Friday, December 9, 2016

Help for ELL Students

Presently, the math portion of Stride Academy is available in Spanish! Obviously, math is the easiest to produce in other languages because the amount of text to translate is less.

How can you make the Spanish version available to a student? When a teacher logs in and clicks on the "Settings" tab, a "Language Settings" button is available.



A list of students appears. Here is where the teacher controls who gets English only, who gets English but with the Spanish translation available, and who gets Spanish with the English translation available.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Using Quiz Builder

I had a great time with assistant principals on Tuesday. Everyone tried his/her hand at creating and scheduling an assessment on Quiz Builder. The next step is to look at results to see the information available to you.

After the students have taken a Quiz Builder quiz, log into Stride and go to the "Quiz Builder" menu. You will see a list of every quiz you have created. Click on the one you wish to see. In this post, we are using a real example of a quiz created for the Calhoun County E-Day held just prior to Thanksgiving.





Immediately, you see how many students took the test. You also see the class average. As you scroll down the screen, you see the overall score for each student. If this quiz is going in the grade book, you have the sores in front of you.





Let's dig deeper. Click on a student and here is what you see. For the student, you see how many questions were answered and the percentage. As you scroll down the screen, you see each question, the student's answer, and the correct answer.





Click on a question and you see the entire wording and all of the choices just as the student would see it, If you are conferencing with an individual student or parent, you can view this information onscreen with them.





The Reports You Can Run

You have three reports at your disposal for each quiz.





When you click the "Reports" link on the black bar, you see the three report options.




The Class & Student report is good for identifying which students mastered or experienced difficulty standard-by-standard. Each standard assessed is listed. Beside each standard is a list of all students along with the percentage of correct answers for the standard. If you are grouping for instruction by standard, doing standards-based grading, and/or differentiating instruction, this report will prove helpful.




The Class Aggregate Scores report is your item analysis. For each question, you see the percentage of students who answered correctly. This report will tell you where the class as a whole is experiencing difficulty.




The Student Score Details report will be helpful as you give feedback to students. The entire class is included in this report. You see the name of the student, overall score, their answer to each question, and the correct answer.

Print the report, and you can pass out the results to the students the way you would traditionally return test papers.




As the students look at their papers, the teacher can go over the test with them. Return to "Quiz Builder," click the name of the quiz, and click "Questions" on the black bar.



From this screen, the teacher sees the percentage of students with the correct answer for each question. By clicking on the question, the teacher displays the item along with all answer choices. The teacher can discuss why the other answers were incorrect.

Note: Be careful not to display the results of individual students to the whole class. When you click the name of the quiz, the next screen displays overall student results. Be sure you are not projecting onto the screen at that point. In Windows, hold the "Windows" key (just to the left of the "alt" key) and hit the letter "P." Here, choose to display the image to the projector. Once you click "Questions," perform another "Windows-P" to resume projecting to both the computer and screen.

Reusing Quizzes

After a while, you may have quite a list of quizzes. You can use those again in future year using the "Clone" link. Even you wanted to administer a pre-test/post-test a few days or weeks apart, the Clone feature would also come in handy. You can even get a report that compare the two administrations of the quiz.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stride E-News

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Your friends over here at Stride are thankful for these inspiring contributions from our teachers and students in Calhoun County, Alabama:
Reward Students with Privileges Worth their Weight in Gold!

