LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following links to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for the Combined Volume of Exploring American Histories, Volume I, and Volume II.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
Document Project QuizzesTwo of these quizzes are found in each chapter, one following each document project. They consist of five multiple choice questions, and are graded automatically.
e-BookThe e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all primary sources, images, maps, and pedagogical tools. At the top right of each e-Book page is a page reference number so that students can go back and forth between their e-Book and their printed book, if they wish.
Key Term FlashcardsKey Term Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn unfamiliar terms and places---there's a Flashcard exercise for each chapter. Students drag and drop the correct term to the given definition. Students see right away whether they're correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
LearningCurveTired of trying to get students to read *before* class? Assigning LearningCurve can help. It's adaptive quizzing created to get students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book (via a live link) where she can read and learn the answer to the quiz question. Sometimes called, fondly, "Reading Bully" by other history instructors.
Map QuizzesTwo map quizzes in each chapter sharpen students' geography skills. Places on a map are indicated by letters; students use drop-down menus to select a location that corresponds with each letter. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
Note-Taking OutlinesNote-Taking Outlines give students a tidy framework for creating their own study materials.
Primary SourcesWe know how important primary sources are to building students' history skills. Each chapter in Exploring American Histories' LaunchPad includes two primary source projects. In LaunchPad, the questions that follow each source, and the questions that encourage readers to synthesize the projects, can be assignments that students complete and submit right in LaunchPad.
Primary Sources - AdditionalIn addition to the Primary Source Projects in each chapter, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
Self-TestsSelf-tests are a great low-stakes way for students to assess how well they understood the basics of each chapter. There are two self-tests per chapter. The self-tests are multiple choice, comprised of 20 questions. They are graded automatically.
Timeline ActivitiesThere is one timeline activity in each chapter of LaunchPad, to assist students in knowing the order of events covered in that chapter. Students drag and drop events to their corresponding dates, and click submit when they're done. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
VideosFrom New York City "Ghetto" Fish Market: Scenes of Urban Immigrant Life, 1901 (filmed by Edison) on, video clips enrich your LaunchPad course, and appeal to students.
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Instructor's Resource ManualThe Instructor's Resource Manual contains chapter learning objectives, annotated chapter outlines, lecture strategies, suggested classroom activities, suggested discussion topics, and answer guidelines for the Review & Relate, Document, and Document Project questions that appear in every chapter.
Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint FormatWork directly from these or use them as a starting point to customize--they include not only text outlines but also images and maps.
Summative QuizzesEvery chapter offers a pre-built summative quiz which allows students to practice or instructors to assign it for higher-stakes assessment.
Other Instructor Resources: Test Bank
The Test Bank allows instructors to easily view, select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. To learn more about this resource, visit the article How do I find the Test Bank?.