Study Island Group Session Feature Focus
Study Island Group Session Feature Focus
If you haven’t gotten to know Study Island Group Sessions yet, you’re missing out. Since the Group Sessions tool was introduced, it has become one of the fastest-growing features of Study Island. Teachers love it because it adds variation by stimulating collaborative practice and enhancing teacher-led instruction using real-time student data. Students love it because it’s a competitive, fun way for them to learn! It’s built right into the program, meaning that if you have Study Island, you have Group Sessions at your fingertips.
By leveraging technology you already have in your classroom, Group Sessions give teachers the ability to conduct simple, measurable, and easy-to-use whole-class activities while they gather actionable student data—and their students have fun in the classroom.
How do Group Sessions work?
This Study Island feature is a perfect tool for on-the-fly or preplanned assessment. Not only are Group Sessions easy enough to use that they can be set up in five minutes or less, but they are also flexible enough to let you plan out which Group Sessions you want to use in your upcoming week’s lessons.
To start, you can launch Group Sessions right from the Topic Tree by simply selecting the topic you want to practice and clicking the Group Session button from the pop-up menu.
Then, you will have three different types of Group Sessions to choose from:
Checkpoint: In checkpoint mode, students take a noncompetitive, teacher-led quiz as a class or group.
Challenge: In challenge mode, students compete against their classmates in a teacher-led session, earning points for correct answers, quick responses, and correct-answer streaks.
Race: In race mode, students race against each other to answer as many questions correctly as possible as quickly as possible.
You should note that you can also create a Group Session as an assignment type ahead of time so that you never miss out on a minute of instructional time. Keep in mind that, in order to build assignments, you must first organize your students into classes. Then, when you create a Group Session assignment, it will automatically remain available in your students’ assignments area on their homepage for the next seven days.
If, at any point, students need to leave a session early, they can save it for later and then return when class resumes (as long as it’s within the seven-day window in which the session was created). Session results are instantly put into a Group Sessions Report, where you can dig deeper into individual student results and see how each student answered each question.
How can I use Group Sessions in my classroom?
Formatively Assess Students: Not only is this one of the most popular ways teachers use Group Sessions in their classrooms, it’s also one of the most important. Use Group Sessions before or after instruction to check for understanding via in-class quizzes and test reviews, and get immediate and actionable data you can use to drive instruction on the spot.
Bell Ringers or Exit Tickets: Group Sessions can be a great way to start or end any class. As a bell ringer, you can test students’ knowledge on the subject they learned the day before. This fun activity will also help to keep them motivated for the rest of class. Using Group Sessions as an exit ticket is a great way to see if students were paying attention to that day’s lesson. Plus, who doesn’t want to end with an exciting, competitive activity?
Prepare for End-of-Year Summative Tests: Make test prep fun! Host a large or small Group Sessions challenge or race. You can still create general knowledge checks that include a variety of different topics for whole-class instruction or pull only standards that students are struggling with for targeted practice, still keeping them engaged and excited. If your students are unfamiliar with how to answer technology-enhanced (TE) items for high-stakes assessments, Group Sessions is also great for teachers to demonstrate how TE Items work. Because you can select the exact questions you want to use in a Group Session, you can build a session with only the types of items you want to include. After all, we never want students to miss a question because they don’t understand how it’s set up.
Study Island’s unique Group Sessions feature helps teachers involve students in teacher-led or student-led, standards-based practice and learning, and it keeps students engaged while it tracks their progress toward mastery in real time. So, the question is: if you haven’t gotten to know Group Sessions yet, what’s stopping you?
Ready to get started with Group Sessions? Check out these ways other educators are using Group Sessions in their classrooms, and visit the Study Island Help Center for more tips on how to utilize this feature. Not a customer yet? Try Study Island for free!