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Jordan Maze, NLP
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Hi everybody, Jordan from NLP here! I help run our Checkology virtual classroom, which is a free, browser-based e-learning platform with engaging, classroom-ready news literacy resources made for your middle school and high school students.

If you're experiencing Checkology technical issues or would like to check out guides on course setup, evaluation and more, please head to our Help Center. You can contact us there and get a super quick reply 😀 

Otherwise, this forum is a great place to connect about assignment recommendations, tips for integrating particular lessons into your subject area and to learn best practices from other educators. 

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mjwarren29
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Hi Jordan,

I would love to see a revamped pre and post assessment individualized to each student so I can ascertain growth in the curriculum.  I know it’s a terrible way to measure growth but I use it as one of my objectives in my evaluation 

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Jordan Maze, NLP
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@mjwarren29 thanks for letting me know! Could you tell me a little more? Do you mean that you'd like to be able to customize specific questions for each individual student? 

Currently, students all take the same pre-assessment, but they only take the post-assessment questions associated with the assignments that they complete. So when you click the "Matched data" tab in the "Pre/post assessment" dashboard, you'll only see matched data for assignments that students have actually completed. You can also use the dropdown on the top right to filter by student, so you can see individual students' learning gains on specific concepts that relate to their assignments. 

I'm not sure whether any of that was new information, but let me know if that relates to the type of individualized pre and post assessment you referred to. 

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kpatenaude
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Hi Jordan, thank you for offering your time to this forum. I love using Checkology with my Digital Citizenship class. The students have become comfortable with it and are now able to use the content on their own. I do have a suggestion. I know there is a feature to lock the videos so students can't view them on their own. Is there also a way to install a "stop" slide for when we want to do a combination of direct and independent instruction? This would allow my younger students to complete the activities but stop them from going on (they like to skip past the unwatched video). Thank you! 

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Jordan Maze, NLP
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@kpatenaude hello, thanks for writing about this! We don't currently have a STOP slide for this purpose, but we'll certainly take this into account for our future conversations on lesson formatting and functionality. Do you use any other tools that offer a STOP slide or similar that we could use as a model? 

Thanks,

Jordan

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sumyat28
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Hello!

Is there a time estimate info available to know how much approx. time it would take for students to do the InfoZones lesson, for example, that has 30 slides with short videos in it? In my lesson plan, I'm assigning it as asynchronous work and don't know how much time I should reserve for it. Thank you.

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Jordan Maze, NLP
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@sumyat28 Hi Sumyat, sure thing! You can find lesson time estimates in our comprehensive lesson guides. Here's the one for InfoZones.  You'll find it on the top left-hand side. Please keep in mind that the time estimates have varied a bit this school year as students are working remotely on their own time. For InfoZones taught in an asynchronous environment, I'd recommend about 70 minutes. Let me know if you need more details!

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sumyat28
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@jmaze Very helpful. Thanks, Jordan! Where do I find all the comprehensive lesson guides?

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Jordan Maze, NLP
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Hi Sumyat, sorry for the extremely late response. Here is a direct link to the full list of all lessons: https://www.notion.so/newslitproject/Comprehensive-lesson-guides-6ad22b3fe8cb46f1ba7c32bb44a26e8f  

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