Sign In To Schoology With Your Personal AND School Email Address

Have you ever forgotten which email address you used when you signed up for an account? When you have multiple accounts keeping all the usernames, email addresses and passwords can be difficult. Our students are issued official school accounts for their email (Gmail), their online storage (Google Drive), the school LMS (Schoology), the site to check their grades (Infinite Campus), a site to take online tests (Mastery Manager), and an app to borrow e-books from the library (Overdrive). It can get confusing fast.

Schoology is our official LMS. One really great feature of Schoology is that users can enter two email addresses for the same account. Students and teachers can enter their personal email address and their school email address ahead of time. When they try to sign in they do not have to remember which email address is tied to Schoology – both email addresses will work.

Here’s how to add a second email address to your Schoology account on an iPad.

  1. Open the Schoology app
  2. Open the Courses and Settings tab in the top left of the screen (the button with three horizontal bars)
  3. Tap the Account Settings button
  4. Enter your personal email address under Primary Email Address
  5. Enter your school email address under Alternate Email Address
  6. Tap the Save Changes button

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The steps are very similar if you are using a computer.

  1. Go to Schoology and sign in
  2. Click on the arrow in the top right of the screen next to your name
  3. Click on Account Settings
  4. Enter your personal email address under Primary Email Address
  5. Enter your school email address under Alternate Email Address
  6. Click the Save Changes button

Backing Up Your iPad Before You Turn It In For the Summer

2048_ScreenshotIf you are reading this then you probably have enjoyed a full year of learning with a school-issued iPad. You’ve had thoughtful discussions with your class on Schoology, won the final class Space Race on Socrative, beat your teacher’s best Scatter time on Quizlet, and created a “See You Next Year” video with iMovie. Maybe you even got to tile 2048. Your iPad has been your friend this year, but it’s time to turn it in for the summer. Get ahead of the game and back up your data right now! It will make the collection process easier.

Here are the steps you should follow to back up all your files, photos, videos, game data, and everything else you created this year.

  1. Back up Notability to iCloud and Google Drive (you can lose Notes from an iOS update)
    1. Open Notability app -> Settings (gearbox in bottom right) -> iCloud -> Move slider to On
    2. Open Notability app -> Settings (gearbox in bottom right) -> Auto-backup -> Google Drive (log in using your school Gmail or personal Gmail account)
  2. Update iPad to most current iOS
    1. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update
  3. Update all apps
    1. Go to App Store and install all updates
  4. Backup up photos to Google+ (auto backup) or Google Drive (manual backup)
    1. Google+ (for use with personal Google accounts only): Open Google+ app -> Settings (gearbox in top of menu) -> Camera and Photos -> Auto Backup -> Back up all photos and videos
    2. Google Drive (for personal account or school account): Open Google Drive app -> Add to My Drive (+ button in top right) -> Upload Photos or Videos -> Camera Roll -> Select the photos you want to keep and then tap the blue checkmark
  5. Back up iPad to iCloud
    1. Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup then turn on iCloud Backup
    2. Do not back up: Mail, Photos (which includes videos), and Music


Use Your LMS Profile As Your Staff Information Website

underconstructionIt is fairly common that in any given school 50% of teachers have not updated their staff profile web page in the last six months.  When parents are trying to find you on the school web site your information should be current and look good! Instead, links are often broken, information is no longer valid, or the overall look is just plain dated. Is there anything worse than seeing the “under construction” sign on a web page?  It’s like finding an AOL disc in a desk drawer – it’s telling you that it’s time to clean up your profile.

Your profile page should consist of three things: accurate information about you and your classroom; links that take the user to even more resources and information; and it should be so easy to keep current that it practically updates itself.  The best place to find all three of those is to look for the online profile that you use the most. If you are big into Twitter then you can consider linking your school info page to your Twitter profile. Do you use Google+ every day? Consider using your Google+ profile.  For most teachers, though, the profile you use should be the one tied to something you use with your students every day. That would be your LMS. It doesn’t matter if you use Schoology, Blackboard, Course Sites, Haiku, Canvas, Edmodo, Moodle, or any other LMS – whatever you use with your students already comes with a profile page, and that page will be accurate and current.

I am a huge fan of Schoology, and all of the professional development courses I have created or taught are stored in Schoology. I even have a Schoology page for my freshman lacrosse team. Since I use Schoology every day, it’s only natural to use the Schoology profile page as my official school web page.

The directions below will show you how to update and link your Schoology profile as your official school web page. If you use a different LMS the directions will be similar and should still be able to help you. Let’s get started.

Start by logging in to Schoology. Click on your name in the top right of the page. This will take you to your profile page.schoology1

Most of the information that parents are interested in seeing is in the Info section of your profile. Click on the Info button in the menu on the left side of your profile.

schoology 8You are now viewing your profile page. Some information you will need to enter once and rarely update unless your teaching assignment changes. Subject taught, grade(s) taught, teaching position, contact email , and school phone number probably will not change very often. Only add information you feel comfortable with the whole world seeing! This is going to be linked to the school web page, after all.

Other information will update automatically, and that’s why your profile on Schoology (or some other LMS) works so well for you. The courses you teach, the groups you belong to, and the professional development badges you have earned will not only be displayed but they will update automatically each time something new is added. See the example of my Schoology profile page below.schoology 2

After you edit your information and save it, view your profile page again to review it for accuracy. Once you are satisfied with it, go up into the URL (the Internet address bar) and copy the entire address. It should end with the word “info”. If the URL ends in something else like “updates” then all you have to do is click on the Info button in the left hand menu of your profile like you did earlier to go back to your Info page. Copy the Schoology URL and send it to your school webmaster and tell him/ her that you would like to link it to your school profile page.

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Your Schoology profile page looks very clean, the course and school information is always accurate, and you can add other links to take users to other pages like your Twitter page or class Google Calendar.

At a minimum, go to your school’s website and find your name. Click on the link and see where it goes. If you don’t like it you have two options: update your page, or link it to a different profile page. Whether it’s your Schoology, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Facebook, or Instagram profile page just make sure that it is accurate, professional, and it is a good representation of you as an educator.

Go to the article on editing your profile settings to give yourself even more control over what people can see on your profile page. You have many options to help protect your privacy.