Because Exploros is a collaborative environment, you need a good Internet connection for things to work properly. If you are using the HTML5 version of the app, open it with a Chrome or Safari browser.
If you need additional help along the way, you can chat live with the Exploros support team by clicking the chat icon in the lower right corner of the app home screen.
In Exploros, everything is organized by the classes you create, so to see learning experiences in your app, you must create at least one class. For assistance, watch this video or follow these steps:
If this is the first time you have logged in to Exploros, the app will prompt you to create a class.
If you have a Google Classroom account, choose “Import From Google Classroom.” Exploros and Google will do the work for you, creating student accounts and connecting them to a class.
If you do not use Google Classroom, name the class and choose “Create Class.”
Next set the class details:
If you have students connected to your account, you can add them to the class roster now. You can also skip this step for now and come back to it later (see the Managing Your Classes instructions below).
Preview gives you an advance look at the teacher view of the experience.
To get started previewing material, choose the class from the main menu. Then open your learning experience library by clicking the blue Add icon on the right.
Any curriculum you have is arranged in collections. Browse through your library, opening collections to navigate to individual learning experiences. Roll-over an experience and click Preview.
If you want to preview a learning experience from the student view, see "How do I review an experience from both the teacher and student view?"
You can connect students to a class in one of three ways:
Connect Students with Gmail or Email
To connect students to a class using your private teacher code, watch this video or follow these steps:
Import Usernames (Not for email or gmail)
To connect students to a class by importing a class list, watch this video or follow these steps:
Note: When you and your students interact within the Exploros app, it’s nice to put a face to a name! Before starting to teach a class new to Exploros, we recommend that you and your students upload a profile image:
To teach a learning experience, follow these steps:
To create additional classes, follow these steps:
Access the Settings menu to the right of your profile image.
There are three Account Settings tabs: Profile, School, and Credentials.
Profile: Choose a title to be displayed with your family name, and edit your name and profile image.
Follow these steps to add your picture:
School: Associate your teacher account with your school for reporting purposes.
Credentials: Review information about your user name, password, and product licenses. Change your password here if your Exploros account is not linked to a Google account.
What is student Single Sign On (SSO)?
Single sign on is a user authentication method that enables a student to have a single user name and password in order to access multiple applications. Examples of K-12 SSO systems are Google Classroom, Clever, and Microsoft Classroom.
The student logs into the SSO system. When apps are integrated with an SSO system, the student has a one-click process to log in to the app.
Why you should use SSO
Exploros and SSO
Google Classroom: Exploros currently supports SSO via Google Classroom. If your school is a Google Classroom school, use the Import from Google Classroom method of connecting your students.
Other SSO system: If your school uses a different SSO system, we recommend that the school Student Information System (SIS) coordinator sets up the Exploros student accounts using the usernames and passwords from that system.
No school/district SSO policy: If your school does not have a SSO system and has no policy on student accounts, we recommend:
When you assign an experience to students, both you and your students will see it in the app, in either the Assigned or Scheduled list.
Assigned experiences are active during the dates and times indicated below the title. When the end date and time are reached, the learning experience becomes read-only and moves to the Ended list. If you want to extend or shorten the time of an experience while you are in it, go to the experience’s dashboard, click the calendar icon at the top far right corner, and reset the date or time. If you want to end the experience immediately, go to the home screen and click “End Now” on the experience card.
Scheduled experiences have not yet begun, and therefore, your students cannot access them. As a teacher, you can edit their settings, such as the start and end dates and times or assigned students, and preview the scenes. When the scheduled time arrives, the learning experience moves to the Assigned list, where you and your students can begin participation.
Ended experiences have expired and become read-only, meaning students can no longer post, respond to one another, or enter information in any way. You and your students can view the content and posts in an ended experience.
When you open an ended experience and click the activity icon, you will see two links at the top left corner:
When you click an active experience, the toolbar at the bottom of the Exploros app will display these icons:
The back arrow takes you to the home screen.
