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November 11, 2022 Updates

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Take a look below for more detail about what’s new this month!

You will now be able to see the state standards the item aligns to for the state you are in.

  • From the Library or you Class Assignments Tab, click on the title of an item
  • Click the Standards Tab
  • View the standards for your state that align to this item

State Standards

You can now use the checkmarks to select multiple students at once to turn Tech Quest on or off.

  • Click on the Tech Quest Button in the top menu bar
  • Select the Students Tab
  • Click the checkmarks for the students you’d like to select
  • Turn Tech Quest On or Off for the selected students (if you select all, it will only select all students showing on the page)

TQ Bulk ON OFF

You can now assign items from the Prep for Online Assessment Unit to your students.

With the Prep for Online Assessments Unit, students will receive instruction on valuable digital literacy skills that take the “technology” out of the assessment equation. They will also be able to use digital literacy skills in an Online Assessment Skills Practice at the end of the learning path to help them apply their skills and learn how to take an online assessment.

  • Visit the Library
  • Under Browse by Category, click on the Prep for Online Assessments Tile
  • Explore the different units and assign to your class

Online Assessment Prep Tile

The content in this module will help students understand the role of technology throughout history, how technology has impacted communities, and how global trends impact changes in technology.

  • Visit the Library
  • Under Browse by Category, click on the IT Fundamentals Tile
  • View the items in tiles Grades 6, 7, or 8
  • They will have “Creativity and Innovation” at the beginning of their title

6-8 Creativity and Innovation

The items include a new video lesson, grade specific projects and reflections, and printable supplemental resources.

The content in this module will help students understand the role of technology throughout history, how technology has impacted communities, and how global trends impact changes in technology.

  • Visit the Library
  • Under Browse by Category, click on the IT Fundamentals Tile
  • View the items in tiles Grades K, 1, or 2
  • They will have “Tech & Communities” at the beginning of their title

K-2 Tech and Communities

The items include a new sing-along video lesson, full lesson plan, teacher led discussion slide deck, and student facing interactive practices.

Back to School 2022-2023 Learning.com Updates

Want to learn more about these updates? The lessons in our Online Training Courses provide more detail and video walk-throughs.

These specific lessons below cover our newest updates, but we recommend you go through the full modules and courses to best prepare to use Learning.com with your students. View all our courses here: Self-Paced Learning.

May 2022 Updates

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Take a look below for more detail about what’s new this month!

Teachers can now create Class Groups in Teacher Center. Groups are helpful if you need to differentiate instruction, separate different skills being taught, or assign Spanish curriculum for any Spanish language learners in your class.

  • Navigate to the Student Tab within a class
  • Click the Create Group button
    Student Tab Create Groups Button
  • Enter the details for your new Group
    Create group details
  • You can access your groups from the left sidebar by clicking the down arrow next to a class that has groups in it.Class Group Navigation

The Library now shows all Digital Skill Tiles at once rather than a carousel so you can easily get to the content you want without having to scroll through.

In the Library, scroll down a little to view all Digital Skill tiles:

Teachers can now see a percentage score in the Gradebook which reflect progress completed for EasyCode Pillars assignments. The score will change as they continue their lesson as it is reflecting progress, for example if they have completed 4 out of 9 items so far, it will show 44%. When they return and finish the other 5 items, it will update to show 100%. 

EasyCode_CodestersCodesters Gradebook Progress

April 2022 Updates

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You asked, and we delivered! This month you’ll find more functionality to Class Groups, Gradebook, and Standard Searches. And as always, we’ve got new learning items for your students!

Note: Right now, this only applies to groups that have already been created in the Original Platform. The ability to create groups from Teacher Center will be coming soon.

Teachers can now enroll students, assign curriculum, and adjust settings for their Class Groups:

From the Teacher Center Classes page, navigate to a group within a class.

Enroll Students:Group Enroll Students

  • On the Students Tab, click Add Students.
  • Only students who are currently in the main class will be displayed, select the students you want to enroll.
  • Click Save Enrollment.

