We Hope You Have a Lovely Holiday!

Can you believe we’re well into December already? We think this year has gone super fast! Before we say goodbye and see you soon, we have a little something to share with you…

As it’s the holiday period, we wanted to share our festive e-card with you all…

Click on the button below to view the e-card.

 

Well, that’s all for now! We hope you have a lovely break and we’ll see you in 2020!

December & January Opening Hours

We wanted to let you know about our opening hours over the holidays. The Edmentum International Team’s office will be closing on 23rd December at 15:30pm GMT and will be reopening on 6th January at 7am GMT.

We’re sorry if we cause any inconvenience with this but please be assured that we will return to the office and will be ready to support you with any questions in 2020.

From all the team here at Edmentum International, we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and hope to speak to you when we’re back!

 

Bett 2020 Awards: We’re Finalists!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve received a Bett 2020 Award nomination, and would like to send out a huge thank you to the teachers and schools that helped us with testimonials!

What category have we been shortlisted for?

International Digital Educational Resource: for an exemplary digital and online education resource that is successful internationally.

What are the Bett Awards?

The Bett Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. Renowned as the most prestigious and highly regarded awards in the industry, they showcase and award outstanding digital products that serve the education sector.

Richard Whalley, Managing Director, comments: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for this award, especially as Exact Path is having such a positive impact in international schools worldwide. It’s great to have our company’s efforts recognised with such an esteemed award!”

The winners of the Bett Awards 2020 will be announced on 22nd January 2020 at the Bett Show. We’ll keep you updated on developments!

Latest Enhancements to Exact Path, Courseware and Study Island

 

Our latest enhancements are based on your feedback about how you teach and and how your students learn best and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Take a look at the latest additions to Exact Path and Courseware

Exact Path

Reporting Changes

We know teachers use Exact Path data to guide high-stakes instructional decisions so we’ve been looking at how to improve data and reporting.

  • Categorizations of assessment by national percentile rank means that a student’s score will fall into one of four percentiles that represent where their score falls in relation to Exact Path US national norms from the spring testing window. This will be available for Exact Path K-8 students to help you understand exactly how your students are performing.

  • Easier-to-understand domain level information will mean you can see the number of items scored correctly or incorrectly by domain and skills for individual students, or aggregated by class, grade, or school level. You can also explore individual performances to understand students’ assessment journeys and skill readiness.
  • Understand where your students should start learning with the new Learning Path Entry Grade (LPEG) metric. You’ll be able to see the lowest grade level skill your student will begin working on when they start their learning path to give you a holistic view of your students’ learning path.
  • Review students’ performance in meaningful ways with five updated diagnostic reports to give you more insight into your students’ performance.

Choose Assessment Starting Grade

We know that you know your students best, so if you’re using the Exact Path diagnostic, you can now set your own starting grades to support differentiation and test more efficiently.

Create Assignments from the Groups Page

Create custom assignments for your groups to provide further differentiation within your lessons, based on assessment, domain or skill performance.

One-Click Assignment Archive

Deactivate or archive assignments with the new one-click deactivate option to remove assignments from student view but retain data for your records.

Increased Flexibility for Students’ Settings

Adapt Exact Path to suit the needs of individual learners…

  • Diagnostic settings allow you to set starting grade levels of the diagnostic for each subject and then turn on or off any text to speech functionality.
  • Learning path settings allow you to adjust the content style students see to ensure it’s relevant to their age. You can choose to add all skills to a learning path for 7-12 grade remediation, or let the solution deliver key skills. You can also hide calculators for students in math.

Over 1,000 Additional Teacher Resources!

We know your time is precious, so to save you time searching for high-quality resources, we’re adding more than 1,100 printable worksheets in addition to our lesson ideas, teacher videos and worksheets. We’re also adding interactive lessons and videos for you to assign to students away from their learning paths, or for you to use in mini lessons as a group – great for extra skill reinforcement and intervention.

Study Island

Search and Assign Content

Simply type in the concept or standard, pick the activities and assign them directly to your students. You can even assign lessons and flash cards which students must complete before they can start on the Study Island topic.