Jaden Sparks
, a student at Pleasant Valley Elementary, is pictured here reading to his younger brother Hollis's Kindergarten class. Jaden chose to cash in his Stride coins for this special privilege, which is one among many perks available to students from the Stride Shop at Pleasant Valley!
This is a fantastic example of how teachers can incorporate rewards into their Stride Shop that cost nothing monetarily, but serve to connect students and allow them a change of routine in their daily school schedules. And, what a wonderful opportunity for students to experience mentoring each other!
Crystal Sparks, Principal of Pleasant Valley and also mother of Jaden and Hollis Sparks, shared: "It was super special to me to know Jaden chose that over several other extrinsic rewards." 
Thanks for encouraging Stride educators to think outside of the box when it comes to rewards! Do you have a Stride Shop reward to share? Email Amy Frith.
Take Stride Motivation to a New Level with Bulletin Boards and Grade-Level Trophies!White Plains Elementary School believes in keeping Stride visible. Their "Stride Pride Leaderboard" is updated weekly with current data for every grade level, including:
  • Top 20 students per grade level in Star Points
  • Total questions answered per grade level/per class
  • Accuracy (percentage correct) for each subject area
  • Total minutes spent in Stride/minutes at home.
White Plains Assistant Principal Jennifer Edwards says updating the bulletin board takes very little time because she can lift the data from reports built into Stride. Students in a class can easily compare their stats to other classes, and see where they could improve week-to-week. Visibility is a huge motivator for students!
White Plains has also set school-wide Stride goals for the academic year. For example, they have goals they want to reach by the end of the year for Stride accuracy and for total minutes spent in Stride at home. Each week, they can see how much closer they're progressing toward those year-end goals.
Principal of White Plains Elementary, Jonathan Gilbert, is seen here holding a grade-level trophy. Every grade has its own Stride trophy, and that trophy is awarded each week to the class that has the highest score on pre-established criteria.
We love how White Plains shows off all of the different ways students can be successful in Stride!
How Does Stride Support Special Education at Your School?
Beverly Butler, Special Education teacher at Alexandria High School, shared her testimonial:
"Stride has been a wonderful program for our students on the autism spectrum. It provides visual and auditory instruction with immediate feedback. Providing the students with multiple choice answer options is their preference and fits their learning style.
As a teacher, I love the fact that I can set the grade level to a comfortable, functional level for each student and the adaptive engine increases the level of curriculum as the student independently makes progress. When one of my students is struggling in an area, Stride emails me the information. Stride lets me know which student is struggling and in what subject area. Stride provides me the resources on the subject area of struggle, and I can print the materials and review them with the student. This allows me to see if it was the way the material was presented, the language used, or if the student missing foundational skills needed to understand the concept. Therefore, some remediation may become necessary.
After remediation, I can also individually select the lesson in Stride and have it presented again to see if the student is successful independently. My students love to earn coins for progress just as they do with our class token economy system. Stride fits my teaching style and, most importantly, fits their learning style, so they can show off what they know. I look forward to continuing to use this program. I believe it's a program which meets the needs of our students with developmental disabilities."
Chime in! We'd love to hear how you utilize Stride for special education. Email Amy Frith

Thank you for using Stride! 
Amy Frith, Editor
Stride Alabama e-News

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Stride Will Be Down Saturday (Nov. 19)

I received an email with the following information. If you have scheduled a contest and feel many students would be working in Stride today, you may want to put something on your school Facebook page or sent through whatever technology you use to give families quick updates.



Please excuse our brief downtime this weekend.

In order to ensure ongoing responsiveness of the Stride online learning program, we are performing routine maintenance tonightFriday, Nov. 18, from approximately 7 p.m. CST until Saturday, Nov. 19, at approximately 5 p.m. CST.


During this time, Stride will be temporarily unavailable to our customers in the State of Alabama. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing to serve our Alabama educators and students!


Sincerely,
Stride Team
support@LTSed.com

Thursday, November 17, 2016

PMA Ends December 2

The second Progress Monitoring Assessment ends December 2.

You have the ability to run a report on PMA for both the school and the classroom level.

Running the PMA Report at the School Level:
  1. Use the school administrative login to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "School PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.





You will notice that the graph is the first page of almost two-dozen pages of data. You can click through those graphs and tables to see data for each class and data for each grade level.

My recommendation would be to share with any given teacher the data for that teacher's class and the average for the grade level as a whole. That way, each teacher gets an idea where he or stands in relationship to the rest of the pack without ranking teachers. Richard Defoor addresses this point in his PLC seminars.



Running the PMA Report at the Classroom Level:
  1. Use your KCC code and password to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "Class PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.
The resulting graph will look much the same as the school graph displayed above. Clicking through the remaining pages will reveal data on each student.

How are You Using the Stride Shop?



At Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Jaden earned enough points in Stride to buy from the Stride Shop. He chose to read to his little brother's kindergarten class.

