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Educator Central Walkthrough

On this page: Creating your account, creating student accounts, administering student accounts, viewing and changing student passwords, assigning students to classes, viewing charts & reports, creating assignments, deleting student accounts.

Need to start from the beginning? Follow this walkthrough step by step, and you'll be a expert in a short time. If you're totally new to, you should either do the demo or read the First-Time User Guide before doing this walkthrough.

This guide is in separate browser window, so you can switch back and forth between this document and the screens you're working on.

Part 1: Creating your account

Step 1: Register your account. Click Register safely at the top of any page and register your account. It can be anonymous, but we recommend using your email address as your username so we can help you if you lose or forget your password.

Step 2: Log in. You'll see this screen:

first screen

Make sure that the Educator Central link is visible at the top:

educator central link

Part 2: Creating student accounts

Educators can create Student Accounts, which have fewer functions than regular accounts. This reduced feature set is designed to keep students safe, out of trouble, and focused on learning. Student Accounts:

  • Cannot delete their accounts. Only the teacher that created a Student Account can delete it.
  • Cannot share and post documents on
  • Cannot access Educator Central and therefore cannot create Student Accounts or view information about any other user.

Here's how to create student accounts:

Step 1: Click the Educator Central link at the top of the page. You'll be taken to Educator Central:

educator central home

Step 2: Click the Add students link in the middle of the page:

educator central click add students

Step 3: You'll see the Add students screen. We'll be working in the areas shown by the arrows:

add student screen

Step 4: Let's add a few students. In the Optional class name field, type a class name like English 4 or something like that. click + add entry row (near the bottom) once to add a row. In the New Student Username fields, type two random strings of letters and numbers with no spaces. In the Student Name fields, type some fake student names. Leave the password fields alone. Here's a sample:

add student sample

The above is only a sample. Do not type what's pictured above. Come up with your own usernames and student names; you'll delete them later.

Step 5 (optional): If you have student names in a computer spreadsheet program, you can import them instead of retyping them. Here's how.

First, click the words click here to open the green import box:

show import area

You will then see the import area with instructions and a green box:

import area

You can now import columns from any spreadsheet program. The students you import may only be from one class at a time. The spreadsheet must have three columns only:

  • Login username
  • Student name
  • Password

Bring the spreadsheet up in another window:

spreadsheet cells

Then, highlight the cells, copy them, and paste them into the green box:

import box

Click the button Import into gray grid. The spreadsheet will be automatically imported into the gray grid.

Step 6. When all the names are in the gray grid ready to add, click Add new students and you should see this box:

educator central add success

Click OK.

Part 3: Administering student accounts

Step 1: Click the Student Accounts button:

educator central home

Step 2: Here's the main Student Accounts screen. After your students start logging in, reading, and learning words, charts will automatically display in the light orange area:

student accounts main

Here's what a chart will look like once your students start using the site:

learning stats graph

To sort: click on a blue column name. To work with a student: Click on a student name.

Step 3: Let's view and change a student's password. Click on either one of the students you added (your names will be different).

click student name

Step 4: You'll see the student name expand, with information about the student in the expanded box. The student's password displays (see note below). You can change any field that has the word Change next to it. Click on the word Change next to the password field:

click student name

Step 5: Change the password to a new one and click Change password:

password closeup

Note on passwords: If you set the student's password, you can see it on this screen. The student may, at any time, change his or her password. If the student changes his or her password, you cannot see the student's new password; you'll see "(Changed by user)" in that field. You may then enter another password, which will erase the password the user set and change his or her password to the new password you're entering.

Step 6: Click close to close the details box of that student

Part 4: Assigning students to classes

To save you time and make things easier, there's no separate "add/delete classes" function. You just type in classes, and the site automatically creates class lists. Here's how easy it is:

Adding/changing a class: Make sure you clicked the Student accounts button. Then, click on a student name (yours will be different):

click name

Click on the word Change next to the Class field. You can either click to select an existing class, or type the name of a new class:

new class

Click Enter new class. Then, click close at the top of the student's info box.

You will now see the new class appear in the Acocunt List:

click name

Deleting a class: A class is automatically deleted when no more students are assigned to it. To delete a class, edit the info for each student who's in that class and change them to a different class.

Renaming a class: Let's say a class is misspelled Engish instead of English. To correct it, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the first student who's enrolled in the Engish class.
  2. Click Change next to the class name.
  3. Enter the correct name English.
  4. Click close at the top of that student's info box.
  5. Click the next student who's in the Engish class.
  6. Click Change next to the misspelled class name.
  7. Click the correct English from the list to select it.
  8. Click Close.
  9. Continue selecting each student who's enrolled in the misspelled Engish class and change their class to the correct English class.
  10. When you have done this for all students, the incorrect class Engish will automatically be deleted.