Content Search and Assign Page

One-Click Clean Up

You now have more time to focus on preparing for the new year! Now you can ‘reset’ your classes for the new academic year (if you plan to reuse them) by selecting one or multiple classes and then unenrolling all the students in them and/or deactivating all the assignments in those classes – this makes it much quicker for you than having to unenroll/deactivate for each and every student.

Streamlined Class Clean-up

New Student Activity Page

See where students are logged in, and what they are working on, as well as viewing how they’ve done on activities and assignments in one place. You can also assign content from here if you notice they need some additional practice.

Student Activity Data Page

Courseware

Enhanced Reporting 

Save yourself time putting reports together with single or bundled reports for:

  • Course Progress Report
  • Gradebook Report Card

If you want to see any of our new updates in detail and speak to one of our friendly team, just give us a call on +44 (0)1572 492576 or email international@edmentum.com.

Based on Teacher Feedback: Enhancements to Study Island

Our latest enhancements are based on your feedback about how you teach and how your students learn best and we’re really excited to share them with you!

Take a look at the latest additions to Study Island

Study Island 

Assign Content Through a Simple Quick and Search 

The new content search page allows you to give content to students by simply doing a quick search. All you need to do is type in the concept or standard, and then pick the activities you’re wanting to assign. Also with this, teachers can assign lessons and flash cards and students are required to use them before getting started on the Study Island topic.

Study Island

Select Whole Classes During Your Clean-up for Time Benefits 

You now have more time to focus on preparing for the new year! Now you can ‘reset’ your classes for the new academic year (if you plan to reuse them) by selecting one or multiple classes and then unenrolling all the students in them and/or deactivating all the assignments in those classes – this makes it much quicker for you than having to unenroll/deactivate for each and every student.

Study Island

If you want to see any of our new updates in detail and speak to one of our friendly team, just give us a call on +44 (0)1572 492576 or email international@edmentum.com.

Visiting King’s College La Moraleja

As a Senior International Account Manager here at Edmentum International, I am incredibly fortunate to work with people from all around the world. My days tend to start rather early in the morning, having conversations with educators in Asia as they finish their working day, and then they can sometimes end with an online meeting in South America just before my bedtime.

International education is something I feel very lucky to be a part of. The sheer diversity of schools and people that I get to work with is phenomenal. From a tiny school in Peru with less than 20 students, whose parents all work in the local mining company, to the huge international schools in the UAE with over 3,000 students, I only wish I could visit them all. Thankfully, modern day technology enables me to connect with them all.

Every now and then, I do get to travel, and I get the opportunity to visit a new country and new schools, and every time, it’s always a new experience.

My most recent trip was to Madrid, Spain, after being invited by The King’s School Group to go to one of their schools. The group have several British curriculum schools across Spain, Latvia, Germany, England, and even Panama! I was honored to be invited to their 50th birthday/professional development weekend.

Student and Teacher

During my time in Madrid, I was able to visit other schools, which included an open plan school – there were no classrooms, just lots of class areas, laid out like classrooms, but with no windows and doors – it was amazing (and loud!).

 

My previous career was classroom-based; I was a learning support assistant, which I guess is why I love working with schools so much now, and I still have that involvement in education, but I do miss working directly with the students.

I was incredibly excited when Miss Jones, the Head of Primary, agreed for me to come and spend some time with her students at the King’s College School. Her Year 3 class, mostly Spanish nationals, but all fluent English speakers, were also ecstatic about my visit, so much so, they welcomed me with a dance to EducationCity’s 8 x Table Song (you can watch it below)! ‘What a fantastic way to get the children to learn their multiplication facts and be active’, I thought. I work for EducationCity and I’d never have thought to use the resource in such a way!

 

 

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Afterwards, the Year 3’s shared iPads and worked in pairs to complete the activities that Miss Jones had set for them via a MyCity. The students were all able to log in independently and I spoke to some of them about what a great life skill it was to learn about usernames and passwords – they all knew their own, and to keep them secret! I loved seeing the children work in teams and share the iPads as they worked through the activities, and it was even more warming to see their expressions change to sheer joy when they answered the questions correctly.

