HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

This training guide maps all SmartClass+ language learning platform teaching strategies:

  • starting with simple classroom management steps for beginners (eg. start your class, register students),
  • through skills of leading interactive on-the-fly live language classroom activities (such as conservation management & monitoring, live recording etc.)
  • and finally creating self-study activities with a help of artificial interactive templates (eg. text to speech, comparative recording), using tools for work evaluation (e.g. spoken feedback, grading, reporting) and tips for effective digital lesson planning.

This guide will provide you with a set of skills you need to feel comfortable teaching in the digital environment.  

 

How to use this guide?    

  1. You shouldn’t definitely skip basics which help you to start your first session with SC+.
  2. You should know you are not alone. There is an amazing training support on this website. You can ask for online training support for a group of 6 or fewer teachers, to train a school expert or for individual mentoring and support for classroom or curriculum SC+ usage.
  3. But right now, go through the list of chapters of this guide and choose a topic you would love to start.

There are chapters recommended for a beginner user, intermediate and advanced, however, do not feel limited by this and if you really feel like creating interactive assignments for your students right now, go for it.

Another approach could be to print a chapter you would love to start with and bring only this chapter with you to your class to guide you.

The guide is structured the way that all topics can be used separately. But do not skip the basics.

 

What is your SC+ system configuration?

Depending on your SC+ system configuration, you may have different scenarios of working with the system:

  • Teacher’s station with one or two screens – BLUE information in this guide.
  • Student stations – MS Windows devices, other (mobile) devices or BYOD (bring your own device) settings – RED information in this guide.
  • Access from home – “SC+ Homework” access or Cloud-based database access – GREEN information in this guide and chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME

Let’s start with your new digital teaching skills… 🙂

1. LAD & MAD

TEACHER station

SmartClass Teacher / Life Activities Dashboard = control panel (Dashboard)

SC+ Media Teacher / Media Activities Dashboard = digital library (Media Library)

 

STUDENT station

Student devices operates with:

“SC+ Media Student” application on student stations running the Microsoft Windows operating system – Student workstations should automatically connect to the teacher station and you will see a Connected status under each of the student station icon.

“SC+ Media Student” application on mobile devices  – Student must launch the SC+ app and choose “Join a Live Class” option to connect to the teacher station when using mobile devices.

2. CREATE YOUR SC+ ACCOUNT

1.Use SC+ Media Teacher. Click on a configuration button (wrench and screwdriver) and login as an ADMINISTRATOR.

TIP: If you don’t know the administrator’s login credentials, contact your school IT support.

2.Press “New Teacher” button and complete the form with your name, surname.

3. HOW TO START YOUR FIRST CLASS

1.Use the first language session to create and populate your language classes.

Open the Life Activities Dashboard and select “Yes, I want students to login for a class” checkbox.

Use your username and password to login.

2.Connecting students’ stations:

(1)

the Microsoft Windows operating system:

Student workstations should automatically connect to the teacher station.

(2)

on mobile devices:

Launch the SC+ app and choose “Join a Live Class” option.

3.To fill in a “Select Class” window with your own classes press “Create/Manage Classes” button.
4.A new window named “My courses and classes” opens on your primary screen.

Create a new course and new classes in your course. Classes grouped in one course share together the same curriculum and materials.

Close the window. Your Dashboard has been updated.

5.“Select a Class” list includes new classes you just created. Choose newly created class on the list and enter the class.
6.Push the “Populate Class” button to enroll students. Students will fill in the form displayed on students screen.

Student’s username must be unique.

In case of running BYOD system, you must share “Join Class Code” info (displayed when populating class) to your students.

4. HOW TO ENROLL YOUR STUDENTS MANUALLY

1.Enroll students manually to the class list.

Open SC+ Media Library and login as teacher. Navigate yourself to “Manage Students” option.

You will reach following options.

2. “Import Student List” – uploading a list of students as CSV file with all student’s credentials. For more info go to user manual of SC+ software.

“Add Students” button – to enroll students one by one.

“Manage Students” – view students credentials, delete or edit them.

5. STATION ASSIGNMENT ROUTINE

1.When you start your SC+ session with a filled list of students, hit “Launch Class” button to start the class.

Choose “Students Login” to prompt your students to assign to a specific station using their username and password.

2.To assign students manually choose “Manual Login” button when launching a class.

System is able to remember the seating chart which can be set up in “Manual login” option.

3.To change a class completely just click on  “Manage Class” button. You are able to “End Class” and choose a different one to run.

6. AT THE END OF LIFE CLASS

1. Manage students station utility –

only available for Microsoft Windows operating system workstations.

Power-up student stations, Logoff Students (from Windows), Shutdown stations. Note also that the “Power-up” utility requires the workstations to have “wake-on-LAN” support.

Mobile devices workstations will disconnect by closing the SmartClass+ mobile app.

2.Exit the Dashboard at the end of your session by clicking on the Power button.

7. TEACHER IS PRESENTING TO A CLASS

Tato aktivita je prospěšná pro aktivity, které vyžadují plnou pozornost studentů a nevyžadují vysokou úroveň interaktivity nebo dokonce interaktivita by byla rušivá: poslechové aktivity, úvod do gramatiky nebo dávající studentům obecné pokyny.

