You Know Each Student’s Misconceptions. How Do You Effectively Support Their Needs?

Haylie Taylor, our Education Consultant, is discussing how you can effectively support students’ needs once you know their misconceptions.

What’s in the webinar?

This webinar includes:

  • Four tips on effectively supporting students’ needs once you know their misconceptions.
  • Information on EducationCity‘s data reporting and how it can help with addressing misconceptions.
  • Reference to a sticker template to help you let students know their current progress and what they need to do next.

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You’ve Identified the Gaps, What Do You Do Now?

Let’s imagine you’ve identified your students’ learning gaps from a diagnostic assessment. What are your next steps to provide personalized learning and best support each student in your class to help them improve their understanding?

One of our solutions, EducationCity, could be the answer! Let’s dig deeper in how you’ll able to deliver a personalized learning approach…

MyCity on EducationCity

MyCity enables you to create an individualized lesson plan so you can monitor progression and support intervention, saving you valuable time in planning lessons.

What are the benefits?

  • Additional Help: Address misconceptions so you’ll able to provide extra support for students (identified from the Assessment Report).
  • Support Different Abilities: Set different work for groups of students’ depending on their capability.
  • Track Progress: Easily identify areas of weakness and learning gaps using the tracking tab within the MyCity, as well as seeing who has completed work, what’s still in progress and what hasn’t been started.

MyRevision on EducationCity

When students score less than 100% on an assessment, a MyRevision Journal is created, which includes a range of resources to build students’ knowledge on the topic they may be struggling with.

What are the benefits?

  • Revision Pathway: A MyRevision is personalized for each student, targeting areas of improvement identified from the diagnostic assessment.
  • Boosts Progress: Improve students’ understanding on a concept, reinforcing knowledge taught in the classroom before the assessment.

Grouping Students’ on EducationCity

Group students by any criteria you choose, so you can create similar ability groups for targeted learning or even mixed ability groups to encourage students to support one another.

What are the benefits?

  • Adapt Learning: Set particular work for each group within a MyCity to support with targeted learning.
  • Keeping Track of Groups’: Monitor progress in SuccessTracker and MyCity to keep track of where your teaching methods need to be adapted.
  • Intervention: Noticed some students need extra practice? Set specific Groups practice in a certain subject area in MyCity to do in class or at home.

Home Access with EducationCity

Home access enables students to continue learning away from home and over the holidays, enabling the child’s parents to monitor their progress and step in if needed.

What are the benefits?

  • Automated Marking: Within SuccessTracker and MyCity’s Tracking tab, you can see your students’ results from automatically marked activities and assessments, saving you valuable time so you can focus on other areas of teaching.
  • Personalized Learning: Allocate specific content to students in a MyCity so you know they are providing homework appropriate to their needs.

Being able to effectively monitor growth during a child’s educational journey is important, so you can celebrate their achievements, especially if they have overcome a misconception barrier. Identifying learning gaps as soon as possible is key in being able to put steps in place for improvement.

If you’d like to explore the features mentioned above for yourself, simply sign in here. Alternatively, if your school doesn’t have EducationCity, get in touch with our team to set you up with some free access.

How to Use Data Visualization

What misconceptions do you come across in your class? Have you spotted learning gaps? These are the challenges we want to try and help overcome with EducationCity’s Assessment Report.

Before we explore the solutions to any misconceptions you may have come across, take a sneak preview into the How to Use Data Visualization pack. This includes how they report on EducationCity can help you identify learning gaps, and where misconceptions have occurred. Click the button below to download the pack.

Why do misconceptions occur?

A misconception is a misunderstanding of a view or opinion that is perceived inaccurately. Sometimes students may find it hard to grasp ideas or concepts covered in class.

They may perform best in different areas of their learning, for example, some students may be stronger in certain subjects than others or perform better in assessments. Some steps can be put in place to support students in fully understanding the underlying concepts, enabling you to measure their success and growth.

How can misconceptions be addressed?

Instructional support (scaffolding) can be used to help students master a new task or keep up with more advanced learners. Examples of scaffolding strategies using technological aids and being part of learning groups that pool students’ knowledge to support one another.

Performance feedback either from peers or a teacher ensures students who are mastering new academic skills have frequent opportunities to try these skills out with immediate feedback and encouragement. Effective guidance will only help students grow in their abilities!

Make the lesson relatable with students ‘Talk-Through’ Activities. When students appear to have successfully learned a skill, set up activities for them to complete and ask the students to ‘talk’ through the activity, e.g., each step that they are taking, describe their problem-solving strategies aloud, describe any problems they may come across and how they will solve them. This will not only make students feel more confident but help to address any gaps in learning where intervention may be needed.