Student on EducationCity

After breaktime, I was thrilled to join the Year 1 students. Although only 5 and 6 years old, they were already bilingual which left me in awe! At the ripe old age of 29, I only speak one language, and they certainly made me want to rectify that!

Students on EducationCity

The class gathered around the board to watch an EducationCity video and then completed a teacher-led activity as a group. The students then had activities to complete on individual iPads, and each child used different materials to help with their maths questions, whether it be number lines, counting cubes or pencil and paper. I loved how every child was encouraged to learn in a way that suited them, and of course, they also asked the staff for help, including me. I was very pleased to sit on the carpet with the children and just enjoy helping them to work out their sums.

Despite using EducationCity with my own students a few years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing today’s EducationCity in action in a variety of ways. I was very grateful for the teachers and students at King’s College School for welcoming me with open arms.Class Using EducationCity on Whiteboard

The following day, I was welcomed into the heart of the King’s Group, at King’s College Soto de Viñuelas, for their Professional Development Weekend. I provided four training sessions, and each session I tailored to those attending. I guess that’s the veteran teacher in me, enjoying differentiating my teaching to meet the needs of the class!

I might not have a direct impact on students’ learning now that I’m not classroom-based, but I believe I’m the lucky one because I get to provide the tools and support to the teachers, which enables them to do the incredible job that they do. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I’m so thankful to play a small part in many villages all around the world!

Meet the Team: Natasha Bailey, Customer Services & Implementation Specialist

Here at Edmentum International, we have a fantastic team who are passionate about supporting all of the teachers we work with. But we think it’s important to introduce you to the amazing people that make up that team. So today, we’re going to discover more about Natasha, our Customer Services & Implementation Specialist.

Natasha is a character who is full of life on the team and is happy to help whenever she can, so without further ado, let’s find out more!

What kind of schools do you work with and in which countries?

All of the schools I work with at the moment are from many different regions across many continents, including the UAE, Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

I really enjoy helping people and a lot of what I do is to support my clients in reaching their goals, which is why I was drawn to implementation.

Tell us a piece of advice you’d give to teachers about Edmentum International or its solutions.

Edmentum International are able to offer a wide range of solutions that can not only help schools and teachers to achieve their goals, but also provide a productive resource for students to embark on their personalized journey through education, so who wouldn’t want to know more!

Tell us a fact you like to give customers about how they can use Edmentum International’s solutions to their benefit?

The main fact I give my customers is that I am here to help. Educators are able to delve into any Edmentum International solution and navigate their way around, as the resources are designed with the educator in mind first. My support is then personalized and tailored to reflect and encourage success, so the support we provide is one way you can use the solutions to your benefit.

What is your favorite Edmentum International solution and why?

Exact Path. This is because of the personalized and individualized learning that comes with it. With the resource, teachers and students have full visibility of learning paths and are given the right tools to reach their goals.

Where have you traveled or attended events since starting at Edmentum International and what did you learn from it?

My first trip is in March 2019 to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Upon my return I can spill the beans!

Who was your favorite teacher at school and why?

I cannot narrow down my favorite teacher as my educational journey goes from primary school right up to university. They all taught me so much. What I can say is that all my teachers were all a little stern but wildly encouraging – just what I needed!

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject was drama (performing arts) and dance. From a young age, these subjects have been what I enjoyed most. I am still part of the dance school I started with when I was two years old.

Quick Facts About Natasha

Now we’ve found out a little more about Natasha, let’s ask some fun quick questions!

My special talent is… singing.

On my way to work I… perform in the car. I am a one-woman-show daily!

My home from home is… anywhere my family is.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever had is… happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

I am never without… house keys, phone, ear phones and lip balm.

That’s all from Natasha! If you’d like to discover more about the rest of our team, just visit our Support page.

What’s New at Edmentum International?

