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Archive for the 'New Features' Category
We reworked our matching activity code for students. These activities are located in the “Other Activities” of each content area review. It is now more visually appealing to students and easier to use.
New interface features:
- Drag and drop Interface
- Terms are removed from list when used
- You may use your student profiles
Per subscriber requests, we have added the ability for teachers to merge or combine multiple teacher accounts into a single account. To do this, simply login as a teacher and proceed to the Teacher Management link in the Teacher Resources section. There, we provide easy-to-follow instructions.
Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.
Many subscribers have requested a way to view logins for each subscription by test. In response, we have created a more accurate method for determining test-specific site usage. The Account Details link located off your logged-in home page now displays a “Usage by Test” section.
This data is compiled and displayed separately for each test. We hope that this will give teachers and administrators a good “at a glance” view of site usage. Here are the values attributed to each type of site usage:
- Test – 3pts
- Student Email Subscription – 3pts
- Game – 2pts
- Matching Activity – 2pts
- Tutorial Question Set – 1pt
- Quiz – 1pt
- Vocabulary Set – 1pt
We are proud to announce a new, educational game for students. This is our first implementation of a single content area game and acarde-style bonus game.
Here is the game description:
”The naughty chicken has stolen your diploma again! Answer seven questions correctly to catch him! You gain points for each correct answer and lose points for each miss. You can really rack up points during the bonus round.”
We author our games to be fun AND educational for students.
We consolidated and upgraded our data searching and reporting features. You may now query by student, teacher, or test to find student results. You can find this new feature under “Student Data” in the Teacher Resources section. We feel the new system will make data harvesting much easier for teachers, counselors, and administrators.
Last Spring, many subscribers requested that student email results from different activities be combined into a single daily email. Some teacher’s email boxes were getting too full with these automated results.
We are proud to announce the launch of this consolidated email feature. Starting the evening of Friday, 9/26/08, you will receive a single, nightly email with all the accumulated student email results for that calendar day. In addition, in case you want to view these results earlier in the day, we also added a page where you can view all the email results online. You will find this new feature at the top left of the teacher login page under Student Data. It is called Student Email Results.
We hope you find these new features helpful and easy to use. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments.
We have authored a new, customizable Powerpoint presentation to show to faculty and staff who are unfamiliar with USATestprep. Simply download, modify, and enjoy!
We are proud to announce that the most popularly requested improvement to the site over the past three years is now up and operational. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out the simplest way to implement this new feature. Now, if students are not finished with a test, they will see a link at the bottom of the test, “Save for Me to Complete Later”. Their name along with a randomly generated test code will allow them to finish their test up to 30 days later.
Watch a demo movie.
A subscriber emailed me requesting a “mouse free” experience when working in our vocabulary activities. We listened and made this possible. Now when you start a set of terms the cursor is pre-loaded in the blank for typing and hitting the enter key will submit your answer. We hope you enjoy this small but useful edit.