Sidebar Part 7 of 11: Leaderboard

Sidebar Part 7 of 11: Leaderboard

In this series of articles, we’re highlighting the different options found in the SproutBeat Navigation Sidebar. Part 7 covers the seventh icon: Leaderboard

Who doesn’t love a bit of friendly competition, right? At SproutBeat, students earn points for every completed assignment, but what’s the fun in just collecting points? We’ve got an awesome system in place that lets you turn these points into your very own reward system.
Let’s break down what these labels mean:

 

Understanding the labels 

  • HW Done – a quick way to check how much homework your students have completed within a specific timeframe
  • Points – the points earned by students during this period
  • Point Balance – shows the total points available for students to redeem
  • Total Points – gives you an overview of the student’s overall points earned

 

SproutBeat Leaderboard Labels

Now, here’s the cool part: you can customize the date range. You can adjust the calendar to display the specific data you want. For instance, if you’re organizing a monthly challenge, you can easily reset the calendar to show the results. During the summer break, when students are on vacation, it’s easy for them to lose touch with learning. But with the option to reset the calendar and set up engaging challenges, you can keep them involved and motivated. It’s a fantastic way to encourage continuous learning, even when school’s out.

 

Redeem their hardwork

When your students want to cash in their hard-earned points, it’s a breeze. Just click on their point balance, enter what they’re redeeming, and the number of points they’re using. You can even keep track of all the points being redeemed by your students. And for those exceptional efforts, there’s a way to add ‘bonus points.’ Click the ‘+’ sign and reward deserving students with extra points – a little pat on the back for their outstanding work.

 

SproutBeat Leaderboard Redeem

Top 50 Global Monthly Earners

Oh, and did I mention the global leaderboard? SproutBeat is available worldwide, so we showcase the top 50 students who earn the most points every month on the ‘Monthly Global’ list. Curious to see if your students made the cut? Just click and find out! The best part? The list resets every month, adding a touch of excitement and a global flair to your studio.

 

SproutBeat Leaderboard Global

Sidebar Part 6 of 11: Grading

Sidebar Part 6 of 11: Grading

In this series of articles, we’re highlighting the different options found in the SproutBeat Navigation Sidebar. Part 6 covers the sixth icon: Grading

Interactive games VS. Worksheets

SproutBeat’s interactive games have completely revolutionized the way we approach grading. The fact that these games are auto-graded is a real time-saver. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate not having to spend hours pouring over piles of papers to grade, right?

Now, when it comes to worksheets, they serve as our digital theory books, offering a structured learning experience. When students complete these worksheets, they send them back to you for grading. There are two options when it comes to grading: Send it back for corrections or grade it as complete.

 

Mistakes? It’s ok, we can make corrections

SproutBeat Grading Corrections

When opting to send a completed worksheet back for corrections, it’s crucial to keep the markings to a minimum. Overcrowding the page can be overwhelming for students, and since they can’t erase these markings, it might hinder their learning experience. By keeping the notes and marks concise and focused on key areas for improvement, students can effectively grasp the concepts they need to work on. This approach ensures that when they receive their ‘returned paper,’ they can clearly understand the feedback provided and make the necessary corrections.

 

Yay! It’s all good

If everything looks great, simply mark it as ‘graded,’ assigning points that correlate with the percentage they receive. For example, 100% means 100 points, 85% means 85 points, and so on.

And here’s the fun part – you can also add stickers as a form of motivation. My students absolutely love receiving stickers on their completed worksheets. It’s a small gesture, but it makes a big difference in their motivation and engagement.

 

Grading stickers

What teachers love most about SproutBeat is the ability to practice new concepts using interactive games. The instant feedback and self-grading features in these games are invaluable. Students can play these games multiple times at home, reinforcing their learning in an interactive and engaging way.

To ensure their understanding, I’ve started using worksheets as a form of assessment or mini pop quiz after their practice sessions with the interactive games. It’s a fantastic way to gauge their comprehension and review past concepts, all while cutting down on grading time.

