Thursday, December 22, 2016

See You in 2017! Need to Reach Us? Here's How!

Thank you for an amazing 2016! 

The Classworks team will be enjoying time with family and friends beginning Monday, December 26. Our regular support schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

Don't worry, if you need support you can still reach us! Plus, don't forget our Resource Center to find answers on your own (it's super easy, I promise).

Classworks Service and Support Holiday Schedule 
For service and support, email support@classworks.com from Monday, December 26 through Tuesday, January 3.

Live chat will be available in Classworks starting at 8:00 a.m. EST, Tuesday, January 3rd.

We do not have any system maintenance scheduled over the holidays. Check the
Classworks Status Page (http://status.classworks.com) to receive updates on service interruptions, scheduled or otherwise.

Where can I find Classworks help resources?

The Classworks Resource Center at help.classworks.com includes a variety of training resources, videos, standards resources, and more. We continue to update resources on this page so feel free to bookmark it! 

Thank you for partnering with us to improve student learning! 
For me, 2016 was about creating the building blocks for an even better Classworks experience. 2017 will bring an exciting year full of new features and integrations to help you advance your teaching and achieve your instructional goals.

Happy Holidays, see you in 2017!

Jerry Henley, SVP of Technology and Development


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays from Classworks!


A special thank you to our customers for making 2016 an amazing year! 




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Create Individualized Learning Paths with ACT Aspire & Classworks!

Using ACT Aspire's Interim or Summative assessment? Transform students' assessment data into customized learning paths with Classworks! Students can immediately engage in lessons matched to their specific needs. 

See how it works! 




Want some help getting started? Contact our Customer Support Team

Reminder: The Classworks Digital Learning Grant application window closes next Friday. Apply now for $2,500 to use for classroom technology. 




Thursday, December 1, 2016

How Do You Know? Help Students Build Math Justifications

Part of building mathematical communications skills includes the ability to build justifications. Math practice standards call for students to not only figure out the problem, but communicate how they solved it, and why their answer is correct -- using evidence.

The challenges
Developing these skills is important, but it’s not always easy. Using math language and putting understanding into words can be difficult. And, it can be challenging as a teacher to let students stumble through their thinking instead of giving them the answer.

Classworks can help!
Use Classworks Applied Mathematics to support your math instruction. Applied Math activities allow for flexibility in the way students communicate their ideas.
  • Scaffold math communication skills using Applied Math digital tools. If students are still working on improving math writing skills, have them record their justification using the audio recording tool. They can transcribe their recording to improve their comfort level with writing. Drawing their justification is also an option.
  • Prepare using the Applied Math teacher resources included in each lesson. Review the sample student responses provided to set expectations for student justifications with each concept.
  • View students’ work in real-time and provide personalized feedback to help them move beyond the “how” to the “why” in their justifications.
Try it
Applied Math activities include lessons for K-8. Not sure how to get started? Here are a couple of videos to help: Differentiated Problem, Critique and Precision Problem. Or, use this 3rd grade lesson plan for guidance.

$2,500 for classroom technology

Give all of your students access to technology to work on building math justifications. Classworks Digital Learning Grant application is open! We are awarding three teachers $2,500 each for classroom technology. Expecting a complicated and rigorous grant application process? We wouldn't do that to you! Complete our simple online form to be considered for the grant. Apply now.

*Information from NCTM session presented by Nicora Placa