The dashboard icon takes you to the activity dashboard, which has three tabs:
The activity icon takes you to the learning experience, where you can navigate through content and interact with students.
The pack icon leads to additional resources, such as website links, PDFs, and videos that give more background on the subject matter. Some pack items are visible to teachers only. Student pack items may be released to students only when they reach a particular scene.
The Skill Tracker icon appears in the toolbar only for learning experiences in which the feature has been enabled. The Skill Tracker lets you track pre-defined student skills (NGSS, Common Core, 21st Century Skills, etc.) over time across a series of experiences. The Skill Tracker screen (see top photo, below) displays the skills you can annotate in the columns. If the Skill Tracker is pre-set to track more than one set of skills (e.g., NGSS Science Practices and Crosscutting Concepts), the screens for each set can be accessed by clicking the corresponding tab at the top center of the Skill Tracker. To add a note for a student, click the square corresponding to the skill and the student. This action will open a pop-up window (see bottom photo, below) in which you can add a note, an image of the student’s work (by clicking the image icon), and/or a link to the student’s work (by clicking the link icon).
A learning experience is divided into scenes. The length of a scene depends on the amount of content and discussion or interaction in it. As a teacher, you can freely navigate from scene to scene. However, in most cases, students cannot move on to the next scene until they have answered a certain number of input elements in the current scene.
Many scenes contain a gate that enables you to control the pace. You will need to unlock the gate before students can progress to the next scene.
If an experience is designed as teacher-controlled navigation, students cannot move to a different scene on their own. Each time you change scenes on your device, all student devices are moved to the new scene as well.
When you or your students post to an input element, Exploros identifies who submitted the post with a thumbnail containing a profile image (if uploaded), student initials, or the small group’s number.
For elements that “grow” with each post—the discussion wall and the table—the thumbnail displays to the left of each specific post. For all other elements, the thumbnails are placed along the top of the element. Click a thumbnail to view that student or small group’s post or to access its edit menu.
When students submit a post to an input element, they always have the option to edit or delete the post. You as teacher can edit or delete any student post, with the exception of drag-and-drop element posts.
Click the thumbnail of the post you want to edit or delete. From the drop-down menu that appears, choose the desired action.
Elements that require student input have different possible share settings:
The circle around the indicator represents the percentage of students who have posted to that element.
Exploros is collaborative, but participants may or may not be working through a learning experience at the same time. If a student is the first to participate in a learning experience, he or she likely won’t see what his or her peers have posted to input elements. Therefore, you should remind students to check back at a later time to review and respond to posts they have not yet seen in the learning experience.
If you see an orange numbered square next to a discussion wall element, the number within the square indicates how many of the discussion wall’s posts you have not yet viewed. To see those posts, click the indicator and they will appear in the discussion pane with the students’ names briefly highlighted in orange. For gated input elements set to share with the group, students must post an answer before they can view the posts other students have uploaded.
Input elements used for formative assessment questions that have a discrete correct answer—for example, a multiple choice question—may have been authored to auto-assess the students’ answers. Students are not shown the auto-assessment in the active experience.
Multiple choice: Click the distribution bars to see who submitted an answer.
Drag-and-drop: Click your profile thumbnail to see the correct answers. The thumbnail of each student who has submitted an answer indicates their auto-score:
Exploros also supports summative assessment built from test items that send data to a report for later viewing.
As a teacher, click the assessment element to display the status of each student assigned the experience: not started, started, or completed the assessment. If you wish to view the test items, click “View” in the bottom right corner.
Students can skip questions and come back to them later. If they leave the element before they complete it, upon re-entry the test automatically displays the item they were viewing. When they click the End Test button on the final item, their final answers are submitted and they cannot reopen the element.
You and your students can view the assessment results once the learning experience expires. If all your students have completed the assessment and you want to view their results immediately, go to the home screen and click “End Now” on the experience’s card.
Expand the Ended list to locate the experience, which will likely be near the top since it recently expired. Open it and navigate to the scene that contains the assessment. When you click it, a heat map of student results displays.
