Q: How do students log in?
A: Students will log in using individual student usernames and passwords. For some districts, usernames and passwords utilize a Single-Sign-On (SSO) integration such as Clever, while others have students use their Google accounts. Check with your school administrator to see which login your students should be using. Students can now scan QR codes on their devices to open lessons. Learn more here.
Q: How do students access lessons?
A: This depends on how you assign the lesson! If you assign the lesson through Amplify, students can access it through Student Home. Student Home is where students land when they log into Amplify and where they can access their Amplify-assigned lessons, the CKLA Hub, and the Science Apps page.
You can also assign lessons through Google Classroom, through Microsoft Teams, or through a lesson link that you can copy into the LMS of your choice. Assigning through an outside LMS or through a link will bring students directly to the lesson instead of Student Home. Learn more about elementary assigning here.
Q: What does “Start Class” do?
A: Starting class does several things:
it launches the Presentation tab, allowing you to display lesson content on a separate screen while viewing the Teacher Guide tab privately on your own screen;
it triggers the Presentation tab tutorial if you have not already gone through the tutorial;
and it automatically pulls any logged-in students in your selected class to the slide you are presenting. Students who log into Amplify after you have already started class are also automatically pulled to your location.
Q: How do I control what slides students see?
A: You have three options for slide pacing. When you start class, you’ll automatically be in Teacher-Led mode (Presentation Sync). In this mode, students are automatically synced to your presentation location as you advance through the slides. After starting class, you can alternatively toggle and go into Student Navigation Mode (Presentation Sync off). In this mode, students are able to independently navigate through all of the slides in the lesson. Access this option by clicking in the three-dot menu in the bottom right corner and moving the toggle to off.
Note that before class is started, the default is Student Navigation mode (presentation sync off). To prevent students from accessing lesson content ahead of you, we recommend waiting to assign students lessons until you're ready to start teaching.
If you’d like to allow student navigation through a specific subset of slides, you can utilize Student Pacing mode. To do so, you’ll click “Set student pace” next to the presentation sync toggle. You can then select the slides you’d like students to be able to access.
When you Start Class, students will only be able to toggle between the slides you have selected for student pacing. You will still be able to access all slides on both your Teacher Guide and Presentation tabs. Find out more here.
Q: Can I temporarily pause student screens during the presentation?
Yes, you can also pause student screens. When you click pause, students’ slide shows will be “taken over” by a full screen directive that instructs, “eyes on teacher”. They will not be able to interact with the slide show when their screen is paused, though you will be able to advance slides on the Presentation screen. Find out more here.
Q: How do I move students through a lesson?
A: In the Teacher Guide tab, you will advance slides using the purple arrows in the lower left hand corner, which updates the Presentation tab. If students are synced to your presentation, this will advance them to the next slide.
Q: Can I look ahead at upcoming slides without changing what is projected or displayed on student screens?
A: Yes! You can preview slides without changing the Presentation tab or student screens by clicking on individual slides at the bottom of the Teacher Guide tab. To do that, first hover over the purple arrows and a strip of slide thumbnails will appear. Then, select whichever slide you'd like to preview in more detail. If you decide you want the class to jump to that slide, you can click "Present" in the upper right side of the screen. Doing so will update the presentation tab and student screens (if you are in Teacher-led mode)."
Q: How do I end a class?
A: End by clicking the End Class button in the bottom right corner of the slide navigation. Class will also end if you close the Presentation tab or close the Teacher Guide tab. When class ends, students are directed back to Student Home. If the lesson was assigned through Student Home, they can go back into the lesson and navigate on their own asynchronously.
Q: How do students submit their work?
Students can digitally complete their work in the digital experience. Students can type, draw, and submit audio and images through interactive worksheet pages. Work is automatically saved for students and updated as students make changes to their work.
Q: How do I monitor students and review their work?
Monitor class progress across a whole lesson by clicking on the blue class button in the bottom left corner.
Students in your class are listed along the left side of the View Work page that opens. Interactive slides where students can complete written work are listed along the top. A simplified preview of student work for each page is visible within the grid.
Access student work for a given activity by clicking on that activity in the student work grid or by clicking on the View Work button, which appears on the Teacher Guide tab on slides with interactive written activities.
Review work across all students for this activity or click on an individual student to look at their work.
For Science users, watch your students record data, complete drawings, submit images and audio, and work on written tasks in real time via digital investigation notebook pages. You can also present a students’ work by clicking “Present”, which will display the selected student’s work with an anonymized name.
For CKLA users, watch your students respond to questions, trace letters, and work on written tasks in real time via activity book pages.
Identify gaps in understanding, or present students’ answers to the class anonymously to foster discussion and sensemaking. Student names are anonymized as animal names when presenting work to your class.
Q: How can I preview what my students see?
A: You have the ability to emulate your students’ experience, including completing your own version of the digital student activities, so you can feel confident about how it looks and works when teaching. Click on the three-dot menu in the lower right hand corner and then select the “Student preview” option to open a new browser tab where you can preview the student view using your teacher account.
