Instant Stats Ticker & Class Live Monitor

Have you seen the new “Class Live Monitor” in your Stride account?  Check out this new feature to get instant stats on your students while they’re using Stride!

Instant Stats

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In your teacher portal, you can view the Realtime Stats ticker at the top of your Dashboard.  At a glance, you know how many students are logged in and on-task.  Click on “Realtime Stats” to dig deeper.

Class Live Monitor

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As you investigate further, you can view information regarding:
-Who is currently online/offline in Stride?
-How long have they been working in their current session?
-How many items have they answered?
-How many items have they answered correctly?
-When did they answer their last item, and how long have they been idle?
-What game did they play most recently?
-What subject are they working in?

Student Session Live Monitor

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Meanwhile, a new real-time ticker in the Stride student interface helps each student stay accountable and on-task! As they answer questions correctly or incorrectly, they will see their number and percentage correct automatically adjust. They can also begin to see correlation between their pace (questions per minute) and their percentage correct –- discouraging them from guessing.

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Be sure your teachers, staff and students are aware of these new instant progress monitoring tools, and send us some feedback on how YOU are utilizing the new Class Live Monitor in your classroom!

Utilizing Quiz Builder

Have you tried using Quiz Builder yet?  Here’s a guide on how to best implement this feature!

The Ease of Building Quizzes

Stride makes it easy to build quizzes for your students.  All you have to do is select the standards you’d like to test on and the number of questions per standard you’d like on the quiz.  You always have the option to view our bank of quiz questions and select the specific ones you’d like, too.  This flexibility makes Quiz Builder simple to use but also gives you autonomy within the program.

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Quiz Options

Quizzes can be given during school hours or at home, online or in paper form.  You can choose to have students take a quiz during class using our proctoring options, or you can assign quizzes as homework by allowing the quiz to be taken outside of school hours.   Quizzes are also easily printed, so you can hand out a paper version of the test if the computer lab is unavailable.

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Pre- and Post- Testing

Quiz Builder has a cloning option, which would allow you to give an identical quiz twice.  Reports compare the two quizzes, showing growth from the first quiz to the second.  Teachers can use this feature at the beginning and end of a learning module to measure understanding going into and coming out of the lessons.

More Instruction

You can always find more information about using Quiz Builder in our Customer Support Gallery!  You’ll find the password to access the gallery under Help & Advice within your login.

http://ltsed.com/support/

Stay Connected

Please stay connected with us through social media!  We always love seeing pictures of and hearing stories about your students.  Use #MonumentalAchiever and #Stride across all platforms!

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New Stride Games!

Have your students tried out the new Stride games yet?  We’ve added three new games available for all grade levels!

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As the numbers 1, 3 and 9 appear in the queue, decide where to place them next to matching numbers. Three in a row (or more) of a number will cause them to add up to a larger number! …1+1+1=3, 3+3+3=9, 9+9+9=27, and so on! As you play, learn to become more strategic about where you place numbers, so you can add up to larger numbers and boost your score!  Available for all grades.

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Crowded Tower

Climb the Crowded Tower to the very top floor — but beware of dangerous obstacles and creepy things that go bump in the night! Tap 1 time for a short jump. Tap 2 times for a high jump. See how high you can  make it up the Crowded Tower! Available for all grades.

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Catch the falling blocks before they hit the floor — but you must catch them with a diamond of the same color! Click and hold to move all of the the colored diamonds horizontally at the same time. Release to move them back to their starting places on the sidelines. How many falling blocks can you “catch” to rack up points and move to the next level? Available for all grades.

QuadLet us know what your students think of these new games!  Connect with us on social media!

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Brilliant Elementary School

The students at Brilliant Elementary School in Brilliant, Alabama, are all Monumental Achievers!!  Over the past year, their 173 Stride-using students answered 434,478 questions.  That’s an average of approximately 2,511 questions per student!

