Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Instant Stats" Added to Stride

Last spring, Stride added "Instant Stats" for both students and teachers. It has proven to motivate students to do their best as they answer questions. The percentage goes up or down with the answer to each question. It has given teachers a great way to see how their students are doing as they monitor a group in the computer lab or classroom. 

The percentage students see takes into account questions answered correctly one the first try and questions answered correctly on the second try.

This year, teachers can view the real-time states in two ways. The default is to see the percentage of correct answers on the first attempt. Teachers can click on the "Student View" button and see the same percentage the student sees.
Instant Stats
Teachers: at the top of your Dashboard is where you will find your shiny new Realtime Stats ticker.  At a glance, you know how many students are logged in and on-task. Click on "Realtime Stats" to dig deeper.
Class Live Monitor
As you investigate further, you see a list of your enrolled students and 
  • Who is currently online/offline in Stride?
  • How long have they been working in the current session?
  • How many items have they answered?
  • How many correct?
  • When did they answer their last item, and how long have they been idle?
  • What game have they played most recently?
  • What subject are they working in?
This data is automatically refreshed every 30 seconds!
Student Session Live Monitor
Meanwhile, a new real-time ticker in the Stride student interface helps each student stay accountable and on-task! As they answer questions correctly or incorrectly, they will see their number and percentage correct automatically adjust. They can also begin to see correlation between their pace (questions per minute) and their percentage correct - discouraging them from guessing.
Be sure your teachers, staff and students are aware of these new instant progress monitoring tools, and send us some feedback on how YOU are utilizing the new Class Live Monitor in your classroom! You and your students can be featured in our next e-newsletter.

Have a wonderful week, and Stride ON!
Amy Frith, editor
Stride e-News


866.552.9192, ext. 1011

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Printing Login Sheets for Classes and Students

The first step in making Stride available to your teachers and students is to give them their login information. The school office can easily handle this task for the entire school.

  1. Log into Stride with the school's administrative password.
  2. Click the "Class Manager" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Print Logins" button in the upper-right corner. 

You have three options:

Printing a list of classes. Select "Print master class sheet." You will see a list of all of your classes with their KCC codes. If the teacher has a password, you will see the word "Registered" in that field. If the teacher has forgotten the password from the previous year, he or she can attempt to log into Stride and click the "forgot password" link.

Not having the password print on the sheet is important. Having passwords printed on a sheet which could be picked up by the wrong person would be a concern.

Printing login instructions for each teacher. "Print guide sheets for Instructors and Students." Just to the left of the blue "Print" button, choose "Class Logins" to print a sheet of instructions for the teacher. Before hitting "Print," place a checkmark beside the classes you wish to print. Checking the box at the top will select all of the classes.

Again, the password will not appear on the sheet. The best plan is for the teacher to attempt to log into the program and click the "forgot my password" link.

Printing logins for each student. "Print guide sheets for Instructors and Students." Just to the left of the blue "Print" button, choose "Student Logins" to print a sheet of instructions for each student. Before hitting "Print," place a checkmark beside the classes you wish to print. Checking the box at the top will select all of the classes.

Notice that the student password does appear on this sheet. Stress to students not to leave the sheet where others can see it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New View in "Live Class Monitor"

Last year, Stride introduced a status bar that students see throughout each session. The student can see how many questions answered and the percentage of correct answers during that session. 

At the same time, teachers were able to click the "Realtime Stats" button at the top of the Dashboard page. The teacher sees students who have been logged on during that day, students currently logged in, time spent in the program, correct answers, etc.

Until now, the view students saw and the statistics the teacher saw often showed different percentages. Here's why:
  1. On the student view, questions answered correctly on either the first try or the second try were counted as correct.
  2. On the teacher view, only questions answered correctly on the first try were counted as correct.
This year, the teacher will have an option:

Clicking on the "?" provides this explanation:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Progress Monitoring Assessment Dates Reminder

In the sidebar of this blog, you will see the dates for this year's Progress Monitoring Assessment. Neither you nor your students need to do anything special to take the PMA. When students log in on September 4th, they will automatically be taken to PMA.

