Teaching with Lincoln Empowered: Buzz Teacher Resources

This article provides information and support for teachers teaching with Lincoln Empowered.

This article contains the following parts:

PART 1: EMPOWERED COURSE DESIGN

Overview


Below is a general overview of various Empowered Course Design Features

Parent and Teacher Guide for K-5

These guides help parents and teachers to:

  • activate prior knowledge to build on what students already know.
  • engage students with the components of the curriculum.
  • demonstrate student understanding of key concepts taught in the lesson.

Social Emotional Guide K-2

This resource supports the social and emotional growth of students in kindergarten through second grade. It also serves as a guide for parents/guardians regarding their student’s developing skills while offering supportive practices.

Pacing Guide

The pacing guide is the layout of the entire course that identifies each topic, the lessons within the topic, and the learning objects within the lesson. Assessments are highlighted as well.

Topic Folders

Lesson folders contain chronological lessons for student consumption:

  • One-credit course: 180 lessons (days)
  • Semester-credit courses: 90 lessons (days)
  • Quarter-credit courses: 45 lessons (days)

Schools can alternate days or weeks depending on the intended use of the core courses.

Learning Objects

Learning objects are the virtual components that construct the online classroom experience. They are listed below, but more information will be provided later in this training.

The Its: Teach It, Read It, Watch It, Practice It, Play It, Show It, etc.

General Course Design

Walkthrough

Description: This video highlights the general design of an Empowered course, focusing heavily on course resources, uniqueness between grade bands, and learning object examples.

Video Link: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 07:34

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Empowered Course Features

What is a Learning Object?

Description: This video defines a learning object and explores how it can be used.

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Run Time: 03:49

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

What Is a Teach It?

Description: This video defines a Teach It and describes the educational opportunities this type of learning object provides.

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Run Time: 02:05

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

What is Texthelp?

Description: This video introduces Texthelp, a learning tool that reads text aloud, helps students to takes notes, and more.

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Run Time: 03:03

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Notetaking Using Texthelp

Description: This video highlights the notetaking features of Texthelp.

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Run Time: 03:07

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Student Submissions

How to Submit an Online Assessment

Description: This video introduces online assessments and explains how to complete each question type.

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Run Time: 04:05

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

How to Submit an Upload Assessment

Description: This video describes the process that students must follow to submit upload assessments and provide feedback to their teachers.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 03:07

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

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PART 2: LMS USAGE AND CUSTOMIZATION

Teacher Introduction

Teacher Features

Description: This video highlights the Lincoln Learning curriculum by exploring the available teacher features.

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Run Time: 03:42

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Grading

Grading Student Work

Description: This video explores the different ways to grade student work.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 04:45

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Answer Keys

It is important to note that answer keys are not always directly built within the Assess Its. In online assessments, multiple choice, multiple answer, matching, and ordering questions have guided feedback included within the questions. Essay questions include suggested answers or guidance on grading.

In an upload assessment, the teacher support material for grading is not directly incorporated into the Assess It. Rather, we recommend that a teacher finds the associated Show It Answer Key or an Assess It Answer Key. Review the job aid below for additional information.

Viewing Teacher Support Material: This article highlights how to access teacher support material for grading in Buzz.

Audio Submission (Optional)

Within Lincoln Empowered courses in Buzz, you will see some assessments that require audio submissions. Systems will vary, so we recommend sharing the article below with your students. These steps for creating audio files can also be used by teachers when uploading a file for feedback.

Audio Submission Tips: This article explains how to create audio files on various devices and operating systems.

Teacher Overview in Buzz

Teacher Home Page

Description: This video provides teachers with a step-by-step guide for navigating the Teacher Home Page in Buzz.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 01:54

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Main Menu Navigation

Description: This video provides teachers with a step-by-step guide for navigating through the Main Menu of Buzz.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 02:52

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Using the Buzz Syllabus

Customizing Your Course

Description: This video explains how to use the Buzz Editor to manage and customize course content.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 04:14

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Adjusting Visibility and Gradebook Settings

Description: This video demonstrates how to control the visibility of content and activities in your Buzz courses.

