Get Students Started
Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.
Make sure you have the right tools.
- Internet connection (broadband is best)
- Current browser
- Headset with microphone (best, but alternatively, use a microphone and speakers)
In addition to a desktop or laptop computer, make sure students using Raz-Kids, Raz-Plus, Science A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, or Headsprout have the right tools to access the Kids A-Z app.
- Wifi connection
- Current app from your device's app store
- Built-in microphone and speakers
See our System Requirements FAQ for more detailed information.
Student AccessStudents access all learning resources via the Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Kids A-Z is also where you will access all your necessary student management tools like rosters, reports, and assignments.
Student PlacementCheck your Roster or Assignment pages in our easy-to-use Kids A-Z management hub to designate each student's developmental level.
You can use various assessments to help you determine where to start students. You can also use the previous year's performance or your observation of students' performance to place them. This ensures that students can get started immediately.
Future data may reveal that you should adjust a student's placement.
Learning A-Z Placement Recommendations:
- Science A-Z
Unit Nonfiction Books at the center of each Science A-Z unit are provided at three reading levels within each grade range so you can find the best fit to help students read the science content presented without frustration. Choose the grade span and a reading level to provide access to the Unit Nonfiction Books and other resources at developmentally appropriate reading levels.
- Grades K-2: low, mid, or high
- Grades 3-4: low, mid, or high
- Grades 5-6: low, mid, or high
Independent Practice Time
You can use classroom computers or the computer lab in your school to schedule independent practice time, or have students access the Kids A-Z learning environment from any computer with an Internet connection.
Recommendations for Student Practice and Pacing:
- Science A-Z
Provide independent reading practice with informational science texts to support science unit instruction. Reading practice for 15-20 minutes at least three to four times a week is recommended. Create assignments related to your current science unit or provide access to the Science Library for students to read, listen to, and interact with online resources that support class instruction or to allow students to explore topics they are interested in.
Send Home Information
Personalized Student Login Cards and a Letter to Parents found on the Roster page have all the log-in information that students and parents need.
Incentives & Awards
Turn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading. You can also turn on the incentives that allow them to spend earned stars to personalize their avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. Our intermediate portal allows students to customize their learning area with different background they purchase and earn. Badges also reward students for achieving milestones and incentivize them to complete more activities.
You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, and Avatar Builder for the class or an individual student if enough time is not being spent on assignments.
- Science A-Z
Give students Assignments to earn stars for each completed activity such as reading, listening, or passing a quiz. Also give students access to the Science Library to motivate them to read from science topics of their choosing.
Provide headsets for the best sound quality and to minimize disturbance and distraction resulting from students listening to books, completing interactive lessons, responding to instructions, or making recordings.
Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.