So, now we’ve discovered how misconceptions can be resolved, how can EducationCity’s Assessment Report help?

Once you know what areas within the topic have been misunderstood, you can then start to personalize your lessons to help your students’ understanding.

Whilst it’s important you manage students’ progress, it’s also beneficial for students to track their learning progress too. Following an assessment, a Revision Journal is automatically generated if the student scores less than 100%. The revision contains Activities and Learn Screens to offer additional support. This means that whilst a student is completing their work, they can keep track of their scores as the content is automatically marked. This takes the time you would spend for marking out of your hands!

In the example below from an Assessment Report, you can see that Alanna answered a question incorrectly, where she had to complete the number sentence. Her peers, Alex and Amelia, got this correct, so this is a good opportunity for group work to help Alanna fill this learning gap.

Aaron didn’t attempt that same question, nor a few of the others that fall under the number sequences objective, so it could be he struggled with this area of the assessment. You could personalize learning and address these areas of weakness by creating a MyCity with the content on number sequences and patterns for some revision and practice.

Whether you have students struggling in your class who need that additional bit of support or reinforcement on a topic, there are several ways misconceptions can be addressed using EducationCity.

If you’d like to explore the Assessment Report for yourself, simply sign in. Alternatively, if your school doesn’t have EducationCity, get in touch with our team to set you up with some free access.

 

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.

9 Tips & Tricks for Applying BYOD in the Classroom

As students are using mobile and tablet devices more than ever, we’re seeing more and more schools using bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives for teaching and learning. These initiatives are ideal for schools and come with a number of benefits, such as offering another method of learning for students, and also not having to finance a 1:1 technology device program.
However, with these benefits comes some hurdles, as teachers can sometimes feel as though they hand over the control to students once they come with their own devices.

This challenge can be overcome however, and with some planning as well as a well-thought out BYOD set of guidelines, you can provide an effective BYOD program with a clear implementation policy. We’ve come up with nine tips to help you out with this implementation.

1. Acquire stakeholder buy-in

Other teachers and support staff, as well as students and parents, all need to be consulted when implementing a BYOD program. You should find out what they would like from a BYOD program and how they use technology currently, as well as any issues or worries they have. By being aware of any concerns, you can make sure that your BYOD program takes these issues into account to best fit a program to the needs of your school. It may also be an idea to set up a program committee full of advocates, and so that you have people to provide feedback to steer the program in the right direction.

2. Figure out which devices are ideal for the classroom

With BYOD comes the increasing use of technology, so we want to make sure that programs are as inclusive as possible. But not all devices will be ideal! Think about what you’ll need when students bring their devices in and then produce a list of devices that are acceptable. You should also ask your IT department to help you with this and see if they can be on hand with any issues students may have with their devices.

3. Take into account any security considerations

You also need to make sure your bandwidth can support devices on your network, and you have the right security in place. There may be times when there is more heavy traffic. You may want to build a separate network for BYOD access for security of your data and ensure the right antivirus programs and firewalls are installed.

4. Make sure there is equity

We also need to think about students who don’t have devices and consider implementing a loan-a-device solution so these students can be successful in the classroom too. Internet access also needs to be considered – a place in the school students can go to may be a good idea to combat this.

5. Create a policy

To make sure your program is effective, you should write up an Acceptable Use Policy. All staff and students should be able to sign this, but it should outline information such as where devices can be used, how they should be used appropriately and some guidelines about what they shouldn’t do when using devices.

6. Seek platform-independent options

Not only should you decide which devices will be appropriate (see the second point above) but you also need to ensure that any programs or solutions used in school will work for different platforms. You should consider cloud-based file storage options for easy sharing of files, and the use of web-based applications, which will function on many platforms.

7. Make sure you provide advice and support

You’ll want to train and support your teachers with a BYOD model and let them become familiar with it. Short, informal workshops are perfect for implementing BYOD successfully, but you could use other teachers who enjoy using technology to provide training on it, as well as classroom management when using devices too.

8. Produce one area for the school to go to

Consider a portal for software programs or online resources. This can not only serve as an effective communication tool but also enable a platform where students can have one login and access what they need to, which will help the smooth running of lessons.

9. Include digital citizenship learning

BYOD allows students to utilize technology in their learning, but it also allows students to develop skills for life and digital citizenship. This learning should be included in your classroom – for developing knowledge for success in students’ futures, but also to make sure BYOD implementation runs successfully.

Do you have any other tips for implementing BYOD? Let us know by tweeting to @Edmentum_INT.

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.

 

Study Island image

 

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!

9 Top Homework Tips for Parents

In this blog, Adele Payne, parent and International Manager at Edmentum International, is exploring how you as a parent can encourage healthy homework habits in your child, even from a young age. Here, she’s put together some handy tips and tricks for parents to consider when helping their children with their homework.

