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Website: http://www.thelearningodyssey.com
Shortened address: http://www.childu.com

What is it?

Standard aligned K-12 curricula that provides interactive, self-paced, challenging and engaging activities in math, language arts and English

How do I use it?

Create your classes
Assign students to your classes
Set-up your progress reports
Build your assignments
Assign your assignments to an entire class or individual students

When would I use it?

Use it as an enhancement tool for your accelerated students
Use it as a remediation tool for students who need extra practice
Use it with your whole class:
  • Appetizer - an introduction to the concept
  • Main Course - the main content of the concept
  • Desert - finish the concept as review

Additional Resources

Help Page

Impact Teacher Academy - sign-up for live webinars on various topics related to Compass Learning

Compass Learning Getting Started - Resource for teachers to get started on the program. Includes Instructional Planning Worksheet and Self-Reflection Student Portfolio Log.
Quick Start Guide for Teachers - Provides set-by-step instructions for creating classes, building assignments and setting up progress reports.
Parent Letter -

Guide for Students and Parents -


Decision Point help - choose from rules, editing, deleting, etc.

*There are video helpers under the Content Tab > Resources > Support. Click the + in front of 'Odyssey Help Videos for Teachers' and then choose the video you would like to watch.

Tips

*Naming Classes, Assignments & Reports - Start the class name/report name with your last name (this makes it easier for students to see your specific assignments)

*Adding Students to your classes
  • Change the 'Show' list in bottom right corner to 100
  • Sort students by grade

*Building Assignments - Always make sure you preview the assignments before you assign them because they may have several activities. When you build assignments, limit your assignment activities to no more than 10. If you click 'yes' on Show Resources, your students can see and print the worksheet resources themselves.

Once you have built and assigned an assignment, students will see the word Assignment under your subject and a gold circle around the subject indicating they have assignments to complete.
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*Student Backpack - By clicking on their backpack, students can check their progress for a specific day, week or month. When looking at their progress, students will see the activities they have opened, their score and their activities status. The blue paper indicates their progress through an activity. Students can also find the activity code, which can be used to repeat an activity (see Q & A section for instructions on using this code).
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*Look at Compass from a students view - We have set up demo student accounts that you can use to preview Compass Learning from a student's perspective.
Grade Level
Usernames
Passwords
Kindergarten
demo1
demo2
demo3
demo1
demo2
demo3
1st Grade
demo4
demo5
demo6
demo4
demo5
demo6
2nd Grade
demo7
demo8
demo9
demo7
demo8
demo9
3rd Grade
demo10
demo11
demo12
demo10
demo11
demo12
4th Grade
demo13
demo14
demo15
demo13
demo14
demo15
5th Grade
demo16
demo17
demo18
demo16
demo17
demo18
6th Grade
demo19
demo20
demo21
demo19
demo20
demo21
7th Grade
demo22
demo23
demo24
demo22
demo23
demo24
8th Grade
demo25
demo26
demo27
demo25
demo26
demo27
*Content
  • Video - When you show a video to the class through your teacher login, you have the option to rewind and fast forward the video.
  • Quizzes - teachers get to see all the banked questions and answers
  • Remember to check the offline resources related to activities.
  • English & Reading teachers - remember to look at the ILA (Integrated Language Arts) activities--they have full lessons & text available

*Give student direction - Make sure you give students direction in how to use Compass Learning and the expectations on what they will be working on for your class. If you don't give them that guidance, they will not work on your assignments and will play the fun games instead. Using a Self-Reflection Student Portfolio Log can help students track their progress. It is also good to inform students of the expected percentage goal they are aiming for on their activities.

*Progress Reports
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Q&A


I can't get logged in to Compass Learning?
  1. Double check your username and password
  2. Make sure you typed larned in for the school
  3. Contact the tech department

How long are the videos?
They range between 8-10 minutes. The length can change based on the grade level and how quickly the students complete the tasks throughout the video.

How can I check student progress?
  1. Student Backpack or Self-Reflection Student Portfolio Log
  2. Class Progress - under the Course & Assignment tab (you will see individual student progress for all their classes - not just your class)
  3. Reports tab - you can schedule a report to be emailed into your inbox

How many questions are on the quizzes and tests?
Compass Learning has a question bank for each quiz and test. When you look at the quiz or test as a teacher, you will see the full question bank with answers. Your students will only get 1/2 of those questions. For example, if you see 20 questions, then the students will only have 10 questions.

When building assignments, what is the difference between Auto-Launch, Sequential & Self-Select?
  1. Auto-Launch is great for students in PK4 thru 2nd grade. This feature will automatically start the activity for the student.
  2. Sequential forces students to complete the assigned activities in order. This will prevent students from skipping activities, however, students can't click on an activity they have completed to repeat it if they need to review the information again. There is a work around for this - see the next question.
  3. Self-Select allows students to pick and choose the assigned activities they are going to complete. This feature makes repeating an activity easier, but students can skip over assignments.

If I build an assignment in sequential mode, how can students go back to repeat activities?
Students can use the activity code finder to access any activity they may have completed in the past. They simply locate the activity code through their backpack (it is the set of numbers right after the activity name) and enter it into the activity finder in the bottom left corner on the home page. Click search and the activity will come up for them.

What are Brain Buzzers?
These are games and activities that center around art, music and health.

What are Thematic Projects?
These projects focus on science and social studies.

How often do the students need to be on Compass Learning before we will see growth?
The recommended time per students is 60 minutes each week for each subject.

How can I check the progress of my students?
There are 3 ways to check student progress:
  1. Have students show you their backpack progress and/or their Self-Reflection Student Portfolio Log (This would be good for an exit pass at the end of class.)
  2. Go to Courses & Assignments and select Class Progress - From this point, you can look at individual student progress for activities you have assigned as well as activities assigned by other teachers. (This would be good if you only need to check on a couple of students.)
  3. Run a progress report - Schedule a weekly progress report to be delivered to your email box. Download the Quick Start Guide for Teachers to obtain detailed instructions on setting up a progress report. (This is the best option for maintaining student progress on a whole class.)

Is there any way to pre-test my students to see what standards they need extra help on?
You can build a test under the Assessment Tab > Test Bulider. You are guided through the process of choosing your standards, subject and grade level. You can preview the questions by clicking on the blue link related to the standard. You can also deselect standards that will be covered on the test. When you name your test, it is good practice to include your last name and pre-test in name. Once the test is created, it will add the test and a Learning Path into your assignment builder. After students have completed the pre-test, they will be assigned the activities they need to complete based on their test results. For more details, watch the help video on Test Builder and Test Builder-Advanced (Content > Resources > Support)

I have set-up my classes/groups and set-up assignments to give them; however, when I go back to edit the assignment to assign to a particular class the program tells me I don't have anything set up yet. What do I need to do?
  1. Go to 'Courses & Assignments'
  2. Select 'Assignment Archive'
  3. In the 'Keyword' box, type a word from your assignment name & click search.
  4. Check the assignment you want to assign and then click 'Assign to Students'
  5. Either check the entire class or check the individual students you want to assign that assignment to. Click finish.
  6. Now go to 'Class Progress' - you should see the assignments you made