Schoology, developers of the free, cloud-based collaborative learning platform for K-12 classrooms, today announced that Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) has upgraded to the company's enterprise-level platform.
Schoology's enterprise-level platform grants PAUSD's 12,000 students and more than 600 teachers access to a secure, collaborative online learning platform whose features and functionality are integrated into daily lesson plans and PAUSD administrative functions and communications.
"When I saw Schoology, I knew we had a winner," said Ann Dunkin, PAUSD's Director of Technology. "Our students, staff, and parents uniformly love Schoology, and I love that the team responds to our feedback quickly."
In choosing Schoology, Ms. Dunkin said PAUSD was "looking for a learning management system that would provide an open platform for IT and an appealing user interface for our users along with the functionality of an LMS. We also needed a manageable platform that could be expanded to all grade levels and provided education-specific components such as an assignment dropbox."
Prior to opting to upgrade to Schoology's enterprise-level service offering, PAUSD's instructors had relied on several disparate stand-alone technologies that were not consistent throughout the school system. The inability of these third-party tools to integrate with each other greatly limited overall functionality and was a hindrance to student learning, parent engagement, and educator efficacy and efficiency.
Schoology's free service had been in use by a large number of students and teachers at the district's schools. Due to its popularity, PAUSD upgraded to the enterprise-level platform to benefit from an integrated platform across all 17 district schools that could also work with other third-party education technology platforms.