Differentiating Resources and Activities

This article will cover to how differentiate resources and activities for your students:


How do I use the Learners Tab to personalize Project assignments? 

For any Project in a Course you teach, you can click on the Learners tab to group your students by their previous cognitive skill scores, focus area data, or MAP scores.

To access the Learners tab:

  1. Go to a Project that you teach
  2. Click Learners to the right of the Plans tab

You can either Start from scratch or Start from suggestions. Starting from scratch will allow you to create your own groupings. Starting from our suggestions will group your students by their historical data. You can always customize your groupings after starting from suggestions.

You'll then be able to use these groupings while assigning work from the Plans tab.

Cognitive Skills

For each Cognitive Skill that a Project assesses, you'll see:

  • Your students' passing rate
  • Histograms grouping students by Cognitive Skills scores
    • Red: Not passing, <= 70% Cognitive Skills score
    • Yellow: Passing, between a 70%-85% Cognitive Skills score
    • Green: Passing, >= 85% Cognitive Skills score

Suggested groupings are determined by the Cognitive Skill data above.

  • Red: students that "Struggle with" a skill
  • Yellow: students that "Are on track for" a skill
  • Green: students that "Need a challenge on" a skill 

The scores shown here are scores students have previously received in the course, and in the case that the Cognitive Skill has not yet been assessed, data from the same subject from a previous year will be shown (if available).

Focus Areas

For each Focus Area associated with a Project, you'll see:

  • Your students' passing rate
  • Histograms grouping students by passing rate
    • Red: Not passing
    • Green: Passing

Suggested groupings are determined by the passing rate data above.

  • Red: students that have attempted and "Struggle with" the Focus Area
  • Yellow: students that have almost mastered and "Are on track for" the Focus Area
  • Green: students that have mastered and "Are on track for" the Focus Area

Foundational Skills

You can also group your students by the following Foundational Skills:

  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Self-Direction
  • Writing

If your school has uploaded MAP Data into the platform, you will be able to form groups based on the most recent MAP assessment data in Mathematics and Reading:

  • Red: students who fall at or below the 20th Percentile and "Struggle with" the skill

Learn more about understanding MAP data and accessing MAP data in the platform.

When you're finished viewing student data on the Learners tab, click Assign Project in the upper right corner to begin assigning Checkpoints, Activities, and Resources to your students. You'll be able to see the same Cognitive Skills student data during the Next: Differentiate Resources step of assigning a Project. Students will be grouped by Cognitive Skills scores, allowing you to assign different Resources to different Learners groups.

Learn more about tagging groups of students for differentiated activities and resources.


How do I create and use custom groups to assign differentiated resource?

 

  1. To create groups for differentiation, click on to the Learners Tab
  2. If your students have scores for a given cognitive skill, click on “Start from Suggestions”. This will automatically group your students based on scores they have received for that particular cognitive skill.
  3. If your students do not yet have cognitive skill scores, click on “Start from Scratch”.
  4. If you don’t have cognitive skills data, then one way to group students is by checkpoint feedback.
  5. To group students by checkpoint feedback, open the feedback tab in a new browser tab. Sort the feedback by color. Then in the Learners tab, click “Create a group”.
  6. Once you have created your custom group and are ready to assign the differentiated resources, click on “Assign Project” and select the group in the dropdown menu.
  7. If the resource you are looking to differentiate is not available, click on “Edit Project” and manually tag the resource as a differentiated resource for students who struggle with, or need an additional challenge on a particular skill. Once the resource has been tagged, it will appear in the project assignment window. 

How do I tag groups of students for differentiated activities and resources?

Once you have created Learners groups, you can assign differentiated activities and resources specifically for these groups of students.

You will need to tag the activity or resource for the group you'd like to differentiate for. To do this, 

1. Click into the Project
2. Click Edit Project on the top right 
3. Click the Activity or Resource, and scroll to "Who Gets This Activity?"

 

4. Deselect All Students and click Add a Tag 


5. Choose the group of students you'd like to differentiate for 
6. Click Add 
7. Click Save
7. Click Save and Close  

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