Authoring and Customization
At Exploros, we recognize that you want to be in complete control of your curriculum. That's why all Exploros OER is developed using a cloud-based authoring tool. With a subscription, your teachers can customize learning experiences for their own classrooms. As a school or district, you can also customize Exploros OER and push the customized version to groups of teachers.
With an Exploros subscription, you get an active view into all classrooms that can serve as the basis for instructional improvement. You get assessment scores, but more importantly you get a clearer picture into the learning processes - learning experience completion rates, student participation and engagement, student social interaction, lesson popularity, and much more.
This feature helps teachers address student or class-wide misconceptions in real time. The Responses Dashboard is added to your Dashboards tab for every assigned experience. With it, you can see live how each student and the class as a whole is doing on every embedded assessment. You can also see quiz results for any student as soon as the student turns in a quiz. For assessments that are not auto-scorable, you receive an indication when each student responds, so you know which students to prompt to keep the learning experience moving.
This is a differentiated learning feature. For certain curriculum, including Exploros OER Social Studies, teachers can define a reading group for each student. One group full articles, and the other group receives short summaries that are easier to read, with link access to the full article. The article summaries are all hosted on the Exploros site, which makes them readily available regardless of district whitelisting for websites. For ELL students, the summaries are also easy to translate to other languages or have read aloud, using browser text to speech and Google translate features.
During live classroom instruction, Exploros intentionally does not show students that their answers are correct or incorrect. This allows teachers to get a feel for what students truly understand in real-time, which better enables teachers to address student or class-wide issues. However, if students are working independently with Exploros, (e.g. flipping the classroom or assigning students in small independent groups) it can be beneficial to turn on student-facing feedback. This lets each student know in real-time whether or not embedded assessment responses are correct or incorrect. It does not, however, change the nature of quizzes. A student only sees quiz results once an assigned experience has ended.
The teacher version of the Experience Summary Report lists all experiences a teacher has ever taught. For each experience, the teacher can see some summary metrics: number of students who participated, the average number of responses, quiz scores, and more. The table itself is sortable by any metric or any text field, and each row is linked to the actual ended experience, so the lesson, with all student posted artifacts, is right at every teacher’s fingertips.
The student progress report has a similar layout to a gradebook. For any given class, a teacher can view each student on the left-hand side and every assigned experience across the top. Student progress through experiences taught can be viewed with several different performance indicators including lesson completion, quiz scores, and the number of responses in any given experience.
Through data evaluations, STAAR analysis, interviews, and monitoring, Exploros has developed a set of best practices for implementation. For subscribed districts, we walk through how to teach with Exploros but also cover these best practices as a means of enhancing the fidelity of implementation.
With the free version of Exploros, teachers can teach students in their classes. With the subscription version of Exploros, available to schools and districts, administrators have special feature sets for data, reporting, student management and authoring.
This dashboard, available for school and district-level administrators, provides a live list of what is being taught in every classroom and shows each experience’s progress. It also contains a summary row to indicate current activity across the campus or district.
Each administrator's Experience Summary Report is similar to the teacher version of the Experience Summary Report, with a few exceptions. Administrators can see summary reports for all classes on a given campus, or for all classes within the district.
For each experience, the administrator (e.g. principal, curriculum coach or coordinator) can see some summary metrics: number of students who participated, the average number of responses, quiz scores, and more. The table itself is sortable by any metric or any text field, and each row is linked to the actual ended experience, so the classroom learning experience is available for PLCs and other instructional improvement efforts.
This report is for verifying class pacing against district scope and sequence, and viewing class progress using various metrics for student engagement and performance.
As part of your Exploros subscription, Exploros provides annual usage summary reports containing a high-level overview of time spent on the platform per campus and per class, the lessons taught, student engagement, as well as several depth-of-knowledge metrics. This reporting can be used to determine the fidelity of implementation, evaluate impact, and assist in analyzing STAAR results.
Administrators of various levels have student and class management features for importing students, creating and archiving classes, etc.
As Open Educational Resources, Exploros learning experiences are free. If you get a subscription, Exploros provides the tools to customize lessons at every level. It also grants you reports of data collected during class time, organized and represented for students, teachers, and school administrators.
If you don't yet have devices for all students, or you only want to license a certain number of seats for particular grade groups or classes, it's not a problem. Just get in touch and we can get you started with as many or few seats as you like.