Click an item number below the heat map to view the item, the correct answer, and each student’s response.
An Exploros experience is made up of various elements: display (e.g., text, notes), media (e.g., images, video), functional (e.g., gates), and input (e.g., word clouds, discussion walls, graphic organizers).
This section gives an overview of each input element and help for specific functionality. For general functionality, see the sections:
You can interact with your students via the discussion wall. Students can post text, images, and links to the wall. If the wall is set to “Share with Group,” students can reply to one another. As a teacher, you can reply to students’ posts regardless of the Share setting.
Students can edit and delete their own posts. As a teacher, you can edit or delete any student’s post.
If in the course of an experience you notice a post to a discussion wall that was shared only with you, but you would like to share it with the class, you can click the wall’s menu and choose the option “Share with group” (see image below). When you change the share setting, the post will appear in every student’s discussion wall.
Likewise, if you notice a post that was shared with the class, but you feel it should not be visible to all students, change the setting to “Share with teacher only” (see image above). The post will remain visible for you and the student who uploaded it; it will disappear from all other students’ discussion walls.
You can submit example posts for your students to discussion walls that are set to “Share with Group.” However, if a wall is set to “Share with Teacher,” you cannot initiate a new wall post.
The word cloud displays students’ posts, and the size of a given post reflects its relative frequency. A word or phrase that has been submitted by many students will be larger than the other posts.
For best results, students should limit their posts to a word or short phrase. To add more than one entry to a word cloud, separate entries with a comma, for example: George Washington, John Adams.
You can click a thumbnail profile image to identify what words or phrases a specific student posted, or click a word in the cloud to see which students posted the word.
The table element is designed for collaborative tables. Generally, students will be able to post a single row, which may be shared with the group or just you as teacher. If the table has been pre-set for multiple posts per student, each time the student submits a row a new empty row will be added at the bottom of the table.
To edit or delete a row after submission, click the thumbnail profile image beside the row and then access the drop-down menu.
You can alphanumerically sort the display of data in a table by clicking the corresponding column header. You can click above the thumbnail images to sort the display by poster (students or small groups).
You can post examples for your students to a table regardless of its share setting.
The choice element is a multiple choice element that is shared with teacher only. Students do not see the answer distributions. The choice element may be authored to enable students to choose a single answer or multiple answers, and auto-assessment may be enabled. A student can edit or delete his or her post.
Click an answer distribution bar to see which of your students selected a specific answer.
The poll element is a multiple choice element that is shared with the entire group. Students also see the answer distributions.
The draw element provides a canvas with various tools, which are configured for the specific experience. The element may also display a pre-loaded background image that students are asked to annotate.
Students can use the image picker to upload a stored image to the canvas, or they can use the device camera to take an image for upload. Once they have uploaded the image, they click where they want to position its top left corner and then drag to size the image within the window. They should deselect the tool before clicking the canvas to perform other operations.
If you have zoomed in the canvas, use the Pan tool to drag the image and bring a different section of it into view.
The draw element contains basic draw tools for adding lines, rectangles, and ellipses, and for setting colors:
To change the color of text, a line, or the border of a shape, click “Stroke” and select a color before you enter the text or create the shape. To change the color within a shape, click “Fill” before you create the shape.
When using the text tool to annotate the drawing, you must click outside the text field to “enter” the text before navigating away; otherwise, the text will not be saved.
To undo the last thing you added to the window, click the undo icon; to restore it, click the redo icon. To clear the entire window and start over, click “Clear.” To edit or delete an image you already posted, click your profile image to access the menu at the upper right corner of the element.
The draw element may be configured to include stamps. The actual stamps available are specific to the given experience. To use a stamp, click the Stamp icon and then choose the desired stamp below the canvas. Click anywhere on the canvas to place a stamp, or click and drag to stretch the stamp.
A drag-and-drop element presents students with a bank of tiles containing text, and a set of targets for placing the tiles. The targets may be within a text passage or placed on a background image.
