what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

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hernick
Practitioner

what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

My subject title pretty much sums it up - Are there any plans for future develpment for PS Learning (Haiku) now that Schoology is being purchased by PowerSchool? How much longer will PSL be offered?

Thanks!

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PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

I'm sure they have some ideas, but the actual sale (if finalized) is still 45 days away. I don't think the stand alone PowerSchool Learning product will be around much longer given this sentence of the press release.  "Adding Schoology’s best-in-class LMS to PowerSchool’s award-winning Unified Classroom™ will create an industry-first classroom solution to empower teachers with personalized learning functionality to improve education outcomes for every student. "

gylepat
Achiever

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

You beat me to this!  Things are kind of making sense now of why PS Learning wasn't getting much "love".  This brings up my biggest question though,  do we continue to teach teachers how to use PS Learning AND what does the transfer of PS Learning content to Schoology look like.....??

jhanlon
Specialist

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

I really want to see how this all plays out.  This is big new for people who use Class Pages/Learning in UC.  Schoology has very strong collaboration and digital workflow as well as an assessment component.  We had been very concerned about the attention PS was paying to Learning and this seems to be why.  What does that do to Messages and UC Assignment and UC Assessment?

 

I personally hope that PowerSchool learned a lot from the integration of learning.  I would love to just see UC Dashboard as a gateway to the full features of what schoology has.  Get rid of messages, calendar, assessment

 

I guess for now you can only speculate. 

jhanlon
Specialist

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

I would assume that this would be a whole new implementation just like learning was.  I am sure you will have to pay up and get PD too.  I feel like they will let school use PS Learning until they want to pay an implementation for schoology.

 

I believe that schoology should be able to extract teachers content in Learning and upload into thier platform.  Individually a teacher can pull a common cartridge file.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

Hi, @hernick , @jhanlon , @gylepat@DanM3

 

Thank you for reaching out about this through our Community! PowerSchool is excited to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoology, a leading K-12 learning management system (LMS).  We expect the acquisition to close within the next 45 days.  Until the transaction closes, PowerSchool and Schoology will continue to operate as two separate companies. Once the transaction is closed, we will share additional information about how Schoology and PowerSchool (including PowerSchool Learning) customers will benefit from our combined presence, whose focus will continue to be on powering the education ecosystem with unified technology.

 

I hope this is helpful!

 

 

JbidK
PowerSchool Community Manager
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

On this week's episode of the PowerSchool Insiders, Jason Sprangel referred to a PowerSchool-Schoology FAQ which contains more information than the email and press release from last week.

 

https://www.powerschool.com/schoology-faq/ 

 

For some strange reason there is no link to this FAQ on any of the PowerSchool websites nor can you search for it in PowerSource or here in the community.  

hernick
Practitioner

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

Well, all the FAQs, press releases, and interviews make it sound as though PS does not have PSLearning at all... just that Schoology will be bringing the magic that's been missing to the mix. This may be the begining of the end for ex-Haiku orgs that only use PSL (and nothing else from the PS product line.)

DMFermiPhysics
Hobbyist

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

It seems that the value and benefit of the integration of Schoology into Unified Classroom will be the amazing app associated with Schoology.  Haiku/Pages remains 10 years behind industry best practices because it doesn't have an app that seamlessly works on iOS and Android devices without the need for a web browser and very very clunky interfaces.  For this reason alone teachers in my district are excited for this acquisition/merger as the student experience will be vastly improved with a top line LMS.

 

-Mourad

jhanlon
Specialist

Re: what is the roadmap for PSL now that powerschool is buying Schoology?

We are as well.  But just like with Learning offering features that are in UC Like calendar and messaging and the overlap. Personally I would just like to see all that done in Schoology.  Get rid of the comunication component of UC and the assignment activity list and UC scoring.  It all just adds confusion.  I really hope UC just acts as a gatweay to get to schoology and use all the features. Or we can just use the powerschool ID to get into schoology.com   The whole thing that worries us is if PowerSchool tries to "Unify" schoology in the UC Dashboard.  We took a pretty big gamble on UC with the vision and it has been challenging.  Yes Learning is the same product it was as Haiku 7 years ago.  We would welcome getting a tool like schoology in the hands of our staff even though it is a big move since we invested in Class Pages/Learning