After spending countless hours speaking and collaborating with teachers and students, and reviewing user feedback, we’ve used your experiences to ensure we’ve adapted our solutions to meet the unique needs of the people who matter to us the most – you. Our educator partners are at the forefront of everything we create here at Edmentum International and we continue to evolve our solutions to support your challenges.

So that’s why we’ve recently had a whole host of feature upgrades and updates, and we’re going to discuss the updates for three of our solutions – those being Exact Path, Courseware, and EducationCity. So what’s new at Edmentum International? Let’s discover our updates.

What’s New… Exact Path

Educator Feature Updates

  • Hide Subjects for Faster Navigation

If your school has multiple subjects in Exact Path, great news, because teachers can now customize their interface to show only the subjects they teach or want to monitor. You can easily update your profile by going to your My Profile page and then hiding any subjects. Just to note, by default, every subject you have on Exact Path is displayed.

Exact Path

  • Print Progress Check Trophy and Challenge Certificates

With printable Certificates and Trophies, you can celebrate your students’ achievements and keep them motivated towards reaching their academic goals. Teachers can now easily print individual Progress Check trophy certificates from the Student Summary Report, and Challenge certificates from the Challenges area for students too.

Exact Path

Student Summary Report

  • Retrieve the Data You Need Easily

We’ve issued another update to help make Exact Path reports more meaningful and easier to read, helping you save time and get the data you need quicker.

So, the Student Summary report now shows how a learning path was generated in the instance the learning path was not generated by taking the Exact Path diagnostic. Educators will see either “Path-Based Off Renaissance Star Score” if they are Renaissance users, or “Manually Generated Path” in the instance the path was auto-generated.

What’s New… Courseware

User Interface Enhancements

  • Educator Review

Courseware now includes further detailed summary information to help you visualize data. There is also a new icon/flag for courses not included in the program course catalog (you’ll see these as they are designated by a hazard sign), which makes it a lot easier to manage what you are able to see.

  • Browser Instructor Delivery

When creating sections, administrators will now be able to browse for instructors by name, adding more flexibility and making it easier to find what you need to see.

Reporting Enhancements

  • Course Audit Report

A new Gender data point has been added to this report so you can see these particular students’ performance.

Courseware

Customized Instruction with Gradebook

  • Approve Credit Enhancement

Within the Gradebook Report Card, instructors can now approve credit for multiple learners with the new multiselect/select all functionality, which makes it much easier and quicker to do this task.

  • Optional Activities

Users can now create and assign optional activities to students, making the platform more adaptable for your use.

  • Drop & Reset Scores

You can now easily drop and reset scores for students, which helps you by making Courseware more flexible and adaptable to your needs.

Courseware

What’s New… EducationCity

Dashboard News Feed

  • Homepage Update for Admins/Teachers

A news feed feature has been added to the EducationCity dashboard. Admins and Teachers will find the latest blog posts from Edmentum International here. Blogs will consider new and existing product features and resources, topical resources and more, so you can be sure you’re always up-to-date with the latest and greatest content.

EducationCity

If you have any questions about any of these updates or would like to find out more information about any of our solutions, get in touch with us on +44 (0)1572 492576 or by emailing international@edmentum.com.

Meet the Team: Emma Berry, Customer Services & Implementation Specialist

It’s important to us that we’re collaborating with customers and we’re giving them the support they need. Our fantastic Edmentum International Team work hard to make sure schools are provided with optimal support every day. That’s why we wanted to make sure you’re introduced to the people within the team – and today, we’re going to focus on Emma, our Customer Services & Implementation Specialist.

So get comfy and take a little read about Emma – she’s an interesting character with a wealth of teaching experience.

What made you want to work for Edmentum International?

Coming from a background in education, I always wanted to continue to work within this sector. Edmentum International allows me to continue supporting individuals in their learning but to also witness the diversity of education and schools around the world.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

I work with an array of different schools; from ones which have less than 50 students, all the way to institutions which house over 2,000 students. The countries that I work with are equally as varied, stretching from Europe, down to Africa, through to the UAE and across to Asia.