The students do not have the finish PMA in one session. The next time they log into Stride, they will pick up where they left off. When a student finishes PMA, he or she resumes the normal questions provided by the Stride Adaptive Engine.

You may want to put the beginning dates for each PMA date on your calendar. Ideally, you should never worry about the ending date for a PMA. If your students are using the program, they will finish PMA far before the ending date.

Stride Academy Videos

This post originally two years ago. While there have been some enhancements to the program since them, this video will give you a good overview of Stride.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can be worth a million. This initial post contains several videos which you can use to introduce Stride Academy.

This video from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is 2 1/2 minutes in length. It starts with a teacher explaining the program to viewers. You then sees shots of students using the program.

This video, about 1 1/2 minutes in length, provides a brief overview of the program.


This video is a little longer (just under 5 minutes). The audience for this video would consist of teachers who are new to the program and parents of students who will using the program. The video was produces by an organization called "School on Wheels." The end of the video is specific to their school, but use a tool such as Tubechop.com, you could end the video at the desired point and generate a URL and/or embed code.


The final video is produced by Stride Academy and is under 3 minutes in length and is intended for teachers. The strength of this video is the shots of data.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome to a New School Year With Stride

I am looking forward to working with the schools in Calhoun County again this year. The past two years.

Throughout the year, this blog will serve as my vehicle for sharing with you information about Stride and celebrating the ways you and teachers like you are embracing this tool as a way to help students learn.

I'll pull some posts from the past and re-post them at well-chosen points in the year. All of us need review from time to time.

Get the new stuff in your email

Are you reading this post in your email? If so, that's perfect. Reading your email is something you do anyway. When these come to your email, it keeps them from being "one more thing to do."

Are you reading this post on the blog because someone told you about it? If so, let me make this suggestion:

See the little box that says "Get New Posts in Your Email"? Enter your email address. You will receive a verification email. If you don't receive one, check to see if it went into spam Once you verify that it was indeed you who signed up, every time I post something new here, it will be sent straight to your email. You never have to remember to come directly to the blog again. One less thing to have to remember to do!

If you signed up for the updates last year or the year before, you are most likely reading this post as a result of an email you received. If you signed up before and your email address has not changed, you do not have to sign up again.

I look forward to working with you during this school year!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stride Quick Start Guides

In Stride, you will notice a "Help and Advice" section. The most helpful part of it is the "Customer Support Gallery." Take a moment to look in that section and get a flavor of what is available.

For those who are new to Stride,  "Quick Start Guide" is available for teachers. Another is available for administrators.

Administrator Guide Start Guide

Teacher Quick Start Guide

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stride Will Be Down August 4-7

Each year, Stride archives the student data from the previous school year. That process will happen between August 4 and August 7. During that time, the program will be unavailable.

As soon as the archive is complete Corey Murray will begin the process of setting up your classes. Check back here on progress.

If you have a question about the information in any blog post, you can always ask it in a comment at the bottom of the post. Chances are if you have a question, others will have that question as well.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Progress Monitoring Assessment Dates

The Progress Monitoring Assessment dates for this school year are as follows:

PMA 1: Sept. 4-Oct. 13
PMA 2: Nov. 6-Dec. 1
PMA 3: Jan. 8-Feb. 9
PMA 4: Mar. 5-Apr. 6

You will see a text box in the sidebar that also gives you those dates. That box will remain there throughout the school year for your convenience.

Things to remember:
  1. PMA will take a student approximately 30 minutes per subject.
  2. When a student logs into Stride, the program automatically takes the student into PMA until PMA is completed. 
  3. If a student has completed PMA and you have scheduled a quiz with Quiz Builder or StrideXchange, the student will automatically be given the quiz.
  4. If the student has completed PMA and any scheduled quizzes, the student receives the regular Adaptive Engine quizzes.
  5. PMA happens only at school. When the student goes home, he or she gets the regular questions from the Stride Adaptive Engine. (That being said, on your Quiz Builder or StrideXchange quizzes, you have the option on any of them to allow the quiz to be taken at home. For example, you might schedule a quiz as a formative assessment prior to a "big test" and let the students take it at home

Don't wait until the last minute
The start date for PMA is something you should put on your calendar. You would want to avoid scheduling a quiz at that. The students would not see your quiz. They would have PMA instead.