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Run Time: 05:54

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Using Bulk Edit to Update Multiple Activities at Once

Description: This video demonstrates using the Bulk Edit feature to change multiple activities at once in your syllabus.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 03:03

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Adding Your Own Content

When using Buzz, adding your own unique content is a breeze. Google Drive is accessible in Buzz, allowing teachers to pull their existing content into their Lincoln Empowered course. Teachers can also add PDFs to provide students a printable and easy way to interact with the document directly in Buzz. Other components, such as PowerPoint presentations or Word documents, require a user to download the file before using them.

Adding Your Own Content Walkthrough

Description: This video explains how to add your own items to a course.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 07:26

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

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PART 3: ADDITIONAL TEACHER FEATURES

Learning Object Repository

The Lincoln Learning Solutions Learning Object Repository is a Digital Library feature within Buzz. This Digital Library is a complete repository of all learning objects from all Lincoln Empowered courses. This library allows you to search for content as well as click through a course and view content within specific lessons.

Tips for Adding Content to the Digital Library

Description: This video highlights the initial usage of the Digital Library function.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 02:46

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Searching the Digital Library

Description: This video provides tips and strategies for searching the Digital Library in Buzz.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 03:35

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Finding Course Content in the Digital Library

Description: This video provides tips and strategies for searching in a specific course within the Digital Library in Buzz.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 03:21

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Digital Library Search Article

Description: This article provides an overview of the search fields within the Lincoln Empowered Digital Library in Buzz.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this document.

Reports

The three major types of reports that can be generated and customized for a teacher are as follows:

1. Gradebook
  • Course activity summary – This report summarizes grade information (e.g., scores, failing, passing), time spent, and other data based on course activity.
  • Period and category summary – This report summarizes grade information (e.g., scores, failing, passing), time spent, and other data based on period and category.
2. Student
  • Student performance in the current course – Report performance for all students in the current course.
  • Student performance in all my courses – Report performance for students in all of your courses.
  • Single student performance in the current course – Report performance for a chosen student in the current course.
  • Single student performance in all of my courses – Report performance for a chosen student in all of your courses.
3. Mastery
  • Mastery by date range – Report course mastery data for a specified date range.
  • All mastery data – Report course mastery data for all dates.

Running Buzz Reports: This article is designed to help you run customized class and student reports as a teacher for gradebook, performance, and mastery-level analytics.

Personalized Learning (Optional)

The Buzz LMS makes personalizing content simple. You can easily set up groups based on ability, learning styles, and/or student preferences.

Using Groups Part 1: Creating Groups

Description: This video walks you through how to create and adjust student groups in Buzz.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 05:07

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Using Groups Part 2: Assigning Work by Groups

Description: This video teaches you how to assign work to specific groups of students you have already created.

Video: Click here to launch the video.

Run Time: 03:36

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Personalized Learning: Clipboard

Description: This video shows you how to personalize content for your students using the Buzz Clipboard.

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Run Time: 03:58

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Additional Resources­­­­­­­­

Lincoln Learning Solutions Help Center

Click here to search our full Help Center.

Teacher Tutorial Page 

Click here to launch the teacher tutorials section of the Help Center.

Student Tutorial Page 

Click here to launch the student tutorials section of the Help Center.

Student Experience Videos:

The Student Experience in Early Kindergarten: This video describes the experience of taking a Lincoln Empowered Integrated Early Kindergarten course.

The Student Experience in Kindergarten through Second Grade: This video describes the experience of taking a Lincoln Empowered Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade course.

The Student Experience in Third through Fifth Grade: This video describes the experience of taking a Lincoln Empowered 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade course.

The Student Experience in Sixth through Eighth Grade: This video describes the experience of taking a Lincoln Empowered 6th, 7th, or 8th grade course.

The Student Experience in Ninth through Twelfth Grade: This video describes the experience of taking a high school level (9-12) Lincoln Empowered course.

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