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Brilliant Elementary’s principal, Mr. McCauley, is extremely supportive of his teachers and staff and makes sure they have the tools they need to succeed.  In fact, he planned a training weeks before the school’s in-service date to ensure his staff was well prepared.  He also makes sure all classes have scheduled time for Stride each week.  This kind of dedication from Principal McCauley and all of the teachers and staff at Brilliant is what allows Brilliant Elementary to be a #MonumentalAchiever!

How do you get your teachers and students excited about Stride?  Do you use contests to drive results? Do you incentivize classes with more computer lab time, pizza parties, or other rewards?  We want to hear from you!

Email Morgen Jensen at mjensen@ltsed.com with your ideas and success stories from your school!

2015 21st CCLC Summer Institute

Benj Sampson, Bill Heuer, and Morgen Jensen recently attended the 2015 21st CCLC Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas.  They had a great time and met so many wonderful people.  Thank you to everyone who was a part of the conference and visited them at our booth!

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The theme of this year’s Summer Institute was “Back in the Saddle Again: Supporting 21st CCLC Programs — Today, Tomorrow and Beyond.”  This theme was truly showcased throughout all of the sessions and by all of the attendees and vendors.  Teachers, directors, coordinators, supporters, and everyone else were there working hard to make their after school programs the best they can be.

Did you meet us at the conference and get your very own Captain Captivator?  If so, be sure to share pictures of Captain Captivator’s adventures at your school or program with us via social media using #MonumentalAchiever!

Didn’t get to stop by our booth to say hi?  That’s okay!  Click here to learn more about Stride and request a demo!

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The Adventures of Captain Captivator – Continued

Captain Captivator, our #MonumentalAchiever, has been traveling all around the United States over the past week thanks to you!  Here’s a map of how far Captain Captivator has traveled:

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His adventures include many trips from Birmingham, Alabama, where our home office is located, all the way to California, where he relaxed on the shores in Santa Monica.

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Captain Captivator has a severe case of wanderlust and needs your help!  Help us let Captain Captivator travel across the United States!  Print out the picture below, snap a photo with him in your home town or wherever you’re traveling to, and post it to social media using #MonumentalAchiever.

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For each post, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card from TeachersPayTeachers.com!

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The Adventures of Captain Captivator

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Last week at Model Schools, Captain Captivator made his debut.  The Captain is our ultimate #MonumentalAchiever and serves to represent those who make Monumental Achievements in education and the lives of others.

What does Captain Captivator mean to us?

The Captain is more than just a figurine.  He stands for quality growth.  Captain Captivator strives to always get better and to make a difference in the lives of others.  He’s a hero!

Educators are truly our heroes.  We know the sacrifices you make and the effort you put forth to make a difference in the lives of your students.  Thank you for all that you do!

Now for a contest…

We want to see how far Captain Captivator will travel this summer!  Print out the picture of the Captain (click the picture below), and snap a picture of him wherever you are. Post this picture to social media using #MonumentalAchiever, and be sure to include your location!

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We’ll share our favorites, but a special winner will receive a $50 gift card to TeachersPayTeachers.com!  Entries will be accepted between July 8th through July 24th.  The winner will be announced on July 27th!

Here are the links to our social media accounts:

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Model Schools 2015

Thank you to all who were a part of and attended Model Schools 2015!  It was a pleasure for the LTS team to meet and connect with teachers, administrators, friends, and speakers at our booth throughout the conference.  Model Schools 2015 was truly groundbreaking for educators, and we are looking forward to seeing its implications in schools across the country.

