Curriculet

Curriculet

1.Curriculet Overview

What is Curriculet?

Curriculet is an independent reading program for grades 3-12 that encourages closer reading in print or online.

A curriculet is a digital layer of questions, quizzes and rich media experiences placed on top of, or used alongside, any text.

When students read a text in Curriculet’s on-demand digital library, questions, quizzes and experiences are embedded within the text, so students are instructed and assessed as they read. Students can also use curriculets alongside any print or digital texts read outside of Curriculet’s library; they simply login to Curriculet to access checkpoints for each chapter.

2.Administrator Guide

Getting Started

Once your Waterford representative has created your account, you will receive an email confirmation with a temporary password and a request to confirm your account.

  • Click the link in the email to confirm your account.
  • Fill out your account profile. Click “Save.”
  • Update your password.

If you did not receive your account confirmation email and temporary password, please contact your Waterford sales representative or Curriculet support at support@curiculet.org or 877-299-7997.

 

2.1.Which web browser should I be using?

Curriculet works best in Google Chrome.

2.2.On what devices does Curriculet work?

The teacher and admin version of Curriculet works best on a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook. It does also work on any device that supports a browser, including mobile and tablet.

The student version of Curriculet works on any browser-enabled device, including desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablets and smartphones.

2.3.How do I add teachers to my account?

Go to your name dropdown in the upper right corner. Click on “Admin Organization.”

Add teachers to your account by uploading a file with teacher information:

  • The file must be a ‘csv’ file (character separated value).
  • The delimiter must be a comma (,).
  • The file must include the following fields (all field names are lowercase):
    first_name

    last_name

    login
  • All fields are required for each record.
  • The login field may be a valid email address or username. We recommend using the teacher’s school email. (See note below.)

Note: The login field must be unique across all of Curriculet—not just your class or school. For this reason, teacher emails usually work best.  For example: Jen Smith teaches at George Washington School and is added to Curriculet. Her admin sets her username as her school email: jensmith@georgewa.k12.ma.edu

You will receive an email letting you know your teacher upload has been processed. The teachers you add will get an email confirmation with a temporary password and a request to confirm their account.

2.4.Can I add more administrators to my account?

Yes, contact your Waterford representative to purchase more teacher licenses for your account.

2.5.How do I assign licenses?

Licenses are automatically assigned on import. Only import teachers to whom you want to give licenses.

2.6.How do my teachers set up classes and add students?

Teachers set up classes in their Class Manager. They can add students with: their custom class URL; a class token; or by uploading a class list. See the Teacher User Guide for detailed instructions.

3.Teacher User Guide

Getting Started

Once your organizational administrator has approved your account, you will receive an email confirmation with a temporary password and a request to confirm your account.

  • Click the link in the email to confirm your account.
  • Fill out your account profile. Click “Save.”
  • Update your password.

If you did not receive your account confirmation email and temporary password, please contact your school Curriculet administrator or Curriculet support at support@curiculet.org or 877-299-7997.

 

3.1.Which web browser should I be using?

Curriculet works best for both students and teachers in Google Chrome.

3.2.On what devices does Curriculet work?

The teacher version of Curriculet works best on a desktop, laptop, or a Chromebook. It does also work on any device that supports a browser, including mobile and tablet.

The student version of Curriculet works on any browser-enabled device, including desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablets and smartphones.

3.3.How do I create a class?

  • Login to Curriculet.
  • Click on your name in the navigation menu.
  • Click on “Class Manager.”
  • Click the “Add a New Class or Group” button.
  • Give your new class a name, and click “Create.”

3.4.How do I enroll students in a class?

In order for students to enroll in your class, you’ll need to invite them or upload a list. To invite students, click on “Class Manager” in the dropdown menu under your name. Select the active class where you want to add students. Then, you can:

1. Give your students the TOKEN for the specific class they’re in and direct them to https://www.curriculet.org/login.
If they already have an account, they can:

  1. Login
  2. Click on their name in navigation
  3. Click on “Classes” under the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the “Enroll in a New Class” button.
  5. Enter token and click enroll.