Assign Curriculum:Group Assign Curriculum

  • On the Assignments Tab, click the Assign Curriculum to Your Class or Add Assignments button to be taken to the Library.
  • Find the items you want to assign in the Library and click Assign.
  • The pop-up will be defaulted to the group you were in, but you can see in the dropdown that it allows you to select class/group.
  • Click Assign.

Adjust Settings:Group Settings

  • View the Group Settings Tab
  • You can now adjust the following items independent of the Class Settings:
    • Group Name
    • Active Status
    • Assignment Sequence: Open or Forced
    • Minimum Score
  • The following settings cannot be added or changed from within a group and must be done so at the class level:
      • Tech Quest
      • Co-Teachers

You can now view and print your Class Roster, Login Cards, and Student Detail Report from the Actions Button Dropdown.

From the Teacher Center Classes page, navigate to a class and view the Student Tab. Click the Actions button to reveal the dropdown options:

Student Tab Actions Button

Teachers can now reset items in gradebook which deletes the score and re-opens the item so students can take it again.

Reset Item

  • In the Gradebook Tab of a Class, click on the score cell in the Gradebook.
  • In the pop-up click the Delete button
  • It will remove the score and the word ‘Reopened’ will populate the cell instead.
  • Students will now be able to retake the item and earn a different score.

Note: This function does NOT work in the Tech Quest Dashboard, only the Class Gradebook for items assigned by the teacher

Note: If you click on a score and the pop-up invites you to ‘Launch Item Dashboard’ — you must reset/reopen the item through the dashboard, not through the Gradebook.

Teachers can now search by standard all the way down to the version number so that they can see all of the curriculum that adheres to that specific standard.

  • In Library’s left sidebar, select Search by Standard.
  • You can now breakdown your search all the way to sub-strand for eligible standards.

Now available is the second lesson of our 2nd Grade Cyberbullying module. 

Students will continue their journey with Truman and Poppy as they learn how to tackle cyberbullying.

Shellphone Pt. 2

To access and assign the new video lesson, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find this new item, Cyberbullying: The Legendary Shellphone Part 2 – Level 2, in the 2nd Grade unit:Library View

The rest of the items to complete this module will be coming soon!

March 2022 Updates

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As promised, we’ve got more content for your students and more functionality in Teacher Center! Toggle below for details about the updates.

Any groups teachers have made in the Original Platform can now be accessed from the Teacher Center Classes page.

From the Teacher Center Classes page, choose a class that already contains groups (which you previously created in the Original Platform). 

In the left sidebar, click the down arrow button on a class that has a group and select the group name to see enrollments, assignments, and gradebook.

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Note: Right now, this only applies to groups that have already been created in the Original Platform. The ability to create groups, enroll students to it, and assign items to the group will be coming soon.

This allows a coordinator to select and view data for High School in the Adaptive Keyboarding Dashboard.

From the Coordinator Portal, select Adaptive Keyboarding from the Dashboards dropdown. Coordinator Dropdown

Once in the dashboard, select High School from the dropdown in the top right. High School Dropdown

Here you can now view Adaptive Keyboarding data for the High Schools in your district.

Now available is the first lesson of our 2nd Grade Cyberbullying module. 

In this engaging animated video, students will join Truman and Poppy as they use their online smarts to tackle cyberbullying.

2nd Cyberbullying Shellphone Video Preview

To access and assign the new video lesson, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find this new item, Cyberbullying: The Legendary Shellphone Part 1 – Level 2, in the 2nd Grade unit:Library View

Lesson in list view

The rest of the items to complete this module will be coming soon!

We have added a printable activity book resource to the 1st grade Grand Keyboarding lesson to help students remember what they learned while having fun!Coloring book preview

To access and the activity, view the Digital Citizenship: The Grand Keyboard – Level 1 item, click the Teacher Resources tab and select the Printable Activity Book to print for your students.
Teacher Resources

We have completed the 2nd grade Netiquette module!

