The fastest growing trend in educational technology, as reported by teachers, is data-driven instruction* – the ability for teachers to see in real-time what students understand, and reinforce or reteach according to student and class needs. This trend will only grow over time.
With an Exploros subscription, your campus or district embarks on the path to data-driven instruction with the most comprehension TEKS-based system available for live classroom instruction. And it’s all automatic!
You see in real-time (and over time) curriculum progress and which TEKS your students, classes, campuses and district are addressing, with performance metrics including:
And all metrics are backed by actual student work – a digital portfolio for every student that students, parents, teachers and administrators can access.
*Edweek Market Brief: Data-driven instruction (view)
Student-Centered Classroom Engagement
Remarkable data is only part of the benefit of a subscription. Exploros drives student engagement and transitions classrooms to student-centered learning. Teachers can focus on guiding instruction, and personalizing the classroom learning experience.
Students collaborate as a class, work in small groups, and individually, developing graphic organizers, writing essays, investigating primary sources, creating drawings, tables, word clouds, and much more.
The results speak for themselves. When campuses implement Exploros at least 1-2 times per week over the course of an academic year, STAAR scores increase by 17%!
If your district or campus uses Google, you can take advantage of Exploros email, Classroom, Drive and Docs integration for a streamlined solution. And use Google Translate and browser text-to-speech to translate Exploros curriculum into any one of 100 languages.
Each subscription feature is described in detail below. Click on any feature to see more.
Exploros OER Texas - U.S. History, Texas History and World Cultures are now mapped to the TEKS at the breakout level. This has a few important implications:
1) When you assign any learning experience, you can see which standards and breakouts it addresses.
Clicking on any standard reveals the breakouts addressed:
2) Exploros will automatically track all student time spent and responses against these TEKS breakouts. Soon we will be releasing the reporting that shows you this data on a class-by-class and student-by-student basis!
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.
Sometimes your students will not finish a learning experience before it ends. Once ended, students can view a learning experience but they can no longer work through it or edit their answers.
If a learning experience ends, and you have some students who have not yet finished and you would like them to finish, you can reactivate the learning experience.To Reactivate a Learning Experience go to your Ended Experiences, roll over the learning experience you want to extend, and click Reactivate. This will reactivate the experience for 24 hours.
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.
For subscribers to the Texas OER Social Studies collections, the Student Summary TEKS report is a heat map of how each student is engaging with the TEKS.
You can view heat maps according to several metrics, each reported on a student-by-student basis. Metrics include quiz items scores, student responses, TEKS breakouts touched, and time on learning standard.
Subscribers to the Texas OER Social Studies collections can access a TEKS Details report for each course taught: World Cultures, Texas History, U.S. History (8th grade), and U.S. History (11th grade). At present the reports are in beta, as data aggregation is tested at scale.
The TEKS Details report provides insights into how each class, or any student in a class, has interacted with the TEKS at a breakout level. Each breakout is listed in a single row. To the right of the breakout, you can view various metrics such as: number of experiences that address the breakout, number of participating students, number of responses (per student), average quiz item score and time spent (in minutes).
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.
Depending upon which courses you have subscribed to, you will see one or more TEKS District or Campus Summary reports.
For subscribers to the Texas OER Social Studies collections, the Student Summary TEKS report is a heat map of how each class in a district or within a particular campus is engaging with the TEKS.
You can view heat maps according to several metrics, each reported on a class-by-class basis. Metrics include quiz items scores, student responses, TEKS breakouts touched, and time on learning standard.
This report is a sum of all student TEKS and the administrator can drill down to the TEKS Student Summary Report or the TEKS Details Report.
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.
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