Best practice is to schedule your own a narrow date range at the beginning of the PMA period and have everyone complete PMA then. You are then able to let students know how they did and use the data to let you know what to re-teach. You'll also be able to schedule Quiz Builder quizzes.

The ending date for PMA should be irrelevant. If you are using the program the way it's intended, students will be done with PMA far before ending date. 

If you find yourself pushed to have students complete PMA by the end of the PMA period, realize PMA is all they are getting. They are missing out on the most important part of the program, the Stride Adaptive Engine. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Alabama is Mentioned in the Huffington Post

When you read the title of this post, you're probably thinking: "This could be a good thing...or this could be a bad thing."

We've all seen too many articles where something happening in our state has been publicized in a way that has made us look less than stellar.

Especially if it's in something like the Huffington Post.

Today is different. It's a positive, and what the article is talking about is Stride.

Enjoy this article (scroll about three-quarters of the way down the page):

Public Schools Actually Embrace Innovation - Five Examples of States, Districts Making Tech Work

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Summer Stride" Open to All Alabama Students

Calhoun County Schools benefit from Stride all year long. This summer, all Alabama students, regardless of school, can enjoy Stride.

This article explains more and allows students to sign up for free.

Feel free to spread the news to parents whose children attend schools that are not already using Stride.

Today, a National Public Radio spot highlighted the program. You can download that clip here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disregard the PMA Report That Came in Your Email

One of the things I like about the Stride reports is the ability to sign up for weekly email updates. Every Saturday, you get a link in the email that produces the School Summary Report (for administrators) or Classroom Summary Report (for teachers) for the previous week.

The automated report saves you from having to manually run it yourself. It also saves you from having to remember to run the report.

An enhancement that will be a good idea...

What if during PMA, you also got a weekly link that would produce the PMA Report? Again, the report would be delivered automatically via a link in an email.

If it worked.

Several weeks ago, I saw exactly what we just talked about. The only thing was that it only displayed the last two PMA periods. I had a couple of discussions with tech support.

I explained how confusing it was for schools to receive a report that looked incomplete. I also saw why the report was showing incomplete data.

As I looked at the long URL in the email, part of that URL made reference to a "start date" and another part to an "end date." When I manually edited the URL and changed the start date to August 1 instead of some February or March date, the report was perfect and included all PMA periods.

My understanding was this report was being pulled until the fall. Indeed, I had not gotten that report again.

Until this weekend...

There it was...only worse. Only PMA 4 is showing. That's not the worst part. If you click the link in the email, look closely at the URL it takes you to:


See the problem? 

You are getting a report that includes PMA work done between April 1 and April 30. Most students had completed PMA44 long before April 1. 

While you have that long URL in the browser, if you were to arrow to the end and change the start date from "04/01/2017" to something like "08/01/2016," the PMA Report would display correctly.

I am sure the development team will have the problem straightened out in plenty of time for the fall.

Being able to get a PMA Report delivered to your email every week during PMA will be a great thing. Like any other data, however, it's only useful if it's correct.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Might This Be the Next Programmer for Stride Academy?

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames. Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.


This video is 4 1/2 minutes in length. It's a great example of at least two things:

  1. Students are capable of creative thinking far beyond their years, and when they are interested in something, the results can be amazing.
  2. Students at this age can get up before audiences and present themselves confidently and in a way which captivates their audiences. When students see adults present, it's one thing. When they can see someone near their own age, it's another.
To view this talk at its original location, go to this link.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PMA 4 Ends April 7

The final Progress Monitoring Assessment ends April 7.

As with previous PMA periods, you can run reports both at 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.

