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We want to help you get off to a great start, so we've come up with 5 "TassoTasks" to help you get to grips with Tassomai and introduce it in your school.

We'll be sending you an email about each task, but if you want to read ahead we've summarised them below.

You'll also find links to relevant downloads and suggested reads from our blog. Keep an eye on the Tasso-blog, it's a good place to find tips for teachers (and for students) as well as other useful content like case studies and interesting articles we've spotted.   

If you have any questions or need help, contact us, our team are always happy to help.

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Task 1:

Launch Tassomai

Your mission is to make sure all your students sign up to Tassomai! To do this they need to visit www.tassomai.com/signup and enter your unique school code, which can be found in either of your first two emails from Tassomai.

We recommend that when you launch Tassomai with your students, you use our launch presentation, which walks them through what Tassomai is, why it will help them, and how to create their accounts.

Here are three methods which schools have found extremely effective when launching Tassomai:

  • Go through the launch presentation in a whole year or whole cohort assembly, and then put your school code on the board and get your students to sign up on their phones. If possible, this seems to be the most effective method.
     

  • Book out an IT room for each class which is using Tassomai, go through the presentation, and then put the code on the screen and get your students to create their accounts on school computers. This is especially useful if some of your students don't have smartphones or your assembly is already planned.
     

  • Send the code and presentation round to all the form tutors, and get students to sign up during form time in the morning. This is helpful if you don't have enough IT rooms, or they're already fully booked.

When your students have created their accounts, they should get going with completing their first daily goal - they should try to complete at least four of these each week!

N.B. Creating an account is not yet possible in the app.

 
 Click here to download our launch presentation

Click here to download our launch presentation

 
 

Worth a read:

"How Tassomai helped my students get more A’s and B’s (and I ended up in A&E)"

Science teacher Richard Fulford on his Tassomai experience, the impact on grades and how it halved teacher marking in year 11.

 

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Task 2:

Track Usage

When your students have all created their accounts, you should start checking they're actually using the program! After about 4 days, login and check how students are doing. When you login to the teacher dashboard, the default view is an overview of all students - on the left hand side you can select specific year groups, classes and additional groups*, and along the top which data you want.

When you've chosen your students, see which of them are "Lapsed" by clicking the tile - this will show you all students who have completed fewer than 2 daily goals in the last week, and so aren't using the program enough.

At this point very few of your students will be "Engaged", since that would mean they've completed 4 daily goals in 4 days. You can still see who your best users are - remove the "Lapsed" filter by clicking on the tile again, and then sort the whole class by "Questions Attempted" or "Time Spent".

*Additional groups can be created on request - just get in touch and we can create tutor groups, houses, or any group you want.

 

Why is good usage so important?

In the first week you'll notice that some sections haven't generated much data yet, particularly in the "Performance" and "Understanding" views (found along the top). This is one of the reasons it's really important to get your students using Tassomai regularly - the more they use the program, the more data the site will generate for you, allowing you to easily target intervention (task 5).

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Worth a read:

"Becoming a Star School"

Great usage leads to great results - our Star School scheme rewards our top performing schools. 

 

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Task 3:

Motivate Your Students

The insight which Tassomai provides can greatly reduce time you need to spend on marking and admin - but this means your students need to use Tassomai regularly, or they won't generate sufficient data on the program, and so you need to ensure they stay motivated. There are a variety of ways to do this, and many of them are detailed in the case study from Tassomai supremo David Back on the right hand side [N.B. This was written before the introduction of Daily Goals]. 

We've found that some of the most effective motivational strategies are based on creating competition between students. If your school is ok with it, we'd suggest you create leaderboards ranked by Daily Goals completed, Accuracy or any other metric you want.

If you're at a school which doesn't want to put up a leaderboard, then find the top 3 students in terms of usage and praise or reward them for how well they've done.

One final alternative is creating competition between classes - your dashboard shows you an overview for each class, so why not have a weekly reward for the class which answers the most questions correctly in a week?

Download a template for an Accuracy leaderboard here, or a more general one here.

 David Back, Assistant Head at James Hornsby School
 

Worth a read:

"The Cheese Factor - Top Tips for Implementing EdTech in School"

In this case study, David Back, Assistant Headteacher at James Hornsby School in Essex talks motivation and memes!

 

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Task 4:

Manage Content

At some point, your students may notice that they're being shown content which they haven't been taught yet. This is because as students progress through the program the algorithm starts showing them newer, harder questions.

This is intentional - Tassomai is built to provide flipped learning, which some schools really like. However, if you'd rather Tassomai only showed students content which they'd already covered in class, you can pause the topics they haven't been taught yet. 

To do this, simply select the relevant class, and click "Lesson Plan" (found on the top right). You'll then see every topic which is on the specification - to pause a topic, simply uncheck it by clicking on it. 

Students can temporarily pause and unpause topics as well if they really want to take quizzes on them, but at midnight they will revert to the settings you chose.

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Worth a read:

"The Radiowave Gang"

The true story of a group of Year 9s who were so desperate to get ahead they hacked into Tassomai without permission!

 

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Task 5:

Use the Intervention Data

After a few weeks, your students will have generated enough data for you to use the Understanding Grid. We've written a detailed explainer of the grid, but to put it simply each dot represents how well a student is doing in that subject, topic or theme. The colour of the dot represents accuracy*, while the size shows you how much of the content that student has seen. 

If any students have large or even medium sized dots which are orange or red, there may be a problem in their understanding of the material, and they might need intervention - see if you can identify 3 students who are struggling, you could even bring them up in your next staff meeting as needing intervention.

Once you've found students that are struggling, you can even see which specific questions they're struggling with - just click on the dot and it will show you which questions they have answered incorrectly recently. 

*Blue over 85% --- Green over 70% --- Orange over 50% --- Red under 50%

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Worth a read:

"The Understanding Grid - What it is and how to use it"

A more in-depth explanation of what the dot grid is, what each dot actually means, and how teachers can best use it.

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