The Great Shift to Remote Learning is upon us.
We know this transition-that’s-not-really-a-transition has been challenging. Kids are at home, surrounded by every distraction known to humanity. Parents are juggling work and childcare, and though they want to play an active role in their child’s remote learning experience, they’re not always sure how.
Teachers, on the other hand? You’re expected to keep the ship afloat.
We’re here to help.
While you’ve been doing everything you can to get your remote learning plan in action, we’ve also had our collective nose to the grindstone, accelerating the development of a slew of new features designed to make your remote teaching life a little easier.
Today, we’re excited to announce the first two that have rolled off the assembly line.
Remote instruction with Quizzes in Quests (beta)
By our official count, adding Boss Battles to Quests is probably our most requested feature by a factor of 387-to-1. While we haven’t pulled that off (yet), we have taken a step in that direction by giving teachers the power to add quizzes to quests.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What it is: We’ve updated Quests — our tool for creating narrative-driven personalized learning experiences — so that teachers can include self-paced, self-grading quizzes powered by Google Forms.
Who it’s for: Any teacher using Classcraft for remote learning, or any teacher who’s already using Quests — or who’s using Classcraft in conjunction with Google Classroom.
Why it’s so in-demand: Formative assessment tools are one of the best options teachers have for developing students’ knowledge and skills. Allowing students to complete formative assessments at their own pace is a critical component of remote learning. The problem? Creating and grading rigorous, self-paced formative assessments TAKES TIME. Time that could be spent planning lessons, teaching advanced concepts, or supporting students directly.
How it works: When creating a quest, teachers can choose to assign a quiz as an objective. They can also choose branching paths for students, based on their performance on a quiz.
What else do you need to know?
Quizzes must be created via a Google Form, which teachers can connect to using Google Drive. Also, in our effort to ship this feature as quickly as possible, we had to make a few sacrifices — namely, the reliance on Google Forms, and the absence of some beautiful monsters (hence the “beta” tag). We plan on addressing BOTH of those points later down the line.
Parents can now give even more GP
Parents play an essential role in remote learning. Particularly in keeping students motivated when it comes to completing course work and displaying positive behaviors.
To make it easier for parents to actively participate in their child’s experience with Classcraft, we’ve given teachers the power to increase the amount of GP (gold points) that parents can award to their children to 200 GP per day (up from 15).
The goal? To get parents even more involved, give them tools to support the learning experience at home and to increase the visibility that educators have into how students are behaving at home.
That’s all for now
If you’re using Classcraft for remote learning, remember to sign up for our weekly PD sessions. And if you’re a school that’s interested in Classcraft, go ahead and request free schoolwide access — a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.
We know that it’s a lot right now. We’re amazed by all of your hard work, and by your ability to reinvent yourself on the fly. We’re doing our best to keep up.