• Tip of the Week


  • How to Create a Calendar Event in Schoology

    Posted by The PLS Team on 3/23/2018


    tip of the weel The Schoology Calendar is an important, organizational element. It keeps events, reminders and due dates organized and easily accessible for members in your courses and groups.

    For more information on how to create a calendar event, please view the video.


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  • How to use Rubrics

    Posted by PLS Team on 3/14/2018


    Tip of the week Rubrics are a tool to help you evaluate student performance. Knowing how to create and use rubrics gives you a better understanding of assessment and another option for assessing student performance. Rubrics are a great way to improve communication, learning, and grading fairness.

    For more information on how to use rubrics in Schoology, please view the following  videos:

    video icon Rubric Layout Overview
    video icon Rubric Basics
    video icon Create a Rubric

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  • How to use the Conferences App in Schoology

    Posted by PLS Team on 3/8/2018


    Tip of the week image The Conferences App in Schoology enables Course and Group members to deliver or participate in a high-quality learning experience through a web conference.

    You can utilize this app to schedule video conferences with your students and take advantage of the following features:

       Interactive Whiteboard
       Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    √   Web cam sharing

    For more information on how to install, create, and join a conference in Schoology, please view the following videos and/or refer to Conferences Integration and Deployment User Guide:

    video icon How to Install the Conferences App
    video icon How to Create a Web Conference
    video icon How to Join a Video Conference

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  • How to Customize your Grade Scale Pop-up Menu

    Posted by PLS Team on 3/2/2018


    Tip of the Week Image The grade scale pop-up menu is a feature that allows teachers to expedite entering student grades in the gradebook.

    How does it work? How can you modify the percentages?

    The grade scale pop-up menu functions when an assignment is assigned to a specific grading scale. The grade scale contains a preset percentage that can be applied to an assignment. 


    For more information on how to customize your grade scale pop-up menu, please view this video.


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  • How to Customize your Course's Privacy Settings

    Posted by PLS Team on 2/21/2018


    Tip of the week image Ever wonder how to customize your privacy settings such as viewing members? When an administrator or member of a course clicks on "Members" on the left navigation panel, they can view all other members in the course.

    To prevent non-admin members from viewing other members in the course, consider editing the roster privacy settings.

    To do so, please view the video on how to customize your course's privacy settings.


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  • How to Customize your Notification Settings

    Posted by PLS Team on 2/14/2018


    tip of the week Are you missing important notifications from your courses and/or groups, such as social, academic, and/or general school activities? Schoology sends you an email for notifications to keep you abreast of such activities. You can customize your notification settings to manage the type of emails you receive.

    View the video to learn how to customize your notification settings.


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  • Feature: Course Recycle Bin

    Posted by PLS Team on 2/9/2018


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    The course's Recycle Bin stores deleted course materials (Assignments, Quizzes, Files/Links, Discussions, Albums, Pages, etc.). Retrieve deleted materials from your course's Recycle Bin.


    Click here to learn how to restore your deleted materials.


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  • How to Send an "Update" in Schoology

    Posted by PLS Teams on 2/2/2018


    tip of the week "Updates" in Schoology increase communication with parents and students. Share weekly announcements by sending an "Update" to members in your Course(s). The "Updates" feature reminds students of upcoming deadlines and/or events while keeping parents abreast on what is happening in the classroom.

    Research shows increased communication results in greater parent participation, which contribute to students' academic achievement.

    Click here to learn how to send an "Update" in your Course(s).


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  • Environmental Action: Reduction of Paper Use

    Posted by PLS Team on 1/26/2018


    Tip of the Week Reduce or eliminate the use of paper at a school site by encouraging classroom teachers to adopt changes in class or homework submittals. Promote the use of electronic media submittal to reduce the environmental and economic impact of paper.

    The Learning Management System (LMS), Schoology, provides the mechanism and vehicle for teachers and students to reduce the paper usage at school sites. Upload any file type of documentation for electronic submittal on the LMS. Teachers are able to view and grade the submittals by using Schoology's built-in tools. Click here to view the various methods a student can submit an assignment, save paper and time.

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  • LAUSD Kiosk App for Browser Lock Down

    Posted by PLS Team on 1/19/2018


    Tip of the Week If you did not have the opportunity to use the LAUSD Kiosk App in the Fall Semester, take the opportunity to use the feature this semester.


    This app gives students a "Locked Down" version of Schoology's web interface. You will be able to secure your assessments and prevent students from navigating away from assessments during online exams.


    Click here for the Kiosk App Job Aid.


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  • One Drive Assignments App

    Posted by The PLS Team on 12/14/2017


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    The Microsoft OneDrive Assignments App enables instructors to assign Microsoft Word Docs, Excel Spreadsheets, PowerPoint Slideshows, and other Microsoft apps directly from Schoology. Once an assignment is created, the following occur:


    A new folder structure is automatically created in the teacher's Microsoft OneDrive, which Schoology uses to organize student copies of the file for the teacher 

    As the student begins the assignment, a copy of the assignment is automatically created in the teacher’s OneDrive, for each student

    A student will be able to complete and submit the assignment in Schoology

    A teacher will be able to then provide feedback and grade the assignment without leaving Schoology.

    For a brief overview, please review the following link:  One Drive Assignments App.


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  • The End of the Semester is near!

    Posted by The PLS Team on 12/6/2017


    Tip of the Week Image It is time to think about organizing your course materials and moving the contents into your personal resources. Doing so, will allow you to reuse the instructional material the next time you teach the same course.


