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Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning Glossary of Terms

This is a comprehensive list of terms/features used within Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning to support users as they navigate the platform.

Adaptive Learning: Delivery of custom learning experiences that address the unique needs of an individual through personalized placement, just-in-time enrichment, scaffolding (at or below grade level) and automatic mastery assessment (rather than providing a one-size-fits-all learning experience)

Adaptive Placement (Diagnostic) Test/Mode: Series of questions designed to perform a comprehensive assessment of students' knowledge; our adaptive placement will start assessing each independent concept before moving on to dependent concepts across the entire learning path. This generates an accurate Student Learning DNA profile which helps deliver personalized practice and scaffolding for the student. The length (number of questions) and concepts covered will vary student to student based on their performance as they work through the placement mode.

Adaptive Practice: Meeting each student exactly where he/she is with the right level of practice, instruction, scaffolding and assessment to ensure mastery in every concept once the student completes their diagnostic/placement for the assigned learning path

Administration: Management of all school Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning access and operations

Assessment: The wide variety of methods or tools that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, or educational needs of students

Assessment Results: Assessment specific reports and data based on student performance on the assigned assessment

Assessment Window: Time between the assessment start date and due date in which the assessment is available for students to access and complete

Assignment Feed: Place for teachers to quickly view active/recent assignments across subjects, review student submissions and provide feedback and comments

Auto Generate Assessment: Operation of choosing a set of standards and having Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning automatically select questions to include in a new assessment

Avatar: Icon or figure representing a person in the platform – options for free avatars or students can use coins to purchase animated avatars

Behavior: Tool for teachers to easily reinforce positive non-academic outcomes, keep students on task, and enhance your classroom culture – allow teachers to monitor behavior trends for the classroom and individual students

Behavior Reports: Report to review class behavior summaries and view by student as well as by behavior

Bulk Import: Loading data from a data file (CSV) into the platform – this can be done for both teacher and student users by the school or district admin

Canvas: An online learning management system (LMS) that allows educators to organize curriculum, post grades and information online, and provide student assignments – can be used for single sign on in the Adaptive Academic Learning platform

Classroom: Digital space for teachers to enroll groups of students for the purpose of assigning tasks for students to complete and pulling reports/data on those tasks

Classroom Dashboard: Classroom landing page which shows recent activity and student progress toward the weekly goal for Math and ELA

Classroom Smart Alerts: Assignment reminders and message alerts that are/can be sent to teachers, students, and family members connected to the student

Clever: Common digital learning platform for K12 schools for single sign-on and rostering in the Adaptive Academic Learning platform

Coins: Rewards earned by students for answering questions correctly on the platform or awarded to them by teachers through assignment reviews, behavior logging, etc.

Colors: Pre-approved background colors students can purchase for 10 coins which affect their view/color scheme inside their accounts

Concept: Collection of questions which address a certain skill that is aligned to one or more standards – multiple concepts can be tied to a single standard

Concept Improvement: Concepts assigned by the teacher based on concepts identified as needing additional instruction/support – generally assigned to individual students or small groups of students

Content Library: Single location in the platform where all learning paths, assessments, word lists, etc. can be accessed by opening various tiles

Co-teacher: Additional teachers who are added to a classroom and can view/assign tasks and review reports for all students in the classroom

Curriculum: A standards-based sequence of learning experiences and assessment opportunities” assigned to one or more students.