Všimněte si, že během této aktivity je aktivní pouze jedna osoba nebo dvě osoby. Zbytek třídy právě následuje tiše prezentované téma.

 

1.In “SmartClass Teacher” dashboard choose “Teacher or Student Presentation” activity.
2.“Teacher Audio” – all students can hear your voice while talking to headset and computer audio the same time. Use any computer player to play your language CD, MP3 or any internet source.

“Teacher Video” – will share your desktop with a class. Use it to project any presentations, visual examples, text on students screens.

“Teacher Screen/Audio” – combine both previous presentation options and makes your presentation audio-visual.

3.To open your presentation for a small interactivity with your audience:

“Floating mic” – to pass the word to any students.

“Teacher audio” must be active to be able to use this tool.

4.To open your presentation for a small interactivity with your audience:

“Chat All” – opens the chat window on every station to send any comments or answers required. Note that all messages sent by students are displayed to a teacher only. All messages sent by a teacher end on every student’s screen.

5.Station icons appearance:

Blue color indicates that station is only receiving. Red color (note the teacher’s station) indicates broadcasting.

8. CONVERSATION IN GROUPS

This language activity is designed to monitor students’ conversation in groups. All students are speaking in appointed groups. Teacher is monitoring class conversations, listening or speaking to one group at the time.

Conversations can be recorded.

 

STEPTIP
1.In “SmartClass Teacher” dashboard choose “Pairing/Grouping” activity.
2.Check the conversation mode:

“Sequential” – students seated next to each other are connected.

“Random” – students are connected randomly

“Teacher selected” – teacher is connecting student’s manually with a mouse click.

3.Choose the group size (numbers 2,3,4).

The moment the number is clicked (random or sequential mode) students are connected – student’s icon headset turn red.

3.Monitor student’s conversation.

Click on one student icon. The red line highlights all members of the group.

4.Use

“Listen to Student” button

or

“Listen and Talk” button

to monitor conversations.

Keep monitoring button pressed and click on different student’s group to monitor another conversation.

5.To share instruction with the whole class use “Call all” button – the speaker icon.

 

 

6.To go back to conversations press “Restore” button. It will restore the last group set up. Students can easily continue on the assignment with the same partner.

 

 

7.“Blank all” button darkens all students screens. It helps students to be more focused on spoken performance they are assign to.

 

 

9. LIVE RECORDING

This quick recording activity does not demand any preparation. This fact makes it even more flexible and handy. It is used for quick speaking and reading activities. Every student is providing a spoken performance and is recorded the same time with an opportunity to listen own voice on playback.

 

RECORD STUDENTS

 

A teacher is in charge of the recording control buttons. He decides when students start to speak and when they should finish.
A teachers is not monitoring students during this activity. Student performance can be checked after recordings are finished and being saved in the system.

 

1.In “SmartClass Teacher” dashboard choose “Live Testing” activity.
2.Fill in the recording name into the field on “Student Recorder Control” panel and hit “Launch”.

Every student device displays a small “Recording” window. This window is streaming recording instruction to students.

3.RED circle – to start recording

BLUE square – to stop recording

BLUE triangle – to provide playback after the recording is made.

“Position” and “Length” – recording timestamp

“Save Recording” – to reset the entire activity and save all recorded performances.

4.To use the countdown check and set up the “Timer”. Press the RED circle to start recording.

Every student device shows a countdown in a “Recording” window. Students are being recorded.

Recording stops automatically after countdown.

 

EVALUATE RECORDING

 

1.All recordings are saved in “SC+ Media Teacher” application.

Login and enter the desired class. Navigate yourself into “Review students activities” view.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or cloud based database, “SC+ Media Teacher” app can be reached from outside of your school. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

2.Live assigned exercises are located right under the “Live” token.

Double click on the exercise.

3.Click “Select Student” button – white dots next to student’s names indicate student’s presence when recording was proceeded.

 

 

4.Play the recording, give feedback using the “Grade” and “Save” button.

Use the small recorder to send a spoken feedback.

Teacher’s feedback is immediately available for students via SC+ Media Student application on their devices.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access students can reach the feedback from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

5“Export Recording” to your computer in MP3 format if needed.

“Delete” recordings if you do not wish to store this exercise.

 

 

10. RECORDING CONTROLLED BY STUDENTS

Recording activity can be thought out, prepared and sent to students in order to give them the full control over the resulting performance. Students can record, correct, delete and decide in the moment when the spoken performance is ready to be sent to the teacher.
This process develops personal responsibility for own result and motivation towards new skills and language attitude.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or cloud based database, you can create and assign recording exercises using “SC+ Media Teacher” app from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

 

CREATE THE RECORDING EXERCISE

 

1.Open “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Log in as a teacher and enter the desired class on the list.

Navigate yourself to “Create/Import Documents” view.

2.Click “Author New Documents” button to create recording instruction for your students.

If you have a document in your computer that contains already recording task choose “Import Documents” button and import existed picture, audio, video of PDF.

3.Use any of these options to create the recording instruction and “Save the document”.
4.Document with a recording task you created is located in the “Media Files” column.

Drag and drop the document icon from “Media Files” to “Exercises” column to make a instructions recordable.

5.Choose “Audio” student response – mic icon.

Click “Create Exercise” button.