Last month we released the two video lessons, and we’ve now completed the module with interactive practices so students can apply what they’ve learned and improve their knowledge of vocabulary terms and definitions related to digital citizenship and netiquette. Netiquette Practice

Be sure to also check out the Teacher Resources to find printable support material or offline practice activities:
Teacher Resources

Support

To access and assign the new modules, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find the new items in the 2nd Grade unit:Library View

Item List

You can now assign the Spanish version of the Digital Citizenship: A Slippery Digital Footprint – Level 4. 
4th Grade Spanish Digital Footprint Preview

To access and assign the lesson, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find the item in the 4th grade unit and select Spanish from the left sidebar filter tool. 
4th Grade Spanish Digital Footprint Item

 

February 2022 Updates

It’s a new year and we’ve been hard at work to bring even more features to our Teacher Center and fresh content for students. Toggle below to learn more about what’s new!

This allows a teacher to enroll multiple students to a class at once.
Note: If your district is syncing student data through Clever or ClassLink, enrollments will automatically be done for you.

View the Students Tab within a class and click the Enroll Students button at top left:Student Tab

Select multiple students to enroll. Use the left check boxes to choose one at a time or use the Shift function to select a group at once.

Click the bulk action buttons at the top right to Enroll or Unenroll the selected students.

The new visuals on right side still allow you to enroll/unenroll one at a time.
enroll multiple students 

This allows a teacher to manually create and edit a new student account. 
Note: If your district is syncing student data through Clever or ClassLink, student accounts will automatically be created and enrolled for you. Student accounts created by the sync cannot be edited.
Note: If a district coordinator has disabled Teacher Permissions in the Coordinator Portal, this button will not show and teachers will not be able to add a new student

View the Students Tab within a class, click the Enroll Students button at top left:Student Tab

Click the Create New Student button at the top right and fill out the new student information:Create Student Button

New Student Form

The student will automatically be added to the class you are currently in and will return you to the Student Tab to see your class roster.

To edit a manually created student, click on the pencil button either in the class student roster or in the school roster. Edit Student Roster Edit Student Enroll Roster 

 

This allows a teacher to see the student pathway for their class within their Assignments Tab. This is helpful for when you’d like to display the learning path to your students or go through lessons as a whole class together.

View the Assignments Tab within a class and click the View as Student button at the top left. 
Assignments Tab

A new tab will open of the student pathway view. Here you can can demonstrate what a student can do and launch learning items to view as a class. Student Preview

Note: There is no Classes button because that depends on each student

This allows a teacher to assign multiple items to a class at once.

Visit the Library and view a list of curriculum either from a learning path, digital skill tile, search, etc.

Click on as many items as you like to select them (do not click the title or it will open the item rather than select it). You can also use the Shift function to select a group at once. The item will be highlighted in light blue when selected.

Click the Assign # Items at the top right to assign to a class.
Assign Multiple Items

This allows a teacher who has manually created Guided Practice or Web Link items or self-curated Units in the Original Platform to access and assign them from the Teacher Center Library.
Note: Right now, this only applies to items and units that have already been created in the Original Platform (items only include Guided Practice and Web Links – we will be discontinuing Journals and Activities). The ability to create items and units in the Teacher Center will be coming soon.

If you have existing Items or Units, visit the Library and access them from the left sidebar.

The My Items tab will allow you to view and assign any previously created Guided Practices and Weblinks:
My Items 

The My Units tab will allow you to view and assign any previously created Units:My Units

We have 2 new modules to help 1st graders learn and practice online safety and digital citizenship skills!

The Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying modules teach students how to create strong, safe passwords and introduces how identify and deal with cyberbullying.

Lesson Preview

In addition to the video lessons, the modules include interactive practice so students can apply what they’ve learned:Interactive Practice

Be sure to check out the Teacher Resources to find printable support material or offline practice activities:Teacher Resources

Offline Practice

To access and assign the new modules, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find the new items in the 1st Grade unit:Library View

Module List

We have 2 new lessons to help 2nd graders learn and practice online safety and digital citizenship skills!

