To use differentiated resources in your class, you first need to use the Learners tab to group your students. Once students are grouped together, you can tag and assign resources for those groups.
This article will cover information on how you can differentiate resources and activities in projects and math units:
- How do I group students in the Learners tab?
- How do I tag activities/resources for specific groups?
- How do I assign activities/resources to specific groups?
- How do I assign activities/resources to students from the Plans tab?
How do I group students in the Learners tab?
For any project or math unit you teach, you will need to create student groups in the Learners tab before assigning differentiated resources. You can group your students by their previous cognitive skill scores or math concepts, focus area data, or MAP scores.
To create these groups:
- Go to a Project or Math Unit that you teach
- 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 by using additional data outside of the Platform to inform adjustments to your groups.
- Learners Groups for Cognitive Skills, Math Units, and Focus Areas are populated based on Platform data which you can customize further. If MAP data is uploaded into the Platform, Foundational Skills for Mathematics and Reading can be populated based on that data, and further customized.
- Learners Groups for Foundational Skills Writing, Language and Self-Direction must be created manually. To do so, you can reference both on and off Platform assessment data and observational data.
4. You'll then be able to use these groupings while assigning work from the Plans tab.
How do I tag activities/resources for specific groups?
Once you have created groups in the Learners tab, you will then need to tag the activity/resource for the group you'd like to differentiate for.
To tag activities/resources for specific student groups:
- Click into the Math Unit
- Click "Edit Math Unit" on the top right
- Click the Activity or Resource, and scroll to "Who Gets This Activity?"
- Deselect All Students and click "Add a Tag"
- Choose the group of students you'd like to differentiate for
- Click "Add"
- Click "Save
- Click "Save and Close"
- From your project or Math Unit page, click “Assign Project” or “Assign Math Unit”
- Click “Next: Select Cool Downs to Assign”
- Click “Next: Differentiate Resources”
- From the right side of the pop-up window, click the drop-down
- Select the group you want to assign the resources to
6. Click "Save Assignments”
How do I assign activities/resources to students from the Plans tab?
To assign an Activity or Resource to a group of students:
- Navigate to the Project's Plans tab
- Activities and Resources with tags will have a hand symbol
- Click Assign to the right of the Activity or Resource title
- If a Learner's group exists for the tag, those students will be assigned by default. You can customize the assignment by checking the boxes next to student names
- Click Save