The much anticipated “new look” of Castle Learning is beginning its roll-out. Finally! We are so excited to provide this invaluable resource to our districts, and even more so now due to the improved look of the site as a whole, and the upgrades made for CBT in particular.
This image show what the new Teacher Page looks like. The same content is there as is in the classic Castle Learning Teacher Page. However, it is now much easier to navigate and is more intuitive and user-friendly. The phase-in of this new facelift will be in stages. Teachers have the option now to choose between the classic look or the updated look. Some portions of the updated pages are not yet available, so be aware that it is not a glitch...it is a work in progress. Two more updates will take place this school year so that by the time CBT rolls around, the new look will be complete.
In addition, Castle Learning is Ready for NYS CBT Testing with these features:
• Toolbar that mimics NYS
• Equation Editor Automatically pops where needed for a constructed response question.
• Grade Appropriate Equation Editor
• Grade Appropriate Calculator
• Grade Appropriate Reference Sheets
Castle Learning has the released exams which make it easier for teachers to find relevant examples as well as assess the data from the student practice. In addition, ANY assignment that students are given K-12 utilize these features making the preparation for online testing easier for everyone. The future is online, and students should be prepared – PSAT, SAT, College Assignments/Exams, etc.
As always, I am available for training teachers on Castle Learning. Whether you have veteran teachers who have used Castle forever, or if you have teachers who need a bit of help in navigating the site, I’d be happy to work with you as an essential partner!
By: Alexandra Freer, CA BOCES Learning Resources
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