The reason why I decided to stick with Schoology was because students can upload assignments into a drop box which makes it easy to turn in and everything is in one area for the teacher. I added a second part to my previous assessment in which students record a video of themselves performing CPR. I added this to the assessment because I wanted more than just the facts of how to perform CPR. This assessment will now give students the chance to practice CPR before performing their final practical. A lot of CMS sites have drop boxes but Schoology has the option of downloading of them all into one place. Schoology can host a lot of videos. This is important in physical education because it allows teachers to post videos of specific movements and break skills into a series of steps. This will benefit visual learners because they can actually see what the teacher is trying to explain.
I want the students to know the facts about CPR and learn how to perform CPR under pressure. Hopefully, they'll never have to perform CPR. No training will ever compare to performing CPR in a life saving situation where students are asked to make split second decisions. Students will practice CPR in front of classmates, in making screencasts and during their final practical. Our goal is that students will feel more comfortable performing CPR with these reenactments in case they do need to perform CPR. Knowing the facts, proper order and the latest techniques are important things that the students should know.
Lastly, this assessment is designed for physical education students who want to be CPR certified. A recent trend in Massachusetts is having students be CPR certified as a graduation requirement. Students will learn the proper technique and skills during physical education classes as part of a First Aid unit. In the future, it could be taught during a Junior/Senior class. This assessment satisfies Massachusetts Health Framework 9.19 which states that “through the study of Emergency intervention students will be able to demonstrate appropriate first aid for stings,bites, broken bones, bleeding, chocking, shock, poisoning, burns and cardiac arrest.”
In conclusion, Schoology offers a lot to both students and teachers to make learning online easy and effective. Displaying videos, receiving/giving feedback instantly and having a clear grade book gives the learners a clearer picture on what is expected from them and where they are currently in the class. I would recommend Schoology to any of my colleagues who are looking to integrate a CMS into their classroom.