If they do not already have an account:

  1. Click “New student? Create your account here!”
  2. Enter account info and token.
  3. Click “Sign Up.”
  4. Account will be created and they will be automatically added to the class.

2. Give students the custom class URL found in your “Class Manager” tab. Students should paste the link into their browsers. This takes them to a page where they can create an account or login to their existing account. When they use the custom link to login or create an account, they will automatically be enrolled in your class on Curriculet.

how to enroll students

3.5.How do I upload students?

You can also enroll students in your class by uploading a list. Go to your “Class Manager.” Click on an active class in your class list or select “Add a New Class or Group.”

Under that class’s “Enrolled Students,” you’ll see an option to add students by uploading a file with student information.

  • The file must be a ‘csv’ file (character separated value).
  • The delimiter must be a comma (,).
  • The file must include the following fields (all field names are lowercase):
    first_name
    
last_name

    login
  • All fields are required for each record.
  • The login field may be a valid email address or username.

Here is an example file you can download and use.

Note: The login field must be unique across all of Curriculet—not just your class or school. Choose a username or email address that won’t be duplicated. For example: Hank Pym attends George Washington School and is added to Curriculet. His teacher sets his username as hpymGWS.

how to upload students

3.6.Adding Books To Your Library

3.7.How do I add books to my library?

Go to the Store. Click on the book you’d like to add to your library. Under “Book Rental,” you will have the option to “Add as External” or “Add to My Library”/”Rent Now.”

  • Add as External: This will add the book’s Curriculet content to your library. Your students will need to read the book in print or on another digital reader.
  • “Add to My Library” or “Rent Now:” Both of these add the digital copy of the text as well as its Curriculet content to your library. Free books say “Add to My Library.” Books with rental fees say “Rent Now” and list a rental price below them.

how to add books

3.8.How do I rent books?

Click on the book you’d like to rent. Click on “Rent Now.” Select how many teacher and student book licenses you’d like to rent. Add to cart.

When you’re ready to checkout, go to your shopping cart. You can purchase your book rentals using a credit card.

Once you’ve placed your order, the book licenses will show up in your Library under “Licenses.” Licenses are automatically assigned when you have them available and a student goes through the book. You can see your available licenses in your Library.

how to rent a book

3.9.Making and Assigning Curriculets

After you add a text to your Library, you can create new curriculets, edit existing curriculets or assign them as-is.

3.10.How do I assign an existing curriculet?

Go to your “Library.” Click on the book cover for the text you’d like to assign. (Book cover not there? See “Adding Books to Your Library.”)

Once inside the book preview you will see “Available Curriculets,” which show curriculets that already contain questions, quizzes, and experiences. Click “Preview” to check out the curriculet, or “Add” to add that curriculet under your “My Curriculets” tab and give you the opportunity to use it as-is or edit the content. You can also click “Add External Only,” which adds the curriculet without the book text; use this option when you’re reading the text in your own library.

Under “My Curriculets” click “Edit Curriculet” to view and edit the content. You can view checkpoints, experiences, and quizzes, change them, or add your own.

To assign one of your curriculets, click “Assign to Class.” To assign a text from Curriculet’s on-demand library, click “Add assignment.” Then, select a class and save. Students will read the book online in Curriculet with embedded curriculets.

To assign a Curriculet for external reading, click “Add for external reading,” select a class and save. Students can read the book in print or in a different digital reader and login to access the curriculet content.

Notes: If you make changes to an assignment after you assign it, your students will see the updated version.

You can add the same curriculet to your “My Curriculets” section multiple times. You might want to do this to edit them differently for different classes or student groups. Be sure to give each version a unique name to make it easier for you to find and use the right version.

3.11.How do I create a new curriculet?