6.Now you can add some more instruction how the task should be executed.

“Preview” the exercise how it will look from student’s perspective.

7.Student’s view

Recording options:

RED circle 🔴 – to start or continue recording

BLUE square ◼- to stop recording

BLUE triangle ▶ – to playback

“Erase Recording” – to discard recording the Length field will reset to “0:00”

“From cursor position” box only the portion of your recording to the right of the cursor position will be erased.

More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

Check the exercise using the “Preview” button.

8.If everything seems okay, close the preview and the exercise itself – use “Close” button.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

 

 

ASSIGN RECORDING TO STUDENTS

 

1.You can assign one exercise or a set of exercises at one time. To do that you are using “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Navigate yourself to “Create Exercises” view.

2.Exercises to be assigned are located in “Exercises” column.

Drag and drop the exercise icon from “Exercises” to “Module” of your choice.

Drag and drop all different kind of exercises to the same “Module” to create a set of exercises.

3.Click on “Module” token.

Edit the module’s name to something more suitable for your session and hit “Assign” button.

4.Module token color is green and all module exercises are now available to your students via SC+ Media Student app.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access students can reach the exercise from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

5.CAUTION:

The moment the “Module” is assigned it is not possible to edit any exercises it contains.

You need to “unassigned” the “Module” in order to edit the content (double click on the module token and save with checked “unassigned” option).

6.Be aware that the moment the “Module” is unassigned you will loose all student’s work that has been done. Caution message appears.

11. MONITOR & REVIEW STUDENTS INDIVIDUAL WORK DURING THE LIVE SESSION

This language activity is designed to monitors student’s individual assignments. All students are working individually on their devices and teacher is monitoring, supporting them and reviewing their outcomes. The individual task may be exercise available for students via “SC+ Media Student” application on their devices or any other assignment via any other available application (e.g. internet browser).
In case of an self study exercise assigned via “SC+ Media Student” application, you may even follow the work results, review them and deliver feedback for every students in Media Library.

 

MONITOR STUDENT’S DEVICES

 

1.Use SmartClass Teacher / Life Activities Dashboard app and Choose “Monitor Students” activity.

The second screen with extended teacher’s desktop might be very beneficial in this activity.

This activity works with Windows students’ stations only.

2.Click on one student icon. Highlighted student has green background.
3.“Listen to Student” or/and “View screen”.

The student is not aware of your presence.

The screen of the student’s station is displayed on your primary monitor.

Keep buttons pressed and switch between different stations by clicking on student’s icon. This way you are able smoothly monitor the entire class.

4.“Control screen” – the moment your primary monitor is displaying the student’s screen you are able to activate this button. You may control the student’s mouse and keyboard function.

“Show screen” – share teacher’s screen with a specific student.

Both features are available only if teacher’s station has two screens and works only with Windows student stations.

5.“View all – Mosaic” launches monitoring thumbnails of all connected devices.

Use Next and Previous navigation buttons (with or without auto-scan) or check the Show All Stations box to view smaller thumbnails of all students.

One click on on on student’s station thumbnail displays the student’s screen on your primary monitor.

5.“Open Chat Window” – communicate with highlighted student using text messaging while he is fully focused on recording or listening task.

To start a new chat with a new student click on “Reset All” button, highlight a different student and choose “Open Chat Window” button again.

 

FOLLOW UP

 

Follow and review finished “SC+ Media Student” exercises in a live class.
In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or cloud based database, you can follow up finished SC+ exercises from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

1.Use SC+ Media Teacher app. Login and enter the desired class. Go to “Review Student Activities” option.
2.Assigned exercises are located right under various “Module” tokens.

Double click on the exercise you want to check.

Each “Module” contains a set of exercises. Choose the one you assume that might have been finished.

3.Double click on the exercise of your choice. It will open in a new window.
4.“Select Student” button – you can see white dots next to student’s names. Those indicates students who already finished and saved their work. Click on a student with a white dot.

Every time you click “Select Student” during a life class new white dots appear besides students names as they continue finishing assignments.

 

 

5.Give feedback using the “Grade” and “Save” button.

Use the small recorder to send a spoken feedback.

Teacher’s feedback is immediately available for students via SC+ Media Student application on their devices.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access students can reach the feedback from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

 

 

6.All recording activities can be exported as MP3 files to your computer.

 

12. RECORD CONVERSATION IN GROUPS

This language activity is designed to record students’ conversations in groups. All students are speaking in appointed groups and conversations are being recorded.

 

RECORDING PROCESS

 

STEPTIP
1.In “SmartClass Teacher” dashboard choose “Pairing/Grouping” activity.
2.Divide your students in groups.

Students are connected in groups and using their headsets to work on the spoken assignment.

This is indicated by red headset color of the student’s station icons.
3.Fill in the recording name and hit “Launch”.

Every student device displays a small “Recording” window. This window is streaming recording instruction to students.

CAUTION:

Avoid using “Call all” button after the recording is launched. You would not be able to restore your pairs.

3.Control the recording process:

RED circle – start recording

BLUE square – stop recording

BLUE triangle – provide students by playback

“Timer” – set a countdown before you start recording.

“Save Recording” – reset the entire activity and save all performances.

4.NOTE: You are able to monitor student’s conversation using “Monitoring/Support Options” as “Listen to Student” while recording group conversation.

