Self-Training Level 3

The third level will introduce you to some features that can save you a great deal of time on the platform. Among others, this includes statistical tools as well as little tricks to manage the digital space of your Netmath groups!

Choose a station :

Introduction

Let’s get to work right away.

On the agenda, I suggest that we cover 2 stations that include key elements to help you really understand the tools available to teachers that will allow you to make the most of Netmath.

Station 1: Class management 2.0

Station 2: How to get to know your group better

Station 1 : Class management 2.0

It’s time to get to work! Here is the content of the first station in our work schedule:

  • Changing your students’ names and passwords: why and how to do it;
  • Registering an email address in a student account.

You’ll see that the time will fly by, but this information will probably save you several minutes, and even a few gray hairs!

Change the learning environment

When your students connect to your class, they do so by activating their accounts. They have the option to connect to an existing account (from the previous year) or to create a new account. To get more information about the student account activation process, please consult our help section on this topic.

In all cases, what’s important to remember is that it’s the student who decides what name is associated with their account. And children’s imaginations know no bounds! To give you an example, I suggest taking a glance at the list of usernames created by certain students over time:

  • Anonyme Anonyme
  • Laurie Tarzan
  • Ninja Super
  • Turtle Monkey

As a teacher, it’s important to know what actions are possible to connect with students or simply identify them.

This is one of the reasons that we developed the Class Management section on the left-hand menu bar. Here’s what this interface looks like:

I’d like to draw your attention to three elements in this section:

  1. The nameMathlantis corresponds to your school name. I imagine that your school is not called Demo School. To give a more realistic example, you might see “Lincoln Elementary School or “Central School in this spot.
  2. You can monitor the number of students activated at your school. For every class, you can see the number of students activated / total number of students.
  3. You’ll see a list of all your groups. You can also see the names of your colleagues’ groups after their names.

By selecting the name of one of your groups, you’ll be directed to a page where you can manage your groups in greater detail.

Let’s take a tour to check out all of the potential in each option available to you:

  1. You can see all of the different things you can manipulate concerning the class. You can change the name of the class during the year after a joke with your students.

    For example: if a farm-themed problem situation proves particularly difficult, you can change the class’s name to “The Farmers.”

  2. If a resource teacher or intern gets added to your class mid-year, you can click on the + button to add them as an administrator for the class. They can then also send activities to students.
  3. In this area, you can:
    1. Change passwords for students who have lost theirs.
    2. Change passwords for students who should be able to connect to your class, but cannot see the activities that you’re sending.
      1. It can happen that a student creates 2 accounts with the same username (without email) and with the same password twice. In this case, the only way to ensure that the student is indeed in the account that is linked to your class is to reset their account from the “Password” link found here (3).
    3. Change the name associated with a student account.
      1. If you know which student chose a really wacky name, you can modify it by selecting “Account.”
      2. If you don’t know, you can simple select this student by ticking the box beside their name (4) and the “Delete” button will become accessible. Deleting the student will not affect their account. This operation only has the effect of unlinking the student’s account from your class.
    4. Add an email address to a student’s account. At the end of the school year, if it has not already been done, you can add an email address to certain students’ information. This is an option that may be appropriate for the more limited level of technological autonomy of most students in the upper primary school grades.
  4. By selecting the box beside a student’s name, you can delete a student from your class (unlink their account from the class) or move this student to another group if such changes occur during the school year.

Once again, if you want to ask me questions about all this information, don’t hesitate to send me an email!

support+justin@netmath.ca

Station 2 : How to get to know your group better

Here, we’ll look at the different tools available to you to learn more about how your students are using the platform. We’ll start by exploring all of the reports you have access to together.

I suggest exploring each report included here in detail.

Tracking sent activities

When you send an activity (and your students complete it), you can consult what has been done. To do this, simply click on the “Track sent activities” button on your home page. Here’s what your interface will look like:

  1. First, the date range makes it possible to target a specific period in order to quickly locate the activities that you sent to your students based on the date you sent them.
  2. For each activity, you have access to:
    1. the average number of pages completed by the students in this activity;
    2. the number of students who participated in the activity;
    3. and the average amount of time each of them spent on it.

That’s great, but who is the student who hasn’t started the activity and what exactly did the others do?”

Good question! To learn more about your students’ work, simply click on the activity, and then on the “Open results panel” button.

Here is the report you’ll find there. Take a few seconds to look it over:

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The student successfully completed the page in 3 attempts or less.

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The student successfully completed the page after more than 3 attempts.

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The student tried, but never successfully completed the page.

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The student has not attempted the page.

You can identify the most difficult pages at a glance by viewing the number of students who had more difficulties or who simply did not attempt the page. Then just click on the page icon located at the top of the report to access the activity page directly, and you’re ready to review it in class!

Content Report

This report provides access to all of the activities opened by students during a given timeframe. For example, you can see the content report for the “Gr-Champion” class below, including the activities completed by the students in the past 14 days.

The content report is most useful if you have not sent activities to students. For example, during a period of classes where you did use Netmath, the content report could show you if some students did something other than the sent activities!

Individual Report

Here, you’ll find lots of information about each of your students’ accounts.

  1. By clicking on a student’s name, you can move from one account to another… which is ideal for a report card conference!
  2. The level that appears in the right corner is linked to all of the other information that appears on the page. So, if a student is in the 3rd year of primary school and you select the 6th year, you’ll see their progress in grade 6. Which in this case means you most likely won’t see anything.
  3. Lots of information is displayed on this screen and to find out more, simply click on the section that interests you.

Tracking Stars

In this part of the platform, you can obtain a report that helps motivate your students to challenge themselves.

  1. You can choose to monitor one section of content in particular or, as is the case here, to observe the progress your students are making in all areas.  
  2. By selecting the title of each column, you can reorganize the order of the list.
  3. The top menus allow you to change the group and the level under consideration.

Time Report

This report allows you to easily compare your students’ time use. It can be very informative of the level of participation of students in your class.

  1. The first 2 columns in the table display the amount of time a student spent in class or outside class on the platform, respectively. It’s only the connection time that makes this distinction.
     

    For example, all of the time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. is considered as being spent in class.

  2. The last column shows you the number of times that the student signed in to Netmath during the specified time range.
  3. By selecting the date, you can change the time range you’re interested in. For example, you can select final term to see the dates adjust automatically. There may still be a small manual change to make, but you’ll definitely be close to the goal!

And like in all of the other tables presented on the platform, you can simply select the first line of any column to reorganize the information.

Finally, for all the reports, it’s possible to export the tables as a spreadsheet or print them. Simply click on the three dots in the right-hand corner. These two options are perfect for displaying the progress of students in your class!

Wow! Time flies!

I’ve already finished showing you what I know and the content of the third level of this training is already behind us!

That said, it would be great to learn more about what you found most relevant for your situation.

To do that, please answer this question:

I’m Justin, head of the team testing department in the big Netmath family! I work hard to make sure that the content in our activities is geared toward students like me.

At any time, if you have a question to ask me, the easiest way to contact me is by email at: support+justin@netmath.ca