Tell us a piece of advice you’d give to teachers about Edmentum International or its solutions.

Call us if you need any support or have any questions! Supporting and working with schools and their amazing staff from around the world is incredibly exciting.

Tell us a fact you like to give customers about how they can use Edmentum International’s solutions to their benefit?

Their pure ability in supporting your daily work life. All the solutions offer the ability to assist with planning, differentiating and diversifying work, depending on students’ needs and abilities; they also allow you to track the progress of all students to highlight the specific areas they excel in and those that may need additional support in.

What is your favorite Edmentum International solution and why?

Exact Path. The solution will gather all the data from diagnostic tests for each student and provide them with revision to support in areas which they have some weaknesses in. This solution is not only great for individualized learning but also to help teachers focus in on specific needs.

Who was your favorite teacher at school and why?

Ms. Tribe, my English teacher. Ms. Tribe was the first teacher who used different methods of teaching to find the one which suited my learning best. This enabled me to go from strength to strength in a subject which I previously struggled in.

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

History. I love to understand change and why things are the way they are. For me the past has determined the present which will ultimately affect the future. Therefore, if we understand the past, we can positively affect the future.

Quick Facts About Emma

Emma has let us know some quick facts about her too – she not only loves speaking to teachers but she also enjoys going to Guernsey!

My special talent is… I can assist with delivering a baby.

On my way to work I… listen to my ‘driving to work’ playlist.

My home from home is… Guernsey, in the English Channel.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever had is… “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

I am never without… a snack.

To find out more about the rest of our wonderful team, just take a look at our Support page.

Emma’s Event Diary: GESS Turkey

If you follow us on social media then you’ll have virtually met me already, but for those of you that don’t, my name is Emma and I’m an Account Manager here at Edmentum International. My day-to-day role is based in our office in the middle of England, where I spend my day working with schools all around the world, over the phone, and online. I build strong relationships with everyone from CEO’s to class teachers, and SEN coordinators to principals. I spend my time learning about different schools and their needs, and if any of our online solutions meet their requirements, I continue to support them as they discover more about us, our solutions, and the services we provide.

A Little Bit About Me…

My own career started in the classroom – that’s a blog I’ll save for another day though. As an educator, nothing is more rewarding than your students achieving and overcoming challenges, and now with three children of my own attending school, I’m even more passionate about education and I’m especially excited to be able to provide teachers with such incredible tools. I often miss my old students; all of them were very special and taught me just as much as I taught them. However, I do now take pride in the fact that my job now impacts many more children and young people than I ever could on my own.

Attending GESS Turkey

Alongside my usual responsibilities, I have the privilege of attending events and sometimes even visit schools all around the world. My most recent international venture was to the GESS Turkey conference in Istanbul. GESS, which stands for Global Educational Supplies and Solutions, holds several events around the world throughout the year. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Bright Ideas’.

I was joined by my colleague, Gavin, our International Business Development Director, and we had a busy first day at the conference. It was immediately clear to us that the event had attracted some very interesting people from all over. We met a businesswoman from Kuwait, a young entrepreneur from Algeria, principals and teachers from Lebanon, the UAE, Pakistan and of course, Turkey, who all wanted to know how our solutions can support instruction. Our neighboring stands included a Chinese start-up company with their innovative robot-building packages for schools, an Arabic language resource, and a large group of Turkish schools.

There were three stages to choose from – Neuroscience in Education, Future Learning and the Innovation Stage. I decided to listen to NLP practitioner, David Hodgson, and his talk on ‘motivation in the classroom’. He put together an interesting presentation about how we can motivate our students using the feel-good chemicals – dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. This reminded me about how our solutions motivate students to improve their own outcomes and gains.

Get in Touch!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at GESS Turkey and have loved connecting with many of the people I met. I’m now working with them to discover more about their schools and will be able to pinpoint the best type of partnership for each of their needs. If you would like to challenge us to provide you with a solution for your needs too, then please pop me an email at emma.dickinson@edmentum.com saying hello, and I’ll be more than happy to give you a call!