 

CONVERSATION RECORDING – FOLLOW UP

 

Follow and review recorded conversation.
In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or cloud based database, you can follow up recordings from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

 

STEPTIP
1.Use SC+ Media Teacher app. Login and enter the desired class. Go to “Review Student Activities” option.
2.The whole process is identical to that described in chapter 9. Live recording – Evaluation.

Conversation recordings are located right under the “Live” token.

Double click on the exercise.

3.NOTE:

  1. a check box and text “with Paired Recording(s) of… “ under the “Play” button – use the check box to play both sides of the conversation.
  2. “Select student” button – student list with capital red letters showing the affiliation to groups.

13. STRATEGIES TO EFFECTIVE LESSON PLANNING

With SC+ language learning platform you may create digital exercises, assign media files and structure your first digital lesson plans.

In order to help you with your new digital teaching skills this chapter explains six steps to guide you when you create your first digital lesson plans.
A lesson plan gives your lessons shape, a framework a help you to be confident, comfortable and structured in a live class.

STEPWhat to do?
1.Outline learning objectives and language skills.

The first step is to determine what you want students to learn and be able to do at the end of class.

Consider your language textbook topic, curriculum materials available to you, digital materials supplied with textbooks that supports best the learning objective you want to reach.

Note that various media files tend to support different learning skills. (PDF – reading, audio – listening etc.)

2.Develop the introduction.

Develop a creative introduction to the topic to stimulate interest and encourage thinking – e.g., personal anecdote, historical event, thought-provoking dilemma, real-world example, short video clip, practical application, probing question, etc.

Choose a media file (PDF, video, audio, picture) you are about to use as an introduction.

Present the introduction to class:

Chapter 7. TEACHER IS PRESENTING TO A CLASS or chapter 16. CONTENT – LAUNCH JUST ONE EXERCISE of this guide.

3.Plan the specific learning activities (the main body of the lesson).

Prepare several different ways of explaining the material. As you plan your examples and activities, estimate how much time you will spend on each.

Think about different ways of instruction how your students can interact with the chosen media file.

Eg. video – listen and/or repeat and/or summarize and/or complete gaps in video script

Use this specific file to create more than one exercise:

Chapter 14. USING SIMPLE EXERCISE TEMPLATES and chapter 18. MORE ADVANCED EXERCISE TEMPLATES of this guide.

4.Create a realistic timeline.

Estimate how much time each of the activities will take, then plan some extra time for each.

Plan an extra activity or discussion question in case you have time left.

Assign introduction material and practical exercises created from a chosen media file to one Module in SC+ Media Library:

Chapter 15. ASSIGN A SET OF EXERCISES TO STUDENT.

We recommend to complete the module by exercises from some of the past lessons as extra activities for faster students.

5.Plan to check for understanding.

Think about monitoring options and follow up to track the development.

Monitor your students and support them while working on assignments.

Chapter 11. MONITOR & REVIEW STUDENTS INDIVIDUAL WORK DURING THE LIVE SESSION.

6.Develop a conclusion and a preview.

You can review the student’s’ answers to gauge their understanding of the topic and then explain anything unclear the following class.

All materials and exercises teacher evaluated are available for students in “SC+ Media Student” app to be reviewed any time.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access students can reach the feedback from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

14. CREATE AND ASSIGN A SET OF EXERCISES

Digital language learning materials/content; such as PDF, audio, video, pictures; can be combined with 13 different interactive templates and planned and structured as a multimedia
lesson plan within Media Library.

REMEMBER: To be effective, the lesson plan does not have to be an exhaustive set of documents. Nor does it have to anticipate each and every student’s response or question. Instead, it should provide you with a general outline of material combined with exercise templates. Simple and easy is the most effective approach. It is a reminder of what you want to do and how you want to do it.

 

UPLOAD THE MEDIA FILE

 

You will need a MEDIA FILE (PDF, audio, video, picture) you are about to use in your class to create the specific learning activities.

In case your school is using cloud based database, you create SC+ exercises from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

1.Open “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Log in as a teacher.

Click on the desired class on the list.

The moment you enter the class click on “Create/Import Documents” option

2.Left side:

Use “Import Media Files” – to upload the media file from your computer.

3.Upload a media file to your class.

After choosing the right format (audio, video, picture or PDF) the browser with appropriate filters opens and you will search your computer for a desired file.

Newly added material is located in Media file column highlighted by red color.

4.How to copy a material from your college or from your other classes?

Use “Copy Shared Documents”.

Use this option to duplicate any of your materials you have already created as well.

5.This button display the list of teachers using the same SmartClass+ system. Choose the name (on the left) and then Course/Class (on the right) and click “View Documents” to display available materials.
6.Note that there are two check boxes located above the material list. Those are filters for two types of materials: media files and interactive individual exercises.

Highlight the file and press “Add” button to copy it to your class.

Newly added material is located in Media file column highlighted by red color.

7.Place your mouse cursor over the icon of a newly imported material and drag it from “Media File” column and drop it to “Exercises” column.

This action opens the “Exercise Wizard”.

 

“VIEWING” exercise template

 

1.

“Viewing” category of response means that there is no room for student students responses. Viewing suits well for listening and introduction exercises.

Press “Create Exercise” button.

