Use this demo guide to get a feel for what using the Summit Learning Platform looks like in a classroom. The demo walks through the student and teacher experiences on the Summit Learning Demo site.
Accessing the demo
Go to demo.summitlearning.org and enter your email. If this is your first time accessing the demo, we’ll ask you for additional information.
Experiencing the platform as a student
The demo starts with the student experience. As you go through the student experience, think about how the platform supports goal setting, content knowledge, cognitive skills, and habits of success.
To access the student demo, select a demo student. As you read this guide, follow and click along on demo.summitlearning.org. Note that the demo guide is told from the point of view of a student.
- When I log in, I land on the Week Page. This is my launchpad for this week's goals:
- I see weekly goals that I have set for myself, and if they're overdue (red), complete (green), or coming up (blue)
- I can add goals and action items
- I can see my grades for my courses by clicking on the name of my course (e.g. English 9)
When I’m making my weekly plan, I want to look over my progress from the last few weeks, and make sure that my weekly goals are in line with my yearly and long term (college) goals. Let’s check my Year, Progress, and College pages.
- Next, I go to the Year Page by clicking on the icon in the upper left corner. Here is my bird’s eye view of all of the the work that I’ll complete this year (yearly goals). I can also go back to last year or look ahead to next year by clicking the arrows at the top of the screen.
- I want to see what I've accomplished so far, so I head over to the Progress Page. Here I can see my grades and all of my activity in the platform. I know:
- Focus areas that I’ve mastered
- Checkpoints that I’ve completed
- Goals that I’ve set
- Goals that I’ve finished
- Notes from meetings with my mentor
I can also add notes from my conversations with my mentor
- I want to make sure that my daily actions are aligned to my college goals, so I check my College Page. Here, I can see what I need to do to be prepared for college. I can
- Understand what I need to do to get accepted to the college of my choice
- Set goals for this year’s grades
- Plan for my college essay
- Plan for my letters of recommendation
- When I go back to Week, I’ll make sure that my weekly plan is setting me up to hit my college goals. I’m going to set goals for Math.
- Since I’m behind on projects, I’m going to set goals for turning in my overdue projects
- I’m also going to set some focus area goals to make sure that I stay on track
- Now I’m ready to start executing against my goals for the week! It’s Personalized Learning Time, so I’m going to work on focus areas. In focus areas, I can see
- What objectives I need to master
- Resources that help me understand each objective
- Checks for Understanding for each objective
I can take a diagnostic assessment to see what I have mastered and what I need to work on. When I’m ready to show my mastery, I can request an assessment from my teacher.
- Now I’m in class with my Science teacher. I’m going to work on the project that we’re doing in class. When I open my project, I see
- Project info, including an essential question, enduring understanding, and project description
- The Focus areas that I should master in order to successfully complete the project
- The final product that I’ll produce
- The cognitive skills that the final product assesses
- Checkpoints, activities, and resources that will help me succeed on my final product
My teacher told me to keep going on my first checkpoint, so I’m going to work on the next one.
This is the end of the student demo. Return to the demo home by clicking "Back to Demo Home" in the upper left corner of your screen.
Building the student experience (teacher experience)
The demo continues with the teacher experience. As you go through the teacher experience, think about how teachers use the platform to build curriculum, mentor students, track progress against content, and give feedback on cognitive skills.
To access the teacher demo, select a demo teacher. As you read this guide, follow and click along on demo.summitlearning.org. Note that this portion of the demo guide is told from the point of view of a teacher.
- Teacher Dashboard. This the home page for my course. I can see
- Projects and focus areas for my course
- Cognitive Skills and State Standards for my course
- Grades for my students
- Content Assessment Requests
- Goals that my students have set
- It’s Project Time, so I’m going to jump into the project that we’re working on in my class. Here I’ll give formative cognitive skill feedback on checkpoints and score final products by clicking on the checkpoints or final product and viewing student progress or requests for feedback in the right column.
- I’m getting ready to assign my next project to students. I can
- Look at historic data to students to plan how I’ll differentiate learning experiences
- If I need to add or edit a learning experience, I can click edit project and add relevant materials
- When I’m ready to assign a project, I click assign project
- Now it’s Personalized Learning Time. I’m sitting down with one of my mentees to go over goals from last week and to set goals for this week. I click Student Groups on the left navigation bar to find my mentees. I can search for my mentee and click her name to see
- Her progress
- Her Week Page
- Her Year Page
- Her Grades
During my conversation with my mentee, I can add notes to her profile.
While I'm meeting with my mentees, other students are working on Focus Areas and requesting content assessments. I can approve these assessments by clicking on Assessments from my dashboard.
- Curriculum button on the left menu. Over the summer, I worked with my team to develop my course’s curriculum.
- I can edit my course’s curriculum from the course page
- I can search curriculum in the curriculum library
- I can read over the cognitive skills, math concepts, and habits rubrics on which I assess my students
- Next I'm going to access my Educator Tools. Here I can find all of my professional development resources.
- This is my one-stop shop for professional development materials for teachers. It includes support materials from in-person trainings, as well as resources that I can search asynchronously
- Finally, if I ever need help, I know I can find it in the Help button. Clicking help in the lower right corner shows me contextual help articles, a link to the help center, and ways to get support from a member of the Summit Learning team.