This week's app comes to you from Kayla,' a teen who works as a page at my library. The other day she came to tell me about the easy way she was doing biology homework on her phone. Since she was using the app, and if I downloaded it I would not have a class to practice with, I asked Kayla to tell us about how it works:
"Your teacher can upload multiple choice questions for you to answer for homework. They can limit how many times you can answer them, so it can give you a challenge by only having you do it once, or you can re-do it a few times and fix your mistakes. It's a good learning site, because it's hands on.' It's a good way to review for big tests because the multiple choice questions reflect what you've done in class.' Teachers and students can post notes on it, and can comments on each other's notes.' You can look at the schedule for future assignments.' You can put photos, vidoes, and files from drop box to share with the class. Students might upload their notes."
I asked her what she likes about using Schoology:
"You can do your homework anywhere.' You can do a few questions on a break at work or backstage at drama club rehearsals.' And the internet is right there if you need to look up a definition."
And I asked what her classmates think of it:
"We like it a lot because it's hand held, we can do it at free time at school, or on the go, you don't have to carry a book or worry about finding a pencil and paper, it's right there on your phone."
I took a look at the Schoology website and found that it looks like this app can do a whole lot more than effectively deliver biology homework to busy high school seniors. It can help teachers manage their schedules, communicate with students, and keep track of grades. Watch this short video for an introduction: