Schoology for Parents

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A Guide to OSD Schoology Parent Access

 

 

Welcome to OSD Schoology Parent Access! Below you will find an explanation of the different areas of your Schoology account. This guide is intended to help you learn how to navigate around Schoology. For more in-depth guidance on specific Schoology features, check out the Help Center at support.schoology.com. You can find the online Parents Guide here.

What Is Schoology? OSD teachers may choose to use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

With Schoology Parent Access, parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups
  • View teacher provided materials, posts, and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses
  • View media albums
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue

 

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades
  • Interact with materials
  • Complete assignments or assessments
  • Add posts or comments
  • View posts or comments added by other students
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings)

 

The First Time You Access Your Account

The first time you access your account

Your child already has login credentials through our district student portal. Parents will also be given login credentials via an email message to access the Olympia School District Schoology system. The email will be sent from no-reply@schoology.com and will say that OlympiaSD Schoology has created an account for you on Schoology using the email address you provided in Skyward. Follow the directions in that email message to log in to your account.

If you did not receive this email or need help accessing your Schoology password, please contact the OSD Helpdesk at helpdesk@osd.wednet.edu.
Setting up your account

Setting Up Your Account

The first time you log into Schoology, you may want to set up some of your account settings to make sure you get the most out of Schoology.

Parent accounts on Schoology are really like have two accounts in one. One is your own personal account, with your own name and information. This is connected to your child’s account, in which you can view updates about his or her activity.

Start by clicking on the arrow in the upper-right corner, next to your name, and then select your child’s name to switch into his or her account. The checkmark in this dropdown menu indicates which account you are currently in.

Notifications

NotificationsSet up your Notifications to control how Schoology contacts you about your child’s school activities.

To set up notifications, select Settings from the dropdown menu in the upper right hand corner. Then select Notifications and turn on or off notifications for each activity type. If you have connected a smartphone to your account, you may adjust notifications for your device here also.

Setting Up Your Parent Email Digest

The Schoology Parent Email Digest is a brief summary of your child’s activities delivered to your inbox. Here, you can opt to receive it on a daily or weekly basis. A Parent Email Digest contains information such as courses your child is enrolled in and overdue and upcoming assignments.

NotificationsTo set up the digest, first select the child in the upper right. Then select Settings, then Notifications.

Overdue Submissions Email

In addition to the Parent Email Digest email, you can opt to receive additional email notifications when your child has an overdue assignment:

Once you have configured your Parent NotificationsEmail Digest and Overdue Submissions Email settings, click Save Changes.

Account Settings

The Account Settings page is where you can do things like change your password or update your email address. You can also determine your landing page when you login to Schoology. To go to the Account Settings page, click the arrow in the upper-right corner again and select Settings from the menu.

Scroll down to Set Default Account.

This determines the first page you see when you log in to your Schoology account. You can toggle into your child’s account at any time, to stay updated on his or her schoolwork and activity.

From the default account menuFrom the Default Account menu:

  • Select Main Account if you would like to see your own personal account when you log in.
  • Select Child’s Account if you want to automatically start in your child’s account when you log in.

 

Navigating Schoology

 

Your Account

After logging in, you can see the top navigation bar from anywhere in Schoology.

On the left side of the bar, you can navigate to the four main areas of Schoology: Home (OSD Icon), Courses, Groups, and Resources.

Clicking Home always brings you back to your home page, the landing page you see when you log in. This is where you see your Recent Activity feed.

Calendar & Notifications

When you are in your own Schoology account (not your child’s), icons for calendar and notifications display in the top navigation bar, on the right. You can also click your name to go to your own Personal Profile.

Viewing Your Child’s Activity

Click on the arrow in the upper-right corner of your account and select your child’s name to view his or her activity.

  • Select Home (OSD icon) to see your child’s recent activity in all courses and groups and any updates from the course or group administrators.
  • Select Courses to see a list of your child’s current courses. Click on an individual course to see materials, assignments, tests, and discussions from that course.
  • Select Groups to see a list of your child’s Schoology Groups. Groups can be used for a variety of activities, from school projects to extracurricular teams and clubs.
  • The Upcoming section displays a list of your child’s upcoming assignments and events.
  • The Calendar icon shows all assignment and event dates for your child’s courses and groups.