Students click a tile, drag it to the desired target, hover until they see a green plus sign, and then drop the tile onto the target. If students change their minds before submitting their work, they can drag a tile from one target to another.
In teacher view, click your profile image to view the correct answer.
The drag-and-drop elements are shared with teacher only. They optionally may be pre-set to auto-assess the student work.
The fill-in-the-blanks element presents students with text that includes blanks. The student types short text answers into each blank.
There may be optional hints that the student displays by clicking the ? icon.
The fill-in-the-blank element is shared with teacher only. It may optionally be pre-set to auto-assess the student answers. The assessment is NOT case sensitive; e.g., John Adams, john adams, and jOHN aDAMS may all be assessed as correct. A student can delete or edit her answers after submission.
This element has a variety of graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and concept maps. Students can post any amount of text to a graphic organizer’s input fields.
If the text overfills the field, click “Read More” to display the full entry.
In some cases, students will also be able to upload a picture of a graphic organizer they filled out on paper; this option is indicated by a camera icon at the bottom left of the element.
The teacher view shows suggested answers. If you want to model for students how to fill out the graphic organizer, you can choose “Hide suggested answers” from the element menu and then choose “Edit” to enable text entry.
Your teacher code is an alphanumeric ID that is linked to your account. You will find it in the menu to the right of your profile image.
When preparing to teach an experience, we recommend viewing it not only from your teacher account but also from a student account. And to get a feel for how the experience would work in real time, you should use two devices or two independent browsers (e.g., teacher logged in to the app in Chrome and the student logged in to the app in Safari). To do preview as teacher and student:
Click the link next to “Forgot your password?” on the app’s login screen, and you will receive a new temporary password via email.
Access Account Settings in the menu to the right of your profile image. Then click Credentials. Note that if you log in with Google, you do not have a separate Exploros password. You cannot reset a Google password from within Exploros.
To change a student’s password:
Importing a class from Google Classroom is a one-way, one-time action. Any updates you make in Google Classroom will not appear in the app and vice versa. You will need to make your updates in Exploros manually.
To add or delete a student from an active experience:
To assign an experience to a class, you must have students in the class:
If you do not have any students connected to your account, see Connecting Students to a Class.
If you do have students connected to your account, you need to add them to the class roster.
To change the duration of an experience:
If your students encounter problems moving on to the next scene:
First, check to ensure that you are connected to the Internet at or near full-signal strength. Then make sure you are using a Chrome or Safari browser. If you still experience issues, clear the browsing data and relaunch the app.
Make sure the student or students are connected not only to your account but also to the class to which you assigned the experience. If not, follow the instructions in Connecting students to a class.
Then go to the dashboard of the learning experience, click the Students tab, and add the student to the assignment list.
If you are a new user, see Creating Classes for instructions on how to create a class. If you have already created classes, click the menu icon, select a class, and a large blue icon will appear on the right. Click it to access your learning experience library.
This message appears when the Exploros app has lost its connection to the Exploros server because you don’t have solid Internet access. Check that your device is connected to the Internet at or near full-signal strength.
You may also get this message when you reenter the app after not using it for a while. Usually, Exploros will find the server on its own, but if you continue to receive this message, refresh your browser tab. If this action does not fix the issue and you know your device is connected to the Internet at or near full-signal strength, quit the browser and reload the Exploros app.
When learning experiences reach their end date and time, they move to the Ended list. By default, the list is collapsed, so you need to expand it by clicking “Ended.” You can then locate and open up an expired experience and see your students’ work, but students can no longer add posts or comments to that experience.
If you recently purchased a learning experience on the Exchange, you may need to refresh the home screen to get it to appear in your library. If you are using the iPad version of the app, pull down on the home screen; if you are using the HTML5 version, just refresh your browser tab.
The video below contains a condensed version of our Exploros OER teacher training. In it, we show you how to assign experiences, teach them, and review results. The video is loaded with teaching tips to ensure classroom success. We invite you to watch the whole video or choose specific sections using the left-hand navigation.