[Feature Focus] Exact Path Assignments
[Feature Focus] Exact Path Assignments
I think we can all agree that programs that personalize learning through computer adaptive tests and individualized learning paths are making it a lot easier to meet students where they are. With technology like this, your class of 20+ students can all be working on personalized lessons and activities at their own pace to achieve their unique goals. But, even when technology does it’s best to work WITH you, there’s nothing like the all-seeing-eyes of an educator to determine what’s best for students. That’s where our Exact Path assignments feature comes into play.
In addition to putting the power of our adaptive diagnostic assessment to work 2-4 times a year to automatically create high-quality learning paths that include content arranged along a valid progression of K-12 curriculum, we give you even more flexibility to search for additional content, build just-in-time assignments, and drive meaningful intervention.
How do you create an assignment?
1. Decide Where to Start: The assignments feature is available from multiple areas of Exact Path!
Want access to all Exact Path content so you can preview and build everything in one place? Start from the Assignments area under My Classes, or access “Assign Items” via the new Assess & Teach tab > Priority Skill Lessons (pictured below), to pinpoint the lessons, activities, videos, printable worksheets, and suggested Study Island topics you’re looking for. Use the filters available to refine your search by subject, grade, and domain, then choose a skill or standard. Want to skip ahead? The Assign Items area even offers a keyword search bar to speed things up.
Want to create targeted assignments while you’re viewing learning path data? The Knowledge Map and Current Activities data views are your best bet. While you’re drilling into individual student performance, pull up the learning drawer for a specific skill and toggle over to Resources. Then preview and assign the one you want that’s focused on the particular concept that students need more work on.
Want to build assignments for your small groups? Visit the Groups area under My Classes to sort students into similar-ability groups based on learning path performance on specific skills. You can auto-sort and/or manually sort students into groups. Then create an assignment for the entire group with just a few clicks.
2. Create the Assignment: After conducting your search and previewing lesson elements under Assess & Teach > Assign Items, click the “Assign” button for the content you’d like to select. Or, head over to My Classes > Assignments and click “Create a New Assignment.” In both areas, a pop up will guide you through naming your assignment, determining dates for availability, and selecting students. Your first assignment will be ready in no time!
3. Track Student Progress: Keep an eye on how your students are doing as they work through the assignments you’ve created from the Assignments tab. Each assignment will appear as a separate tile for you to drill into. Make edits at any time and review the progress learners are making through the curriculum. The start and completion dates, amount of time on task, progress status, and scores are all recorded here.
How can you use this feature in your daily teaching?
You can put this new feature to use in several different ways. As we continue to partner with Exact Path educators, we’ve seen three primary uses of the assignments feature put into action. As you review these three possible applications, think about what would make the most sense for your students.
1. Just-in-time practice: While it’s important to ensure students are working at their own instructional level, there are also times where you need all students to focus on a particular standard or skill in alignment with your scope and sequence. The assignments tool makes this possible. Here are a few options:
- Build a single assignment for your entire class with a few clicks. You can even build a set of assignments that address the same skill at varying levels.
- For struggling learners, perhaps you scaffold learning by offering two assignments: one below grade level and another on grade level.
- For your accelerated learners, consider creating an above grade level assignment on the specific topic so they experience the appropriate level of challenge while still practicing the same concept as the rest of the class.
2. Remediation or Extension: While Exact Path’s adaptive learning paths are designed to automatically provide necessary remediation or extension, the assignments feature offers a few additional options to help you drive individualized support:
- For starters, from the My Classes > Assignments area you can access instructional videos that aren’t otherwise offered in the learning path.
- There’s also secondary content, or additional lessons covering the same skill as what’s in the learning path but not automatically incorporated, that you can choose from in the My Classes > Assignments area.
- Additionally, there are some printable resources found in the Assess & Tech > Assign Items area that you can use to build offline assignments. These include worksheets, as well as lesson ideas, that you can preview online and then print for teacher-guided intervention.
Use these tools to help align your next round of small-group instruction with what students are doing in the program.
3. Reinforcement prior to test day: So, your students mastered a topic back in October, but come March (high-stakes assessments time) do they remember everything they once knew? Leverage assignments to refresh your class on key skills and power standards you know will be on their summative exams. The Grouping feature can help you quickly identify who in your class might benefit from additional reinforcement on a particular topic. Then, right from there, create an appropriate assignment for each group at the right level of challenge.
Check out our detailed assignments overview video to learn more about how you can maximize learning in Exact Path.
Interested in staying on top of all the latest features available in Edmentum Exact Path? Visit our What’s New page for a complete digest!
This blog post was originally published on December 7, 2017 and has been updated.