Right now the only way to organize materials on Schoology is by courses and folders. This is useful, but inflexible. A tagging system (hashtag or otherwise) would allow students and teachers to search course materials for additional criteria, and would also be quicker and easier at the teacher's end than laboriously dragging materials into folders (which is a whole other post that I'll get to another time). It would also allow a given item to belong to multiple categories.
So, for example:
- Tags could replace folders. for organizing materials into different units. This would be especially useful if I post a "course update" that is relevant to a particular curriculum unit, but not included in the folder of materials. With a tagging system a kid could search for, say, the #romeo-and-juliet tag and see any relevant updates right along with the assignments or handouts or whatever.
- They could also be used to group by type of material: #background, #study_guide, #homework, or whatever.
- You could tag something #important or #tangential. That way you could post something that's interesting but tangential, for kids who might be interested, and kids who aren't interested would know it's OK not to read it. Or, conversely, you could mark it #important.
Moreover, I think users would pick up the new system quickly, since tags are now so widely used on various social media.