    For more information, please view the following video:  Saving Courses to Personal Collections



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  • Category Setting - Points versus Percentage

    Posted by The PLS Team on 11/30/2017


    Tip of the Week Image What is the difference between a grading category calculated by total points and a grading category calculated by percent?

    Educators have the ability to set categories to calculate graded items by points or percentage. Use this informational sheet to see the differences and personalize your category settings.




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  • Why Share? Why Not?

    Posted by PLS Team on 11/17/2017


    Tip of the week image Sharing increases your personal visibility, sparks new ideas, and creates instructional transparency among your colleagues. A collection, in Schoology, is like a container that stores courses, folders, files, and resources you will use or share with your professional learning communities.


    Sharing collections of resources with other faculty and connected users lead to successful programs that benefit student achievement.


    For more information, please view the following video: How to Share a Personal Collection.


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  • How to Retrieve a Deleted Assignment

    Posted by PLS Team on 11/9/2017


    TIP OF THE WEEK The Course's Recycle Bin stores material deleted from the course (Assignments, Quizzes, Files/Links, Discussions, Albums, Pages, etc.). You may delete any material in a course you administer. If you've deleted folders of materials, the folders cannot be retrieved; however, the material inside of the folders will be stored in the Recycle Bin.

    If you deleted an assignment with grades (scores); restoring the assignment will restored grades in the gradebook. To retrieve deleted material, please view the following: How to Retrieve a Deleted Assignment Video.


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  • Import/Export Gradebook Feature

    Posted by PLS Team on 11/2/2017


    If tip of the week image the graded items in one course are the same as the graded items in another course, you can import grades from an XLS/CSV file; for example, when students change classes and their grades must be transferred to the new course. Use the following video resources to assist in exporting and importing grades between gradebooks.

    » Export Gradebook and Edit CSV
    » Import Student Grades Between Gradebooks

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  • Got Extra Credit?

    Posted by The PLS Tema on 10/25/2017


    Tip of the Week Got Extra Credit? Consider extra credit as an opportunity to encourage activities that not only effect our students’ academic achievement, but also positively impact other facets of their diversified lives. Consider adopting and offering extra credit in courses:

    If learning is the goal and students haven’t learned important content, extra credit offers a second chance to master the material. Not all students “get it” the first-time learning.

    It reduces student anxiety and builds confidence of mastering content.
    Students are motivated to do extra credit, so why not capitalize on this motivation by creating a robust learning opportunity.

    Schoology and its gradebook offers solutions to applying extra credit to assignments or grading columns thus providing students the ability to master course content a second or third time around. Please check out the informational sheet on extra credit to assist your development of assignments or grade columns in your gradebook.



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  • Digital Citizenship Week

    Posted by PLS Team on 10/18/2017
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  • New Schoology Features Released

    Posted by PLS Team on 10/11/2017

    Image The Personalized Learning Systems(PLS) Department is pleased to announce the three following Schoology enhancements:

    Gradebook Print Report
    The Gradebook print report has been deployed in Schoology.  Users with a School Support or Teacher role will now be able to generate a PDF report at the class or student level.  For more information, click here.
    New Assessments
    Fifteen new and enhanced  Schoology assessments have been released.  They include Fill in the Blank, Dropdown, Drag and Drop, Label Image, Highlight Hotspot, Highlight Image and more.  Click on the following link to review: Assessment Question Types.

    LAUSD Kiosk App
    Chromebook users are now able to launch the LAUSD Kiosk App for Schoology from any District provisioned Chromebook.  This app will give students a “Locked Down” version of Schoology’s web interface.  For more information, click here.

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  • Student Completion Rules

    Posted by PLS Team on 10/4/2017


    tip of the week 4 Learning and comprehension capacity of every student is different. Self-paced learning is suited for all types of learners. Self-pacing can improve memory performance, particularly when the learner allocates more time to the more difficult material. A teacher can create a self-pacing environment in Schoology.


    Student completion rules is a feature in Schoology that enable teachers to structure the flow of their course materials. With student completion rules applied, a student can self-pace learning. Watch this video.

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  • Have you ever needed to differentiate an assignment for certain students?

    Posted by PLS Team on 9/27/2017


    Image Have you ever needed to differentiate an assignment for certain students?
    The “Individually Assign” feature in Schoology can assist teachers in delivering customized materials to selected student(s). By using this feature in Schoology, teachers can personalized instruction in an easy and efficient manner.
    Watch this


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  • Parent Engagement through Schoology Offers Parents benefits

    Posted by PLS Team on 9/20/2017

    The LAUSD PASSport provides all parents access to essential student data that will better support their child’s academic achievement. Parents need to have a PASSport account in order to view the Schoology parent portal. For Schoology parent support please see the following links:


    Presentation: Getting Started  
      English      Spanish

    Viewing Student Grades  
       English       Spanish

    Presentation: Exploring Schoology 
      English      Spanish

    Linking Students   
       English       Spanish

    Parent Registration Quick Guide   
      English      Spanish

    Schoology from Passport  
       English       Spanish

    Change PASSport Email  
      English      Spanish

    Toggle Student Views   
       English       Spanish

    Change Language   
       English      Spanish


    For additional resources, please visit the PCSS website.


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  • Retrieve Inactive Student Grades

    Posted by PLS Team on 9/13/2017

    image At the start of the semester students are dropped and added to courses to correct issues with schedules and class size.  Student gradebook data does not disappear when a student is dropped.

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