Schoology

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Schoology
Schoology Logo.svg
Type of business Private
Type of site
  • Learning Management System
  • Course Management System
  • Virtual Learning Environment
Available in English, Spanish, French, Malay, Japanese, English UK
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s)
  • Jeremy Friedman
  • Ryan Hwang
  • Tim Trinidad
  • Bill Kindler
Key people
  • Jeremy Friedman (Co-founder, CEO)
  • Bill Kindler (Co-founder, Executive Vice President)
  • Ryan Hwang (Co-founder, Chief Product Officer)
  • Tim Trinidad (Co-founder, CTO)
Employees 100+
Website www.schoology.com
Registration Required

Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and corporations that allows users to create, manage, and share content and resources. Also known as a course management system (CMS) or virtual learning environment (VLE), the cloud-based platform provides tools to manage any classroom or blended learning environment.[1]

Background[edit]

The Schoology platform was designed by Jeremy Friedman, Ryan Hwang and Tim Trinidad in [2] 2007 while still undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Originally designed for sharing notes, additional features and functionality continue to be added.[3]

Schoology secured its first institutional round of venture capital funding amounting to $1.25M from Meakam Becker Venture Capital in June 2010, following an angel investment in 2009 from an unnamed investor.[4] In 2012, Schoology raised [5]$6M in a round led by Firstmark Capital, and in 2014, a [6]$15M round of funding was led by Intel Capital.

As of November 2014, Schoology has over 9.5 million users across 100,000 schools in 200 countries around the world.[7]

In November 2015, Schoology announced its $32 million Series D funding round, led by JMI Equity.[8]

Product[edit]

Visually familiar to users of Facebook[1] and other popular social networking websites, the service includes attendance records, online gradebook, tests and quizzes, and homework dropboxes. The social media interface facilitates collaboration among a class, a group, or a school.[3] Schoology can be integrated with existing school reporting and information systems[4] and also provides the added security, filters and support that school districts may require.[4]

Schoology is offered to educators free of charge. Revenue is generated with a fee-based Enterprise product that includes premium add-ons such as customized branding, advanced analytics, single sign on (SSO), and data integration with existing student information systems (SIS).[9] Native mobile applications are available for iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.

Product enhancements have included text message notifications, integrations with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote, IMS Global learning tools interoperability (LTI), educational and non-educational apps,[10] a shared resources library, mastery analytics and a question importer for tests and quizzes.

Users include [11] San Juan USD,[12]Colorado State University-Global Campus,[13]Department of Defense Education Activity,[14] Uruguay's Plan Ceibal,[15] Greenwich Public Schools,[16]Judson Independent School District, Westminster Christian Academy,[17]Palo Alto Unified School District,[18] Cempaka Schools in Malaysia,[19] the Downingtown STEM Academy, Rocklin Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, Jefferson County School District, Cincinnati Public Schools,[20] Cabarrus County Schools, and Los Angeles Unified School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conte, Henry S. (May 2, 2011). "Facebook-like Web Site Helps Students and Teachers Communicate". Facebook Fanpost. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Us - Schoology". 
  3. ^ a b Moran, Gwen (October 2010). "The Rise of the Virtual Classroom". Entrepreneur Magazine. Irvine, California. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "New Program Merges Learning Management and Social Media Platforms". District Administration. Norwalk, Connecticut. August 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Empson, Rip. "1M Users Strong, Schoology Grabs $6M To Take On Blackboard, Moodle". 
  6. ^ Pofeldt, Elaine. "Disruptive Classroom Technology Lures VCs In New Round". 
  7. ^ "How Does an LMS Go Viral Worldwide? Schoology Shares Secrets to Growth (EdSurge News)". 19 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Crook, Jordan. "Schoology Cloud-Based Education Platform Lands $32 Million Series D". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  9. ^ Wauters, Robin (June 7, 2010). "Schoology Raises $1.25 Million for Learning Management Software". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ https://app.schoology.com/apps
  11. ^ "Leveraging EdTech for Personalized Learning, San Juan USD Implements Schoology Districtwide - Schoology". 
  12. ^ "Higher Ed and K-12 LMS Success Stories - Schoology". 
  13. ^ "Department of Defense Agency Awards Contract to Schoology - Schoology". 
  14. ^ Editor, Sean Cavanagh Senior (12 June 2014). "Schoology Wins Contract for Ambitious Ed-Tech Project in Uruguay". 
  15. ^ "Greenwich School District Adds Schoology To Its Teaching Tools". 
  16. ^ "Goodbye Gradequick – Hello Schoology". Schoology Blog. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Segrave, Ashley (24 August 2009). "WCA to Pilot Social Networking in the Classroom". The Wildcat Roar. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Schoology Announces $1 Million Investment from For-Profit Education Company in Malaysia That Uses Its Collaborative Learning Platform - Business Wire". 
  19. ^ "Palo Alto Unified School District Schoology Login Portal". 
  20. ^ "Cincinnati Public Schools - Schoology Portal". 

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