2.

Control audio and video file with rewind ( І◀ ) play ( ▶) and pause/stop (◾ ) buttons. The small white arrow below the red track line could be moved back or forward by your mouse cursor; this way a student can directly spot the specific information in the track.

3.

PDF file with pagination control buttons ( ◀ 3 ▶) and a magnifier button to make text more comfortable for reading.

Picture file with a magnifier button to comfortably see all details (eg. map, directions etc.).

4.

More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

5.

Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

“WRITING – OPEN TEXT” exercise template

 

1.

Student answer is written.

This response template can be used with any media file (picture, audio, video, PDF).

Press “Create Exercise” button.

2.

Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the “Instructions For Student” field.

3:

“Preview” button – check the exercise from the student’s perspective

4.

More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

5.

Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

AUDIO/VIDEO – OPEN RECORDING

 

1.

Student answer is oral – audio or video recorded (based on what have you chosen).

This response template can be used with any media file (picture, audio, video, PDF).

Press “Create Exercise” button.

2.

Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the “Instructions For Student” field.

3.

“Preview” button – check the exercises from the student’s perspective.

Control buttons:

🔴 to start recording

◾ to stop/pause recording, playing

▶ to playback

“Erase Recording” – to discard recording the Length field will reset to “0:00”

“From cursor position” box only the portion of your recording to the right of the cursor position will be erased.

4.

More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

5.

Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

15. ASSIGN A SET OF EXERCISES TO STUDENT

You can assign one exercise or a set of exercises at one time. All assigned self study exercises are immediately available for students via SC+ Media Student application on their devices.

In case your school is using cloud based database, you can assign SC+ exercises from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

 

1.Open “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Log in as a teacher.

Click on the desired class on the list.

The moment you enter the class click on “Create Exercises” option

2.Exercises of your choice is located in “Exercises” column.

Drag and drop the exercise icon from “Exercises” to “Module” of your choice.

If you have more exercises to assign and create a set of continuous tasks, drag and drop all different kind of exercises to the same “Module”.

3.Double click on “Module” token.

Edit the module’s name to something more suitable for your session and hit “Assign” button located bottom left.

4.Assigned “Module” color is green.

Your exercises are now available to your students via SC+ Media Student app.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access, students can reach SC+ app from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

5.The moment the “Module” is assigned it is not possible to edit any exercises it contains.

You need to “unassigned” the “Module” in order to edit the content (double click on the module token and save with checked “unassigned” option).

The moment the “Module” is unassigned you will loose all student’s work that has been done. Caution message appears.

6.Different module status:

  • Active; green – assigned and available to student
  • Unassign; grey – not assigned and available to teacher only, exercises can be edited.
  • Inactive; red – previously assigned but no longer available to students, contains students responses, exercises can not be edited

 

MONITORING & FOLLOW UP

 

1.MONITORING

Life Activities Dashboard app and Choose “Monitor Students” activity.

The second screen with extended teacher’s desktop might be very beneficial in this activity.

This activity works with Windows students’ stations only.

2.

FOLLOW UP

Use SC+ Media Teacher app. Login and enter the desired class. Go to “Review Student Activities” option.

16. LAUNCH JUST ONE EXERCISE

Use audio visual content such as pictures, audio, video and PDF files in your class, share it immediately with all your students and let them control the file (play, rewind, browse pages) or attribute the file a specific task to practice different language skills.

 

SEND A MEDIA FILE WITH SIMPLE EXERCISE TEMPLATES

CHOOSE A FILE

 

In order to send the file to all student devices the media file must be added in Media Library. When sharing document from Media Library, students take over the control and manipulate with the file individually.

 

1.Open the Life Activities Dashboard and select “Yes, I want students to login for a class” checkbox.

Use your username and password to login.

Launch the class and let students to login.

Details could be found in 5. STATION ASSIGNMENT ROUTINE.

2.Choose “Launch an Exercise” activity.
3.“Block Applications” check box – If you check the Block Applications box before selecting a media file, this will prevent students from opening any additional applications while they are working on the assignment.

Note that this function currently only works with Windows student stations.

4.“Select an Exercise” – click on this button to select a media file you want distribute to all student devices.
5.A simplified version of the Media Library application opens on your primary screen.

Import or author a media file you want to share with your class.

If you wish to use the previously uploaded materials just double click on the document name in Media File column.

 

SEND A FILE

 

1.Place your mouse cursor over the icon of an imported material of your choice and drag it from “Media File” column and drop it to “Exercises” column.

This action opens the “Exercise Wizard”.

2.Choose “Viewing” and click to “Create Exercise” button.
3.Your file is ready to be shared with students.
4.“Send To Students” – click this button to deliver the file on every connected student device.
5.To end the activity click on the “End Exercise” button. All student work will be saved.

Individual students have the option of saving their work if they complete the exercise early.

Note that: The file is stored after delivery under the LIVE token in “Student Media” app.

 

SEND A FILE WITH WRITING ASSIGNMENT

 

1.Place your mouse cursor over the icon of an imported material of your choice and drag it from “Media File” column and drop it to “Exercises” column.

This action opens the “Exercise Wizard”.

2.Choose “WRITING – OPEN TEXT” and click to “Create Exercise” button.
3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the “Instructions For Student” field or you can share them with class verbally when students are about to start working.

