SpringBoard ebooks have many features that can enhance the way you teach and the way your students learn. The information below will help you take advantage of the unique functions of the SpringBoard digital platform.
Accessing Individual eBooks
Once you’ve created your digital class rosters and added ebooks to your classes, here’s how to access them:
- Select the appropriate class from the navigation bar at the top of your screen.
- Select the name of the course ebook you want to access.
- Click View eBook.
Navigating the Table of Contents
- To open the Table of Contents, click on the icon at the top left corner of your browser. You’ll see the first section of the eBook and its contents.
- To go to content that corresponds to a specific page of the print edition, enter the page number from the print edition in the text box.
- To skip to another unit, click the blue arrow.
- To view a specific activity or lesson in the unit, click the name of the activity or lesson.
Editing the Teacher Wrap
Here’s how to customize the digital version of your teacher wrap so it supports your teaching strategy:
- To open the teacher wrap, click the icon on the upper left of your screen (looks like an unfolded map). That’s the Teacher Wrap icon.
- Click “Edit On” to make sure the feature is turned on.
- To edit existing text, click the Edit icon (looks like a pencil and paper) and then click Teacher Wrap text box to make your edits.
- To add a new section, click the Add section icon (looks like a plus sign), click where it says “Type something” and enter your new content.
- Click Save at the bottom of the section to save your edits, or click Cancel disregard your edits.
- After you save your edits, you’ll be able to view the original content by clicking the Original and the changes you’ve made by clicking Revisions.
Using the Correlations Viewer
Here’s how to access information on how a lesson correlates to standards:
- Open the Correlations viewer by clicking the Correlations icon (looks like two linked circles).
- Click a blue Anchor Standard. Continue clicking on subgroups of standards to drill down into a specific standard. This may take several clicks, depending on the number of subgroups.
- Click a page to view an activity that addresses that standard.
Using the Search Function
Here’s how to find where specific words appear in an ebook:
- Click the Search icon on the left of your screen (looks like a magnifying glass).
- Enter a word or phrase in the text box and hit the enter key or click the Search icon to search.
- You may choose Relevance or Location from the dropdown menu. This may affect the order of the results.
- To see the full context of where the search term appears, click the name of the activity or lesson.
Reviewing Student Work
- Click the last icon in the left-hand menu (looks like a stamp). This is the Class Copy
- Click the name of the class you’d like to view.
- Click the name of a student to see any responses they’ve submitted through their ebook.
How to Print
- Click the Print icon from the top right navigation bar.
- Check the appropriate boxes to indicate if you want to include annotations, the teacher wrap, and/or images.
- Click either Teacher Pages or Student Pages to choose which pages to print.
How to Change Your eBook Preferences
- Click the Preferences icon (looks like a circular gear) in the top right navigation bar.
- Click the appropriate buttons to turn the following functions on or off: Annotations & Highlighting, Answers, Correlations (to view related standards), Projector Mode (to present on whiteboards).
How to Share to Google Classroom
Note: Before you can share content to Google Classroom, you’ll need to set up classes on Google. Learn how to set up Google classes.
- To share SpringBoard content to a Google class, first make sure you’ve navigated to the unit or activity you want to share.
- Click Share to Google Classroom in the top right of your navigation bar. A pop-up window will open.
- From the dropdown menu, select the content you want to share and click Next.
- Choose the class you want to share with, then click Go.
- Then click the Choose action dropdown, click the action you want to take (such as Create assignment or Ask question) and click Go.
- Then, enter information, such as the assignment name and instructions for students, in the fields associated with that action, and click the Assign button in the top right corner of the pop-up window.
- You’ll be able to see the content you just shared in Google Classroom by clicking the View
FOR STUDENTS: How to Respond to Unit Activities in Ebooks
Students have three ways to provide responses to questions in their course ebooks:
- Click the Text icon (looks like the letter A) to open a text box where they can type their response.
- Click the Link icon (looks like a linked chain) to paste a URL and a title to the link.
- Click the Attach icon (looks like a paperclip) to attach a file from their computer.
After clicking Save, they can click Edit or Delete to modify their work.
FOR STUDENTS: How to Annotate Text
When students annotate the text they read, they’re preparing for close, critical reading of a wide range of materials. In their notes, students can ask questions, make predictions, observe genre characteristics and text structures, and uncover subtle nuances, which will help them develop a deeper understanding of the text as a whole.
Here's how students can annotate text:
- Use their cursor to highlight any text or image from the ebook.
- A window will open, allowing them to:
- Create a Sticky Note they can type into.
- Mark the text by circling it, underlining it, or adding a marker such as a ? or !.
- Define a word.
- Highlight the text in a variety of colors.
Students can also click Share to Google Classroom to ask a question, make an announcement, or create material from their selected text.