February 2018 Wrap-up and Look Ahead

It’s been a great month here at Studies Weekly. With our amazing social studies materials hot off the presses, we are getting ready to ship these out to teachers all over the country. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you, and we are deeply appreciative. We wanted to start off this month with a recap of what’s been going on as well as give you a look ahead of what we’ll be up to this spring.

Changes to Our Website

To start off, we enjoyed some fun victories this month. The Teacher Accounts side of our website underwent some changes that rolled out on February 2. As a Studies Weekly subscriber to our print social studies materials, you already have access to our online component as well. If you are using Studies Weekly online (and you should!), you probably noticed the following updates:

  1. Autosave Function on Assessments (reviewed here);
  2. Student Gradebook and More Comprehensive Reports (reviewed here); and
  3. Teacher Professional Development Usability Updates (discussed here).

Award-Winning Social Studies Materials

We are proud to officially be an award-winning publication now!
We are proud to officially be an award-winning publication now!

Another major victory we’ve been celebrating involves an award we received from Textbook and Academic Authors Association Studies Weekly social studies materials were named 2018’s Most Promising Textbook and we are thrilled about it. Read up about the award on our recent blog post, or in case you missed it, you can download the TAA press release announcement here.

Assembly with Harriet Tubman

Some of our staff was able to visit a couple of classrooms that are using Studies Weekly successfully. We were able to watch a unique presentation by Harriet Tubman herself, and got it all on video. Click here to see the exclusive video on our YouTube channel.

Regional Manager Visits

Some of our regional managers were able to attend publishers fairs in February as well. These were great opportunities for us to get out and talk to some of our customers. We really enjoyed getting to know some of you and featuring some of our products. If you are interested in meeting with one of our regional managers when they’re in your area, please check out our calendar by clicking here.

Upcoming Education Conference

One of our teachers won an Echo Dot at NCSS 2017 and some of our social studies materials to boot - you could be a lucky winner in Boston!
One of our teachers won an Echo Dot at NCSS 2017 – you could be a lucky winner this year in Boston!

Coming up this month, we will be attending ASCD Empower18 in Boston, MA. If you’ll be there too, we would love to meet you. Stop by our booth and say hi when you have the time. We had a blast at last year’s NCSS 2017 Conference, Just like last time, we will again be giving away a lot of swag and some great prizes. Stop by and try your luck at winning a tablet, Studies Weekly swag, and more! We will also have samples of our award-winning social studies materials, so check them out.

Order a Sample or Free Trial

In the meantime, you don’t have to attend a conference to have access to our awesome publication, free newsletters and lesson plans, and thousands of original, exclusive videos. Start your free 30 Day Trial or stop by our online shop for a free sample of Studies Weekly!

 

 

 

Improved Student Gradebook and Online Student Reporting

As we mentioned last week, we have made some notable changes to how our online tools function. We made online student reporting easier, added functions that made testing students simpler, and redesigned our professional development site for better usability. As of February 1, 2018, the following elements on our site were updated:

  • Autosave Function on Assessments (click link for our recent blog on this)
  • Student Gradebook and More Comprehensive Reports
  • Professional Development Usability Updates

As a teacher, you know how important accurate reporting is. You also know how important it is for your students’ parents to be able to see how their kids are doing. With our new and improved student gradebook and reporting tools, you can do the following:

  • See a clearer picture of student progress.
  • Measure the engagement of your students with our online tools.
  • Share your students’ progress with their parents.
  • See student engagement with online tools skyrocket!

Clearer Picture of Student Progress

When you select your class on the right hand side of your screen, you will see your list of students like usual. Just click on the Reports link in the top right corner to access the reports for your class:

Alternatively, you can access all of your reports for all of your classes by clicking on the Reports tab at the top of any page once you have logged into your Studies Weekly online teacher account:

For your reports, you have two tabs at the top: 1) SLI (Student Learning Index) Report; and 2) Utilization Report. You have the option to export student report data to Excel in CSV format or view in browser by selecting Search. Either view of the report will give you a clear picture of what your students are working on and how they’re progressing.

Measure Your Students’ Engagement

With the new online student reporting tools we have available,  you can see all of the students’ activities in each of your classes on one screen . This tool will give you a snapshot of which of your students are participating heavily and which ones might need a little more encouragement.

With this tool, teachers also have the ability to view from their own computer screens which test questions their students might be struggling with, and which answers they might have just skipped over.

Share Student Progress with Parents

One of the great joys of teaching is meeting parents. With the new online student reporting tools, you can export student data to Excel and share with parents individually. For a student who is struggling, seeing a snapshot of student engagement may be just what their parents need.

Online Student Reporting for More Engagement

These updates were rolled out and improved on over years of dedicated teaching experience. Many of our staff are former educators who have put a lot of thought and significant input into these tools. We do this to make sure they are useful teacher tools and valuable parent tools as well.

As students engage with our online tool, their engagement and interest in learning will increase. Our hope is that the online gradebook and online student reporting features will make teaching easier. We hope to see you online soon!