Concept Builders, Version 2 for 2020-21 School Year

We are still waiting on the completion of our new Registration and Payment portal for the 2020-21 School Year. We contract out to a Web Design firm. They are now projecting that the system will be ready either on Tuesday, August 11 or Wednesday, August 12. We apologize for the wait.
 

About Version 2 Concept Builders


What is Different About a Version 2 Concept Builder?

A Version 2 Concept Builder offers additional functionality that was not present in our original Concept Builders. All Concept Builders track a student's progress on each of the activities using a system of Stars and Trophies. But that progress has never been saved. When a student exits the page, all knowledge of their progress is lost. A Version 2 Concept Builder adds the functionality of saving and retrieving student progress using our NEW Task Tracker system.

The process begins when a teacher registers and pays for a Teacher Account. Once payment is made (or a Purchase Order is approved), we enable the account, and send out an email with log-in directions. That's all there is to it; the teacher can now use our Task Tracker system and the full potential of Version 2 Concept Builders.

Once the account is set up, the Teacher can invite their students to join their course using a simple form and Sign Up Code. The teacher can assign Concept Builders to their classes, set due dates, identify which parts of the Concept Builder must be completed, and fill out a form identifying how the Concept Builder will be scored and whether late submissions are allowed and what type of penalty late submissions will be subjected to. Teachers can even include an introductory note to students ... like "Before starting this Concept Builder watch the video titled ... " or "This Concept Builder coordinates with Slides 21-28 of the Unit 8 Slide Deck found on Google Classroom." 

When a student logs into their account, they will see the assignment information set by the teacher. They can click on the assignment to do the Concept Builder and their progress on each level or activity will be saved in their account. If they complete the first part of the Concept Builder at school and attempt to complete other parts at a later time, the system will display the trophy for previously completed parts. 

Teachers will be able to view student progress for each Concept Builder and print or export class results and scores. A Version 2 Concept Builder is a natural extension of what already exists with the added functionality of storing, retrieving, and displaying assignment information and student progress information inside of Teacher and Student accounts. With a Version 2 Concept Builder, there is no longer any need to require students to send screenshots of their Trophy screen ... and no longer any temptation for students to PhotoShop such screens (just to mention one of the many possible poorly-chosen student work-arounds).




Are There Directions for Version 2 Concept Builders?

As of this writing (March 26, 2020), we have just begun to develop directions.  You can find them here.




Will There be a Cost for Version 2 Concept Builders?

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, teacher accounts can be purchased through The Physics Classroom. We have created an affordable program for schools that are tpical users of The Physics Classroom and of our Concept Builders.  And given the low cost and the obvious savings of time for busy teachers who use the Concept Builders as auto-graded homework assignments, the benefits are likely worth the cost. Payments can be made by teachers or by schools using Purchase Orders or through direct payment using a credit card or a PayPal account. Information about Subscriptions and payments can be found on our School Pricing page.




If I Don't Opt In, Can I Still Use the Concept Builders?

Yes!! Version 2 is a premium offering. Teachers who do not register for an account (and their students) will still be able to use the Version 2 Concept Builders. They will just miss out on the functionality of being able to keep track of student progress on assigned Concept Builders. A Version 2 Concept Builder can be completed as a logged-in student of a subscribed teacher or as a Guest.

When the Title Screen appears for a Concept Builder,  a notice may be given that informs the student that they are not connected to the database and that their progress results will not be saved. They will be offered an opportunity to Log In or to continue using the Concept Builder as a Guest. If the student's teacher is not participating in the trial, then they should simply use the Concept Builder as a Guest. To use the Concept Builder as a Guest, the student should simply tap on the Start button (as they always have done). 

Appearance of Title Screen When Not Logged In

Using a Concept Builder as a Guest will be the same greate learning experience as it has always been - with Stars and Trophies and Dataways. The Physics Classroom would never get in the way of that.




 


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