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Get Students Started

Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.

Technology

Make sure you have the right tools.

  • Internet connection broadband is best
  • Current browser with Adobe Flash
  • Headset with microphone (best, but alternatively, use a microphone and speakers)

See our System Requirements FAQ or our Audio Recorder FAQ for more detailed information.


Student Access

Students access all learning resources via the Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Kids A-Z is also where you will access all your necessary student management tools like rosters, reports, and assignments.

Student Placement

Check your Roster or Assignment pages in our easy-to-use Kids A-Z management hub to designate each student's developmental level.

You can use various assessments to help you determine where to start students. You can also use the previous year's performance or your instincts regarding students' performance to place them. This ensures that students can get started immediately.

Future data may reveal that you should adjust a student's placement.

Learning A-Z Placement Recommendations:
  • Writing A-Z
    Personalize each student's writing instruction by evaluating his or her writing according to the attributes of each text type. Writing level for each student may vary by text type. Writing A-Z recommends that you use approximate grade-level correlations to start each student, and then you can make adjustments to writing level for each student and each text type as needed.
    - Emergent (pre-kindergarten-kindergarten)
    - Beginning (grade 1)
    - Early Developing (grade 2)
    - Developing (grade 3)
    - Fluent (grades 4-6)

Independent Practice Time

You can use classroom computers or the computer lab in your school to schedule independent practice time, or have students access the Kids A-Z learning environment from any computer with an Internet connection.


Recommendations for Student Practice and Pacing:
  • Writing A-Z
    Research recommends daily writing practice. Give students open access to the online writing tools to enhance their writing activity and increase their engagement during independent writing time.

Send Home Information

Personalized Student Login Cards and a Letter to Parents found on the Roster page have all the log-in information that students and parents need.


Incentives & Awards

Turn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading and turn on the Incentives that allow students to spend earned stars to personalize their Robot avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, or Robot Builder for the class or an individual student if enough time is not being spent on assignments.

  • Writing A-Z
    Students earn stars when they complete compositions using any of the online writing tools. You can award additional bonus stars after reviewing student work in your In Basket.

Audio Recordings

Provide headsets for the best sound quality and to minimize disturbance and distraction resulting from students listening to books, responding to instructions, or from making recordings.

Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Plug-in mini-jack
Wireless

Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.