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First lessons with LRNG in Kiran Chaudhuri's English classroom, Harvest Collegiate High School (March 2019)

Author: Paul Allison

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On Monday, [March 11, 2019] I was working with a teacher who is often an early adopter of tech. We are working together to pilot the use of LRNG in her poetry classes that she is teaching for two groups of 9th and 10th graders this semester.

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All the students received their invitations and they activated their accounts. We pointed them to three playlists using the search on their dashboards. They found and bookmarked the "bio" playlist we wanted them to start with and a search with "Places We Love" let them find and bookmark the two NWP playlists on photos and poetry that we want them to go to next. All of this just to get started. And it went well.

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(Jul 31 2019 5:23PM) : Before the first classes with LRNG, you need to set up a group for all of your students and use a CSV to invite your students into this group. [Edited] more

1. Go to Groups and Create a Group for all students in any of your classes where you are going to use LRNG.
2. You need the first and last name and an email address of for each student.
The list must follow LRNG’s .csv template: https://www.lrng.org/admin/csv/learnerInvitation.template.csv Unregistered Learners will be invited to join LRNG via email.
3. Upload a list of learners for all of your students.

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(Jul 31 2019 5:34PM) : I can register all of your students at Youth Voices, NowComment, and LRNG. more

Copy this Google Sheet, complete your copy, and share it with me. I’ll get everybody registered all three sites within hours.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FDwAl8i6Ai_nGzdLUY3x7QjpFR0VLx7rtxc3_2vylfA/edit?usp=sharing

Youth Voices and NowComment: Have students login with the Google button.

LRNG: Students have to go to their email from Support at LRNG and follow directions to register on the site. Once registered, they can use the Google button to log in.

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(Jul 31 2019 5:37PM) : I would recommend that students bookmark a few playlists that you will be starting with. This begins to introduce them to the notion of paths and choice (even though we are making the first two or three choices for them).
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Our goals in that first session with the students were to get their accounts activated. Give them some familiarity with how their dashboard works, having them bookmark the first set of playlists we want them to do, and get started: finish the first XP in the "bio" playlist, learning how to make a Google doc public, and submitting it as a Web Link. So far so good, students were interested in seeing the path we were outlining with the three playlists and they were engaged by the task at hand (writing about themselves) without too much concern about the steps they had to follow to get the work turned in properly.

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(Jul 31 2019 5:41PM) : Small redirect here: This notion of "learning how to make a Google doc public" is changing I think. Instead, let's see how it works to have students download a PDF of their writing and upload that as a document.
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Kiran Chaudhuri (Aug 06 2019 4:57AM) : Interesting. I think users might well feel more comfortable with dowloading a pdf. more

How is the notion of “learning how to make a Google doc public” changing?

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(Aug 14 2019 10:46AM) : I'm just thinking to ask youth to download a PDF of their draft Google document, then upload that PDF as a file on LRNG. When I make this change on one, I'll link to it.
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The moment that I knew would come did come when the teacher turned to me and asked, "Is there a way I can see who has completed the first task of the "Bio" playlist? And who has started the other ones later this week?"

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"Ah, well, not so easily," I had to tell her. Between classes, I showed her how to go to her group and to click on a youth in that group an to see that student's evidence, but doing that one-by-one makes it impossible to do.

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(Jul 31 2019 5:52PM) : LRNG folks quickly pointed out to me that teachers can track progress within each playlist as well. [Edited] more

Teachers (who are registered as reviewers or content creators) can follow these steps:

1) Click Approvals
2) Choose and click a Playlist
3) Select Learners
4) Find and click the Groups tab at the top, middle
5) Click the group you want
6) Click the In Progress tab
7) From there you can get a quick check of who has done what, and you can click on evidence numbers to see what has been submitted by each student.

This is pretty easy to follow, once it’s understood.

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Janet Ilko (Aug 14 2019 8:18PM) : This is super helpful! I will try this out as we move forward.

What this teacher wants is to click on her group and to see her students down one side of a grid. Across the top should be any playlist that any student in the class has begun, and there should be boxes for each XP within each playlist with completed ones checked and links to the evidence. She wants to be able to see all three playlists at the top and to monitor progress for the whole group. Then click from there to more details.

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Is that possible? (I read Jordan's quick reply below (thank you!), and the approvals page is a help, but only to see on individual playlists.) (edited)

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