Illuminate Resources provides a great way to support blended learning environments and give easy access to content to support instruction.
This help document is intended to provide suggestions for rolling out this feature to your teachers. Your rollout will strongly depend on whether teachers will create resources or use existing resources. It is important to discuss the differences with your Implementation Manager or Illuminate staff.
In addition, please consider the following:
- Many resources in Illuminate Resources are tied to Common Core standards. Do you have a standards schedule in place for Common Core instruction?
- Teachers should preview the resources/playlists linked to the standards ahead of time. Do these meet your curricular needs?
- If there are no resources tied to any standard(s) that you or other users would like to use, consider creating resources for them. This will benefit the larger Illuminate community!
- Teachers who use Illuminate Resources will use a variety of resources that require network access. Be sure to test all resources. Websites like YouTube can be blocked by I.T. or other personnel. Also be aware of your district bandwidth. Can several teachers play a video at one time without the video freezing? Does the video load so slowly the teacher is not able to use it?
- If there are videos, does the classroom/computer lab have sound enabled? Are there special plugins to install to view a resource off the web- java, flash, etc? Are you able to install these or does it require I.T. or other personnel?
- Illuminate recommends hands-on training. When and where will this happen?
Illuminate Resources Session 1: 30-45 minutes
Teachers should be able to:
- Identify standards in Illuminate that have resources/playlists in Illuminate Resources
- Create and customize an Illuminate Resources account
- Navigate Illuminate Resources
- Explore content that is tied to standards
Illuminate Resources Session 2: 30-45 minutes
Teachers should be able to:
- Search resources, playlists and users
- 'Favorite' a resource or playlist
- ‘Follow’ a user
Illuminate Resources Session 3: 30-45 minutes
Teachers should be able to:
- Create a playlist
- Create different types of resources
- Share resources and playlists
Illuminate Resources Session 1: 30-45 Minutes
Identify Standards That Have Resources/Playlists in Illuminate
When viewing specific reports in Illuminate, teachers may see a Learn Link next to a standard. This lets the teacher know that there are resources and/or playlists associated to the standard. They may click the Learn Link and this will move them into Illuminate Resources.
Create an Account
Teachers create an account in Illuminate Resources by using an existing Google account or by creating a new Illuminate Resources account. Be sure to use the email address tied to your Illuminate account if you are creating a new Illuminate Resources account. Teachers can also customize their profile. Use the help document, Customize Your Profile, for reference.
Illuminate Resources, like the main Illuminate site, is easily navigated using the tabs.
- Explore: This is similar to the main Illuminate search for standards. Choose the standard content, either Common Core or state content, and the grade level to view associated playlists. Continue to drill down to view specific content.
- Search: Search for playlists, resources, or other users. You may narrow your search by resource content type, grade level or keyword. Search separately or in combination to find content in Illuminate Resources.
- My Stuff: All of the resources and/or playlists you create reside here. As you find resources and playlists you consider a favorite, you can create Favorite Playlists and Favorite Resources that display here. You can also share your resources and playlists. Any user you ‘Follow’ shows here as well.
- Your Name: Settings such as username and password can be changed here. Here you will customize your display, logout, provide feedback, or find Help information.
Illuminate Resources Session 2: 30-45 Minutes
Teachers may search for existing resources, playlists, and users in the Search tab. You may narrow your search by resource content type, grade level or keyword. Search separately or in combination to find content.
To view a resource, click the link associated to the resource. This will take you to a website, document, or video. Always preview a resource before using it with students. Ask yourself questions like:
- Does this meet my instructional need?
- Is the content age appropriate?
- Do I have access to technology that successfully displays the resource?
'Favorite' a Resource/Playlist
When you Favorite a resource or playlist, it makes them easily accessible from your 'My Stuff' tab. Use the help document, Label Resources/Playlists Your Favorite, for reference.
Follow a User
When you 'Follow' another user, a link is provided to that user's resources and playlists. You may then use the resources and playlists to create your own playlists. Refer to the help document, Follow a User, for reference.
Illuminate Resources Session 3: 30-45 Minutes
Create a Playlist
A playlist is a combination of several resources. It's a good idea to find your resources before you begin. Naming your playlist and adding a description need careful consideration. You want to be as specific as possible so that when you access the playlist next year, you have a good idea of the resources/content. You may even want to establish a naming convention so all your titles contain the same information.
Here's an example:
Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
Allow Random Order
Terms: By the time you finish this playlist, you should be able to define and give an example of the following terms:
- whole number
- borrowing (when subtracting *carrying (when adding)
Skills: By the time you finish this playlist, you should be able to:
- Add single-digit and multiple-digit whole numbers
- Subtract single-digit and multiple-digit whole numbers
- Solve simple word problems using whole-number addition and subtraction
To create a playlist, use the help document, Create a Playlist, for reference.
Create Different Types of Resources
Resources can contain a variety of materials. Documents, videos, websites, images, and assessments are possible. You can combine these together within one resource if you like. Resources can be shared with all Illuminate Resources users or can be password protected. It is recommended that resources be aligned to standards but it is not required. An excellent example of a resource is called "Creating a Resource in Illuminate Resources". You can search for this resource using the Search tab.
To create a resource, use the help document, Create a Resource, for reference.
Share Resources and Playlists
Resources and playlists can be shared in Illuminate Resources so other users do not need to search for them. Sharing resources and playlists is similar to sharing assessments or reports in Illuminate. A user will find anything shared in the 'My Stuff' tab under the 'Shared Resources' link.