I’m Adele, a parent and International Manager here, and I know first-hand the struggles that can be faced when trying to motivate and encourage a child to do homework. Read my tips below on how you can directly help with this.

1. Set up a study space

A simple tip would be to make sure that your child has a place where they can concentrate to help them focus on their homework tasks. In this space, your children should have what they need such as pens, rulers, etc., with decent lighting and most importantly, it should be a comfortable place for them to do schoolwork. As well as this, the area should be a place where there is little distraction, such as somewhere where people aren’t walking in and out of.

2. Make time for homework

Depending on when your child is set homework, you could set a homework time so your child has a routine when it comes to doing it. It’s also worth communicating with your child about their homework and seeing if you can help in any way with larger tasks and asking them how long they think they will need to spend on them. You can then work on any larger tasks together and break them down into smaller pieces, as well as create a schedule for each piece to help manage them.

3. Set examples with technology

It’s also important to set examples with technology and you can help with this by turning off your phone, social media and TV whilst your child is doing homework. It’s a good idea to set this example so your child doesn’t want to get distracted by them either. When they turn technology off too, they won’t receive notifications and alerts when doing their homework, which will help with not breaking concentration and focus.

4. Complete tasks simultaneously

It’s a good idea to work on some of your “homework” tasks at the same time as your child such as bills or reading quietly. You’ll be setting an example and by modelling concentration-based tasks like this, you will show your child that they should focus when doing homework too. To make this tip even more effective, you could link your tasks to your child’s homework, so they can see how their homework will benefit them in the future and real world.

5. Give advice and support

There will be some homework tasks that require parental support but homework in general is designed to give students practice, so if your child comes to you with questions, guide them in the right direction by showing them your thought process. This can help them become more confident to do a task independently. However, especially when you know an answer but not necessarily the teacher’s directions, it may be best to hold back on giving guidance. In these instances, you could coach your child to remember what the teacher said rather than the way you would answer it, as this could cause more confusion.

6. Have a “support list” handy

There will be some homework tasks where your child may be really confused or has forgotten a completion date set by their teacher. When this occurs, speaking to a friend or classmate from class can be a good idea. So if your child ever needs clarification, it could be a good idea to keep handy three or four classmates to call upon.

7. Contact the class teacher

When it’s right, you could connect with your child’s teacher as all teachers have their own ways of approaching homework. Whether it’s how it’s handed in, or an incentive system they’ve set up, you could ask your child’s teacher what their homework expectations are and how they can best support your child. Having this knowledge can support you in seeing where your child may have any difficulties and help you with motivating them.

8. Listen and provide support

There will probably be some days when your child comes back from school and has found it tough. When this happens, you should allow your child to speak about it and listen to any frustrations, as well as empathize with them to help understand any feelings. This will help your child regain focus and follow any suggestions more readily. When your child has spoken about it, help them by encouraging them to begin a task and focus on what needs to be completed.

9. Set a positive attitude

Finally, by modelling a positive attitude toward homework, you can help your child view it in this way too. By getting involved and showing an interest in your child’s homework, as well as telling them how that homework will help them in school and provide a new skill, you can encourage your child to complete tasks. By boosting perseverance through any tougher tasks too, your child will be better placed to see homework through. You need to remind them that growth doesn’t happen without some initial tougher times.

With these tips, you as a parent should be able to motivate, inspire and encourage your child to complete their homework.

Common Challenges with NWEA Map® Assessments and How Exact Path Can Help

In my last blog post “How Exact Path Can Maximize the Value You Gain from Your NWEA Map® Assessments”, we explored how Edmentum International’s Exact Path individualized learning solution could harness the power within the NWEA Map® Rasch unit (RIT) scores. In this blog, we will delve deeper and look at specific questions which are often asked by schools:

1. What does the NWEA Map Assessment and Exact Path partnership mean for schools?

Uploading your school’s NWEA Map Assessment results to Exact Path is easy to do and removes all elements of manual analysis that you’d need to do to understand what the scores mean for your class. In a matter of minutes (which is how long the upload takes), it will help you easily distill the information that each student’s Rasch unit (RIT) scores contains, and gives you a system-generated learning path per student to take their learning forward from whatever starting point they are at.

From a student perspective, Exact Path delivers truly personalized learning. A student’s learning path delivers the next four skills that that student has to master. For each skill, it provides instructional material, practice tasks and quizzes, and when all four skills have been completed, there’s a Progress Check for the student to take to ensure subject mastery.

