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What Does the Student Experience in the Buzz Platform Look Like?

Below is an overview video of the student experience in the Buzz Learning Management System (LMS).

Transcript:

This video will walk the audience through the student view of the Agilix Buzz Learning Management system.

Let’s take a look at the student experience in the platform.

On the Student App, or student homepage, the student will have easy access to their courses and grades.

On the course card, they will find the start and end date, current score, progress bar, and access to your activities and grades.

Announcements for your courses can be found on each page in the top right corner or in the middle.   Taking you to the Communications portion of the LMS.

The Activity stream will provide your students with feedback from you, your information on graded items and can be filtered by course.

To-do-List will give you a list of all of the graded activities that are due. It is important to note that this is not always a complete list and may only include the graded activities and not lesson items.

A more accurate list of daily tasks for the student can be found in their calendar.

Every user has the main menu on the upper left-hand side of the page.

When students are in the classroom, they are used to the physical reminders you, the teacher, leave around the room about their homework assignments and expectations for the day.

In the online setting, the students’ populated due dates can be found within the course and in their calendar. Lessons populate on the student calendar depending on your course settings. If your program has selected the Continuous course setting, these lessons will be automatically populated based on the student’s start and end date.  In the Range course types, teachers must add due dates to each assignment and adjust any late submission settings. This will be covered further in the teacher view and we have additional resources on course types on our Training Support website.

Students can view the calendar by month, week, or day.  If they are having a hard time keeping on pace, try suggesting that they print out the items on the calendar each week. Posting it by their workspace for a visual reminder, even when offline about the weekly expectations.

By clicking on the lesson title, students will be taken directly to the lesson for the day and as they complete lessons, checkmarks will appear.

Students can also sync their calendar with others such as their Google for reminders when they are not in the platform.

As mentioned in the Tips for Success Video in the resource folder, procrastinating until the last minute to work on assignments will create more stress.  Student can manage their time wisely and keep on top of their calendar items for a successful year.

Back in the main menu, students can also find their Grades

The Heart is a self-assessment that allows students to provide feedback on their feelings about the course.  This will give you a more well-rounded view of the student’s performance from the teacher’s account.  This is not a mandatory assignment for the student, so if you would like them to use it regularly, we recommend adding it to your announcements.

Scores can be listed as points, percent, letter grade, minutes spent, or a combination.

Clicking on a Course will take the student into their gradebook. From here the student can view their current score as well as the scores and dates for each submitted assignment.

The dashboard will give the student another view of their percentage of gradable activities completed and ALL activities completed.

For Me will show any assignments the teacher has assigned specifically to this student for remediation or enrichment purposes via the clipboard tool.  These activities can also be found within the course activities list.

What If is a section that allows students to input hypothetical scores and calculates grade outcomes based on those scores.

Activity will show granular information about the student’s activity in the course.

ELA and Math courses that have been mapped to standards will also show demonstrated mastery on the Objective mastery tab.

Finally, if teachers have added automatically or manually awarded badges to the course, the student can monitor their badge collection from the Badges tab. Students will also get popup alerts when they have earned a badge.

The student can return to the activities in their course or navigate to another part of the platform by selecting the arrow next to the course name.

From the activities page, students can view their start and end date, current score, which they can hide, and progress.

If you have emails set up in the accounts, students are able to email you by selecting the paper airplane icon.  Buzz will act as a launchpad and send their message out to your email inbox.  From there, replies and communication back and forth will continue outside of Buzz, making it easier to contain all communication from your students in one place. This will work the same way from your account.

The top portion of the course, or landing page, can be customized by you to reflect any year-long information you would like the student to have easy access to such as your contact information and classroom expectations.

Below that, they will see their last visited activity as well as the one that is up next.

Every course begins with a Resources Module, visible by both the student and the teacher.

In the Getting Started lesson students will encounter helpful tips to help them better understand the platform.

The About Me assignment will serve as an indicator to you that the student has successfully logged in and viewed the Getting Started assignment as well as provide you with insight on them as a learner.

Online Learning Tools provides students with how-to videos to help them be successful in their transition to online learning.

You will notice that on each page, students have access to the Reading Tool which will read the content aloud for them, translate the content into one of many languages, provide dictionary assistance and a masking tool – similar to when we used to use a bookmark to keep our place while reading a book.

Students can build a study guide for the course by keeping their own notes and bookmarking pages for easy return from the Notes page in the main menu.

When a student is done with an activity, they can Mark Activity Complete and move back to the activities list.

Lessons titled “Assignments” indicate that students will be expected to complete an activity and submit it to you via a dropbox or Google Drive or other means.

Students will be redirected to the assignment activity from the lesson if needed.

As described in the how-to video in the Resource module, students must first download the fillable PDF and save it to their computer.  They can then add their answers and upload from their computer or Google Drive.  Let’s view the resource module video titled Turning in Work for more specifics.

Along with quizzes, self-check activities, and discussion boards, your coursework will also include written assignments.

Most of these documents are in Adobe PDF format, so make sure you have Adobe Reader installed on your device, which can be found at get.adobe.com/reader. See our videos later in this guide for help using PDFs on your specific operating system.

Click the Activity button to download your assignment. You can choose to either save it to your local computer or store it on the cloud in your Google Drive. Remember that anything stored online will only be visible to you unless you share it with your teacher. Check the Google Drive documentation for more on sharing your work with others.

When working with PDFs, remember to edit them in Adobe Reader, not in the web browser, otherwise, your work may be lost. When your assignment is complete, save your progress, and update your documents on the cloud if needed.

Browse to the assignment in your syllabus, then click the Plus Sign to bring up two options for submitting work. If you’ve saved your file locally, you can simply upload it from your computer by clicking Attach a File, choosing your assignment, and clicking Upload.

Or you can Choose Google document. You might have to allow popups. Choose the Google Account you’re using, then allow Buzz access. Browse to the correct folder, and double-check that your teacher has permission to view your work. Then choose the file, and press Select. You can also send your teacher comments. Press Submit My Work to finish turning in your assignment.

For handwritten, offline assignments, students can either take a photo and save it to their computer or Google drive or upload it via their device camera directly from the Comments box. There is a resource in the Training Support site with directions on this method of submitting offline assignments. This will also be linked in the transcript for this video.

If your program administrator has requested courses that are gated, students will need to work in sequential order and if they try to go out of order, they will be redirected back to the appropriate lesson item.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this video on the student homepage in the Agilix Buzz Learning management system.  Please be sure to visit our Training support website for additional support resources and training videos.

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