You can create your own curriculet for texts in the Curriculet store or any text you have outside of Curriculet.

For a text in the Curriculet library:
Go to your “Library.” Click on the book cover for the text you’d like to assign. (Book cover not there? See “Adding Books to Your Library.”)

Choose “Create Curriculet” for a blank copy of the digital book where you can add your own content. Name the curriculet and choose a grade level. Add a brief description of your curriculet and save. The new curriculet will show up in your “My Curriculets” list.

Choose “Create External Only Curriculet” to create a blank curriculet that does not include the digital text. Use this option when your students are reading the book from their own text.

For a text that is not in Curriculet’s store:
We don’t have the book or text you want to teach? No problem. You can create an external curriculet for any text outside of our program.

Click on your name in the upper right. Click “Create New Curriculet.” Add the book’s information and then name your curriculet and click “Continue.” This adds the book and its curriculets to your Library.

To assign any of your curriculets, click “Assign to Class.”

To assign a text from Curriculet’s on-demand library, click “Add assignment.” Then, select a class and save. Students will read the book online in Curriculet with embedded checkpoints.

To assign a Curriculet for external reading, click “Add for external reading,” select a class and save. Students can read the book in print or in a different digital reader and login to access the curriculet content.

Notes: If you make changes to an assignment after you assign it, your students will see the updated version.

3.12.How do I edit new and existing curriculets?

Curriculet gives you the flexibility to create and edit your own curriculets or edit existing ones by adding checkpoints.

A checkpoint is any information, rich media or assessment you embed into a text. There are three types of checkpoints: questions (which can be multiple choice or open-ended questions), experiences (which include text, images, and videos), and assessments (quizzes). Checkpoint icons appear in the margin next to the selected text.

There are different steps to creating and editing curriculets depending on if your class is reading a book in Curriculet’s eReader or using your own external texts. We break these steps out below.

3.13.How do I add a question?

Curriculet eReader: To add a question, click a word and hold until the blue selector pops up. Drag over the text you want to select. A checkpoint menu will pop up. Click “Add Question.” Create a multiple-choice or open-ended question. You can also choose a Common Core standard tag. When you’re done, click “save.” Go back and edit your question at any time by clicking on that checkpoint.

how to add a question ereader

External Reader: Select the chapter where you want to add a question. Once in the chapter, click on the question button displayed under the chapter list. This adds a question to the bottom of the list. (Please note that if you have a lot of checkpoints in the chapter, it might not look like you are adding anything. Scroll down to see your newly added question!) Click on the question to bring up the editing window. From here, you can create a multiple-choice or open-ended question, and add reference text using the top text box. You can also choose a Common Core standard tag. When you’re done, click “save.” Once a question is written how you want it, if you need to move it to another spot in the chapter list, use the up and down arrows to position it correctly within a chapter. You can not move checkpoints across chapters.

how to add a question to the external reader

 

Note: For multiple choice questions, Curriculet randomizes the possible answers. This means the order of the available answers is shuffled for each student. When writing questions where all or none of the answers are correct, use the wording “All answers are correct” or “No answers are correct” instead of “All of the above” or “None of the above.”

3.14.How do I add an experience?

Use experiences to communicate with students as they read, and to show and ask them things that will ultimately help them truly understand a text.

Curriculet eReader: To add an experience, click a word and hold until the blue selector pops up. Drag over the text you want to select. A checkpoint menu will pop up. The “Annotate” option allows you to add text or rich media.

To add text, simply type whatever you want to appear as an experience and click save. For rich media, paste the URL you’d like to embed in the annotation box. Click “Save.”

External Reader: Select the chapter where you want to add an experience. Click on the experience button (light blue page) under the chapter list. This adds the experience to the bottom of the list. (Please note that if you have a lot of checkpoints in the chapter, it might not look like you are adding anything. Scroll down to see your newly added experience!)

