Category Archives: Installing Stride Academy

How to quickly setup your Stride Academy class using our NEW importing tool

Did you know that you can import a class full of students into Stride Academy in just minutes?

Head on over to the Customer Support Gallery at www.LTSed.com/support, and grab the “TEACHER Quick Start Guide for Stride Academy.” Click through to page 7: Import Student Data.

Then, login to the Teacher Control Panel at  www.stridelogin.com Select the “Import Students” menu option:

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Now you have two options:

Option 1: Start from Scratch

Download the Excel template provided on the page. Manually enter basic student data such as student ID, first and last name, passwords, language, gender and ethnicity.

Option 2: Use your SIS Data

Most schools already have this basic student data aggregated in their Student Information System (SIS). Repurposing this data for your Stride Academy import saves time and effort for your staff, and your students can begin working in the program as soon as the import is complete. If you can export your SIS Data into a spreadsheet, or have another spreadsheet containing student data, you can use this to import into Stride Academy!

Reference p. 7 of your TEACHER Quick Start Guide for Stride Academy for step-by-step instructions to complete your import. It’s easy, and you can import any time, 24/7.

Introducing StrideLogin.com!

Quick access for all users of Stride Academy,
Streamlined controls for Administrators and Teachers!

You asked, and we listened! LTS Education is pleased to release the Control Panel of your dreams for Administrators and Teachers using Stride Academy! Everything you need to customize assessments, curriculum, reporting, game settings and more for your school, site, classes and individual students!

Visit www.StrideLogin.com now!

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Student Login: Enter your student info to login, begin answering questions and playing games!

Admin Login: Quickly navigate the Administrator Dashboard to manage your classes, school hours, school-wide assessments, data reports and more!

Teacher Login: Quickly navigate the Teacher Dashboard to manage your Class Roster, configure curriculum and assessments, control game settings, schedule reports and more! Here’s a sneak peek at the new Teacher Dashboard, pictured below:

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To get started, visit the LTS Customer Support Gallery at www.LTSed.com/support and download the Administrator and Teacher Quick Start Guides for Stride Academy.

What About KCLogin.com?
Enjoy dual access to KCLogin.com and StrideLogin.com as you take time to learn the new Teacher and Administrator Control Panels. Any settings that you configure for Stride Academy in KCLogin.com will also be reflected in StrideLogin.com, and vice versa.

Need Help?
Call the LTS Support & Advising Team at 1.866.552.9192, ext. 2, or email support@LTSed.com

 

What’s New for Stride Academy? Teachers, take control of game play …..(and more)

We couldn’t be happier with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our teachers and parents who are using Stride Academy this summer with their children!

We are always willing to listen to your ideas on how to make Stride Academy, or any of our programs, more effective for your students and more effective for you as educators and parents.

That’s why we’ve released new teacher controls for Stride Academy game settings, audio settings and dictionary/calculator settings!

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Why is Outdated IE still used in Education?

“What are the risks of using old Microsoft Technology in the Classroom?”

Windows XP is twelve years old, a veritable antique in terms of software lifespan.  Despite the many problems and vulnerabilities associated with running this operating system in school systems and after-school institutions, Windows XP still retains a massive presence in US schools.  In fact, XP is installed on as many as 1 in 4 computers today globally, with the majority being in China and outside of Europe and the US.

Microsoft will completely terminate support and patching for XP on April, 8, 2014.  This is an impending crisis in system security for schools and after-school computer labs that continue to hold on to this OS environment. An unsupported closed OS is “open season” for hackers, and the inherent defects of XP already represents the most significant security hole for computer systems globally.  Beyond the health of the network itself, the prevalence of IE 8 as the standard browser deployed in conjunction with XP in education is an even greater challenge for the quality of the modern educational experience.

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Chrome For School Installations

We love Chrome.  Firefox is also a fantastic browser, but here at LTS Education, Google’s blockbuster “surfboard” is the apple of our eye (sorry Apple).  Why do we feel so strongly about this humble application?  It represents the best hope for the future of the web and cloud computing thanks to relentless innovation, hard work and performance in HTML5.

We outlined many of the reasons why users get stuck with Internet Explorer at school in a previous article, and we’re discovering that many network administrators and computer gurus at our partner institutions don’t know about Chrome’s exciting new administration features.

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Secure Firefox For Stride Academy

Occasionally, we work with an organization that for one reason or another has a policy to enforce an outdated version of Microsoft Internet Explorer as the only browser for accessing the web.  I outlined in a previous article some of the reasons for these scenarios and solutions for overcoming this limitation, including Chrome for Schools.  Now I’m glad to share a custom Firefox installer we’ve created for Stride Academy that “locks down” Firefox in “Kiosk Mode” so that it only does one thing: play Stride Academy!

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