Navigating the Platform
To track your student's progress at a glance within their dashboard, click on the Year tab. Under each subject, you will see Projects and several Focus Areas. By clicking on any of the areas, you can drill down deeper into what your child has attempted and/or completed.
PROJECTS are the heart of personalized learning and are different from traditional school projects in a few important ways. Rather than applying previous knowledge to complete an assignment, students learn, inquire, and master material as they complete the project. These are immersive, and often real world, problems that offer students the autonomy to challenge themselves.
Projects include the following components:
- Checkpoints: Checkpoints, which often include activities and resources, are landmarks for navigating a large project. They help students develop strategies that tie into the final product and the cognitive skills on which they’ll be evaluated.
- Activities: Activities are exercises and experiences that will help students complete checkpoints. They can range from brainstorms to group discussions to field trips.
- Resources: Resources are tools that students can refer to, like websites and PDF guides, as they complete checkpoints.
FOCUS AREAS allow students to develop their background knowledge on a topic. They are divided into power focus areas, additional focus areas, and challenge focus areas.
- Power focus areas are required pieces of content knowledge.
- Additional focus areas are supplementary pieces of content knowledge.
- Challenge focus areas are not required, and they do not contribute to a student's grade. Rather, they allow students to go above and beyond, or prepare for standardized tests.
Focus areas include the following components:
- Objectives: Objectives are steps that help set the pace for a focus area. They are phrased as verbs (ex: explain, understand, solve) and provide a picture of what the student will be able to do once the focus area has been completed.
- Playlist: Playlists are the videos, slideshows, and readings that allow students to gain exposure to new content.
- Content Assessments: Content assessments are graded assessments. A content assessment has 10 assessment questions and allow students to evaluate their knowledge. Students may practice for content assessments by taking diagnostic assessments.