Click on the experience to bring up the editing window. To add text to an experience, type it into the top text box and save. For rich media, paste the URL you’d like to embed in the annotation box. Click “Save.” Use the up and down arrows to move an experience within a chapter. You can not move checkpoints across chapters.

3.15.What kind of rich media can I use in experiences?

You can use web-hosted rich media, meaning media that you can link to it online. Video and images are the two main types of rich media used in experiences. You can also include Timetoast timelines, PDFs, maps, and Prezi presentations.

Video
Use videos with related content such as scenes from a play, relevant news articles, and concepts like irony and symbolism to enhance the reading experience for students.

YouTube and Vimeo links are embedded directly into the question when you copy and paste a URL into the annotation box. (Note: Not all video hosting sites are supported.)

You’re also welcome to use any of our videos from YouTube, which can be found here. They cover topics such as theme, character development, tone, irony, metaphor, point-of-view, structure, conflict, and symbolism.

Images
You can include web-hosted images as checkpoints throughout a text. Select the text and click “Experience.” Find an image online; put the image’s link into the text box. It will automatically embed the image in the text. You can also add instructions and notes about the image in the text box. Click “Save.”

 

3.16.How do I add a quiz?

You can add multiple choice quizzes at any point in a text. Quizzes are automatically graded. Students get immediate feedback that includes their correct/incorrect answers and quiz grades. Teachers can see each student’s individual answers and quiz grades in reports.

For multiple choice questions, Curriculet randomizes the possible answers. This means the order of the available answers is shuffled for each student. When writing questions where all or none of the answers are correct, use the wording “All answers are correct” or “No answers are correct” instead of “All of the above” or “None of the above.”

Curriculet eReader: Click and drag to select text. Select “Add Quiz” from the checkpoint menu, name the quiz and start entering questions.

Note: To make a quiz the final checkpoint in a chapter insert it on the last word of that chapter.

External Reader: Select the chapter where you want to add a quiz. Click on the quiz button displayed under the chapter list. This adds the quiz to the bottom of the list. (Please note that if you have a lot of checkpoints in the chapter, it might not look like you are adding anything. Scroll down to see your newly added quiz!) Click on the quiz to bring up the editing window. From there, you can start adding questions to your quiz. Use the up and down arrows to move a completed quiz to another position within a chapter. You can not move checkpoints across chapters.

3.17.How can I highlight text?

You can highlight text that is part of a checkpoint. When you create a checkpoint, select the box that says “Highlight selected text when this question is shown.” If you do not check the box, the question will appear in the margin, but no text will be highlighted.

Note: You can only highlight text that was selected when you added your checkpoint, so if you want your students to consider a particular word, phrase, or sentence, be sure to make your text selection accordingly.

3.18.Class & Student Data

Our data reports tell you, at a glance, who has completed an assignment and who is still in the process of completing it, the average quiz grade of a class, how long it took students to do the assignment, and how your students performed on the Common Core standards addressed in the assignment.

3.19.How do I see data on student progress and performance?

To see class data, click “Data” on the top navigation bar, and then choose a class and an assignment.

You’ll see the books you have assigned and percentage reading progress for each chapter for the whole class. Click on any chapter or section to filter deeper into the data.

You can also view data by student. To see individual student reports for the entire assignment simply click on a student’s name from the data summary page.

 

3.20.How can I use data to drive instruction?

Individualized student reports allow you to hone in on the progress and needs of your students.

You can find out how long it took students to complete a reading assignment, and which questions and standards they struggled with. This can help you craft specific remediation plans for individual students, small groups of students, and whole classes.

Full-class reports tell you how the class did as a whole. These reports can help you plan your lessons; if you know, for example, that 75 percent of the class struggled on questions about theme, then you can address theme in class the next day.

3.21.How do I grade open-ended questions?

Go to “Data,” select a class, select an assignment, and then a chapter. Click the “Grade Open-Ended Questions” button.

Next to each student answer, click the ✔ (yes) or X (no) to show if they were correct or incorrect. Add a comment by clicking the “Comment” button or filling in the popup box when you mark an answer incorrect.

