Our learning management system (LMS), Schoology, is a web-based interface that provides students and parents with direct digital access to the learning environment. We chose Schoology in 2010 because it has a user interface that is similar to social networking sites like Facebook, and therefore was familiar and comfortable to users. The functionality of Schoology has proven to be worthy of high-level online learning, and is effectively deployed as the platform for Tonka Online.

It is essential that parents and students have direct access to the learning program and that they are authentic partners in the learning process. In traditional classrooms of the past, teachers would often be the gatekeepers to future learning and students would only have a one-page syllabus as a road map for what is to come. In today’s modern classroom, students and parents have full access to the course details and the learning transcends the brick and mortar classroom in multiple ways. Beginning in kindergarten, Schoology is an extension of the traditional face-to-face classroom that serves as the hub of learning. Whether students use Schoology at home to access a link to a website for further practice, or turn in an assignment digitally, Schoology is the primary online platform that teachers use with students for instruction.

Teachers have an online presence in Schoology and use it as a hub of learning for a digital classroom. Teachers post homework in Schoology as it is assigned. They make use of the calendar by populating it with upcoming test dates and important reminders. Teachers can use the “Updates” tab to post announcements and to identify what was learned in class each day, making their Schoology courses a dynamic online environment where students reflect on their learning and interact. Our teachers take advantage of the many tools and features in Schoology that make student learning more meaningful, like online quizzes, discussion boards, paperless grading, audio feedback and much more.

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