Create Your Class Lists
The WILD-LAB program will monitor your students' progress and
remember where they left off from the last session, but the only
way it can do that is if the students are able to LOG IN
computer otherwise can't tell who's who. So what you do is create
a CLASS LIST. This is also a task that needs to be done only ONCE
every semester. You can create as many CLASS LISTS as you need,
but if you will only be teaching one classroom of students with
WILD-LAB then you only need to create one CLASS LIST for that
Basically, what you do is click on the "CREATE
NEW CLASS" button at the top left. Then give that CLASS
LIST a NAME. It can be a name that is simple and makes
sense to you (i.e. "5thGrade 2pm") or something cryptic
and whimsical (i.e. "Red Hobgoblins").
HINT: If you'll have many different CLASS LISTS, you may want
to opt for a SIMPLE and INTUITIVE name that you can identify at-a-glance.
Now that you've created a CLASS LIST name, you
need to enter in the "users" in that list
will be a different LOGIN NAME given to EACH "user"
in that CLASS LIST. So the question now falls to you to decide
whether to enter your students' names as INDIVIDUAL USERS or in
- If you want your students
to practice collaboration skills, then you may want to enter
your students in as WORK GROUPS.
- If you have fewer INTERNET-CONNECTED COMPUTERS
in your classroom or computer lab than you do students, then
you will want to enter your students in as WORK GROUPS.
- If you have as many INTERNET-CONNECTED COMPUTERS
in your classroom or computer lab as you have students then,
EACH student can log in and work individually, thus you may
want to enter them as INDIVIDUAL USERS.
- If you plan on making WILD-LAB homework and
you know that each student has internet-access from home, then
you will want to enter them as INDIVIDUAL USERS.
Once you've decided between WORK GROUPS and
INDIVIDUALS for that CLASS LIST, then take a list of all your
students' names and enter them in accordingly.
Your students' names will NOT be accessed directly by any personnel
or agency of WILD-LAB, Audubon Nature Institute, or any one else.
Only YOU will see their names when you look at the CLASS REPORTS
to monitor their progress and scores. It is only for YOUR REFERENCE
so that WILD-LAB can be a tool to help you assess how different
students and groups of students performed at different tasks throughout
When you create WORK
First you name the WORK GROUP. It can be either a utilitarian
name "5thgrade2pm Group1" or a whimsical name "Green
Then you enter in the names of each student you assign
to that WORK GROUP.
You can always edit the student names in a WORK GROUP later
(in case a new student joins the class or a student leaves),
but since WILD-LAB can only score how the WORK GROUP performed,
you will want to make sure that the students stay in WORK GROUPS
you assign for the duration of the program.
So every time you have the students log in for a session
of WILD-LAB, the same students should be working together as
the same WORK GROUP.
There is a precaution to make sure no unethical student with
Internet-access logs in "as" a WORK GROUP and purposely
tinkers with the program (i.e. Finishing it all alone at home
so the group doesn't have to do the work, or going through
the program purposely "failing" the group, etc.).
The precaution is that all WORK GROUPS are
"SUPERVISED SESSIONS." A "SUPERVISED SESSION"
means that no student can log in to WILD-LAB without your
"permission" first. It's as if there's a gate around
WILD-LAB and only YOU can open and close it.
What this means is that if you have a CLASS
of WORK GROUPS, then before you have the students begin their
work on WILD-LAB, you must log in to your CONTROL PANEL and
ACTIVATE the SUPERVISED SESSION for that CLASS. You can set
limits on how long the CLASS can continue to have access,
but WILD-LAB will automatically DEACTIVATE a SUPERVISED SESSION
after 3 hours.
When you create INDIVIDUAL
Enter each students' name for your reference in the CLASS
LIST, and then select whether this CLASS LIST of INDIVIDUALS
will be a SUPERVISED SESSION CLASS or not. You will ONLY want
the class to be SUPERVISED SESSIONS if you strictly want them
to work on WILD-LAB from within your classroom at a selected
time. If you want the student to have the freedom to work on
WILD-LAB whenever they wish, then DO NOT make it a SUPERVISED
One submitted, the page will refresh showing 3 columns:
The students names in the CLASS LIST
their LOGIN ID's
After creating your CLASS LIST, you'll see a
link to "PRINT STUDENT HANDOUTS." When you click
that button, you'll be prompted to PRINT OUT a set of pages. There
will be ONE PAGE for you summarizing the CLASS LIST info and your
instructions (a simple start-up walk-through, etc.), and one page
for each WORK GROUP or INDIVIDUAL with basic instructions to get
started on WILD-LAB as well as their name(s) and login info. This
handout has their crucial login information, so you should emphasize
its importance to your students.
Now you are DONE and READY for your class to
begin with WILD-LAB!
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