3.22.Your Students' Experience

3.23.What is my students’ reading experience?

For students reading in Curriculet’s library:
Curriculet’s on-demand digital library has curriculets embedded directly into its texts. As students read, the curriculets you’ve assigned—checkpoints, rich-media experiences and quizzes—pop out of the text, so students are instructed and assessed as they read.

Student Annotation
Students can annotate and define any word on Curriculet’s eReader. Students can add annotations by selecting text and adding their annotation into the window (just like teachers make checkpoints). Student annotations appear as icons in the margins that they can go back to and view later. Student annotations are a different color than teacher annotations, so they are easily decipherable. They are visible only to that student.

Definition Tool
Definitions are available for any word in the text itself as well as the words in the question and answer options. To see a definition students simply click the word they want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When students release the click, a “Define” option will appear.

Feedback for Students
Students get immediate feedback on the comprehension questions they answer in the text. Students can also see their quiz results immediately after taking them, and view reports on their progress on the “Progress” screen.

For students reading a print book or digital book outside Curriculet:
Students can read books in any format and then login to Curriculet to access checkpoints—questions, experiences and assessments—for each chapter using the external reader tool.

To view the Curriculet, they click on the book under their “Assignments.” The external reader will show that book’s chapters and curriculet content. Students can answer or view the curriculet questions, experiences and quizzes in order.

Students get immediate feedback on the comprehension questions they answer. They can also see their quiz results immediately after taking them, and view reports on their progress on the “Progress” screen.

4.Student User Guide

4.1.How do I create an account and add a class?

Your teacher will invite you to join his or her class in one of two ways: token or class URL.

via token
Your teacher will give you a token for the class you’re in. Go to www.curriculet.org/login.
If you already have a Curriculet account, you:

  1. Login
  2. Click on your name in the navigation.
  3. Click on “Classes” under the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the “Enroll in a New Class” button.
  5. Enter token and click enroll.

If you do not already have a Curriculet account, you:

  1. Click “New student? Create your account here!”
  2. Enter account info and token.
  3. Click “Sign Up.”
  4. Your account will be created and you will be automatically added to the class.

NOTE: Make sure you remember your password!

via class URL
Your teacher will give you a custom class URL, and when you go to it you’ll be prompted to make an account or login to your existing account. When you use this URL, you will be automatically enrolled in your class on Curriculet.

4.2.How do I use my dashboard?

MY HOMEWORK AND MY CLASSES

You will see and click into all of your upcoming and current assignments in the “Book Bag” section. “Classes”—located in the dropdown menu under your name—tells you the classes you are enrolled in, and allows you to enter a token to enroll in a new class.

PROGRESS
The “Progress” page shows your completed homework assignments. You can click into any assignment and see more information, like the chapters you’ve read and questions you’ve answered.

You can click on each book and assignment to go back and review your work.

LIBRARY

Your teacher can assign you books to read within Curriculet or assign you print books and have you login to use Curriculet.

4.3.How do I pick a book I’ll like?

Search the Library for specific titles or browse by category to see books you might enjoy. Click on any book to read a short preview.

In the upper right corner of your Library, you’ll see a box with “My Reading Level.” This is the reading level your teacher assigned to you. On each of the books in the Library, you’ll see a small circle icon in the upper left corner of the cover. These are meant to help you choose books based on your reading level:

  • JR = Just Right. This should be perfect for your reading level.
  • D = Difficult. Up for a challenge? This book might be a little above your reading level.
  • S = Stretch. This book is probably beyond your reading level. Come back to it later!
  • E = Easy. This book is below your reading level; you might find it’s too easy for you.

4.4.How do I start reading?

Click on the book you want to read. If you want to read the book in Curriculet’s eReader, click on “Read on Curriculet.” If the book is free, it will be automatically open and you can start reading!