Part 5: Filtering student display by classes

Step 1: Enter one or more letters into the white Filter box in the Class column.

Step 2: All the student names whose class contains the letters you typed in will display. The charts at the top and totals will change to include only those students who are displayed. All the other students will be hidden:

filter screenshot

The Filter box turns purple when a filter is active.

Step 3: To clear the filter and display all students, click in the Filter field and erase everything in it.

Part 6: Educator charts and reports

Step 1: Click the Charts & reports button near the top:

charts and reports

Step 2: Make a selection from the box that appears. The options are self-explanatory:

chart and report options

You can read more about the available charts and reports here.

Part 7: Creating and administering assignments

When your students use, you can get lots of reports on their reading and word learning activity as they read and learn from almost anything. However, you may want to ensure that they're reading and learning words from particular documents you assign.

The Assignments feature lets you select any document on and make it an assignment. When you do, the document appears on your students' My Assignments tab on their My Learning/My Assignments tab for their convenience. When your students begin reading and learning from your assigned documents, you can see how long they spend reading that document, what words they're learning from it, and what learning errors they're making.

Step 1: Add some students: Use the Add students button to add at least one student. You can't add assignments until you add at least one student.

Step 2: Create an assignment: Click the Assignments button near the top:

assignment button

You'll see the Assignments screen:

assignment screen

Click the words adding an assignment. You'll see this message:

add assignment note

Follow what it says. Search through, find a document, and bring it up ready to read. Then, Copy the URL in your browser's address bar, and close that browser window.

You'll be brought back to the Assignments screen:

assignment list

Paste the URL into the above box and click Add URL as assignment. You'll see the name of the document appear in the Assignments list (the left-hand list pictured below; the one that starts with "Raven, The"):

assignment list

You can add as many assignments as you like.

Read this if you DO NOT assign students to classes: If you don't assign students to classes, you can skip Step 3, below. All assignments will automatically be visible to all of your students.

Step 3: Assign students to classes: When you create an assignment, it's automatically visible to all your classes. To set which classes can and cannot see an assignment, first click on the assignment. Here, the user clicked on the Gettysburg Address document:

no classes yet

Whoops! You haven't assigned students to classes yet. That's why that message appears in the right-hand box. The result? All of your assignments are visible to all of your students.

Let's assume that you just assigned your students to classes. (To learn how, see Part 4 of this document, above.)

Now, when you click on an assignment (in the left box), you'll see this:

click classes

Here, you can see that your Gettysburg Address assignment is visible to both your English 102 and Reading 2A classes because there are check boxes next to both classes. Click the classes to change the assignment status; the check box will disappear for classes that have been unassigned, and the students in those classes will not see the assignment in their Assignment list. (There is no "save changes" button. Everything you click on is saved automatically.)

Note: If you unassign the assignment to all classes, you'll see this message (in dark red, below the right-hand column):

no classes assigned

This may be what you want, however: You might choose to have an assignment visible to students only during certain times. If you unassign it to all classes, no students will see it. Then, next semester or next year, you can re-assign the assignments in a few clicks and they'll be visible to your students again.

Step 4: Tell your students: Here's how students view (and read) assignments: 1) They log in. 2) They click on My Learning/My Assignments at the top, then click on My Assignments, as shown:

student assignment list

Then, they simply click on a blue link and read (and learn from) the document!

Step 5: Delete an assignment: When you delete an assignment, you do not delete the underlying document, and you do not delete the student learning data associated with that document. You merely prevent that document from appearing on this page and on your students' Assignment List. You can always add the document again in the future, and all the student learning data will re-appear under it.

To delete an assignment, click on it in the list and click Delete selected assignment:

remove assignment

Step 6: View the assignment report: As your students begin to read and learn from your assignments, you can get lots of detailed information about their reading and learning. The Student Assignment Progress report shows all that information. Read more about that report.

Deleting student accounts

Step 1: Select a student: Be sure you're logged in. Click on Educator Central. Click on the student's name to expand his or her information box.

Step 2: Delete the student: Scroll down and click on the word Delete:

assignment report

Read the warning carefully. Once you delete a student, there is no way to bring his or her data back. Enter your password to delete the student.

You must enter your password for each student you wish to delete; there is no "batch delete" function.

Note: You may not delete your account if you still have any students under it. You must delete each and every one of your students prior to deleting your account.

Next steps

You've completed the Educator Central Walkthrough!

Now, try logging in as some of your students and spend some time reading and learning words. (Remember, the site only counts full minutes toward the reading minutes totals. If you read a document for two minutes and fifty-eight seconds, it will count as two minutes.)