What do you like best?
Anything that teachers want to do. Contact Parents, share pictures, upload and grade assignments and so much more can be done in Schoology. We do not have to use a different app for every task. I have really not found much that I cannot do. There are so many options for creating assignments and gathering resources for my students. The ability to embed resources really makes it a one stop hub for my students to access all that they need in the virtual media center.
What do you dislike?
I really haven't found anything to dislike. I do not appreciate the push notifications and all of the email notifications, but I turn them off and it is great. I am in the library so I am connected to many classes which causes an overload of messages. Again though, I turn it off and it works like a dream.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Using Office 365 products with Schoology is a dream. The students already know how to use Word, Powerpoint, etc, so it just creates that living document that we can collaborate on. By creating a template for them to build upon leaves room for their creativity, but eliminates the hassle of building everything from scratch. Even the youngest students can create powerpoint documents with pictures, fonts and save this great work for years to come in their office 365 account. You should definitely use an Office 365 or Google Classroom account with Schoology.
Discussion boards are great for responses to more than just written questions. I love to post a video or read a passage for students to respond to. I love even more that they can respond using a video themselves. There are so many options to meet learners where they are at. They can be challenged, but stay in their social comfort zone.
The ability to embed content for students to interact with is where I am going next. By creating an interactive Bitmojo classroom and embeding it in the announcements, you will have a one stop hub for the students to access all the library materials they need.
Also, make sure you archive your courses and save in your resources. That way when you come back the next year, you don't have to recreate the wheel. It is already created. Just tweak what you need and there is so much less work at the start.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
As the librarian I have created a course which works as the library online for my school. All the students know how to get there and can access what they need. It was a lifesaver when we had to go digital due to COVID. I am excited to create some more embed-able content to make my Schoology Library Course even more interactive and useable to the youngest of students.