How the Teacher Tools work
Our Teacher Tools provide 4 basic functions described in the overview immediately below. More complete explanations of these functions follow this overview. Clicking the title of each function will bring you to the respective detailed description.
First, you will name your new Lesson, and then add Activities to the Lesson by making them “Tasks” in the Lesson. In other words, a Task is an Activity that can be assigned to students. Plan your lessons well and you can reuse them for your class next year.
2. Create a Class and manage students
First, you will name a new Class and then add your students. Each class has a specific URL. Students use the Class URL to get access to their assignments.
There are two ways to populate your new class. The easiest method is to set the class to open enrollment mode and invite your students to join the class by going through a very simple student registration process by themselves. But you can also choose to create student accounts by hand, either as the only method or as a supplement to the open enrollment. You can check your student list anytime to add or remove students or to edit students’ information.
First, choose a Lesson, and then select the class you want to assign the Lesson to. Finally, click the “Assign” button. The Lesson will appear in the Class URL. You can also add a note with instructions for your students.
After your students complete an Assignment, the results will be available on the Reports page. You can view the Report information on each assignment, and also on each of the vocabulary words. (We will be adding additional reports, based on teachers’ needs and feedback.)
Click the “Lessons” link on the Teacher Tools drop-down menu to go to the “Lessons” page. On this page, you can create new Lessons, and edit or delete existing Lessons. When you accumulate many lessons, you can sort and filter the Lesson list to locate the Lesson you are looking for.
A. To create a Lesson, click “New”, and then name the Lesson and add a description to help you remember it for reuse in the future. If you check the “Activate lesson maker” checkbox – then click “Create Lesson”, the system will automatically load the “Activities” page – the base page to add Activities to the lesson, as Tasks. If you don’t add Activity Tasks when you create the Lesson, you can add them later.
B. Add Activity Tasks to your Lesson. After clicking the button to “Create Lesson”, you will need to add tasks to the lesson.
An Activity Task is a word list combined with an activity template. Go to the “Activities” page, and the Lesson Maker Floater will follow you through the process.
First, choose a word list. Click the list you want from the sidebar to add it to the floater. If you don’t see the list you want in the sidebar, you can go to your “My Word Lists” page (under the My Wordsmyth main menu), where you will find all the word lists you have saved.
Second, click an activity template on the “Activities” page. A separate browser tab will open, and the selected activity will be displayed on the floater.
Click the close icon – “x” – to close the floater temporarily on the current page. Refreshing the page will bring the floater back on the page. Clicking the “stop” button will end the lesson making process.
The settings you choose on the activity will be recorded and saved with the task. Some Activities have a “Settings” section. Other activities have settings that are available after you click “START” or “GO”.
Please note there are a few options on the floater you can choose from.
Exam mode ensures all the tasks display for students exactly the way you set. Training mode will display the settings you choose as default for your students, but students will be able to change the settings. In the training mode, students can also restart the activity before completing the activity.
For Assessment activities – Multiple Choice, Matching and Fill in the Blank – there is an option to randomize the order of the questions each time it is activated. We recommend you leave the checkbox unchecked if you intend to assign the activity as an exam. This way, all your students will see exactly what you see in the activity. If you check the Randomization checkbox, the questions in the activity will be presented in a random order. And each time when a student refreshes the page or restarts the activity, the order of the questions will change again.
Click the link “Add to Lesson” to add the current activity (with its current settings), to the Lesson. Clicking on the Lesson title in the floater will take you back to the “lessons” page.
To add new Activity Tasks from the Lessons page, click on a lesson and its Lesson information page will pop-up. Then click the “Add new task” link at the bottom of this lesson information window. In the lesson information popup window, you can also delete a task, adjust the order of the tasks, and assign the lesson to your students.
Class creation and student management
To create a new Class – select “Classes” on the “Teacher Tools” drop-down menu. On the “Classes” page, just click “New”, and then name the Class and add a description.
There is also an “Enrollment” parameter, which can be set to “Open” or “Closed”. “Open” means that students can register themselves. “Closed” means that students cannot register themselves; but you can add students manually.
Each saved class has a specific Class URL. This URL is an entry point for the students. Only students registered in a Class can use this Class URL.
What does your student see, and need to do
Your students should place the Class URL in the browser address bar. (We recommend that this URL be bookmarked for future use.)
The system will ask the student to login
Students can login if they are already registered. Or they can register. Student registration is allowed only if “Enrollment” in your class is “Open”. If it is “Closed” then student registration is not possible; but you can still add students manually.
Student self-registration is very simple. (Student self-registration is much simpler than registration at the main Wordsmyth site. Students will put their name in the “User Name” text box. The other fields – login and password – are optional.
The unique identity of each student is checked inside this Class only. Therefore, the information collected can be very simple.
We would recommend using students’ First Name as a name, and something very short as a login (1-2 letter length). In this case students will be able to login using a short sequence instead of their full names.
After login, students’ information will appear on your student list automatically.
To create an Assignment, select “Assignments” on the “Teacher Tools” drop-down menu. On the “Assignments” page, first click “New”, and then name the assignment and add a description.
The steps in making an assignment are:
- Name the assignment;
- Choose a lesson;
- Select a class and select the students (all students or specific students);
- Click save.
The new assignment will be sent to the selected students.
Student view of assignments
There is a radio-button filter at the top of list, with 3 values for filtering:
- Incomplete. The list will show only Lesson assignments which have not been completed by this user.
- Last two weeks. The list will show Lessons assigned in the last two weeks
- All. The list will show all the Lessons Assigned. The most recent will be at the top. If there are many Lesson Assignments the most recent will be on the first page, and later Assignments on the next pages.
If students click on the Assignment line, they will see the list of Activities assigned as Tasks in the Lesson. All of the Activities from assigned lesson are included – in the Task order defined on the “Lessons” page.
When students complete the activities, the results will be saved, and the reports will be available to you.
There are 2 types of reports presented in 2 tabs:
- Student reports contain the assignment results for each student sorted by date, grouped by Classes. There are 2 levels of detailed information available from student reports:
- If you click on any cell of the report chart, the report on each activity in the assignment will appear in a pop-up window.
- If you click on the Activity line inside the pop-up window, students’ correct or incorrect answers about each word will appear in a second level popup.
You have options to show reports for Training tasks or Exam tasks. In each mode, the report shows the scores and the time spent. Points are for “play” activities only. Points are the reward mechanism for gamification, and are not for assessment.
- Vocabulary reports contain student records on every word in the assignments, with an option to group by WVI (academic vocabulary in the Wordsmyth Vocabulary Inventory). There is one level of detailed information available in the vocabulary report.
- If you click on a cell in the vocabulary report chart, you can view the detailed record of the word – i.e., where the assessment question was answered correctly or incorrectly in specific activities.
From the student list, you can directly access each student’s report. From the Lesson list, you can directly access each lesson report. From the class list, you can directly access each lesson report. Click on any item in any of the lists and open the popup window. In the popup window, click report to see the report about the selected item.
Filters can be applied to the reports, such as lessons. Filters include “School”, “Class”, “Student”, and “Date”.
The same filtering mechanism is also available for student list, lesson and assignment lists.