Dear UClass Users and Supporters,
UClass was started in a Brooklyn basement by a couple of teachers in 2012 and today we are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Renaissance Learning, the world leader in K12 assessment and learning analytics.
Over the last three years, we have worked with thousands of educators who work tirelessly each day to open opportunities for students. You are our inspiration. We believe that you are the forces for change in schools and our mission is to continue to serve you and your students. Adding Renaissance’s data to UClass’s district content is a powerful combination that will significantly increase our ability to support you in your choice of the right content at the right learning moment for your students.
It has been our honor to work with you and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we will get to continue to do so with Renaissance Learning, a company that has a 28 year history of putting teachers first.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Zak Ringelstein and the UClass Team
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UClass has just rolled out 2 new features on its platform! Take a look at what we’ve added to make searching and sharing resources even snappier.
Search “My Resources”
If your UClass file system is full of resources and you’re having trouble keeping track of your own authored materials–don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! As part of advanced search, UClass users can narrow search results to their own created resources. Simply select “My Resources” as the source in the left-most advanced search dropdown!
“Request Access” to Shared Folders
We’re taking folder sharing and collaboration a step further with our newly added folder dropdown option. Say hello to the new “Request Access” option! For a shared folder to which you have view-only access, you can now ask the folder’s owner for editing permissions. Once you are granted editing capabilities, feel free to adjust the shared folder’s contents. Just remember, all changes made to the shared folder will also appear for all other recipients.
We’re kicking off the new year and doing it right! UClass CEO, Zak Ringelstein, has been selected for Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 list of influential names in education. The exclusive list highlights men and women in twenty varying industries who are already trailblazers before the age of thirty. Check out the list in the latest edition of Forbes Magazine or just click on the image below!
We just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a second appearance for the worldwide Hour of Code event! Last Thursday, the UClass development team paid a visit to San Francisco’s Creative Arts Charter School and inspired students with the magic of computer science programming. We led hour-long intro-to-coding sessions for two classrooms of ambitious sixth grade students and we’re elated to say, the event was a great success!
Students, regardless of prior coding experience, engaged in partner coding activities. We were glad to see participating students strategically deconstructing problems and experimenting with variables. By the end, we had an overwhelming number of students eagerly requesting further learning resources, which we were more than happy to provide!
Our experiences with Creative Arts Charter as well as Vermont Hour of Code have been incredibly rewarding! We are honored to have had the chance to spark new interests for students we met!
It’s been an incredibly eventful year for us here at UClass and we’re sad to see it come to an end. To sum up 2014, we’ve compiled a visual timeline of major events from this year. Take a look and relive this amazing year with us! And to the upcoming year ahead of us, we’re excited and ready for you!
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Last Friday, UClass had the great pleasure of participating in Vermont’s Hour of Code Guest Speaker Series. Sponsored by the Agency of Education, Vita-Learning, and Vermont’s Google Educator Group, the web conference video series features an array of inspirational figures in tech. Hour of Code is designed to expose students to the wonders of computer science and we were excited that we could play our part for the event. This week UClass will also be making a couple classroom appearances for Hour of Code at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, California!
Click here to view our session!
Today, UClass released the newest version of Analytics! Get excited because along with this updated version of UClass come tons of new metric-centered features. Hooray, they made it here just in time for the holidays! Our team is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive curriculum assessment tool out there. Check out what we’ve added:
Here, you get a bird’s-eye view of which standards have been covered. This data informs teachers and administrators of gaps in content and of areas to better invest in instruction and attention. Click into your coverage chart to navigate deeper into your covered subjects.
If your network includes multiple user groups, compare them all in one comprehensive graph. We now track downloads as well as views under the “Usage” category.
Metric-Integrated Info View
We pulled in valuable metrics directly into folder and resource info options! For all of your shared items, you can see who they have been shared with and the percentage of users who have viewed them.
Admin Panel Analytics
Our admin panel now displays basic user metrics, which you can use to filter and sort search results. Identify your most active users within your network.
Individual User Report
Individual reports provide an in-depth analysis of how users within your district use UClass. Identify user behavioral trends with custom time range graphs.
UClass is honored to add links from Edutopia to the rigorous and inspiring content that teachers can access. You can now pull rubrics, guides and articles authored by this valuable thought leader into your curriculum to bring blended learning, project based learning and 21st century skills to your students!
Here are just a few resources we link to from Edutopia: