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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Supporting Students in a New School

The experience of moving to a new school can be challenging. This can be particularly the case for students in international circles who may have relocated to a completely new place. This usually means students have to make new friends, get to know their new teachers and adapt to their new environment. Student support can be critical during this challenging process. We’ve put together some ideas to help teachers with their new students and to help them settle in well.

Understand your new student(s)

It’s worth evaluating any new students’ interests and their personality, so you can help them with their confidence and emotional well-being, which is super important. To understand this, you could bring some fun “ice breaker” games into the classroom (games to encourage students to talk about themselves and get to know more about them). This will enable them to lead their learning too.

By understanding your new students’ interests, you can enhance their strengths and minimize their challenges. You can consider their interests in your instruction to help them learn and increase success rates. For instance, if they like nature, then maybe a whole lesson outside would be good, particularly for science. They could also be in pairs to encourage them to get to know others. After, if it’s appropriate, they could share their findings with the class to encourage involvement.

Interacting with parents can also show potential learning barriers, such as language. Plus, if there are challenges, you can talk about what works best to overcome them, which can help with confidence too.

Encourage familiarity by sending home a welcome pack

You could produce a welcome pack or letter to give to new students and their parents. This can include information about yourself such as what your interests are and favorite things to teach. This will help parents and students get to know you. To make sure your new student is well-prepared, you can also include class information and things they need to bring. This could be done pictorially to make sure any language barriers are addressed.

Give students an overview of the school

Once you’ve created a welcome pack or letter, you or a buddy/mentor can show them around the school. You should then explain school expectations as well as any classroom procedures. This could include when lunch or the end of the day is, which you could also include in the pack discussed above.

You could also share information about your student with specialist teachers who will support them, so they know as much as possible.

You could also share information about your student with specialist teachers who will support them, so they know as much as possible.

Promote a caring ethos in your classroom

You could create an ethos of caring, understanding and respect in your classroom, by making students aware that they have a new classmate coming. As well as this, you could make sure they’re partnered up with someone who they can go to. This will help make sure they’re partnered up with someone who they can go to. This partner could be someone who understands their culture and preferred language, particularly if they are from overseas.

When they arrive in school, EducationCity has many Topic Tools which could be used during registration. For instance, the Idea Generator Topic Tool is ideal for telling stories and getting the whole class involved. As well as this, you can use it for talking about feelings, dislikes and likes. Also, a great idea too is a PlayLive game to get them to answer questions as a whole class in a safe, team environment.

Within Study Island, there are a range of Group Sessions which can test where students are at in a fun, timed way. This is anonymous to the class, so the answers cannot be seen. It’s a lot of fun and as you play as a class, it’s a great way to get students involved. It’s also enjoyable, yet valuable for you, because you can add your own questions in, which can make it more personable to students.

Account for language abilities and knowledge

Sometimes, language can present a few barriers. For example, some students will be happy to speak and make mistakes in a language that is not their mother tongue. However, others will not speak until they are happy that they have learnt enough to be confident with it. Difficulties with language can cause social issues within schools. Reviewing this and their ability is important, and can be instrumental in helping any student settle in.

EducationCity’s Learn English module is great for this, and Topic Tools can be customized to support individual students’ needs and interests.

Go over any references that are unfamiliar

Certain curriculums or terms used in school could be unfamiliar for new students. This may take some time to get used to, but it’s worth explaining early so they understand the terms. It’s also worth giving some open-ended questions to encourage students to think for themselves. Also, to encourage them to have the confidence to trust their own thinking and instincts.

For ELL students in particular, EducationCity’s Learn English module covers themes including “My School”, “My Family” and “My Neighbourhood”. The content within these can be accessed within a class or individual setting. This content is also great to support any new students who are learning English, and to help students become more familiar with classroom and school language too.

By adopting these strategies, you can help students become more familiar with school and gain confidence to help them settle in. Any new school can be a daunting move and we understand the challenges students may face.  With some careful planning and preparation, you can support any new student entering your school.

Study Island Group Sessions Update

We have another update for the new Study Island Group Sessions! This update is ideal for helping your students show you what they understand and have mastered.

What is Study Island?

Study Island supports your students in achieving grade-level standards proficiency by providing teachers with enjoyable, engaging test preparation and practice tools that your whole class can use.