The two videos are the first items in our upcoming Digital Citizenship module which will teach students how to use netiquette in online communications.Lesson Preview

To access and assign the new video lessons, view the Library and select the Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Tile under EasyTech. Find the new items in the 2st Grade unit:Library View

2nd Grade Video List

The rest of the items to complete this module will be coming soon!

 

Offline Resources

Access Teacher Resources

Did you know that you have access to offline resources to use with your students? These are great for extra hands-on practice, extending learning, or providing an alternative for those without internet access.

Access these resources by clicking on a lesson, then viewing the ‘Teacher Resources’ tab. Examples of offline activities include Stick Puppet Masks, Activity Coloring Books, Cut and Paste Sorting, and more!

Check out some of these resources now in our new Online Safety and Digital Citizenship modules for Pre-K and Kindergarten: Meaning of Online, Getting Started Online, and Online Privacy.

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Gradebook Updates

We’ve made some updates to the Gradebook to make tracking progress even easier for you!

Take a tour of the updated Library by signing into your learning.com account, clicking the Knowledge Hub Knoweldge Center, view What’s New? and choose Gradebook Updates Tour. 

Gradebook Preview

Excuse assignments:

  • Excuse an assignment for the entire class by hovering over the title and clicking ‘Excuse All’.
  • Excuse an assignment for a single student by hovering over a cell and clicking ‘Excuse’.
  • Excused items are hidden from the student map.
  • If you unexcuse an item, and it will be returned to the student map along with any previously existing student grade if it had one.

Manually edit scores:

  • Hover over a cell, click ‘Edit’
  • Type in a manual score out of total points possible
  • Hit the Enter key to save the grade

 

Here is a list of other visual updates:

  • The full assignment title is shown in the header.
  • Columns are narrower to show more information at once and to reduce scrolling.
  • The student average column is removed and instead has been included in the student name cell as a rounded pill.
  • Columns and rows are highlighted as you navigate, so you can quickly see which student and assignment you’re focused on.
  • A score that is green are those that meet the minimum score that you chose in your class settings. Those that are red are below the minimum score.
  • If a score is simply a checkmark, this means it is a complete or incomplete type of assignment and is not included in any average calculation in the gradebook.
  • Some items also have a dashboard where you can see more details regarding the student’s work and grade any manually-scored items. To access a dashboard, hover over the title, or a single cell, and then click ‘Launch Item Dashboard’.
  • Grades are now displayed as % and x/y giving you better visibility into the meaning of the scores. When you export a gradebook, the % and x/y will export to separate columns for your convenience. Any Pass/Fail or Complete/Incomplete items will show as 0/1 or 1/1

Tech Quest for High School

All High School students with a Learning.com account have automatically been assigned Tech Quest, a curated sequence of items that addresses Adaptive Keyboarding, Online Safety, Digital Citizenship, and Computer Science. View the High School Tech Quest Curriculum Map

Tech Quest is a Learning.com feature that delivers essential technology skills to students without teachers needing to manage classes. All items are autoscored, and educators can monitor student progress from the Tech Quest Dashboard when viewing a class in Teacher Center. 

If your classes are not automatically created and synced via Clever or Classlink, you will need to manually create a class and enroll students you would like to track.

If students are already enrolled in another class, they can still access Tech Quest by clicking My Classes.

 

For more information regarding Tech Quest, sign in to our Tech Quest: EasyTech Quick Start Course.

Filter by Digital Skill

digital skill filter

As you explore content in the Library, you may want to find items related to just one or more digital skills. 

You can now use the digital skill filter tool when:

  • viewing all content
  • using the search bar
  • selecting a learning path

View All Content

In the Library, click View All Content. The digital skill filter will appear in the left sidebar along with your other filters such as grade, language, curriculum type, and score type. 

View all contents

Search Bar

In the Library, type in a keyword, topic, or subject into the search bar. The digital skill filter will appear in the left sidebar along with your other filters such as grade, language, curriculum type, and score type.

search bar

Learning Path

In the Library, select a grade and choose a Learning Path. The digital skill filter will appear in the left sidebar along with language choice.

learning path