Jaden's choice demonstrates that incentives don't necessarily have to cost the school money. It also shows that an incentive doesn't always have to be tangible.

Our students are of different ages, come from different backgrounds and have different interests. We can offer a variety of incentives and let technology, such as the Stride Shop, handle the recordkeeping.

What incentives work for you? Feel free to share a comment. What works for you just may work for someone else.

Monday, November 14, 2016

What Do Games Have To Do With Standards-Based Math Practice

Can games improve learning math and attitude towards math? This infographic gives some insight.

How Game-based Learning Can Support Strong Mathematical Practices Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Operating Contests During Holidays


You have the ability to set up a "contest" at any time. The reason the topic surfaces now is the opportunity to motivate student participation in Stride during extended holidays.

I found a video which explains how to do it, and does so in less than 3 minutes.



Contest winners are determined by the number of "Star Points" earned during the contest.

So what's the difference between "Coins" and "Star Points"? Glad you asked.

"Star Points" are earned when the students play the games. The better they perform on the games, the more Star Points they earn. "Coins" are earned as they answer questions.

A contest can be established at the school level, or a teacher can schedule one for his/her KCC. As with many things, there are upsides and downsides. Will students have parents or older siblings answer questions for them in order to earn coins? Will they have others play the games for them to earn Star Points? How could you present a contest in a way that would minimize the motivation to try to "beat the system"? Good questions!

If you decide to run a contest, remember that what you are doing is something LTS sees as being newsworthy, so by all means seize the opportunity for some publicity for your school. That type of publicity also plays well for the state as a whole when it comes time to renew the grant. You can always send this type of information to me.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stride Will Be Down Friday Evening & Saturday Morning

Please excuse our brief downtime this weekend.

In order to ensure ongoing responsiveness of the Stride online learning program, 

we are performing routine maintenance scheduled to begin

Friday evening, Nov. 11, at approximately 7 p.m. CST and concluding on Saturday morning, Nov. 12, at approximately 10 a.m. CST.


During this time, Stride will be temporarily unavailable
to our customers in the State of Alabama.

We appreciate your understanding and
look forward to continuing to serve o
ur Alabama educators and students!


Sincerely,
Stride Team
support@LTSed.com

Update on Science PMA

As your students are taking this second Progress Monitoring Assessment, you are seeing that they have assessments in Math and Reading. They will not be receiving PMA in Science.

I inquired about the status of Science for PMA3 and PMA4. The answer I received is there will be no PMA for Science for the remainder of this school year. Knowing this will help you better plan your time and gauge how long it will take your students to finish PMA.

The company is working on the Science portion of Stride so that it better aligns with the Alabama Course of Study.

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Stride Ideas

Schools are always looking for ways to motivate students to use Stride to its fullest and recognize good work. This post explores a couple of examples.


Demetra S. Adams, Technology Support Teacher
Collins-Rhodes Elementary
Mobile County Public Schools, AL
Demetra says: "When my students use Stride, they don’t see it as doing 'school work.'  They are actually EXCITED about answering skill-based questions.  The students LOVE earning coins and academic badges!   Of course, they are even more excited about playing the games! 
Stride makes learning a fun, thrilling experience for students.  Every single day, K-5 grade students stop me in our hallways to let me know how many academic badges they’ve earned or how many coins they’ve collected.  It’s been a wonderful experience having students to be so involved in a learning program." 
You Can Model Demetra's Ideas Too!"At my school, we currently have two wall displays to showcase our Stride participation.  One of the displays highlights how many academic badges each class has earned thus far.  The other display highlights the top K-5 Stride students thus far!  The students pay close attention to these displays and monitor the stats. 
The top students received a certificate like this one. The number represents how many academic badges the student earned.  We will celebrate together with a pizza party!" 
Reginald D. Johnson, Stride Computer Lab
Alex Haley Academy
Chicago Public Schools, IL
Reginald says: "Stride sets itself apart from other supplemental programs that I’ve encountered because of its ability to gauge students’ learning and fine tune to meet their needs. Other programs are designed with simply answering the same style of multiple choice questions without much rigor. Stride on the other hand asks questions, and re-ask the questions in different ways to make sure that the student is understanding the concept. 
We couldn’t be more ecstatic about Stride in our school because it’s a wonderful tool to implement into the classrooms. Alex Haley Academy has achieved the “Level 1 plus” rating which is the top honor in Chicago Public Schools, and we can credit it to the implementation of Stride in addition to our wonderful staff." 
Need a Fresh Idea for a Contest? Try Reginald's "Race to the Green"!