For ages 3-18, aligned to US curricula, and with over 600,000 unique questions, Study Island supports formative assessment strategies and makes assessing standards mastery easy.

So What’s New?

Group Sessions – Choose Your Questions

Group Sessions was launched on Study Island around four years ago, but since then, we’ve been listening to the people who use the solution every day – that’s you! We listen and collect your feedback so we can improve Study Island and Group Sessions, to make them even more useful for your teaching and learning.

That’s why, with our newest update, teachers now have more flexibility to customize their lessons by choosing the questions they would like their students to view. This is great as it means you can take items from multiple topics, grade levels, and subjects, into a Group Session, which is targeted to your students.

 

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Want to find out more about Study Island? Contact our friendly team to help you with finding a solution for your school and its goals. Simply get in touch by submitting a message, calling us on +44 (0)1572 492576, messaging us on WhatsApp on +44 (0)7832 971396 or emailing international@edmentum.com. Our aim is to help you achieve successful student outcomes.

Fun Learning with the New Study Island Group Sessions Update

Study Island is excited to bring new Group Sessions to you! These new additions to Study Island will give your students loads of fun demonstrating what they know.

What is Study Island?

Study Island supports your students in achieving grade-level standards proficiency by providing teachers with enjoyable, engaging test preparation and practice tools that your whole class can use.

For ages 3-18, aligned to US curricula, and with over 600,000 unique questions, Study Island supports formative assessment strategies and makes assessing standards mastery easy.

So What’s New?

NEW Group Sessions – Challenge & Race Mode

With the two new Group Session modes, which offer some friendly competition and a great way of delivering formative assessment, you can make learning fun; that’s whether you are challenging students with a quiz during the middle or at the end of a lesson, or you’re looking at content at the start of a class, or preparing for tests and assessments.

Challenge Mode

In this mode, students take on each other in a session that is teacher led. Students will be able to earn points for certain reasons – those being earning points for correct answers, fast responses and streaks for however many answers are correct.

Race Mode

In this mode, students need to take on each other in a race to answer as many questions correctly as fast as they can.

You can also begin a session with Study Island’s proven effective, standards-based resources quickly – it doesn’t matter which mode you decide to choose. In Study Island’s reporting area, you can view all progress and performance information immediately after, which is also saved for looking at later.

See our video below to find out more about the new Group Sessions features in Study Island and how it’s great for formative assessment!

Interested in finding out more about Study Island? Get in touch with our friendly team and let us help you in finding a solution which is ideal for your school’s needs. You can contact us by submitting a message, calling us on +44 (0)1572 492576, messaging us on WhatsApp on +44 (0)7832 971396 or emailing international@edmentum.com. There’s a world of achieving successful student outcomes at your fingertips!

Edmentum International Solutions Named as 2018 EDDIE Awards Winners

We’re pleased to announce that two of Edmentum International’s solutions, Courseware and Study Island, are winners of The ComputED Gazette’s 22nd Annual Educational Software Review Awards.

The prestigious EDDIE Awards are designed to target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that promote the classroom curriculum and improve the teaching experience, whilst giving parents and teachers technology to foster excellence.

What did Courseware and Study Island win?

The solutions won in the following categories:

Study Island – Multi-Level Math/Reading Test Preparation Website

A formative assessment tool built from US curriculum standards, Study Island has been built to inform instruction and aid students to master standards and prepare them for assessments.

Courseware – Multi-Level Multi-Subject Courseware Website & Teacher Tools Multi-Subject/Multi-Level Online Courseware

Offering educators best-in-class online curriculum for kindergarten through adult learners, Courseware has over 400 engaging courses, which are customizable to meet the needs and pace of individual learners.

“At Edmentum International, our approach to products is pretty simple: we ask what we can offer that enables and increases access, equity, and engagement for students everywhere,” said Jason Scherschligt, vice president of product strategy and experience, who is based in our US office. “Our solutions are only successful if they help our educator partners and students reach these important goals. So, these EDDIE Awards aren’t just accolades for the technology we’ve made; they’re validation that we’re fulfilling our ‘Educator First’ mission. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

About The ComputED Gazette

Having served the educational technology community for over 25 years, The ComputED Gazette is a valuable educational resource. Proud sponsor of two national awards, The Gazette sponsors The Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES) in the spring and the Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) in the summer. To find out further information, visit The Gazette’s website.