Student Logon Accounts

Parents can give their students Logon access to Scholaric, through the account link on the dashboard:

The account link takes you to the student account page, which allows you to control logon access to Scholaric for your student, set and change their password, and decide what they are able to do in Scholaric.

The student account does NOT require an email address.  If one is provided, the student can use it to reset their password.  Otherwise, the parent will have to reset their password on the student account page.

Student Authorizations:

At the bottom of the account page, the parent must decide what authorization level to give the student.  There are several levels to choose from, depending on what the parent wants the student to be able to do.

Track Work:   At the most basic level, the student can track their work as completed, but it does not modify the complete state of the lesson in the parent's account.  Lessons marked as "student complete" will show up as green.  The additional color allows the parent to know the student's progress during the day.

Mark Complete:  Designed for students with a higher degree of trust, the mark complete level allows students to mark lessons as complete in both their account and the parent's account, but not to enter a grade.  Note that these lessons will appear black, just as though the parent marked the lesson as complete. This level may be considered also for homeschools who do not track scores.

Enter Grades: Designed for the student who grades their own work, this authorization level allows the student to enter sores as well.  The parent will be able to view the scores and modify them.

Edit Lessons: Designed for the student who works more independently, this level also allows students to modify the lesson text. 

Create, delete and move lessons: For those with complete trust, the student can be allowed even to create, delete, and modify lessons.  Use with caution.

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How To Add a Scholaric Icon to Your iOS Device

Many of you use Scholaric on an iPad or iPhone.  A quick way to launch Scholaric on your iOS device is to create an icon bookmark of the site.  Tapping the icon will launch mobile Safari and bring up Scholaric in a tab.  Here is how to set it up:

1. Log in to Scholaric in mobile Safari

Go to www.scholaric.com and log in, like you normally do on your device.

2. Click the Share Icon

It looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.  At the top on an iPad, bottom on a iPhone.

This brings up the share dialog:

3. Select Add to Home Screen

This will put an icon somewhere on your home screen.  Note, it may add it to a different screen than the one you are looking at.

4. Drag the Icon Where you Want It

Optionally, move the icon around.  This is useful to keep icons you use together.

You can even create folders to keep related icons separated from others.  To create a folder, drag one icon on top of another.  You may need to rename the folder, as iOS only guesses a folder based on a common category of the two icons.

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How to create links in printouts

Scholaric searches through the text lesson printouts and looks for URLs - uniform resource locators, in your lesson text and turns them into clickable HTML hyperlinks, or "hot" links.

Scholaric finds two forms of URLs: 

  • a full URL, beginning with the protocol, such as http://somewhere.com
  • an abbreviated URL, beginning with www.  Scholaric will insert a http:// before the url for you.

I've also tested (successfully) with complex URLs, such as this example from wikipedia - 

  • foo://username:password@example.com:8042/over/there/index.dtb?type=animal&name=narwhal#nose

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Reminder Pricing Change Goes Into Effect Next Week

A year ago, I announced a price increase for Scholaric, the effects of which were deferred for existing users.  To find out if you are impacted, or are already paying the higher amount, check you payment plan in the payments tab on the Scholaric Dashboard:

Any plan that starts with Old like Old Standard is subject to the change.

That time has come.  May 1st it goes into effect, but only when you renew your payment.  This is because you are protected from being charged a different amount than you agreed to under the subscription model I have chosen.  So the next time you add or remove a student, or have to change your card, payment renewal will be with the new amount.

So, if you need to add or drop students, do it now, and reauthorize payment before May 1st!

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Generate Multiple Lessons Per Day

Unlike Grouping Sequences, where multiple lessons, or pages, or chapters, get grouped into a single lesson, you may want multiple individual lessons in a single day.  This would be desired, for example, to assign several lessons in a single day, but have individual scores and times on each lesson. 

Grouping Sequences has a special syntax to allow the day's group to have individual lessons.

Lesson {1-55**2} 

will produce two individual lessons per day.  Note the second asterisk.

Lesson 1
Lesson 2

Lesson 3
Lesson 4

Lesson 5
Lesson 6

Where the group sequence

Lessons {1-55*2} 

produces one lesson covering two per day.

Lessons 1-2

Lessons 3-4

Lessons 4-5


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Changing Lesson Date

A lesson's date can be changed in several ways:

1. Drag the lesson to a new date and drop it.  Note this does not work on mobile devices.

2. Edit the lesson and click on the lesson's date.  Then select a new date and hit update.  This is useful to change the lesson to another week, or for any change on a mobile device.

3. Bump the incomplete lesson earlier or later using the cell menu. Note - this impacts other lessons.

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Bump Earlier

Some times, the schedule must be shifted earlier in the period.  This can be done in two ways, either to move the entire remaining schedule earlier, or to open up a gap in the middle of your schedule.  The cell menu reflects these possibilities

Moving Entire Remaining Schedule

To move the entire incomplete schedule, we must bump from the end of the period.  Select the menu option bump schedule earlier from end of period. This is the equivalent of navigating to the last planned date for the selected course and student, and bumping earlier.  

Opening a gap by Shifting Earlier

To open up a gap at any point in the schedule, navigate to the date to become empty, and select the menu option bump schedule earlier from this date.  This will push the incomplete schedule backward from the selected date only.

Note that in either case, the bumping behaves according to the bumping criteria.  If your bump does not carry forward as far as you expect, your lesson schedules likely do not match.

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Bumping Algorithm Details

To bump lessons, a cell must have at least one incomplete lesson. 

Bumping is performed according to the schedule of the lesson, which visible on the schedule tab when updating.  The schedule is set by the repetition schedule when a lesson series is created, or defaults to the course default schedule.  

When bumping, scholaric targets the next available date, or previous available date, of the lesson depending on the bump action (earlier or later).  The date will naturally skip holidays and vacation days, but not event days.  Note that when bumping a cell with multiple incomplete lessons, they could have different schedules, resulting in different target dates.

The date of the lesson is updated and then the process is repeated within the target date, if the target date has incomplete lessons, and only for those incomplete lessons that have the same schedule as the original lesson.  In this way, Scholaric won't continue the bump chain, for example, a MWF lesson scheduled on Wednesday, when the previous lesson was a MTWTF lesson, scheduled on Tuesday.

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Adding page breaks to printouts

To add a page break to your weekly or weekly by subject printouts, click the "add page breaks" checkbox in the controls area at the top of the printout:

Scholaric remembers your selection and uses it the next time you print out.

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Scaling Printouts

Some users have regular schedules which take up just a little more paper than they'd like.  Others may want to scale the printout larger for easier reading.  These users can scale their printouts.  This is available in the print header:

Here you see an entry to scale the size of the printout, in percentage terms.  To scale it down, enter a size smaller than 100:

And to scale it up, enter a size larger than 100.  This scale is reflected in the printout, and the setting is saved for all students.

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