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Stride Newsletter for March

Laissez les bons temps rouler! 
South Alabama schools know how to make the good times roll—even while they're learning! Many schools in the southern part of the state enjoy a Mardi Gras holiday, and we were honored to see our Stride super-users participating in Mardi Gras themed contests during this time. Without further adieu, allow me to introduce this year's Mardi Gras Royalty and Krewe!
Elizabeth Fonde Elementary, Mobile
The top three students at Fonde Elementary, earning the most skill badges during the school-wide Stride Mardi Gras Contest, are pictured above:
♦  Megan Nguyen, 62 skill badges
  Melody Johnson, 41 skill badges
  Daniel Lopez, 34 skill badges
These fourth graders were appointed as Stride Mardi Gras Royalty, awarded 500 coins to their Stride accounts, treated to a lunch of their choice, and given a Stickbot Studio Pro Set! Congratulations!
Collins-Rhodes Elementary, Eight Mile
Collins-Rhodes Elementary has crowned their Stride Mardi Gras Queen, Ki'Nish Steele! 

Ki'Nish, a second grader, earned the most skill badges (42 total) during the school-wide Mardi Gras Madness Contest. Well done, Ki'Nish!
McIntosh Elementary School, McIntosh
McIntosh Elementary honored their Mardi Gras King, Queen and Court from the Krewe of the Timberwolves!
We are so proud of these McIntosh students for demonstrating outstanding work in Stride during the carnival season!
Ella Grant Elementary, Prichard
Ella Grant Elementary awarded new bicycles to their top students who competed in the school-wide Mardi Gras Break Contest, Feb. 24-Mar.5. Pictured from left to right are:
♦  King Jamar Campbell♦  Queen Miracle King♦  Princess/Runner Up Ramona Jones
Nice job! We know you worked hard to earn these awesome prizes!
George Hall Elementary, Mobile
Pictured above are exemplary Stride students from George Hall Elementary, who soared to the top of the rankings in their school-wide Stride Mardi Gras contest. Congratulations on a job well done!
Dr. Robert W. Gilliard Elementary, Mobile
Pictured above are Mardi Gras royalty representing Gilliard Elementary with the top Star Points earned in Stride during the contest period:
  Derrick Payne, Ms. Morrison's Fourth Grade: 116,958 Star Points 
  Laterrance Milton, Ms. Finch's Fifth Grade: 47,350 Star Points 
♦  Coreion Williams, Ms. Stacy's Third Grade: 13,723 Star Points  
O'Rourke Elementary, Mobile
Check out O'Rourke Elementary's top Stride users in their Mardi Gras attire! From left to right, the winners are:
 Madison Eagleson-Hardin, Third Grade
 Zee Abdulla, Fourth Grade
Congratulations, and way to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!
Thank you to all Alabama educators for continuing to support your students in using Stride! We love to hear your success stories, contest highlights, and feedback on our program. Share your thoughts with me at the contact info below:
Amy Frith, editor
Stride Alabama e-News
Phone: 866.552.9192, ext. 1011

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Are Your Success Stories?

The feedback I am getting as I visit schools is that students like Stride. That's good news, because if students like something, they will spend more time with it. You are sure to have some "success storied" to tell. "Success" can be defined in many different ways:

  • The student who understands academic concepts which were mysteries mere days ago.
  • The students who would rather work on Stride questions than watch TV, because of the engagement.
  • The parent with whom communication has been hard, but has become intrigued with Stride and the information the Parent Report provides.

We define success in different ways, but we each have stories to tell.

What are your stories? LTS, makers of Stride, is interested in hearing them. Send your thoughts, quotes from students, quotes from parents, pictures, and whatever constitutes the story you want to tell. You can send anything you wish directly to me. I will make sure the appropriate person gets them.

As a side-benefit, you can re-purpose your efforts. Take a picture and write a few lines, and you have also done all the work needed to get some newspaper coverage. While we often complain of how the media is slow to cover the good things which happen in school, those in the media say they don't know about those good things unless we tell them about it.