources should be differentiated developmentally among our students, and we recognize that screen time, digital citizenship, and access to internet outside of our schools are all important aspects to consider. Given these important factors,  we utilize Schoology differently across grades to support the unique needs of our diverse student population. The list below specifies how Schoology will be used this year at ECS.

  • Kindergarten – Third Grade (Lower School): Gradebook only, students will not login to Schoology. Parents will have access to their child’s grades through the parent portal.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade: Students access do-nows (morning skill-based tasks), some quizzes, tests, and other classroom materials on Schoology. Schoology will begin to be used as a learning management tool where classroom materials can be accessed. There will be no access to blogging or other social media components of Schoology. Teachers will use Schoology as a gradebook and parents will have access to their child’s grades through the parent portal.
  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade:  Students begin to use social media features such as blogging, profile updates, and editing. Teachers utilize Schoology as a full learning management tool by organizing classroom materials within each course so that students can directly access and interact with them on the site. Teachers will use Schoology as a gradebook and parents will have access to their child’s grades through the parent portal.

Need help with Schoology? Check out our our presentation from our first family information session held on Thursday, September 22.  During this session, we provided an overview of current Schoology use at ECS and direct assistance in accessing parent / guardian accounts with hands-on time with the parent web portal and Schoology mobile app.  Additionally, check out the materials below and contact Todd Hoffman with additional questions.

Parent Schoology Guide

Todd Hoffman

Todd Hoffman

Director of Technology | todd.hoffman@ecspgh.org