Creating Discussions in Schoology

  • Open your Schoology sandbox course.

  • Select "add materials" and "add discussion." 

  • Once in the details window, add a name for the discussion. You will want this to captivate your audience, so make it interesting.

  • In the description section, use the rich text editor to add the following:

  • Add a table that is 2 columns by 4 rows in size.

  • Merge the first row of cells, and add a title (I usually put the title of the discussion here or any prompts that may be needed prior to beginning the activity).

  • In each of the remaining cells on the left column, insert the image arrows that say watch (cell 2), respond (cell 3), and reflect (cell 4).

  • In the right column across from the watch arrow, embed a video from YouTube.

  • In the right column across from the respond arrow, type the directions: After watching the video, think about what you have learned and how you can apply that new information. Post your thinking in the discussion board below. 

  • In the right column across from the reflect arrow, type the directions: After posting your thoughts, read your peer\'s posts and select 2 to respond to. In your responses, share whether you agree disagree, ask a question about their thinking, or share how they may have changed or added to your thinking about the topic. 

  • In the last cell on the right, type the words: SENTENCE STARTER.  

  • Hyperlink those words to the shared document titled "Sentence Starters."

  • Select "enable grading."

  • Select the "ungraded" grading category.

  • Select the "align" button to align objectives to the discussion.

  • You can choose 1-2 objectives from the given lists.

  • After selecting objectives, select the "Scale/Rubric" dropdown menu.

  • Choose "create new" from the list of options.

  • The objectives you\'ve attached will appear in the objective column, but you will want to give the rubric a title.

  • Add criteria called "following directions" by clicking in the +criteria button.

  • Here you can give the criteria a short description, and add the scoring values and their descriptions by clicking into the cells on the rubric. 

  • Save your rubric.

  • Feel free to change the settings (publish/unpublish, response reveals, individually assign and lock) at the bottom of your discussion window. 

  • Select "create" when you are finished with your discussion for your course. 

  • Take some time to develop a discussion in one of your courses that you can use with your students. 

This checklist was created by gmkq58

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