Any work you complete in this student preview will be automatically saved to your account. You can review and present saved “teacher demo” work that you complete this way, just like you can with real student work.
Q: Why can’t students use shared student logins for the digital experience?
A key benefit of the digital experience is auto-saved student work that teachers can review in real-time. These capabilities are only available using personalized accounts to preserve student privacy and prevent multiple students from overwriting each other’s work. Learn more here.
Q: How do I get back to the presentation tutorial I saw when I first entered a digital lesson?
A: Click the question mark in the top right corner of the screen at any time to launch the tutorial again!
You can also access the device-specific tutorials here: Mac, Windows, Chromebook, Apple TV, iPad.
Q: Can I teach lessons in the digital experience if I don’t have a second screen to extend to?
A: Yes! Starting class will open the Presentation tab, which you can present and navigate on directly using keyboard arrow keys, the slide controls at the bottom, or swipe on a touch screen. Just be aware that you won’t be able to look at the Teacher Guide notes simultaneously unless you open it on a separate device!
Q: Can I edit lessons and activities in the digital experience?
A: Yes! With the release of MyAmplify for Google Slides you are now able to edit digital experience lessons, create your own worksheets, add many different forms of content (including websites and videos) and even use lessons you’ve made on your own.
Q: How do I make a copy of a lesson to edit and customize?
You can make a copy of a lesson from either the Lesson Brief in the Curriculum App or from within the lesson when you hit “Teach.” On the Lesson Brief, click the “Copy and Customize” button which will open up a tutorial and ask you to pick a Google account to link with where you will get the lesson. In Classroom, click the “...” pop-up menu and click “Copy and Customize” for the same steps.
Q: How do I make new activities for lessons I’ve copied?
To add new activities, insert webpages to use in your lesson, and “publish” the lesson to teach or assign in the digital experience, make sure to first download the MyAmplify for Google Slides add-on. When you start the process of copying a lesson you will be brought to the Marketplace automatically.
Download the MyAmplify for Google Slides Add-on from the Google Marketplace to edit lessons, create new activities, and assign or teach lessons in the digital experience.
Now, in the lesson that you copied or are editing, open the Add-on by clicking “Add-ons” in the Google Slides navigation and select “MyAmplify.” You’ll see the Add-on open to the right of your slides and from there you can click the “Add Worksheet” to make the current slide you’re working with a new interactive activity or click the “Add Webpage” to insert content from another page. Make sure you can see a preview of the website before you click “Add Website” as some sites don’t allow you to include it this way.
What types of content can I add to lessons I’ve edited?
We currently support the following types of content with more on the way soon:
New worksheets/activities via the add-on,
Website content via the add-on,
Videos added from Google Drive,
Amplify eBooks, Sims, Games, and other apps (just add via “Add website” in the add-on),
All regular slide content (e.g. text and images)
Q: Can I provide students feedback digitally?
A: The digital experience does not currently provide digital feedback capabilities. If you’d be interested in this feature, please share your ideas with us in the survey link below.
Q: How can the digital experience be used in a remote setting?
A: For Science users, it is like normal, you’ll assign a lesson to your students through Amplify, Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams, or by copying a lesson link to assign through another LMS of your choice.
If you are teaching synchronously, we recommend that you Start Class and simply screen share the Presentation tab in a Zoom/Google Meet while you refer to the instructional information and/or and monitor your students’ work in real time from your private Teacher Guide tab.
If you are teaching asynchronously, you can assign lessons to students, and unless you Start Class, they will be able to move through slides in student-navigated mode. In this case you can still review student work from the Teacher Guide tab at any time. If you Start Class while students are working asynchronously, know that this will switch to teacher-led mode and you would have to manually turn back student-led mode back on.
A: For CKLA users, if you are teaching synchronously, we recommend that you screen share the Presentation tab in a Zoom/Google Meet and monitor student work in real time from your Teacher Guide tab. If teaching asynchronously, you won’t need to start class, but you can still review student work from the Teacher Guide tab at any time.
Q: Are the digital experience lessons available in Spanish?
A: The digital experience is not yet available in Spanish.
Q: Will the digital experience change throughout the year?
A: We will be rolling out additional features based on your feedback to improve the experience for you and your students. We’ll announce new features as they are released!
Q: How can I share feedback?
A: Please share your thoughts through this survey or by clicking the orange icon while logged in to provide feedback!
Q: I am a CKLA user and the digital experience used to be in the Hub; I can’t find it.
A: Students: Lessons have moved from the CKLA Hub to Student Home. Students can now access lessons several ways. Student Home serves as the central landing page for K-5 students when they log into Amplify. At Student Home, students can access their Amplify-assigned lessons and the Hub.
Teachers: CKLA teachers now access digital lessons through the Amplify Curriculum platform! To get access to the content, log in to the curriculum platform at learning.amplify.com. You’ll see the course overview page with all of your available units.