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Instructional Technology Resource Teachers Lisa Stafford and Erin McCarty offer Schoology training to families at the Back to School Fair in Marshall 

Fauquier County Public Schools has announced it is rolling out a new learning management system on Aug. 10 to replace Blackboard, which has been the school division's default software application for nearly 15 years. 

When students return to school Wednesday they will be introduced to a new software called "Schoology," which "is designed for all students—from kindergarten through 12th grade—to fully engage with their learning," according to a news release from the school division. 

Tina Ference, an instructional resource technology teacher with Fauquier County Public Schools, said Schoology is the “best fit” for the school division.

“We made a change to a new learning management system to meet the needs of all members of our community,” Ference said in the release. “We are excited that our teachers, staff, students and families can utilize this new platform to enhance their learning experience.”

According to the release, the software was evaluated by parents, students, teachers and administrators throughout the 2021-2022 school year and was selected over other platforms like Canvas and Infinite Campus.

Tara Helkowski, director of communications and community engagement with Fauquier County Public Schools, said Schoology "was found to best meet the needs of all stakeholders because of its ease of use for parents, students, and staff."

"It also provides an online help system for all users," she added.

Helowaski said teacher training began in March and will continue into the 2022-2023 school year. Teachers can access tutorials, including self-paced courses, within Schoology, in-person training with instructional technology resource teachers (ITRTs), webinars and YouTube channel options.

She said the school system would provide student and parent training in the use of Schoology beginning this week. Parents may also take self-paced courses or opt for in-person options with technology resource teachers and school staff.

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