If you haven’t discovered it yet, Schoology and Google became really close friends over the summer. There is now an assignment app in Schoology that allows you to use any Google created document as a template for your students. Google does all the heavy lifting, too. Student copies (with their names added) are automatically created, and stored in your Google Drive account (but you likely won’t need to visit this folder). This integration allows the full use of Google without leaving Schoology. So, how does it work?
First, you need to install the app. You can do this in one of two ways. First, you can click on the app center tab on the left hand side of your screen, after you log into Schoology. Find the Google Drive Assignment app and install it(**make sure you find the marked “assignment” and not the “resource”). Second, you could do it the first time by clicking on the Google Assignment icon found when creating your first assignment. Either way, installation is quick. Return to the assignment you want to add a Google Doc to, and you will likely be asked to give permission to the app so it can access your Google Drive account. Finally, you can search for that document you want to become a template.
Once all of that is done, you can create assignments like you normally would in Schoology. Anytime you want a Google Drive item to become a template, you can use the app to turn your document into a template for students.
So, what does all of this look like? The students will see a two tab screen, one with all the directions and details, and the second will be where they work on the actual document, and have the ability to submit. Teachers will see a three tab screen when looking at the assignment. The first will contain the assignment details, the second will contain all students who have yet to submit, and the third will contain submissions that need to be graded. If you have your classes linked, you can use a dropdown box to filter to the section of students you want to see.
THINGS TO NOTE.
First, you can modify a document once you have attached it for use as a template, however, it will only reflect for students who have not yet made copies. So, if you find a spelling error after you attach it to an assignment and fix it after half of the class started, the first half will have copies with the error, and the second half would have corrected copies. It isn’t a big deal, as long as you find it before students create copies. Second, you can only have one Google File as the template for each assignment.
Use of this feature will create new files in Google Drive, for you and the student. Schoology states that you “should not delete, edit, or rename” the created folders (Schoology, 2017).
Students can unsubmit their work, modify it, and resubmit it until the due date. However, once the due date passes, submissions are locked and cannot be changed. I would use this feature if you really want something back from the students, like a lab report. If you simply want to disseminate information, look into the conventional method of attaching Google Drive items.
As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or want more of a walkthrough. The link in the reference section will take you to Schoology’s article, if you want to read what they have put out officially.
Schoology. (2017). Using the google drive assignments app. Retrieved from https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/115008543287-Using-the-Google-Drive-Assignments-App