The Solos are an important part of the ELA curriculum, and are designed to be completed as homework—but not every student has a computer at home. However, most students DO have access to a mobile device. The Mobile Solos give every student access to this part of the curriculum, protecting valuable classroom time for lessons and group activities.
What Is Mobile Solos?
Students can complete their Solos or Mobile Solos on a supported smartphone by visiting apps.learning.amplify.com/mobile-solos/.
Students completing a Mobile Solo see the same Solo content they would on the Amplify curriculum app, including differentiated content and reading passages.
Work is automatically saved and synced between the curriculum app and Mobile Solos, allowing students to pick up where they left off on a Solo on another device.
Users can access Mobile Solos on smartphones (iPhone 6 and later running iOS 11+ with Safari or Samsung Galaxy 7 and later running Android 8+ with Chrome). The smartphone must have online access through a wifi network or a data plan to use Mobile Solos.
Most content displays best in portrait view, though in some cases, landscape may be a better experience. Students should flip their device if the content is not displayed as they like.
PCs and tablets can also access Mobile Solos, though some content may not display as expected since the app is designed for use on smartphones. For the best experience, PC and tablet users should complete Solos using the curriculum app.
How to Access Mobile Solos
Users can access Mobile Solos by visiting apps.learning.amplify.com/mobile-solos/. Mobile Solos can also be found in the curriculum navigation with other ELA apps, but because the curriculum is not optimized for smartphones, it is recommended that smartphone users type or paste the site address into their browser to access Mobile Solos.
Once users log in, they can navigate to a Solo by selecting a unit, sub-unit, and lesson. The last program, unit, and sub-unit the user was last working in are automatically displayed in Mobile Solos.
To log out or switch programs, users tap the hamburger icon on the top right of the unit screen.
Directing Students to Solos
Teachers have two options for sharing a Mobile Solo with students:
Teachers can distribute a link to a specific Solo. Students open the link, log in, and land directly on the Solo. Teachers who wish to use Mobile Solos and the curriculum app will need to share 2 links.
Teachers can give students the Solo's unit, sub-unit, and lesson information (i.e., 6A, SU2, L4, "To Show or To Tell"). Students independently navigate to the Solo in the curriculum app or in Mobile Solos.
The first option works well if students have trouble navigating to the correct Solo; however, if some students will use the curriculum app and some will use Mobile Solos, teachers will need to share 2 links, as the curriculum app and Mobile Solos have unique URLs.
To access these links, teachers can visit the Solo they want to assign and copy the web address in their browser. Those links can then be distributed to students using whatever system the teacher uses to share links, such as through a class website, Google Classroom, or a messaging system.
The second option, sharing where the Solo is located in the curriculum, may be more convenient if the class includes students who are using the curriculum app and Mobile Solos to complete their Solos. In this case, it is recommended that students using smartphones add Mobile Solos to their device's home screen, detailed below.
Adding Mobile Solos to the Home Screen
Mobile Solos can be saved to a phone's home screen so that it can be accessed like a native app. To do that, users must be using their device's supported browser (Safari for iOS, Chrome for Android). For both Android and iOS devices, the Add to Home Screen option is available in the same menu as the bookmark options.
When Mobile Solos is opened from the home screen icon, the browser's navigation elements will not appear. Users exit the app like they would exit a native app on their device. Deleting Mobile Solos from the home screen will not delete any of the student’s work.
Write an Essay Solos
In "Write an Essay" sub-units, teachers can choose to have students work on their essays in the curriculum app instead of completing a Solo. If students will be working on their essays at home, teachers will need to ensure they have access to their writing through the curriculum app or a paper copy of their essay.
Grading Mobile Solos
Submitted Mobile Solos can be reviewed in Classwork. Teachers can leave feedback and grade Mobile Solos just like they would Solos submitted from the curriculum app.
To see Mobile Solos in action, check out this video overview: