Self-Training Level 4

The 4th level will allow you to adapt your use of different features to various teaching contexts. It’s particularly relevant if you have to work with several teachers or if you are in charge of managing several accounts. We’ll try to teach you the flexibility necessary to acquire the prestigious title of Netmath “master”!

Choose a station :

Introduction

Let’s dive right in by detailing how the learning process works within the subtleties of the Netmath platform.

On the agenda, I suggest that we cover 3 stations that go over the key elements to help you really understand the tools available for teachers that allow you to make the most of Netmath.

Station 1: Class management

Station 2: What report to use in what context

Station 3: Navigate through the content like a pirate

Station 1 : Class management

Wait a minute… Justin tells me that you’ve already talked about class management?

Hmm.

Ah yes! The thing is that we have received three very relevant questions and I thought that they would make 3 very interesting points for you:

  • How do you manage the calendar?
  • How do you delete a student from a class?
  • How do you add a student to a class?

How do you manage the calendar?

The first step to modify the calendar is to get on the right page. In a moment, you’ll see that we have simplified access to this setting by directly including it in related features:

The process to change the calendar is the same every time. Let me break it down into steps!

Step 1: Click on the start or end dates for the period for which you want to view the reports.

Step 2: Select the “Modify/Add” button to adjust the number and duration of the terms more specifically.

You’re there! This is Netmath’s mysterious calendar interface!

  1. To modify the duration of the whole school year, click on the start and end dates of the school year.
  2. The segmentation of the school year into terms can vary a bit from region to region, so we’ve given you the option to adjust the number and duration of each term. That way, you can obtain reports based on each of the terms found here.
  3. Attention!!!!! You must always conclude your changes by clicking Save the calendar.

There is one more setting you can modify. It’s the start and end times of class days. This is the setting that determines if the student completed their work at school or at home.

Once again, you can access to this setting when you’re in the report in question: the time use report.

And that’s how you modify the calendar. Now, it’s time to think about your class a bit. For example, what do you do if a student is added to or leaves a class? Will they still receive your activities?

How do you remove a student from a class?

From the “Manage my school” section, select the group in which you want to make the changes.

Tip: In brackets beside each group, there is a fraction that represents the number of students activated / the maximum number of students.

Here, for example, only one of the groups is activated:

Once that’s done, you’ll arrive on a page that resembles this one:

I know that we have already discussed some of the features on this page, but there are still lots of things I can tell you. Let’s go:

  1. To modify the information of a student in the class (change their group or remove them from a group), you must first select this student by ticking the box beside their name.
  2. Once the student is selected, the options delete and move the selection become accessible. No surprises here:
    1. Delete deletes
    2. Move moves
  3. Finally, you can always keep an eye on the number of licenses used and available for your school. For example, if Netmath accounts are managed by your school board, you’ll see unlimited for the number of available licenses. Here, there are no more licenses available, so you’ll have to contact us to get additional licenses for one of the classes at the school.

How do I add a student to a class?

Let’s settle this right away.

To add a student, just give them the activation code associated with your class. To find this infamous activation code, you have 2 options:

Option 1

Select the group

Option 2

Visit the Class codes tab

However, if you do not have any more available spots in your class, things get a bit more complicated!

The action takes place in the Manage my school section.

  1. In some cases, it’s possible to simply modify the maximum number of uses for this group. In this example, there are 5 students in the class and 5 spots available.

    However, this action must be coordinated with the parameters of your agreement with Netmath. But then, what do you do if there are no more available licenses for your school? (see point 2)

  2. If all of the licenses are used, you have 2 options:
    1. Ask the person responsible for Netmath subscriptions – often the school’s management or a dedicated teacher 😉 – to contact us to add the required number of licenses.
    2. Remove students from the class who are no longer part of the group or who no longer use Netmath. Simply select them and click on the Delete button.
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And that concludes the first station. Let’s take a short break. I encourage you to use it to go check out the different features that we just talked about. That’s the best way to refine your understanding and to see if you have any questions to ask me about them.

Here’s my email again: support+sarah@netmath.ca

Station 2 : What report to use in what context

My colleagues showed you the different reports available on the platform. Now, it’s time to discuss the different ways to use these reports.

The Content Report

The Content Report can give you an idea of the progress of students during a given period.

Let’s explore two examples of situations where this report can be useful to better understand what your students are doing on Netmath.

In your absence, your students go on the platform.

Let’s say that you assigned an activity to your students to complete while you’re away. When you return, you’ll see this report:

By identifying the paper airplane (which means assigned”), you can see which activity was sent to the students. The information on this line indicates that 2 students have started the activity and that neither of them has finished it yet after spending an average of 4 minutes on the activity (not very surprising!).