Your file is ready to be shared with students.

4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.“Send To Students” – click this button to deliver the file on every connected student device.
6.To end the activity click on the “End Exercise” button. All student work will be saved.

Individual students have the option of saving their work if they complete the exercise early.

Note that: The file is stored after delivery under the LIVE token in “Student Media” app.

 

SEND A FILE WITH OPEN RECORDING ASSIGNMENT

 

1.Place your mouse cursor over the icon of an imported material of your choice and drag it from “Media File” column and drop it to “Exercises” column.

This action opens the “Exercise Wizard”.

2.Choose “AUDIO or VIDEO – OPEN RECORDING” and click to “Create Exercise” button.
3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the “Instructions For Student” field or you can share them with class verbally when students are about to start working.

Your file is ready to be shared with students.

“Preview” button – to check the assignment from student’s perspective.

4.“Preview”

Control buttons:

🔴 to start recording

◾ to stop/pause recording, playing

▶ to playback

“Erase Recording” – to discard recording the Length field will reset to “0:00”

“From cursor position” box only the portion of your recording to the right of the cursor position will be erased.

5.“Send To Students” – click this button to deliver the file on every connected student device.
6.To end the activity click on the “End Exercise” button. All student work will be saved.

Individual students have the option of saving their work if they complete the exercise early.

Note that: The file is stored after delivery under the LIVE token in “Student Media” app.

 

MONITORING & FOLLOW UP

 

For more details go to chapter 6. MONITOR & REVIEW STUDENTS INDIVIDUAL WORK DURING THE LIVE SESSION.

 

In the “Launch an Exercise” activity there is the “Monitoring/Support Options” panel available. Use the panel to monitor student’s devices while working on sent file/exercise. Options/buttons of this panel are identical with “Monitor Students” activity buttons.

17. ACTION VERBS FOR LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This chapter provides a practical, quick reference for lecturers who are interested in extending their presentation and instruction techniques and in Flexible Learning Technology (media, multimedia, computer-based instruction, computer mediated communication). It may serve as checklists for assignment preparation, as suggestions for teaching or course planning.

 

Level of learningAction verbsOutcome
RememberingTell, List, Describe, Relate, Locate, Write, Find, State, Name, Choose, Cite, Define, Describe, Give example, Group, Know, Label, ListenMatch, Memorize, Name, Quote, Recall, Recite, Record, Repeat, Select

Understanding

Ask, Calculate, Convert, Describe, Discuss, Explain, Give examples, Identify, Observe, Recognize, Report, Research, Retell, Review, Summarize, Tell, LocateRecitation, Summary, Explanation, Show and tell, Example, Quiz, List, Label, Outline

Applying

Adapt, Apply, Calculate, Change, Compute, Demonstrate, Dramatize, Experiment, Illustrate, List, Make, Practice, Produce, Sequence, Show, Solve, Teach, UseIllustration, Sculpture, Demonstration, Presentation, Interview, Performance, Diary, Journal
AnalyzingCategorize, Classify, Compare, Contrast, Differentiate, Discover, Distinguish, Examine, Group, Interpret, Investigate, Order, Organize, Question, Relate, Research, Sequence, Solve, SurveySurvey, Database, Mobile, Abstract, Report, Graph, Spreadsheet, Checklist, Chart, Outline
EvaluatingArgue, Assess, Choose, Compare, Conclude, Criticize, Debate, Decide, Defend, Determine, Evaluate, Justify, Prioritize, Rate, Recommend, Support, Tell why, ValueDebate, Panel, Report, Evaluation, Investigation, Verdict, Conclusion, Persuasive Speech
CreatingAct, Assemble, Combine, Compose, Construct, Create, Design, Develop, Devise, Formulate, Generate, Improve, Infer, Invent, Imagine, Plan, Predict, Prepare, Revise, ShowFilm, Story, Project, Plan, New game, Song, Media product, Advertisement

18. MORE ADVANCED EXERCISE TEMPLATES

In case your school is using cloud based database, you create SC+ exercises from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

1.Launch “Media Teacher” app to choose and import a media file as a stimulus.

More details could be found in chapter 14. UPLOAD THE MEDIA FILE.

19. ADVANCED – QUESTION AND ANSWER

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “WRITING – Question and Answer” exercise template.
3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Questions” field (up to 20 questions)
4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

6.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

20. ADVANCED – MULTIPLE CHOICE

MULTIPLE CHOICE exercise template – students answers are automatically evaluated by the system.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “QUIZZES – MULTIPLE CHOICE” exercise template.
3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Questions” field( up to 20 questions)
  • “Answer” field (up to 7 answers per question)

Identify correct answers for all questions using the check box.

4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

6.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

21. ADVANCED – FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS

FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS exercise template – students answers are automatically evaluated by the system.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “QUIZZES – FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS” exercise template.
3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Text” field in which the blanks will be created
4.Creating Blanks (up to 50)

You create blanks in a text field by bracketing the target words or phrases with a set of square brackets; [ ].

Eg. Imagine there’s no [heaven].

The system will automatically highlight the blanked words or phrases in the teacher’s view and blank these same words or phrases in the student’s view.

