Autosave Function for Online K-6 Testing Available

At Studies Weekly, we get a lot of feedback from you, our valued customers. The other day, one of our teachers reached out on Facebook to ask whether the autosave function would be available soon for online K-6 testing. We want that teacher to know — like we want all of you to know — that we’ve been listening.

As a direct result of your feedback, we have begun to roll out a few notable changes that might interest you. By February 1, 2018, we will have updated the following elements on our site:

  • Autosave Function on Assessments
  • Student Gradebook and More Comprehensive Reports
  • Professional Development Usability Updates

Over the next few weeks, we will have more video tutorials available to help you navigate these changes. In the meantime, we will be providing a brief explanation here on our blog. For this week, we’ll briefly go over the new autosave function on assessments when going through our online K-6 testing.

Autosave Function

For students, the assessment screen will look the same. All of your students should be familiar with logging in to their student accounts by now. However, if you have not set up student accounts, visit this blog for a brief rundown of what to expect and some short instructions for getting it setup for your class.

You know the value of this update if you’ve had students taking an assessment when the power or internet goes out. Now, the system will autosave assessments upon event. In other words, the system will autosave responses every time a student types text in a field or selects an answer.

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Please note that we will have the Autosave feature available with the next update on February 1, 2018.

As always, if you have any questions or feature requests, know that we’re listening. We want to hear from you. Go ahead and leave us a comment below, reach out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), or give us a call at (866) 311-8734. 

PledgeCents Makes Classroom Fundraising Easy

We have talked to many of our teachers at various education events we attend, such as the NCSS 2017 event in November and the upcoming Empower18 conference in March. A common thread we hear from many teachers is that affording the classroom materials necessary for effective teaching is difficult.

On average, teachers spend $600 out of their own pockets towards their classrooms every year. Educators across the country are spending approximately $1.6 billion dollars of their own money on school supplies! There are many classroom fundraising tools out there. However, we have talked to several teachers who aren’t sure where to go or how to start.

We’d Like to Help with Classroom Fundraising

At Studies Weekly, we’d like to see teachers keep more of their money and find alternative ways of classroom fundraising. And fundraisers can only go so far. In fact, many schools have fundraisers and other schoolwide events to raise money for their classrooms and students. While this might help some, teachers shouldn’t have to be completely dependent on their school administrators for funding.

Free Studies Weekly Programs

This is one of the many reasons why we have free learning opportunities for teachers, such as the virtual Veterans Day Assembly we did on Veterans Day.

About PledgeCents

classroom fundraising is easy with pledgecents and studies weekly partnership What many do not know is that we have also partnered with a company called PledgeCents to help teachers raise money for their classrooms. So far, donors have made over $1.5 million dollars in donations to educators and education-related projects via PledgeCents. PledgeCents has partnered with Teach For AmericaKIPP Public Charter Schools, in addition to being a 100Kin10 partner, aimed at training and retaining qualified STEM teachers.

Official Partnership

In July 2017, PledgeCents and Studies Weekly officially entered a partnership to give teachers easier access to increased classroom fundraising opportunities. Although we know many teachers use the platform to fundraise for Studies Weekly subscriptions, you can use it for anything. If you’re not sure whether Studies Weekly is for you, order your free sample here. In the meantime, you can easily get started with PledgeCents. Just click here and fill out your information, share your story, and start spreading the word.

 

Online Learning Improves with Student Accounts

Optimizing online learning in your classroom can be a hefty task. If you are already using the Studies Weekly online tool,  you have probably used or are encouraging your students’ parents to use our Parent Accounts.

Most classrooms in the U.S. are connected to the internet today. The internet can be a significant online learning tool in your classroom, but because different students learn at different speeds and in different ways, tools that teach using a variety of methods are extremely important.

To facilitate the best online learning, Studies Weekly designed and created Student Accounts. Student Accounts allow students to work through our online materials at their pace in the way that they understand it best. Here are a few key features of our Student Accounts that will keep students more engaged and improve their learning.

1. Bilingual Content

Students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) make up a large population of our nation’s schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Spanish is the primary language spoken at home for 3.7 million students, or about 7.6% of students in grades K-12 in the United States. The percentage of ELL students in certain states such as California is as high as 25%.

With this in mind, and to serve our Spanish immersion classrooms that use Studies Weekly, our online reading sections and assessments are available in Spanish. To view the Spanish language versions of the publications, click “Reading” at the top of the page and collapse the tab labeled Leveled Readers.

2. Highlighting

Students are able to highlight passages of text. Teachers make this tool even more valuable when they incorporate highlighting into their lessons. For instance, have students highlight the verbs as they see them in their reading, or highlight all of the proper nouns they see throughout the copy. This fulfills many of the ELA standards while teaching students essential social studies concepts.

3. Assessments

To administer assessments to your students, just go into your Teacher Account and activate the test for the section you are working on. The reading sections prepare students for the questions at the end of the unit. One of the benefits of the assessments is that they utilize a variety of question types: drag and drop, fill in the blank, true or false, multiple choice, etc. We have closely assessed the standards to make sure that both our digital and print materials adhere closely to the standards for each state.

4. Rewards

Parents and teachers know that the best way to motivate children is through rewarding positive behavior. As students complete their reading or listening to the text, they earn virtual coin rewards. Students can redeem their rewards for items for a virtual pet. Students will have to search across the site to earn some of the rewards (don’t worry, we give pretty good clues!).

Many of the reading sections also include games. Students can play developmentally appropriate games such as MisSpilled, a game that helps students identify misspelled and correctly spelled words. There are also crossword puzzles that incorporate ideas and vocabulary from the reading.

5. Online Learning Progress Tracking

As a kid, few things are quite as frustrating as not being able to track progress. (Ever been on a road trip with a 6-year-old? Do the words “Are we there yet?” set off any alarms?)  With our online tool, students can track their own progress. Students will get through the material and retain more of it when they can see their progress nearing the finish line.

6. Audio & Visual Features

The content in our online component is identical to the print publications you receive in your classroom each week. With the online tool, however, the content has sound and visual components as well. As students read along with the online content, the words are highlighted and read aloud via an audio reader.

Optimizing your students’ online learning requires that you present the information in a variety of ways to cater to your students’ unique personalities and learning styles. To start setting up your Student Accounts, register or login to Studies Weekly online.