In summary, Exact Path takes the RIT score and lets you, as the teacher, understand what it means in real terms. It takes the static score as a starting point, and from it, creates a dynamic, individualized learning plan, complete with instructional content, to drive learning forward, based on mastery, from thereon in.

2. Do schools have to wait for the next NWEA Map® Assessment window to start using Exact Path?

Exact Path can only create its individualized learning paths from an assessment, be that from NWEA Map®, from Renaissance Star, or from its own diagnostic assessment.

To avoid waiting for the next assessment window, however, your latest assessment results can be uploaded. Whilst this is not ideal as there could be some difference in where your students were then and where they are now, this will allow you to use the solution meaningfully immediately.

3. From uploading my NWEA Map RIT scores to Exact Path, I can see my students are working at different levels. How can Exact Path help me teach all these students with very differing needs?

As a teacher, you’ll be able to see where individual students are with their learning. If they are struggling, you can group similar students together to target in-class re-teaching and intervention exercises. If they are progressing strongly, you can provide additional challenges from within Exact Path for their enrichment.

As time moves on and students master the skills, you will see progress in real time via Exact Path. A lot of change can take place between one NWEA Map® Assessment and the next – the windows most schools opt for are the new academic year window, the one in January and the one in Spring – but Exact Path constantly adapts with progress made, ensuring each lesson is targeted to the student’s learning needs.

4. Can I upload assessment data several times each year, or am I restricted to the NWEA Map® Assessment windows?

Schools can upload assessment data up to 4 times per year. The main upload is limited to the NWEA Map® Assessment windows, however, amendments, i.e. adding in a missing student, can be undertaken as and when required.

5. How many hours per week do you recommend using Exact Path for to see results?

As a general rule, we recommend students to use Exact Path for a minimum of 30 minutes per subject per week in order to see academic improvement. If students are working below grade, we would encourage them to use it for longer periods of time to catch up.

I hope the answers above have helped you understand how Exact Path can give you the real-time tools and resources to offer every child in your class the right lesson, at the right level at just the right time. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on +44 (0)1572 492576 or by email: internationals@edmentum.com.

What’s New at Edmentum International?

At Edmentum International, we spend countless hours speaking and working with teachers and students to improve our solutions from user feedback gained. We like to use your user feedback to make sure our solutions are being developed in a way that meets the unique needs of people like you. We focus everything we do on our educator partners here and work to develop our solutions to support your challenges.

That’s exactly why we’re excited to tell you about the new feature upgrades and updates we have implemented for Exact Path and Courseware. Find out what’s new for these solutions.

What’s New… Exact Path

Student Feature Update

Auto-Saving in Practice Activities

Alongside the Progress Checks and Mastery Quiz items being bookmarked in Exact Path, now, many additional activities are bookmarked too. This feature will be ideal for making sure students are able to continue their lessons in Exact Path after exiting, so they won’t have to start them again.

With this, when a student takes an activity, they will now return to where they left off when they next log in, which is ideal for making sure progress is saved and learning is continued.

Exact Path Student Page

Educator Feature Updates

We’ve also made small changes to make your Exact Path experience more simple as a teacher, and make your day-to-day life that little bit easier.

Review Quizzes in Supplemental Assignments

You can already review Progress Check and Mastery Quiz answers in the learning path, but teachers will now be able to review Mastery Quiz answers in supplemental assignments too, making it more simple view students’ progress.

Location Filter Updates

So you can view the data you need fast, you can now use a filter to see only the students in your own location when managing classes, making it easier for you to view what you need.

What’s New… Courseware

New Weekly Progress View

We’re excited to say that you can now gain weekly insight into how a student is doing with launched/completed course activities by viewing progress in a weekly view. With a more sophisticated, easier way of viewing data, the report includes:

  • Summary overview
  • Interactive weekly trend graphs
  • Weekly details

Courseware Weekly Progress View

Enhanced Section Curriculum Page

When viewing and modifying course curriculum, workflow improvements have been made which has increased modification visibility, making Courseware more flexible to your needs. Changes include:

  • Easy settings access to lock and hide activities
  • Timestamps to confirm any curriculum changes
  • The global menu now includes end of semester test

Courseware Section Curriculum Page

Easy Access and Identification Updates

To help with overall identification and workflow, updates have been made and they include:

  • The course catalog can now be printed
  • Unprovisioned courses now have a new flag with active sections assigned
  • An “inactive” label is now included in the Courseware Audit Report for inactive sections
  • The reorganization of report layouts and print versions for ease of reading

Have any questions on the updates? Or would you like to find out more information about the solutions we offer to help schools? Just get in touch by calling +44 (0)1572 492576, contacting us on WhatsApp on +44 (0)7832 971396 or emailing international@edmentum.com and one of our friendly team will be in touch!