5.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
6.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

7.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

22. ADVANCED – RECORDING

ACTIVE-COMPARATIVE RECORDING

 

ACTIVE-COMPARATIVE RECORDING exercise template – student repeats phrases after the stimulus, mic audio is recorded and student is able to compare his recording with the original recording. NOTE: this template can not be apply to PDF or a picture stimulus.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “AUDIO – ACTIVE-COMPARATIVE RECORDING” exercise template

Available for audio and video stimulus only.

3.To complete this exercise template you need to segment the source audio or audio-visual file into phrases that the students will listen to and then repeat.

  • Begin by clicking on the “Play” button (▶).
4.As the audio plays, click on the “Add New Segment” button at the end of each phrase to be repeated by the student. Continue to the end of the media file. Do not pause the track while segmenting.
5.Note the small white vertical lines at the bottom of the waveform track area. These represent the segment boundaries. Use your mouse cursor to adjust these lines if your segmenting was not precise on the first attempt.
6.In the right panel, you can also see a list of segment details as shown below. Each line of this list displays play button (▶). You can use it to check accuracy of each segment separately.
7.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
8.Student’s view

STUDENTS VIEW control buttons

🔴 to start recording, students wait for pauses you create by segmenting.

Ι◀ to start over

to pause recording

9.▶¯ listening to original track

▶_ listening to student’s recording

listening to the original track and student’s recording the same time

10.☑ below each segment – choose only segments you want to practice

“Select all” button – choose all segments for practicing

“Select none” button – no segment is selected

11.STUDENTS VIEW control buttons – TIP:

Student usually starts to play the original track ( ▶¯ ) then he chooses segments to be practiced ( ☑ ), click the recording button ( 🔴 ) and tries to reproduce the original track with his voice. To compare and evaluate results he uses this playback button; ▶.

12.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

13.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

SIMULTANEOUS RECORDING

 

SIMULTANEOUS RECORDING exercise template – student listens the stimulus, mic audio is recorded and student is able to listen his voice simultaneously with the original stimulus. This template works with video recording, either. In such case your device devices must be using a webcam.

NOTE: this template can not be apply to PDF or a picture stimulus.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “AUDIO – SIMULTANEOUS” exercise template or “VIDEO – SIMULTANEOUS” exercise template.

Available for audio and video stimulus only.

This template does not require any editing.

3.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
4.Student’s view

Normally students will be asked do some simultaneous interpretation.

STUDENTS VIEW control buttons

🔴 to start recording, students wait for pauses you create by segmenting.

Ι◀ to start over

to pause recording

5.▶¯ listening to original track

▶_ listening to student’s recording

listening to the original track and student’s recording the same time

6.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

7.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

23. ADVANCED – PRONUNCIATION

LISTEN

 

The text is pronounced to students using Text-to-Speech technology  NOTE: Pronunciation templates are using PDF and picture stimulus only.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “PRONUNCIATION – LISTEN” exercise template.

Available for PDF and picture stimulus only. Eg. motivational picture, text to be practiced or brief instructions.

3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Question” field – Copy the phrases with which students will work into the Question area (up to 20)
4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.STUDENTS VIEW control button

“Listen” button – a sentence above this button is read aloud by Text-to-Speech technology.

To move to the next sentence, click on the next line below the “Listen” button.

6.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

7.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

SPEAK

 

Student’s pronunciation is recorded and immediately automatically evaluated by Speech Recognition technology.

NOTE: Pronunciation templates are using PDF and picture stimulus only.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “PRONUNCIATION – SPEAK” exercise template.

Available for PDF and picture stimulus only. Eg. motivational picture, text to be practiced or brief instructions.

3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Question” field – Copy the phrases with which students will work into the Question area (up to 20)
4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.STUDENTS VIEW control button

“Click and Talk” button – a sentence above is read by students, recorded and immediately automatically evaluated by Speech Recognition technology.

6.Button change it appearing when clicked:

“Capturing.. click to Stop” and “Processing. Please wait…”

When process is finished a result has a form of a text (what computer has really recorded) and number in percentage to announce the pronunciation accuracy.

To move to the next sentence, click on the next line below the “Listen” button.

7.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

8.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

 

LISTEN and SPEAK

 

The text is pronounced to students using Text-to-Speech technology and Student’s pronunciation is recorded and immediately automatically evaluated by Speech Recognition technology.

NOTE: Pronunciation templates are using PDF and picture stimulus only.

 

1.Drag and drop uploaded media file from “Media files” column to “Exercises” column.
2.From the “Exercise wizard” choose “PRONUNCIATION – LISTEN and SPEAK” exercise template.

Available for PDF and picture stimulus only. Eg. motivational picture, text to be practiced or brief instructions.

3.Your instruction/questions could be included/copied into the

  • “Instructions For Student” field.
  • “Question” field – Copy the phrases with which students will work into the Question area (up to 20)
4.“Preview” button – to see how the exercise will look when shared with students.
5.STUDENTS VIEW control buttons

“Listen” button – a sentence above this button is read aloud by Text-to-Speech technology.

6.“Click and Talk” button – a sentence above is read by students, recorded and immediately automatically evaluated by Speech Recognition technology.
7.Button change it appearing when clicked:

“Capturing.. click to Stop” and “Processing. Please wait…”

When process is finished a result has a form of a text (what computer has really recorded) and number in percentage to announce the pronunciation accuracy.

