Friday, May 29, 2015

He Got His Confidence Back! One Student's Classworks Story

“Dustin received well over a passing score, Mrs. Cavannah. He did very well!” Gail Greenway, Principal at Swainsboro Middle School, emotionally shared the news of Dustin Cavannah’s success on 2013-2014 end of year tests. It was the news his mother had waited a long time to hear.

Dustin was a seventh grader at Swainsboro Middle School. For years he struggled with high stakes tests and had not been able to get a passing score. Mrs. Cavannah was proactive—always looking for ways to provide Dustin with additional support. But, she could see that he was becoming disheartened with school overall. Then came the exciting news about the 2013-2014 test. What led to his success after so much difficulty?  
Swainsboro Middle incorporated Classworks math instruction into their flexible learning plan for students. Using the results of the Classworks Benchmark Assessment, students were assigned individualized learning plans focusing on needed skills. They spent a minimum of four hours a week working on Classworks instruction. Teachers monitored their students’ progress and assigned additional instruction as needed, both in the classroom and the lab.
“Dustin was very discouraged by his test scores. I worried that he was on the verge of giving up on school,” said Dustin’s mother, Mrs. Cavannah, “I was so excited when Mrs. Greenway told me about his assignments in Classworks, and hopeful that this would be the extra help he needed. I can’t express how proud I was when after a year of working hard on his Classworks instruction, Dustin received even better than a passing score. I saw his confidence come back!”
Dustin was not the only student to see improvement in his/her test scores -- 85% of students showed improvement! “I think Classworks played a huge role in the success of our students in two major ways,” Principal Greenway explains, “Classworks provided the additional support the students needed with foundational math skills, and equally as important, it built the students’ confidence in themselves. They believed they could do well.”

Dustin, now an eighth grader, is using Classworks for above grade level math instruction! Swainsboro Middle continues to use Classworks instruction to help their students achieve success. Their teachers are looking forward to Classworks Applied Mathematics (in development) to support their goal of increasing student achievement.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Announcing a NEW Classworks Grant!



We are pleased to announce an exciting new Classworks Digital Learning Grant for teachers

What?
Classworks will award $2500 to three winning teachers. Tell us how you currently incorporate Classworks Integrated Reading and/or Applied Mathematics (coming in the fall) into your classroom instruction with your current technology. Plus, share ways you will use the grant to expand the use of Classworks. See application and award rules.

Who?
All Classworks teacher users are eligible.

Why?
Our new Classworks Integrated Reading Study tells us teachers are excited about having this resource in their classroom. We want to celebrate, share, and maximize the innovative ways you are using Classworks Integrated Reading and Applied Mathematics instruction with your current technology. This can include blended learning, 1:1 initiatives, whole class and small group instruction, and more.

When?
The online application process opens September 8, 2015 and closes December 18, 2015. The application will be available on www.classworks.com.

Stay tuned for more details on applying for the grant. Email info@classworks.com with any questions.




Friday, May 15, 2015

Improved Processes!

The following will release over the next week or two:


Create Personalized Assignments from NWEA MAP Data
Instead of leaving you guessing about who gets what assignments, Classworks has improved the process! You can now see who scored where and exactly what assignments they can receive. This visibility gives insight into how the selections of “below, on, and above” and/or reporting categories impact what students are actually assigned.  
Learn More


Create Tablet Friendly Custom Assignments
To ensure you and your students have the best experience, the process of creating a custom assignment with only tablet friendly content has been updated.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Keeping the Classworks Web Experience Modern

We continue to bring you new features and technologies in Classworks to provide the best user experience. With this in mind, starting July 1, 2015 we will no longer support official compatibility of Classworks with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). 

While you can continue to use IE9 after we discontinue support, some features may not work properly going forward. This update maintains our practice of supporting the newest browsers while discontinuing support for the third-oldest version.

We will continue to support the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Safari, and other modern browsers. We will update Classworks with a warning of incompatibility after June 1, 2015 as a further reminder prior to the deprecation. We advise you to begin preparing and implementing plans for this change at your earliest convenience.

For more information regarding supported browsers and devices, visit our support site.

Posted by the Classworks DevOps team

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Teachers Rave About Reading!

The results are in! A study conducted by SEG Measurement, an independent research organization, on Classworks new Integrated Reading activities show wide spread support among teachers. Here are some of the highlights: 

  • 92% said the reading activities were most effective for increasing critical thinking and problem solving skills. 
  • 96% indicated the reading activities kept their students engaged. 
  • 97% felt the reading activities were aligned to the goals and standards that guide their instruction. 
  • 93% revealed they would recommend the reading activities and would use them again in the future. 
Classworks developed Integrated Reading to support teachers with providing rigorous reading instruction. A recent Parthenon study reveals that 84% of teachers are searching for online content several times per week, however, 69% are dissatisfied with the quality they are finding. It is exciting to see such positive results from our Integrated Reading study, confirming that Classworks is meeting teachers' need for reliable instruction resources. 


P.S. Stay tuned for Classworks Applied Mathematics -- currently in development. Similar to Integrated Reading, it is designed to support teachers with the shifts in math instruction. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

IMPORTANT: End of Year Process

During the End of Year process, student data from the 2014-2015 school year is archived in preparation for the upcoming school year. In addition, all students will be removed from their school groups and their classes.

You will need to determine which Classworks reports should be generated, saved, and, perhaps, printed PRIOR to the end of your school year for the End of Year process to be run. 

Need help? You can contact a customer care representative at http://support.classworks.com/customer/portal/emails/new