Technology moving into center stage in schools is inevitable, but the type of technology used differs between schools as well as classrooms. For EAHS, the school district is moving from Google Classroom to Schoology. Both of these websites enable teachers to communicate with their classes and send them digital worksheets and rubrics for projects. Teachers can also link videos, slideshows and websites into Schoology and Google Classroom. But what makes Schoology the better website for our students?
“Schoology is significantly more user friendly than Google Classroom,” says Madame Sarah Crawford, the french teacher at the high and middle school. Four college students created Schoology as a way to make education technology more relatable to the learning styles of the real world. Mr. Scott Baylor, a chemistry teacher at the high school, said, “Students seem to like Schoology more… the information is organized into files, compared to Google Classroom where everything is just listed in the order that the teacher put it into the classroom.” Students in the high school agree with Baylor and Crawford in this statement. Samantha Stackhouse (12) said that “the new website is better because it is easier to find documents in it.” In addition to this, Megan Conley, a junior at EAHS, said she prefered Schoology because “it allows both teachers and students to be more organized.” There are some downsides to using Schoology compared to Google Classroom though. Conley continued by saying, “when using [google classroom] it is easier for students to put files in from google docs because it is directly linked to google docs already.” In Schoology, students have to insert their documents through files, which can be confusing since the school district has been making them use Google Docs in the past years. Within the next two years, both EAHS and EAMS will train their teachers how to use Schoology and then require them to use the technology in their classrooms. Following this transitional time, Elizabethtown will have a better idea of how the new technology is changing education for our students.