The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is sending educators in school districts and classrooms across the nation scrambling to find the best options for teaching students remotely.
As of Thursday, March 19, 41 states have closed schools, according to Education Week. This means “at least 95,000 U.S. public and private schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 43.9 million school students.”
We recently opened our online curriculum platform, Studies Weekly Online, free of charge to anyone who needs it during this difficult time. As of March 23, you should be able to see all the publications for your state, so you can use whichever one is needed for your students.
This platform can be a great asset for you and your students as you navigate remote learning, so we want to share our best practices with you.
Here are some tips, tricks, and how-tos to improve your experience once you’ve logged in:
1. Create a Class
First, you need to create a class so you can add students and give them logins.
You may create multiple classrooms in your Studies Weekly Online account. If you teach several grades or several classes of one grade, you can set up each as a separate online class as well.
To create a class:
1. Log in to your online account.
2. In the blue menu bar select the Classes tab.
3. Click on Add New Classroom in the left-hand menu.
4. Fill in the Classroom Name, Grade Level and School Year.
5. Click Add Classroom.
2. Add Publications
Next, you need to add publications to your account so you and your students can work with them.
To avoid student confusion, you can make it so students only see the publications for their grade level. The publications are assigned to each classroom.
To assign the publications to your class:
1. Log in to your online account.
2. In the blue menu bar and select the Classes tab.
3. Click on the appropriate class on the left (if you have more than one class).
4. Click on the Manage Publications tab.
If you need to turn off several publications, choose All Publications OFF, then follow the instructions below to turn on the individual publication you want students to view.
Next to each publication listed is a Visible to Students button.
• To allow students in that class to view the publication for their grade level, click the toggle to green.
• To prevent students in that class from viewing a publication, make sure the toggle switches to red.
These steps only need to be done once but must be completed for each publication in every class.
3. Add Students
Adding students to your classes takes just a few steps.
To manually create student accounts:
1. In the blue menu bar, click on the Classes tab.
2. Select the student’s classroom in the Class Menu on the left.
3. Click Add Student in the upper right-hand corner.
4. Type in the student’s first name, last name, username and password. If you are using our Google Classroom Integration, then the username must be your students’ Google Classroom email.
5. Click Add Student.
6. The student will appear in the class you assigned them. Now add the next student.
To import student information:
If you have a spreadsheet of your class already, you can import students:
1. In your Classroom, click on the Gear Icon in the upper right-hand corner.
2. Select Import Students to this Class. A pop-up window will open.
3. Choose the spreadsheet file you created.
4. Choose your classroom from the drop-down menu.
5. Click Upload CSV. You will be taken to a new screen.
6. In the first row, choose the header that matches each of your columns. (If you had header information in your spreadsheet file, click to exclude that row so it does not create students with that information.)
7. Click Import. This student information will be added to the selected class list.
4. Make sure students can log in
After you create their class, add publications, and create student logins, students are ready to learn.
1. Send students their Username and Password
2. Send them a link to Studies Weekly Online: https://app.studiesweekly.com/online
For troubleshooting student account problems, see our Support Page resources:
5. Use Studies Weekly Online and Google Classroom
You can add assignments to students’ Google Classroom with just a few clicks.
1. From an article, navigate to the Google Classroom Icon in the corner.
2. Click on it, and select the Classroom you are sharing it to, and the action you want from the Classroom options. Click Go.
3. Add your own notes, points, due date, etc. Click Assign.
4. The assignment shows up in your students’ Classroom stream.
You can do this same action to assign specific audio, images or videos from an article. To do so, simply look for the Google Classroom icon on each source. Of course, all assessments are integrated as well.