Custom Assessment: Assessments built using pre-authored assessment questions or questions authored by users – these can be any length, cover any number of standards, and be kept private or be shared within a school or district

Custom Lesson: Instructional videos added/created/uploaded to the platform by the user which can be shared within their school/district and assigned to students as needed

Data: Any information that educators, schools, districts, and state agencies collect on individual students, including data such as personal information, enrollment, academic information, and various other forms of data collected and used by educators and educational institutions

Default Learning Path: Learning path any new students will be assigned automatically when they are enrolled in the classroom – a default can be set for Math and ELA

Device Check: A tool within Adaptive Academic Learning which checks minimum system requirements, whitelisted URLs, etc. to ensure the user’s device will allow the platform to function properly

Device Compatibility: Ability of one device or program to work with another device or program – the minimum requirements for Adaptive Academic Learning to function properly on user devices

Diagnostic: Mode/series of questions during adaptive practice aligned to the concepts in a selected Learning Path to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in concepts for the purpose of personalizing the pathway for each student – they exempt out of practicing concepts they know and begin practicing in concepts where they need additional support

Diagnostic/Placement Report: Color coded placement results that make it quick and easy to review a student's knowledge in each concept – shows number of questions presented to the student vs. how many were answered correctly and gives information on each concept assessed by reporting as pass/fail

Differentiating Student Practice: Tailored instruction and practice to meet individual student needs

District Administrator: User type with district level oversight to manage users, manage site license allocations to buildings in the district, pull reports, create content, etc. for all schools in the district where their account is listed

EBook: Form of publishing in a digital medium – levelled in the platform by GRL, HCS, and Lexile levels

EBooks Adaptive Reading: Pre-built grade-aligned eBooks learning paths for grades K-8 – based on reading level ranges typical for each grade level

EBooks Library: Collection of electronic books – levelled in the platform by GRL, HCS, and Lexile levels

EBooks Reading Assignments: Approach for teachers to assign particular/selected eBooks for students to read and provides teachers the opportunity to ask probing questions for students to respond to

EBooks Reports: Report to review class reading summaries and view by student, by eBook, and by Learning Path – includes number of books read, number of pages read, and a list of books read by each student

Engagement: Meaningful student involvement throughout the learning environment/process

Exporting Data: Downloadable CSV file with mastery and assessment progress included – can be exported at the classroom or school level

Fact Fluency: Approach that allows students to practice speed and accuracy at their own pace using the adaptive fact fluency module – starts with 0 family and works up to either 10 or 12 (depending on class settings)

Fact Fluency Operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division

Games: Interactive activities located in the Fun Zone for students to play once they have earned 10 or more coins on the platform

Google Classroom: A learning management system (LMS) that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments and engaging students in learning online or remotely – classrooms in the platform can be created by syncing data with a teacher’s existing Google Classroom allowing for easier rostering and single sign on for students

Google Single Sign On: Method of access that allows students and teachers to log in using their district email addresses provisioned by Google rather than a username/password created in the platform

Growth Mindset: The understanding that we can develop our abilities and intelligence - leads to a focus on learning, increased effort, and a willingness to learn from mistakes

Growth Mindset Message Management: Messages can be autogenerated (Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning will automatically generate engaging growth mindset messages each week) or manually customized by the teacher for each classroom – this setting can be adjusted inside the General Class Settings

Insights: Tab inside the platform which houses the Knowledge Heatmap and ability to Compare Classrooms

Instructional Video/Lessons: Short instructional videos designed to help re-teach students the material from the assigned/viewed concept so they can practice or move ahead in their learning path independently

Integration: Single sign on capability from an LMS with the Adaptive Academic Learning platform

Interim: Form of assessment that educators use to (1) evaluate where students are in their learning progress and (2) determine whether they are on track to performing well on future assessments, such as standardized tests or end-of-course exams – ACT Interims are provided in two forms per grade level and subject for grades 3-10 in Math, Reading, ELA, and Science

Interim Teacher View: Teacher’s ability to preview/assign ACT Interims from the teacher account for their classrooms – this can be turned on or off by the school or district Admin

Intervention: Concepts flagged for intervention indicate that a student has received automatic scaffolding for those concepts and still require teacher attention/re-teaching

Intervention Monitor: Tool providing the teacher insights on how they can predict and address interventions across the whole-class (tier 1), small groups (tier 2) and 1:1 (tier 3)

