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The goal for today’s session is that you will have a chance to be introduced to two programs that are part of Eduphoria. The two we will focus on are Forethought, the lesson planning tool and Aware, the tool that will give you information about the students TAKS results and eventually be very helpful in the benchmarking process. These programs are actually pretty easy to use and the district has worked very hard to make them as helpful and as transparent as possible. The first way they did that is in the Log In screen. You get to it by typing one word “eduphoria” in the Address window of your browser.
It uses your Novell log in and so it should be really easy to remember your log in and password.
The Entry page will show you what applications you have access to you. You may have different ones than I do. I use the Help Desk almost every day! It has been very helpful for IS to have a way to get good report data about the work that they do.
This session is an exploratory session with the goal that you will have time to set up your own schedule and see how Forethought works. It is also a session designed to collect questions and concerns about using this. In each of the hands on work labs there will be a clipboard with a paper that will collect your questions and concerns. These can be anonymous or you can put your name on them. Since the programs are new to me too I am assuming I will not have the answers to most of the questions, but I will find out. 1. SET UP YOUR SCHEDULE Suggestion: The program will allow you to choose dates. Go to a time in the past for practice. You can always change what is in the future, but the program will not let you change the past easily. There are good reasons for this, but when you are practicing it can be frustrating.
2. CHANGE YOUR PLANNER TEMPLATE The planner starts out with a template that may not be how you want your lessons to show up. To change it go to “Change My Settings” and choose “My Planner Template”
Now you will be able to type and change the template for your lesson or restore it to the District Default. All of the changes will take place for the future starting ONE DAY AFTER the day you are on. This will not change the template for any of the past lesson plans.
Once you have set up your schedule and changed the template you can go to the planner and click on the top of a lesson and it will be ready for you to type into it. You will see new Icons at the top that will allow you to print, add the lesson to the activity collection, or move the lesson to another location.
On the side of the screen you will see All TEKS for the subject that you have put into the schedule for this time. When you click on one of the TEKS listed it is added into your lesson plan under Learning Standards. The program is able to keep track of these and let you know which standards you have taught to and how often.
At the top of the screen there is a toolbar which looks like the toolbars in many programs so many of the icons will not be new to you. One different one is the first icon. It is the way you can change a day at a time. When I pull down this menu it shows me the different schedules that I have set up and I can choose to delete Today’s Plans or just add one of the lessons from my schedule on another day. If you want to change the Schedule on a certain day that you are working on you can use this icon to pull down all of your schedules. It will give you the choice of adding sub plans, a new special entry, deleting the plans for today or using any of the other schedules that you set up in the past.
The district has worked very hard to make meeting standards very easy for you. When you select a lesson you see a pull down window on the side that at first says ALL TEKS and there are a list of the TEKS below. You can change that to the bundle for the weeks that you are teaching so that you can choose specific information about what you are teaching. For example if you are on weeks 10-12 you can click on Bundle 4.
This will bring up the SPECIFIC TEKS relating to that bundle. When you click on one of them it is added to your Lesson Standard section and below you will see something that says Standards Clarification. If you click on this a word document opens up which gives you more information about that particular standard.
In the same area there may be activities listed that have been published by other teachers or you may have activities that you can access. You can choose to have your activities reviewed and published for others to see or to keep them only for yourself to use.
Forethought can keep track of so many things and provide you important information right when you are planning. Right now it has been optimized to be helpful to meet the TEKS. Team Planning can be made much easier with this tool. You can set up a team and all of you will have access to the plans. This is something you may want to explore more.
Your plans can be viewed by you and by the Principal. They can only be viewed by other teachers that you invite to collaborate with you. They cannot be viewed AT ALL by parents or other teachers who you have not specifically invited to collaborate. To share choose “Change My Settings” and then “Share My Planner” and you can invite anyone to share.
When you choose “Add a Teacher”, you can leave the selection blank the program will show you a list of all of
the teachers who are using ForeThought that you could share with. You can select from the list.
It is easiest to enter information when you look at the screen as one day at a time, but you can also switch to a week view where it shows 5 days at a time and looks very similar to your plan book.
If you want to return to a single day just click twice on the day that you want to go to and it will switch back to one day view. 9
To switch to Aware, which is what we will look at next choose “Switch Applications” on the top right of the screen and a list will pull down of applications to switch to.
This is an amazing application that can show you EXACTLY how your students did on the tests for the last years where we have data. You will be able to drill down even to the specific questions that they missed. You can see information in an aggregate way (how the whole class did on certain things) and for an individual. Here is how it looks when you log in. You are shown information in the system only about the students in your current class.
Because this has test information I am not going to put many more screen shots in this handout. You will have to explore your specific site. Click on the tab that says, “Students” and you will be given a chance to search for a specific student or if you just click “search” without filling in the box it will give you a list of all of your students.
For each student you will be given demographic information, a list of which teachers they have and then there are tabs for several pieces of information.
Clicking on each of these tabs will return different data. Right now the program is fairly empty, especially for the lower grades. As time goes on more information will be added about each student. This is sort of like an electronic cume folder, but since it is electronic it is very easy to sort and search the data in helpful ways. The program allows you to create a monitor list of students that should be monitored for specific reasons.
Because each one of us can see different information depending on what Grade Level we are working with it is hard to do group work on this. The rest of the time will be spent doing individual exploring.
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