Listed below are all of the attendees that represented LTS:

Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO
Don Kidd, President
Kathy Posey, Vice President of Support Services
Benj Sampson, Executive Vice President, US Sales and Business Development
Brooks Keisler, Executive Vice President, National Partnerships
Kurt Fichtman, Vice President of National Sales
Bill Heuer, Strategic Account Manager
Lindley Parris, Key Accounts Manager

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Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO, and Ray McNulty, Senior Fellow, ICLE, led their session entitled, “Getting Smarter about Learning in a Digital World.”  This session helped educators better understand the implications of technology in the classroom and how to embrace the potential of Digital Game Based Learning.  Here’s Brian and Ray after Tuesday morning’s session:

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You can read more about the topics of this session in their white paper titled, “Digital Game Based Learning:  False Premise? Fun n’ Games? Or Future-Focused Learning?”
You can get your copy here

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Did you get Captain Captivator at our booth?  If so, join the #MonumentalAchiever community and share with us Captain’s travels with you!  Tag us on social media using #MonumentalAchiever and include your home state!  Will Captain travel to all 50 states?

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Thank you, again, to everyone who was a part of Model Schools.  It was an honor for us to be a part of such a revolutionary and inspiring conference.  We hope to see you soon!

Red Carpet Showcase at Hutchens Elementary in Mobile, AL

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Hutchens Elementary School in Mobile County, AL, recently celebrated their students’ Stride Academy success with a “Pop Platinum” Red Carpet Showcase and Talent Show. Hutchens Elementary has been recognized as one of the top five schools across the state of Alabama for highest usage with Stride Academy. The students were challenged to become a part of the Million Star Points Club by their principal, Mrs. Kathy Gallop. Over 60 students earned 1,193,435,427 points to become Millionaire Members. The top three Millionaire Star Points leaders in each grade level received an iPad Mini.

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The Millionaire Winners are:

Kindergarten:
1st Place: Josie J.
2nd Place: Cooper F.
3rd Place: Madison S.

1st Grade:
1st Place: Jason F.
2nd Place: Allen N.
3rd Place: Sebastien M.

2nd Grade:
1st Place: Hari Atmakuri
2nd Place: Steven B. 
3rd Place: Landon L.

The entire school was in attendance for this outstanding event, along with Mr. Jim Chesnutt, Legislative Coordinator for CLAS, and Joann Lindsey, CLAS Academic Specialist, as the students walked the red carpet, received medals and were honored. Teachers opened the talent show with a 90’s theme while students performed dance routines, singing performances, and musical and magical acts for the audience. We are proud of the students from Hutchens Elementary School and their accomplishments!

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Join Stride This Summer on Social Media for Your Chance to Win!

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As we close another school year and welcome summer, LTS Education Systems and Stride invite you to take part in our #AlwaysLearning #STRIDE campaign on social media!

While you set your sights on summertime, don’t forget to seize the many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. (And remind your students and your own children to do the same!) Summer is a big, blue sky full of possibilities to expand your horizons and bring back newfound knowledge to share when you return in the Fall!

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Join Stride in #AlwaysLearning on Social Media!

As in past summers, LTS and Stride will continue to support summer learning by sharing fun tips and activities on our social media channels. This summer, we want to encourage you and your students to share the unique ways that you are “always learning” by participating in our #alwayslearning #STRIDE campaign!

It’s easy. Simply show how you and your students (or children) are learning over the summer in summer programs, in your community, at home or on vacation. Post your summer learning pictures or video clips to our LTS social media channels (click on the links below), and be sure to use the hashtags #alwayslearning #STRIDE!

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Three Winners Will Receive Gift Certificates for Fandango!

LTS and Stride will award $25 Fandango movie gift cards for the BEST entries (pictures or video clips) in three categories:

  1. Most Original Summer Learning Idea
  2. Learning Through Travel
  3. Summer Learning At Home / In Your Own Backyard

Submit your entries through July 31, 2015. Winners will be determined by an LTS panel of judges on August 1, 2015. To submit an entry, simply post your picture or video to one of our LTS social media channels (shown above). You must use the hashtags #alwayslearning and #STRIDE to be considered. DOUBLE your chances of winning by tagging your friends in your post and challenging them to participate!

If you need assistance, please contact Amy Frith at afrith@LTSed.com.

We look forward to seeing your summer learning ideas, and wish you the best summer ever!