Friday, December 12, 2014

Critical Updates for iOS Users

This information was in my email this morning. While teachers who subscribe to this blog by email get this information, parents and students who are using Stride Academy on personal iOS devices will need someone from the school to make it available. You may wish to copy the information below and paste it into your own school blog, Facebook page, or however you ordinarily communicate with parents.

In addition to the instructions below, first, be sure you are running the most version of the operating system. The latest release is iOS8.1.2, released December 9. (If you do not know what version you are running, here is how to find it:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap "General"
  3. Tap "About"
  4. Scroll down and look for "Version."

iOS users MUST update your
Stride Academy shortcut ASAP

As a result of recent changes to iOS made by Apple, you must delete and reinstall your Stride Academy shortcut on your iPad to access critical updates to our program. This is necessary to avoid technical issues and ensure compatibility with Stride Academy.

Stride Academy will NOT function properly on your iPad if you do not reinstall your shortcut.

Please follow these steps to update your
Stride Academy shortcut:
  1. Delete the Stride Academy icon (shortcut) from your home screen.
  2. In Settings, select "Safari," then "Clear History and Website Data."
  3. Power off/on your iPad.
  4. Launch Safari.
  5. Go to
  6. When prompted, click the button in the top bar to
    "Add to Home Screen."
  7. Launch the app from the new "Stride Web" icon.
Congratulations! You have reinstalled your shortcut. You should now enjoy smooth and trouble-free access to Stride Academy on your iPad.

Be sure to share this important update with students and parents accessing Stride Academy on their iPads from home.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Using Data to Recognize Students

These students are in Casey Lee's second-grade class at Alexandria Elementary School. Every week, Mrs. Lee names a "King of Answers" and a "Queen of Answers" for the boy and girl with the highest number of correct answers for that week. To gather this information, she runs the "Stride Growth Report" and sets the later date range to the dates of the previous week.

Mrs. Lee also names a "Master of Coins." Using the "Rewards" menu, she clicks the "Print" button and produces a report showing coins earned for each student.

This example shows how teachers can use data to motivate student use of Stride Academy. The more they use the program, the better the data gets.

How are you using data to motivate students in your classroom? Leave a comment or email me. We want to spotlight the success you and students are having.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Stride Academy Alabama News


Enter the "Stride Alabama Accelerated Achievers" Contest!

To get students on board practicing skills in preparation for ACT Aspire, we are sponsoring the "Stride Alabama Accelerated Achievers" Contest!

Prizes will be awarded to the schools with top usage of Stride Academy from January 5 - April 5, 2015, plus one teacher and one principal who have effectively used Stride Academy at their school.
Each category winner will receive a trophy to display at school!
  1. NEW! Teacher Impact Award
  2. NEW! Principal Impact Award
  3. Top Overall Usage - Elementary School
  4. Top Overall Usage - Middle School
  5. Top Overall Usage - High School
  6. Top Afterschool Usage- Elementary School
  7. Top Afterschool Usage- Middle School
  8. Top Afterschool Usage - High School

    *To level the playing field for smaller and larger schools, Stride Academy usage will be calculated by finding the average questions answered per student at each school (total questions divided by total active students). 
Impact Award Guidelines:
  1. Share how a teacher/principal has effectively promoted and applied the use of Stride Academy at your school in 500 characters or less.
  2. Submissions should be sent to and must include the teacher or principal's name, grade level and school name.
  3. All submissions are due by March 15, 2015.
  4. The winner for each category will be selected by a panel of Stride Academy Academic Specialists. 

Stride Academy Alabama Spotlight

New Brockton Elementary School: New Brockton, AL

6th grade students at New Brockton Elementary School in Coffee County have enjoyed using Stride Academy throughout the Fall. Pictured are the top performers from their Fall Break Contest. Amber, the overall winner, earned over 37,000 star points during the contest. 

Dodge Elementary School: Mobile, AL 

Louisa, William and Malik, winners from the Stride Coin Masters Photo Contest, show off their Stride Academy gym bags! Students at Dodge Elementary have answered over 407,000 questions in Stride Academy this year! 

White Plains Elementary: Anniston, AL

With over 100 submissions to our Fall Writing Contest on "What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You," Cassidy, a 3rd grade student in Mrs. Brewer's class at White Plains Elementary, was selected as the winner winning a pizza party for her class! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Scenes from Alexandria Elementary School

These students from Alexandria Elementary School are enjoying working on Stride Academy. Part of each school day includes time in one of the school's three computer labs. Lab time is devoted to using Stride Academy to measure their progress through the Progress Monitoring Assessment or challenge each student at his or her level via the Stride Fast 360 Adaptive Technology.

During the recent SGA Presidential election speeches, one of the students said, "If you elect me as president, I promise to work to get more Stride Academy time at school for students." Not a bad endorsement!