How do my students get started with Liftoff?

Updated 2 years ago by Mackenzie Maddox

Step 1: Liftoff must be enabled for the student. Go to the "Students Center" tab from the teacher dashboard and select "Manage Users" from the drop-down menu and then select "Manage Students". Check the box next to the students' names and use the "Group Action" box to activate Liftoff for the selected students.

Step 2: Once the student clicks the Liftoff icon at the top of their Education Galaxy homepage, they will need to take a diagnostic for the subject/test before they can enter the galaxy.

Note: If your campus administers NWEA MAP testing, you can import student RIT scores before taking the Liftoff diagnostic tests. Please see this article for more information about importing NWEA MAP RIT scores.

Step 3: Click “Start”  to begin the diagnostic. Students do not need to take all 7 diagnostics to start, but they will need to complete at least 1 diagnostic.

Step 4: After students have completed the diagnostic for a particular domain, the program will create an individualized learning path for the student in their My Galaxies section. Each diagnostic will populate the corresponding column in My Galaxies. The program will place their rocket at their lowest skill gap. Direct students to find their rocket and click on the topic next to their rocket to begin.

Step 5: Students can review by watching the mini-lesson video, and then they will choose the game they wish to be rewarded with and select their rocket.

Step 6: If students answer the question correctly on their first try, the program will instantly reward them with a quick brain break. They will get to play the game they selected for a maximum of 20 seconds.

Step 7: An alien explanation video tutorial will appear on their screen if they answer the question incorrectly. The alien explanation will provide immediate and specific feedback to the problem they are working on. It will help the student think through the problem and set it up correctly without giving away the answer. After they watch the tutorial video, they will go back to the question, apply what they learned during the video, and correct their mistake before going to the next question. Even though they’ve corrected their answer, they won’t have the chance to play a game because they didn’t get it correct on their first try.

Step 8: Once a student completes all 10 questions in the session, the program will take them to a summary page to review the questions they just answered, rewatch the alien explanation for the questions, or watch a mini-lesson video to review the concept further. If the student scored 80% or higher, the program will reward them with a galaxy star, and their rocket will move up to their next skill gap. If they did not reach mastery, they could try the topic again by clicking "study plan," and the program will ask a new set of 10 questions assessing the topic.

Step 9: Each student’s mission is to get all 7 rockets up to the top of their galaxies, meaning they have filled in all of their foundational skill gaps below grade level. Now it is time to begin mastering their on-grade level state standards on the Education Galaxy platform!

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