Back to School Part 1 – get your Sumdog account ready for the new school year
The start of the new year brings many changes and things to do, including making sure your Sumdog account is ready for the year ahead.
Follow these 5 steps to ensure your account is set up correctly for a smooth start to the year.
1. Make sure your technology is up to date
Chances are your technology will have some software updates to do after the summer break.
If you are using Sumdog on PCs and laptops, it will work best on Firefox or Chrome. We also recommend that your web browser is as up-to-date as possible.
If your class access Sumdog via tablets or iPads, make sure the devices are up to date and don’t have any software updates pending. If you are still using the old ‘Sumdog 2D’ app on your devices, download the newer ‘Sumdog’ app from the Apple or Play store for the best experience.
2. Make sure your school settings are correct
Sumdog is aligned to a number of national curricula, as well as many key state standards. To check your school is aligned to the correct curriculum, log in to your account, choose ‘Settings’, then ‘Curriculum or standards’, and then ‘school curriculum’.
Note that changing your standards is immediate and applies to the whole school, and will reset the diagnostic test. Find out more about this here.
3. Remove teachers that have left, add teachers that have joined
Any teachers that have left the school should be removed from the school account, so that they can join their new school. You can also invite new teachers to join your account, and confirm any pending requests from new teachers. Just go to ‘School Settings’ and ‘Manage teachers’.
If you are moving to a teaching in a new school this year, here’s how to transfer your Sumdog account.
4. Set up your classes
To organise your classes, go to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Manage Students’. You can add individual students or upload a spreadsheet.
If your students already have Sumdog accounts, make sure you tick ‘Rearranging classes and/or changing year groups’, so that all their previous progress is preserved.
If you’re using a different tool in your school, we may still be able to integrate. Get in touch to discuss the options.
5. Get parents involved
Once your classes are all set up, you can print parent letters for your students to take home, to help get parents involved in their learning with their own free Sumdog parent accounts. Each letter is personalised to include the student’s login details so you don’t have to spend time writing them out!
To print letters for your class, go to ‘Settings’, click ‘Manage students’ and then click ‘View details’ next to your class. Choose ‘print parent letters’ at the bottom.
Want a printable version of these tips? Download our handy tip sheet.
Once your account is set up, it’s time to get going!