SproutBeat has truly transformed the way we teach and learn, making the process efficient, interactive, and enjoyable for both educators and students alike. It’s a game-changer in the world of education!

Not sure how to send assignments to your students? Watch this handy video.

Need help managing your students’ account details? Check out this tutorial.

 

Sidebar Part 5 of 11: Notes

Sidebar Part 5 of 11: Notes

In this series of articles, we’re highlighting the different options found in the SproutBeat Navigation Sidebar. Part 5 covers the fifth icon: Notes

How is SproutBeat different from books

You know, with traditional books, it used to be quite a challenge to figure out if students were finishing their homework or struggling with certain concepts until they showed up for lessons. I still remember those old days when students misunderstood a theory concept, but we wouldn’t find out until a whole week later!

But thanks to the Notes feature in SproutBeat, we’ve changed the game. Now, students can ask questions and get help while they’re working on their homework, even during the week. It’s all about fostering communication and support.

 

Adding Notes for your students

So, how do you attach a note to a game or worksheet for all your students? It’s super easy!

First, just tap on the game or worksheet you want to add a note to. Then, click on those three little dots in the top right corner. Next, tap on the message icon and start typing your message. Hit enter, and voila! Now, whenever you assign that content to your students, they’ll see the attached message.

We recommend keeping it simple and generic, like a quick tip such as ‘Double-check the clef!’ or ‘Remember, the relative minor is the 6th of the major key.’ But what if you need to send a note to a specific student about a specific homework assignment? No problem! Just go to the student’s ‘Assigned’ section first, then follow the same steps to attach a note tailored just for them.

And here’s the best part – you can even write or draw on the student’s assignment to provide examples if they need extra help. Everything happens instantly online, so your students can complete their assignments well before their next lesson.

 

Staying engaged during the week

I’ve got to share this with you – I have this amazing 9-year-old student who sends me notes about his assignments, and it just warms my heart. It’s incredible to see how this tool is making learning so much more interactive and engaging for everyone involved!

SproutBeat Notes Example 1

SproutBeat Notes Example 2

Watch Tutorial Video here:

Sidebar Part 4 of 11: Groups

Sidebar Part 4 of 11: Groups

In this series of articles, we’re highlighting the different options found in the SproutBeat Navigation Sidebar. Part 3 covers the fourth icon: Groups.

Creating groups in SproutBeat is a fantastic way to organize your students efficiently. Whether you want to group them by class, level, or lesson day, it’s a handy tool for streamlined teaching. Here’s how you can create and manage groups.

Create a New Group:

  • Click on the “+” sign in the top right corner to create a group.
  • Name your group, making sure it’s something descriptive and easy to remember.
  • Choose a color for the group, allowing for quick visual identification.
  • Assign the group to an employee teacher, if necessary, or leave it as “None” if you’re the teacher.
  • Click “Add” to create the group.

Adding Students to a Group:

  • Once the group is created, click on the number under the “Students” column.
  • In the Manage Students window, click the “+” sign.
  • Tap to select or deselect students to add to your group.

Sorting Groups:

  • Click and drag the “≡” icon to rearrange the order of your groups. This will automatically update the order of the groups on the List of Students page as well.

With these easy steps, you can group your students based on various criteria, making it a breeze to assign the same homework or activities to specific sets of students. This feature proves invaluable, especially in group class settings, as it simplifies the teaching process and ensures a fair and consistent learning experience for all students within a group.

Additionally, SproutBeat’s group functionality opens up creative possibilities, such as hosting competitions during breaks. By assigning the same content to grouped students, you can foster healthy competition and maintain the learning momentum even during downtime.

So, whether you’re organizing classes, assigning homework, or hosting engaging competitions, SproutBeat’s group feature is your key to simplified, organized, and exciting teaching experiences! Happy teaching and competing!

Watch the tutorial video here: