Signing up for a Schoology teacher account is a fairly simple process that only requires some basic information to get set up. In this training video, Oliver Schinkten will walk you through creating a teacher account and personalizing the profile image and bio.
- In order to start using Schoology, we first need to create an account. In this video, we'll create an account and personalize our bio page. If you haven't already done so, navigate to schoology.com and on the home page in the upper right corner is where we'll log in to Schoology, but in this case, we still need to sign up for an account. I'm going to click on Get Started, Create a Free Account, and then we have to select whether we're an instructor, student, or parent. In this case, I'll click on Instructor. I need to enter some information, including our name, email address, and a password.
We also have the option to receive periodic Schoology updates. I'm actually going to uncheck that. And when we're finished, we can click Register. Now, here we can connect with a school, if you teach at a school. We can also enter in our Country, State, City. In this case, I'm going to skip this step. However, if you are associated with a school, I recommend that you do connect with them. Now, Schoology will send a link to the email that you used to register, which you'll have to click on in order to verify your account. Now, this is your home page, but we haven't finished creating our account though.
In the upper right corner, you'll notice your name, and if we click on this, not the dropdown menu, but your actual name, it will bring us to your personal bio page. In the upper right, if we hit Edit, we have the ability to enter or update our information, including the subjects we teach, the levels that we teach, your position. We can enter a short bio and I do recommend that you enter in a bio. I'm going to paste one that I already had in there. And you can choose to enter this other information if you want. Once we have this completed, we'll click on Save Changes and our profile has been updated.
Now, on the left-hand side, we can also click on Interests & Activities and we can enter in here some activities and interests of ours. I think it's a good idea to enter in this stuff in order to build rapport with your students and their parents. For right now, I'm going to click on Contact Information, and here, you can enter a phone number, any websites that you have, if you want to direct students or parents to a website, along with your address. For right now, I'm going to leave this blank. I'll click on Cancel. Now, on my bio page, on the left-hand side, you'll notice that there is a place for a profile picture.
Right now it's blank, but if I hover over it and click Edit Picture, I can either choose an avatar or upload a picture from my computer. Now, I have one here on my desktop that I'm going to click on and I have updated my picture. Now you'll notice underneath my picture, there's three different tabs that we can choose. One of them is updates and here's where we can type in any updates and share them out with our class. I could type that in here, "Remember our field trip," and then click on Post in order to post that. In this case, here, I'm going to delete that.
But throughout the course, you can enter in posts. You also have the ability to add files, links, resources, and polls. Now on the left-hand side below Updates, we have Info and that is the information that we filled out a little while ago, including the subjects we teach, your position and a short bio. Below that, we have Blog. Now you do have the ability to create blog posts within your Schoology bio to share with others. These could be reflections on a lesson or event. You could share a success story from your classroom or maybe something that didn't work and you learned from it.
Taking the time to reflect through blog posts can be a great way for you to self-evaluate your teaching, remain transparent to others and share your insights. Now that we've created our account, we're ready to move on to the next step.
- Signing up for a teacher account
- Customizing your profile
- Creating a course
- Adding course materials and additional sections
- Adding learning objectives
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Starting online discussions
- Adding new members and groups
- Grading student work
- Using the course calendar
- Creating a student account