Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Student Shop: A Brand New Feature in Stride

Our coin-based rewards system + your prizes =
Your Student Shop is Open For Business!
We love your spirit of rewarding students' hard work.  So we've created a place for teachers to incentivize learning with more options than games.  Welcome to your very own Student Shop, your online marketplace for classroom rewards!  Stock your Student Shop with prizes like these examples*, set the parameters for students to earn each reward, and elevate the learning excitement!
*These are examples only.  Prizes and rewards must be furnished by teachers/staff, parents, school community partners, etc., and are not provided by LTS/Stride. 
Here's How to Get Started:
Click on the New "Student Shop" tab
on your Teacher Dashboard.

There you'll see the Quick Start Menu for your Student Shop -- and it's as easy as it looks!  Since you are brand-new to this, you'll likely want to start with "Create a new product." 
Creating a new product will prompt you for  the details you need to enter about an item, in order to add it to your Shop.  Decide on a Coin Cost, a Limit per student, DescriptionUpload an Image and more!  You can go back andEdit a Product anytime you like.  Here's an example:
Soon, you'll have a collection of rewards to jumpstart student usage in Stride!  To view your product catalog, select the option for "Manage Products."  See how nicely organized:
The Student Shop will track your new orders each day, and tabulate your Order History for easy reference.  You can also set up Email Alerts to notify you when students place orders or when an item is out of stock.  Soon you'll begin to see which prizes are most popular, so you can add inventory!
Once you deliver a prize to a student, click on the hyperlinked status for "Delivered?"  A pop-up message from Stridelogin.com will prompt you to change the order status to "Fulfilled" (by selecting OK).
The Student Shop allows you the flexibility to turn off Permissions for individual students who may not be in good standing to participate. Once they've earned back that privilege, you can easily turn their permissions back on.
As soon as you have one (1) item added to your Shop, your students will be able to access the Student Shop on their Stride interface.  Instruct them to look for the "Shop" menu option.
The Student Shop is active in your Stride account today!
If for any reason, your school or district wishes to DISABLE the Student Shop functionality, your Stride Administrator may contact Customer Support at support@LTSed.com or 1.866.552.9192.
Be a Featured Contributor!  
We simply cannot wait to hear about the rewards you are offering, and your students' participation. Email Amy Frith, e-News editor, to share your ideas for the Student Store. We will publish a list of the best in our next issue!

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Features in Your Dashboard

Now in your Stride
Teacher Control Panel!
Welcome to the new school year and exciting upgrades in your Stride account!  

You spoke, and we listened.  Thanks to thoughtful input from our customer-educators like you, we've delivered a fresh design to our Stride Teacher Dashboards. New pie graphs and widgetsallow you to customize data to your needs.  Here's a glimpse of the widgets you'll see today when you login
Once you are logged in, click on a portion of the pie graph to view all standards attempted.  Your students will be conveniently grouped by level of mastery.  Like this:
Stride's new dashboards are so interactive, you'll want to click on everything to see the details behind the data!  
Next up: Where are your students having the most success in Stride?  One great indicator is the portion of skill badges they're earning at enrolled grade level (or above or below):
Clicking on a slice of the pie provides deeper insights on the students who are earning (or missing) these badges.  Like these badges for Language Arts At Grade Level:
Who's performing where?  You know that your students are working at different levels in Stride – but how is their placement dispersed across the grade levels? 
Click on a pie graph to identify which students are still working their way up to grade level, and who is already on pace for that subject.  Here's what you'll see:
How are students progressing on assessment?  Don't let the testing windows pass you by. Day by day, know how many students are still working toward completion, so you can allot classroom time for PMA. 
Need help customizing the widgets for your Dashboard?  Contact Stride Support atsupport@LTSed.com or 866.552.9192.
How will YOU use these dashboards to make classroom decisions?
Tell us about it:
Amy Frith, e-News editor, afrith@LTSed.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Reminder of Start Date for PMA

On September 5, all Alabama schools using Stride began the window for the Progress Monitoring Assessments. PMA assesses students in Math, Reading and Science with approximately 30 questions per subject. When students are in PMA, the student interface says "Assessment Mode."

PMA will diagnose students' skill gaps, provide differentiated intervention and continuously monitor student growth over the school year. PMA data reports will be available via the "Reports" tab once your students have completed the assessments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

11 New Email Subscribers. Are Your Colleagues Subscribed?

If you are seeing this post in your email, great!

When there is timely information about Stride, you won't be left out. In the last few days, 11 additional teachers signed up for these email updates.

But what about the many teachers who haven't signed up for these updates? You could help them out. Ask your colleagues if they got this blog post in their email.

If they say "no," ask them to go to MotivatedData.blogspot.com. In the sidebar, they will see a spot to add their email address.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Reset a KCC Password

Did you forget your Stride password from last year? Are you a new teacher and do not know your password? If you have an email address associated with your class, you can retrieve the information. Here's how:

Step 1: Click “I forgot my login or password.”

Step 2: Select “I forgot my class account KCC code or password.”

Step 3: Enter your email address.

NOTE: If you do not have your email address associated with your KCC code, you will receive this message. Please first contact your CLAS academic specialist to have an email address associated with our CC code. If your CLAS specialist cannot be reached, contact LTS support.

Step 4: Choose the KCC code you need to reset.

Step 5: Click “Reset Password for selected class.” You do not need to enter anything in the Enter Password field. An email will be sent to the address on file to reset the PW.

Step 6: Click the link to reset the PW, and enter the new information.