Schoology.com is a social networking service and virtual learning environment for K-12 school and higher education institutions that allows users to create, manage, and share academic content. Also known as a learning management system (LMS) or course management system (CMS), the cloud-based platform provides tools needed to manage an online classroom.
Visually and functionally similar to Facebook, the service includes attendance records, online gradebook, tests and quizzes, and homework dropboxes. The social media features facilitate collaboration among a class, a group, or a school. Schoology can be integrated with existing school reporting and information systems and also provides the added security, filters and support that school districts require.
Schoology is offered to individuals, schools and districts free of charge. Revenue is generated by fees charged for premium add-ons such as customized branding, support packages, increased storage, single sign on (SSO), and data integration with existing student information systems (SIS). There are many competitors in the LMS space; primary services focused on education include ePals LearningSpace, edmodo, etudes, Desire2Learn, Instructure, Blackboard and Moodlerooms.
Users include the Judson Independent School District, The Linsly School, Monmouth-Roseville High School, Westminster Christian Academy, the Palo Alto Unified School District., the Downingtown STEM Academy and Jefferson County School District.