Once you have viewed the course summaries in the Course Catalog and decided on a course or courses you would like to use, you will need to register yourself as a teacher and then register your class(es) so that your students can access SpaceClass and be linked to you for administrative purposes.
To begin the registration process, teachers should request a login from SpaceClass. Click on Request a Login on the top menu bar. Complete the registration form that appears. Your username should be your email address, and you can choose your own password. Once you log in with your email username and your choice of a password, you will be able to add classes for your students to take.
To register your students, complete the class registration form for teachers. Enter the classroom size, dates you intend to start and finish a lesson, and a generic password that you create for the whole class. This password will be a temporary one for the group. We recommend leaving extra time for the finish date in case there are any delays that could prevent the students from being able to complete a course. Add a week or two just to be on the safe side.
When your class meets, give students the class username, which is your email address, and the class password to begin their log-in process. Students then complete a personal log-in registration form. Their email addresses become their usernames, and they create their own passwords. This lets them have individual access to the site so that they can work at their own pace. SpaceClass will keep track of their progress and mark completed labs, lessons, and quizzes in the Mission Map with a check mark so they can see which segments they have finished and select a new lesson the next time they login to SpaceClass.
Once the class log-in process is complete and a lesson is underway, you can monitor the progress of each student online by going to your class roster and checking the projects and lesson segments.
For optimum results, each student should have access to a computer with sound, headphones, internet access, and current recent version of Flashversion 8 or newer, to download the videos and animated virtual labs. Talk with your IT manager to find out if your school requires a temporary security approval in order to download SpaceClass.
When a student enters a course, they will be presented with a Misson Map which has a complete list of all of the video lessons, quizzes and virtual labs in the course. They can proceed in sequence or choose just those lessons, quizzes and labs that you wish to assign.
Video segments loop continuously, so when you are ready to move on from a video, click on Continue. If you want to skip a segment, click on Mission Map at the top, and select the segment you want. You can always pick up where you left off, by clicking on Mission Map.
If all of your students simultaneously download video segments and you notice that videos do not run properly, you may have a server access limitation in your school and may need to download the lesson on each computer before the students begin. Once all the video segments in a lesson have been downloaded on a computer, it is cached and will run well for the rest of that day.
Computer lab access
If you have access to a computer lab only one day a week, consider having students do some of the lesson in class and some at home. It might be best to have them do the virtual labs in class, so you can be there to help.
If you have more students than computers, two students can work on a lesson at one time, as long as they can use headphones or ear buds. They will need to work as a team. You can give them hard copies of the quizzes, using our link to printable versions of the quizzes.