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FOSS Tech Corner: Interactive Whiteboard Updates

FOSS Newsletter Staff
March 26, 2015 | Technology

Interactive Whiteboard Updates

We have good news for those of you who have been using the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) resources on FOSSweb!

The IWB files on FOSSweb will be updated so that all links in the files will work properly with FOSSweb 2.0! All IWB users will need to re-download and replace the IWB files on their local computers to take advantage of this update. The new links will be in place by May 2015. In the meantime, video and multimedia links can be accessed by going directly to FOSSweb and going to Digital-Only Resources for a particular module.

For FOSS Second Edition users, IWB resources are now available for download at no cost (IWB resources for 2nd Edition are for grades 3-6 modules). If you haven't given them a try yet, you can now for free!

Setting Up a Class Page

If you want your students to access the student online resources on FOSSweb, you'll need to set up a Class Page. You should never share your personal FOSSweb password with anyone, especially your students. To set up a Class Page, follow the steps outlined below.

  • Visit your Teacher Home Page and scroll down past your My FOSS Modules section to the My Class Pages section.
  • Click "Add a New Class."
    Screenshot: Add a New Class
  • Insert a Class Page Title (the title on the page students will see), a Class Login Name (the login name students will use), a Class Password* (for students' use), and select the Modules to Use (modules this class will need access to).

    *Please note the password for your class must conform to requirements that are slightly different from our teacher password requirements. Student passwords must:

    • Be at least 8 characters in length
    • Contain both letters and numbers
    • Contain at least one upper-case letter

    Example Passwords:

    • FOSS1234
    • Science1
  • After clicking "Submit," you'll quickly receive an email containing the login information you just entered. If you don't see the email, please check your spam folder.
    Screenshot: Add a New Class
  • Now that the Class Page is created, you'll be able to "Edit Class Login Info" (update the Login Name and Class Password), "View Class Page" (see what students see), "Add a New Note" (notes for students to read when they log in), and "Manage Class Page" (change which modules students see, enabling you to add modules as you begin teaching them).
  • Students log in from the homepage, then they click on "Class Login" and enter the Class Login Name and Class Password. They'll be taken to the Class Page that you set up.

Remember, you can set up as many class pages—for as many periods or different classes—as you'd like!

Screenshot: Add a New Class

Student View of a Class Page

FOSS Third Edition, Next Generation Edition, and Middle School Second Edition users will find access codes on the inside of the FOSS Investigations Guide for each module. Users of other editions can use the access codes below.

Permanent Access Codes

Module Access Code
FOSS K–6 2nd Edition Access Code AME2EL5260
FOSS Middle School 1st Edition Access Code AME1MS6770
FOSS CA Edition (K–5) Access Code AME1CA3968