"I have constructed a contest every week called 'Race to the Green'. During our weekly reports, the students get rewarded for their efforts if they achieve “Green Status” by scoring 70% or more on average in their class. Students find themselves working intently to make their class is in the green." See complete rules for the contest below!
What ideas are you using on your school? Let me know so they can be featured on this blog and in the Stride monthly newsletter.

Technology-Enhanced Items

Having viewed many webinars, I know first-hand they can range from from real yawners to true gems. The one from this past Thursday was the latter.

Stride Academy is rolling out "Technology Enhanced Items." These items go beyond A, B, C, D multiple-choice questions. You need to know about them because your students will be seeing them.

To learn more about the concept, you can view  short video and also download a PowerPoint presentation which provides an explanation and screen shots. To access these resources:

  1. While you are logged into Stride, click on Help & Advice in the menu.
  2. Click the link to "Log-in to customer support gallery." (Just below the link is the password you will need.)
  3. Scroll down to the section marked "Quick-Start Guides" (section D).
  4. Look for "Technology-Enhanced Item Types PowerPoint Presentation."



Monday, October 31, 2016

Stride Alabama e-News

Fall is in
the air
October 2016Fall is in the air, and Stride Spirit is spreading across Alabama!  You've been busy with onboarding students to the program and jumping right in to fabulous Fall contest ideas!  We'd like to share a few examples to show fellow Stride users how "Toucan Be a Stride Leader Too!"  Use Stride Contests to get your students all the way through their assigned work from PMA Form 1, in preparation for PMA Form 2, which begins Nov. 7
B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary (Talladega County)

We love B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School's display, which features Star Point Winners on the left, Skill Badge Winners in the middle, and Stride Millionaires (coin leaders) on the right!  Top students earn their names on the bright yellow patches adorning the toucans.  Stride offers so many ways to celebrate wins!
Alexandria Elementary (Calhoun County)
At Alexandria Elementary, the daily schedule includes what they call "Champion Time" in Stride.  For contests, each grade level focuses on a specific standard selected bi-weekly by the teachers. They use Quiz Builder to assess mastery of that standard at the end of the two weeks, and results are displayed on grade-level bulletin boards like the ones below for Stride Reading and Stride Math in Grades 3 and 5. 

Each orange paw print represents a student who scored at least 80% on the standard, or bettered his/her score  by at least 20 points from the last assessment.  Nice work, Alexandria students!  Pictured above, Assistant Principals Caryn Waugh and Jeremy Wallace enjoy helping a proud student staple her paw in place.
Crossville High School (Dekalb County)
CLAS Academic Specialist Carolyn Creighton visited Crossville HS recently and observed as students logged in to Stride to work on English I and Algebra I curriculum.  "The students were so excited to be able to use Stride -- especially those who can now use it at home," Carolyn reported. Crossville HS has been a long-time user of Stride, and now the school has a new laptop cart, making Stride more accessible to additional users!  Keep working hard, CHS!
Students Stride Along Even During Fall Break!
CLAS Academic Specialist Stephen Swann shared this picture of his grandchildren, Madison and Ethan Foster, who recently visited with him over the Fall Break. "My wife and I took them to the beach for a few days, and they asked to do Stride every morning before we took them to play in the waves and sand!  Mary Long (CLAS Academic Specialist) and their teachers at Madison Elementary (Madison City) have them very enthusiastic about the program," Stephen shares.  Dedicated Stride students take their learning fun with them wherever they go!
Do you have a Stride Contest idea or Success Story to share? Let us highlight you in an upcoming newsletter! 

Contact:  Amy Frith, Stride e-News Editor
Phone:  334.233.8538
Email:  afrith@LTSed.com