If the book is a rental, you will see the first 10 percent of the book as a preview. After that you will be directed to ask your teacher to purchase a license. Once your teacher purchases a license, you will be able to continue to read. Your teacher may also choose to purchase a license before assigning you a book; in that case, you will be able to read right through the book without interruption.

If you already have your own copy of a book, you can select “Read Externally” to see the curriculet content for that book.

4.5.Using Curriculet

Your teacher can assign you books to read within Curriculet’s digital library, or assign you print or other digital books and have you login to use Curriculet alongside them.

4.6.How to use Curriculet with the Curriculet eReader

Find your assigned books in the “Assignments” section of your “Book Bag” and click to read them. Curriculet will open to the spot where you last left off.

You can navigate using the Table of Contents.
Once inside a book, click on the “C” logo in the upper left-hand side of our screen to see a sidebar with several options. Click on “The Table of Contents” to navigate through the chapters of a book.

You can navigate using Checkpoints.
Click on the “C” logo in the upper left-hand side of our screen to see a sidebar with several options. Click on “Checkpoints.” 

Checkpoints are any icons you see in the margins; they are QUESTIONS, EXPERIENCES (videos, pictures, comments, rhetorical questions), QUIZZES, and YOUR PERSONAL ANNOTATIONS.

Experience icons are blue. If you’ve answered a question incorrectly, it will be shaded red. If you’ve answered a question correctly, it will be shaded green. Unanswered questions are orange.

If you want to go to a particular question or annotation in a book, just click on it and you will be taken there.

*NOTE: You cannot go PAST the place in the book where you left off reading and answering questions.

You can search for text within a book or article.

You can search for a word, phrase, sentence or paragraph by using the Search option on the left. Just type what you’re looking for and a list will come up that includes words from the text. When you find the quote you’re looking for, click it and you will be brought to the page in the text where the quote appears.

You can look up the definition of any word.
You can access a definition for any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers. Simply click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release the click, a define option will appear.

You can add annotations.

Select the text next to which you want your annotation to appear, click (or press on mobile devices) the text and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release the click, an annotation option will appear.

Click “Annotate,” then type what you want to say. You can type a note, a question, or a thought, or you can copy and paste a URL link to a webpage, image, or video.

When you save your annotation, it will appear as an icon in the margin that you can go back to and view anytime. Student annotations appear in a different color than teacher annotations, so they are easy to tell apart.

4.7.How to use Curriculet with your own book (External Reader)

Read your book offline and then log in to Curriculet to see your assignments, or keep Curriculet open while you read.

Find your assigned books in the “Assignments” section of your “Book Bag” and click to open its curriculet.

You can navigate using the Table of Contents.
Once inside a book, click on the “C” logo in the upper left-hand side of our screen to see a sidebar with several options. Click on “The Table of Contents” to navigate through the chapters of a book.

You can navigate using Checkpoints.
Click on the “C” logo in the upper left-hand side of our screen to see a sidebar with several options. Click on “Checkpoints.”

Checkpoints are any icons you see in the margins; they are QUESTIONS, EXPERIENCES (videos, pictures, comments, rhetorical questions), QUIZZES, and YOUR PERSONAL ANNOTATIONS.

If you want to go to a particular question or annotation in a book, just click on it and you will be taken there.

*NOTE: You cannot go PAST the place in the book where you left off reading and answering questions

5.Help

I’m having a tech issue; what should I do?


Curriculet works best in Google Chrome, so first make sure you’re using Chrome as your browser. If you are experiencing a “Redirect Loop,” getting an “Error” message, or having issues with “Too Many Redirects” you may have old-version information in your browser cache. Easy instructions for clearing your cache can be found here:

Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95582?hl=en



Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-clear-firefox-cache



Safari (on Mac): https://answers.syr.edu/display/software/Clear+Cache+in+Safari+version+7+on+Mac+OSX



If this doesn’t solve the problem, please visit Waterford’s Help Center and contact our support team.

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