Get Students Started
Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.
Make sure you have the right tools.
- Internet connection broadband is best
- Current browser with Adobe Flash
- Headset with microphone (best, but alternatively, use a microphone and speakers)
In addition to a desktop or laptop computer, make sure students using Raz-Kids, Raz-Plus, Science A-Z, or Headsprout have the right tools to access the Kids A-Z app.
- Wifi connection
- Current app from your device's app store
- Built-in microphone and speakers
Student AccessStudents access all learning resources via the Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Kids A-Z is also where you will access all your necessary student management tools like rosters, reports, and assignments.
Student PlacementCheck your Roster or Assignment pages in our easy-to-use Kids A-Z management hub to designate each student's developmental level.
You can use various assessments to help you determine where to start students. You can also use the previous year's performance or your instincts regarding students' performance to place them. This ensures that students can get started immediately.
Future data may reveal that you should adjust a student's placement.
Learning A-Z Placement Recommendations:
Use the Placement Test to determine an episode starting point within the instructional sequence. Pre-K and kindergarten students should start on Episode 1 of Headsprout Early Reading
Independent Practice Time
You can use classroom computers or the computer lab in your school to schedule independent practice time, or have students access the Kids A-Z learning environment from any computer with an Internet connection.
Recommendations for Student Practice and Pacing:
Strive for a pace that allows students to complete at least three Headsprout episodes per week. An average episode takes 15-25 minutes to complete, so allow 30 minutes to ensure students have enough time for each Headsprout session. Students in first grade and above should strive to complete the whole sequence. Pre-K and kindergarten students are recommended to stop at Episode 40.
Send Home Information
Personalized Student Login Cards and a Letter to Parents found on the Roster page have all the log-in information that students and parents need.
Incentives & AwardsTurn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading and turn on the Incentives that allow students to spend earned stars to personalize their Robot avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, or Robot Builder for the class or an individual student if enough time is not being spent on assignments.
Students can be given access to the Reading Room where they can read Sprout Stories from any of the episodes they have completed. Students earn stars from reading the books.
Provide headsets for the best sound quality and to minimize disturbance and distraction resulting from students listening to books, responding to instructions, or from making recordings.
Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.