To move to the next sentence, click on the next line below the “Listen” button.

8.More editing buttons are available top left: “Delete”, “Rename”.

Rename the exercise to match its name with the task. The default name is the same as a document’s name.

It is possible set up a time limit for the task as well.

9.Click “Close” button to close the exercise.

Your new exercise is located in “Exercises” column and is ready to be assigned to students.

24. WORK FROM HOME

To create self study exercises, structure a digital lesson plan or evaluate students work is possible from outside of school as well. This chapter describes in what conditions and how teachers can reach SC+ classes from home.
Student’s can connect from home to work on self study homework assignments and access files we shared with them. Find out in what conditions and how students can do that.

TEACHER

 

Teacher can reach SC+ language classes from home if school:

  • is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or
  • school’s SmartClass+ database is cloud based

Ask your school administrator if those features are provided for your school.

SC+ Homework access limitation:

  • Could be reached from website only.
  • Will be completed by Gerry.

SC+ cloud based database could be reached via app installed on teacher’s computer. Ask the school administrator for more details.

STUDENT

 

Student’s can connect from home to work on self study homework assignments only if your school has “SC+ Homework” access available.

Ask your school administrator if this feature is provided in your school.

Reaching the “SC+ Media Student” application:

  • on the school website

  • from student mobile app – “SC+ Media Student” application on mobile devices

To enter “Homework” utility students uses login credentials associated with SmartClass+ platform (chapter 1.5 STUDENT FORGETS HIS LOGIN CREDENTIALS FOR YOUR SESSION of this guide).

25. REPORTING

These tools help you to track student’s progress and evaluate the effectiveness of using SmartClass+ platform.

In case your school is using “SC+ Homework” access and/or cloud based database, you can access reporting tools via “SC+ Media Teacher” app from home. Details in chapter 24. WORK FROM HOME of this guide.

 

Assignment Grades Reporting

 

Open “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Log in as a teacher.

Click on the desired class on the list.

The moment you enter the class click on “Create Exercises” option.

2.

Click on report button – Icon: page with magnifier – “Reporting Window” is opened.

3.

Control buttons:

Checkbox ( ☑ ) – has been included on each of the exercises. Check activities you like to be included in your report.

4.

“Show Grades Report” button – to view the report.

5.

The report table is displayed and summarizes each student’s score for the selected assignments and calculates the class average for each assignment.

6.

Click on the Save Grades Report button to save the document.

7.

By default, the report will be saved as a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. You can

optionally select a semicolon (;) instead of a comma as the report field separator if you

are in a country that uses this as the standard, (e.g. France).

 

Student Performance Summary

 

1.

Open “SC+ Media Teacher” app.

Log in as a teacher.

Click on the desired class on the list.

The moment you enter the class click on “Review Student Work” option.

2.

Click on any of the student icons in the righthand

Panel.

3.

This will open a Student Performance report for the selected student.

4.

The report is available for students as well via “Media Student” App.

“My Performances” button

26. DIFFERENTIATE A WORK IN CLASS – SECTIONS

You can partition the class into more than one section to support differential teaching activities in each working section.
Use different colors for each group and work intensively with one group only while the others are working individually on self study activities.
Note that only one section can use the SmartClass+ audio intercom or screen sharing.

 

Open the Life Activities Dashboard and select “Yes, I want students to login for a class” checkbox.

Use your username and password to login.

Launch the class and let students to login.

Details could be found in 5. STATION ASSIGNMENT ROUTINE.

2.Open “Sections” button – bottom of the Dashboard in the middle.
3.By default, all students are members of the White color group.
4.Choose the color button in the right hand panel (e.g. Orange). Click on the students you wish to add to the Orange group. The student’s jersey color will change to match his group color.
5.Click on Exit Sections Management when done.
6.The student icons for stations that are not part of the currently selected section will be faded in the Workstation Layout area. You are not able to communicate with them using the Dashboard activities.
7.Selection of a section is done via the color section

buttons next to the “Sections” button.

There is also a multi-colored all-sections button – use it to communicate with all stations no matter what sections they are part of.

27. WORK WITH APPLICATIONS

This utility supports the launching of applications (e.g. Browser) and/or specific files or websites (e.g. www.robotel.com) on student stations.

At present, this utility is only compatible with student stations running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

 

1.Open the Life Activities Dashboard and select “Yes, I want students to login for a class” checkbox.

Use your username and password to login.

Launch the class and let students to login.

Details could be found in 5. STATION ASSIGNMENT ROUTINE.

2.Click on the “Applications” button – bottom of the Dashboard on the right.
3.If the application/page you wish to launch is already included in the list, just highlight this application and click on the “Launch Application” button.
4.Adding New Shortcuts – “Add” button.
5.There are three fields to complete:

  • Name: Enter a name that is meaningful to you.
6.
  • Program: You can just “browse” to the application (e.g. chrome.exe) on the teacher station and the path is automatically loaded.

NOTE: while adding the application on the list be aware that the program path (the utility is using for opening) must be working for any the student’s device. It means, the program must be installed on student’s device in the directory the path is directing to.

7.
  • Parameters: You can enter a specific file (accessible to students) or a website URL.
  • Click on “Add” Application to add this new application/page to the list.
8.Applications on the list can be changed or removed.