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Platform Update - April 2023

April 18, 2023 | Katie Cunningham |

Our last version 3.3.5 introduces a new feature: email updates! These give you actionable insights into usage and progress. You will not receive any emails unless you opt in. (See below.) There is one version for teachers and one for school leaders.

About the Email Updates Feature

Weekly Updates for Teachers

This type of email update is available to all teachers and co-teachers.

honor roll

Honor Roll!

This section lists any students who scored 100% on an activity on their first try in the past week.

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Vocabulary Champs

This section lists any key academic concepts or words that your students mastered in the past week. For example, if it reads isosceles triangle (+3), that means three students learned it.
learning supports needed

Students Who Need Support

This section lists the names of students who have struggled with an activity in the past week. We determine this is they failed to finish an activity after five tries. Click their name to see details. 

School-Wide Monthly Updates

This type of email update is available for school leaders who are set up with the required permissions.

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Making the Grade

This section lists all teachers in your school who had their students work on Speak Agent this month.
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Teachers on-Mission!

This section lists any teachers with a student who learned at least 10 key academic concepts in Speak Agent this month. Be sure to congratulate them!

content vocabulary champsContent Vocabulary Champs

This section lists any key academic concepts or words that students in your school mastered last month. For example, if it reads isosceles triangle (+3), that means three students learned it.

How to Opt into the Email Updates

1. After you sign into Speak Agent, click on your account settings icon at top-right:

account settings icon

2. Check the box for the email you want and press Save Edits. (Only school leaders will be able to get the school summary.)

When Will I Get My Email Update?

sun-smThe weekly update for teachers will arrive in your inbox bright and early every Monday morning.
MonthThe monthly update for school leaders will arrive on the first of each month.

New Lesson Notifications

Whenever we add a new lesson that you can assign to your students, you will now see a yellow circle with a number inside that tells you how many new lessons are available: new lessons counter

Whenever you see a yellow dot (new-lesson) by the name of a lesson in the search results, it means that is a new lesson.

New Subjects List: Searching for Lessons

We updated the list of subjects to better reflect our current course offerings. The new subjects list appears whenever you search for Lessons in Speak Agent.

  • If you click Lessons on the left-hand menu you can filter lessons quickly by subject or grade level.
  • If you go to a class or student page and press Assign Lessons, you can now also filter by subject or grade level, as shown below:

Filtering Data Dashboards by Subject

School and district leaders may now break down progress data by subject.

  • On your dashboard, you may narrow down the data by Speak Agent course.
  • You may also filter by subject/course on the Reports page.

We'd love to hear about your experience with this new feature, so please don't hesitate to contact your support team!

Katie Cunningham

Written by Katie Cunningham

Katie is CTO and Co-Founder of Speak Agent, Inc. A leading expert in the Python programming language, Katie designed the Speak Agent architecture and wrote the very first line of code for the current platform. She is an accomplished technical author and keynote speaker worldwide, as well as a leader of the Washington DC chapter of PyLadies, an organization dedicated to training women in Python.