Remember that the three dots allow you to consult the detailed results for the corresponding activity. That way, you can find out which students opened activities that were not on the day’s agenda.

During a visit to the laboratory, students can go work on the parts of the material that are most difficult for them.

Not surprisingly, the content report is once again the best choice to analyze the work of students in this situation. In this report, you’ll find relevant information about the progress of students in their learning.

  1. The number of students who have started different activities can be an indication of the collaboration that took place during the period. To verify which students it was, once again you can just open the detailed results available by clicking on the three dots at the end of the line.
  2. The other interesting piece of information, aside from the name of the activities, is the icon located at the start of each line. This icon indicates which area of mathematics was explored by the students. This can give rise to some useful reflection:

    Hmmmmmm. Perhaps I should go over the meaning of this information with them? Did they misunderstand my expectations? Do they really have difficulties with some geometric concepts?

How to use the Star Report

The Star Report is fantastic for motivating the troops and reinforcing the spirit of solidarity in a group! Here is what I suggest considering:

  1. By ordering the student list based on the number of stars earned, you can establish a ranking between the students.
    1. By printing this ranking, you can display it in class.
    2. Another option would be to export it and attach it to a newsletter sent to parents.

      In the 2 cases, some background is necessary to explain that the stars are not grades and are not related to intelligence or performance. Collecting stars is fun and the student who collected the most stars this week is Éric!

  2. The other interesting aspect is the option to see the stars or to create a similar ranking list, but based on only one part of the content. For example, if you start the year with arithmetic (number sense), it’s possible to focus only on the ranking of stars collected during this specific part of the content
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Phew! You worked really hard in this station! Let’s take a short break. Take advantage of it to go exploring again. If you have questions, here’s my email again: support+sonya@netmath.ca

Station 3 : Navigate through the content like a pirate

I’m almost out of time to show you everything I know… I’d like to dedicate this last station to introducing you to the uses that I think are essential to take full advantage of the wealth of all this teaching material!!!! On the agenda:

  • Review activities
  • Assign activities to certain students based on difficulties

Reactivate knowledge

For the next few minutes, put yourself in the place of, or perhaps the shoes of, or… anyway, for the next few minutes, image that you are a grade 5 teacher! (This will certainly be easier for some than for others!)

At the start of the year, before tackling math subjects with your students, you can open your grade 5 book in Netmath and here’s what you’ll see:

As you can see, each book starts with a set of diagnostic tasks. These activities are intended to help students reactivate their knowledge for each of the major math areas in the curriculum.

So by assigning these activities to your students, it becomes easy to identify right from the start which concepts could prove more difficult for your students. Simply consult the detailed report for each of these activities once the students have completed them.

Review tasks at the end of the school year

Great, I hope that you’re liking your new professional role (still as a grade 5 teacher!) and we’ve arrived at the end of the year. This time, you want to start a review period with your students.

Have a seat so that you don’t hurt yourself if you fall over!

You can open the grade 6 book to access the activities to review grade 5 knowledge. Wow!

For you, these activities do not represent knowledge reactivation, but rather concept review, because they happen at the end of the loop of teaching and learning. Once again, consult the detailed report to get an overview of your whole group.

In addition, after sending an activity, you can open it and consult what we call the Results Panel.

This opens a panel that allows you to follow your students’ progress in detail.

  1. At the top of the page, you’ll find exactly the same information as in the detailed report that we explored earlier. Here, you can see that 3 students out of 4 have started the activity.
  2. For each page in the activity, there is a summary of the group’s performance.
  3. Finally, there is a statement of the essential knowledge at play in this specific mathematical task.

There’s also an incredible new feature to organize content based on the curriculum in place in your region!

It’s now possible to find other activities that touch on the essential knowledge that your students had more difficulty with.

Assign an activity to a specific group of students

A little detour here to mention that it’s possible to send an activity to certain students, but also to a whole group!

In this case, if you have a split-level group (grade 5 and 6, for example), you can create a grade 5 group and a grade 6 group. This This action allows you to send an activity to all of the grade 6 students in one shot. That way, the grade 5 students won’t receive the activity.

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What?!?!

Done already!?!

I guess it’s time to take stock then!

It would be really great if you could answer the short question below to help me improve my presentation 😉

Hello! I’m Sonya, Netmath journalist at your service! I assure you, I know a lot about the nuts and bolts of the platform. I’ll show you everything I know in (drumroll please) … 3 … 2 … 1 …  0!!!!!

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