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2017

Just this week we released a new feature to all LaunchPad and Writer’s Help courses: REEF Integration. REEF, i>clicker’s mobile response system, enables you to poll and quiz students using the devices they already bring to class--smart phones, laptops, tablets, and even i>Clicker remotes.

 

What does this mean? As of today, you can link your REEF course to your LaunchPad course and quickly synchronize your students’ grades to LaunchPad. This allows students to have single sign-on with REEF and LaunchPad, and keep all their grades in one spot. We have a quick explanatory video for you.

 

How does this work? In REEF, navigate to your REEF course’s Settings and copy the link from the LMS Sync tab (which is accessible from the REEF Settings icon/page).

 

LMS Sync in REEF

 

 

Then in LaunchPad, you will select “+ Add a new assignment” and you will now see the option for “Reef Course Link”.

+Add New in LaunchPad

 

Set up the assignment, making sure to paste in that URL from REEF. Voila!  You now have a column for REEF in your LaunchPad gradebook.

 

How much does this cost? As of today, 6 months of REEF access is only $5 when packaged with a Macmillan Learning Product. What a deal!

 

How can I learn more about REEF or this integration between REEF and LaunchPad and get access to REEF? Reach out to your local Macmillan Learning representative for more information.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to go to a presentation by Sara Goldrick-Rab. You can see the presentation here. Regardless about how you feel about her politics, her statistics about the number of students, especially community college students, who are not only struggling to pay for school (which we all know) but that are, at the same time, experiencing homelessness and food insecurity and hunger was shocking to me. We know that, in pre-K to 12, that there is constant discussion about how students can't learn when they are hungry or when their home life is unstable. And for pre-K-12, there are some existing solutions (like free and reduced school lunch, weekend backpacks of food, etc.) that make a difference. But we haven't gotten to those solutions on a mass scale for higher ed yet, and it's something to think about and work on. Please share any ideas that are working at your school or in your community.  

Yesterday I had the privilege of listening to Donovan Livingston do a live version of his spoken word poem "Lift Off" that garnered so much attention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Convocation last year. (If you haven't seen it, it's 6 minutes long, very powerful, and I'd highly recommend it.) In addition, he spoke a bit about the impact that the teachers mentioned (and not mentioned) in the poem had on him. He spoke of Ms. Parker, who in 7th grade encouraged him to harness all his energy and taught him to debate. He talked about his high school teacher who wouldn't let him do spoken word at his high school graduation (but reached out immediately after his Convocation talk to congratulate him.) And he talked about all the people he met along the way, both at Harvard and before, who helped him become the person he is, who influenced him so much, and who allowed him to make that moving speech. It was a great reminder of the impact that teachers can have on students, and humans on one another.