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.

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."