Purple Hibiscus Unit: Schoology

schoology-heroFor our next shared text unit, we will be reading the novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We will be spending approximately three weeks on this book, and during that time, our learning will move to a “virtual classroom” in Schoology.

Schoology is an LMS—a learning management system—that the T/E school district will actually be implementing, grades 5-12, beginning next year. As a member of the District Technology Committee, I have been working with other teachers to learn more about the benefits of Schoology. And since you’re my students, you’ll be among the first to help me pilot a few of Schoology’s features! 🙂

So what does this mean for you?

Our entire Purple Hibiscus unit will be accessed through the Schoology platform (not mrsEbarvia.com). To access these materials, go to schoology.tesd.net. Use your district network email and password.

Once you log on to Schoology, you’ll see a menu bar at the top. Click on Courses and then select World Lit. From there, you’ll find the Purple Hibiscus folder with our course materials.

Schoology Screenshot

Note that the screenshot above is a TEACHER view, which is why you see all class periods listed. In STUDENT view, you should just see your class period.

NOTE: While you are in Schoology, you will notice your other courses and teachers. Ignore any activity on Schoology not related to English class unless otherwise directed by a teacher. Several teachers are experimenting with Schoology’s features, so you may notice, for example, that your math teacher has scheduled a quiz or your social studies teacher has created an assignment. Unless those teachers specifically direct you to complete assignments in Schoology—like I am here—you should ignore all other activity not related to our class. If you have questions, just let me know.

Schoology is an extension of our classroom. That said, remember that all interactions in Schoology must be classroom friendly and appropriate. Practice positive online behavior. Remember that things online can sometimes be more easily misinterpreted. Take care in how you interact with others. Be sure to read the Best Practices for Online Interactions handout on the Schoology website.

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