Intervention Threshold: Threshold within the platform to highlight whole-class (tier-1) intervention and scaffolding - default is 50% - this percent can be adjusted in the class settings

JW Player: Most powerful & flexible video platform powered by the fastest, most-used HTML5 online video player – the primary tool for viewing instructional lesson videos in the platform

Knowledge Heatmap: Chart allowing teachers to make predictions about the difficult concepts students will encounter in future units – give insights based on data analyzed from thousands of students and millions of data points

Leaderboards: Tool to inspire friendly competition among students so they are self-motivated to make it to the top and remain engaged – shown by students, by class, by school, and by district

Learner/Student: User type who can log in and complete tasks/assignments for teachers to review

Learning Impact Metrics: Number of practices completed, questions solved, assessments taken, and assignments completed by subject area on the platform

Learning Path: Framework to define the scope of the curriculum to be mastered, as defined by the Knowledge Map - a selection of concepts tied together for learners to progress through toward mastering a particular subject – generally aligned with a set of state standards by grade level or set of standards identified by teachers/administrators

Learning Resources: Collection of virtual open education resources (videos, interactive field trips, games, etc.) that are standards based/aligned and available for teachers to utilize in the platform – can be projected whole class, shown from the teacher account in small groups, or assigned to individual students/groups of students/the entire classroom

License Allocation: Process Admins in the platform take to provide licenses to users under Manage License – district admins allocate licenses to schools in their district and school admins allocate licenses to teachers in their school (by toggling them on or off to site license access)

LTI Integration: An abbreviation for Learning Tools Interoperability, which is a standard protocol developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium - it allows services to integrate with a Learning Management System (LMS) as single-sign-on tools

MAP: Measures of Academic Progress, from NWEA, refers to tests given multiple times throughout a school year to measure student growth in a variety of subjects

MAP Simulation: Pre-built assessments in the platform designed to look and feel like the NWEA MAP test students take throughout the school year

MAP Goal Performance Areas: Areas tested within a subject area (like a domain/reporting category) as defined by NWEA

Mastery: Achieving the required level of understanding of the content to apply that skill that's been taught/practiced enabling students to move on to more advanced material

Mastery Check: Quick formative assessments which pop up automatically and at random as students are practicing through their learning path – spaced out from practice completion to help ensure long term retention

Mastery Settings: Settings for each subject area which allow the adjustment of proficiency targets, minimum questions for mastery, practice sizes, and the threshold for intervention

NWEA: Northwest Evaluation Association - refers to tests given through the NWEA platform multiple times throughout a school year to measure student's growth in a variety of subjects – the results are provided in the form of RIT scores which can be put into the Adaptive Academic Learning platform to create personalized pathways for students

Overallocation: Using more licenses than purchased at the school and/or district level – this can happen with real student accounts, duplicate student accounts, or old classrooms with students enrolled who are not actively using the platform – any unique student account enrolled in a classroom counts as a license being utilized

Parent Role: Connection for parents to get real-time alerts, follow their own child's progress, receive any messages/updates from teachers and stay involved in their child's learning

Personalized Diagnostic: Each student's journey starts with an adaptive placement assessment which identifies student's proficiency in concepts quickly and accurately – identifying areas of strength and weakness to provide a personalized learning experience for each student

Personalized Learning: Each student receives continuously adaptive enrichment, automatic scaffolding, and personalized mastery in every concept

Placement: Mode/series of questions during adaptive practice aligned to the concepts in a selected Learning Path to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in concepts for the purpose of personalizing the pathway for each student – they exempt out of practicing concepts they know and begin practicing in concepts where they need additional support

Practice: Mode in the platform which allows students to work on identified concepts repeatedly and/or regularly to gain proficiency/mastery – practice sessions spiral and space concepts rather than chunking questions from the same concept together

Privacy Settings: Settings for a classroom which include ability to show the leaderboard to students/how many students to show on the leaderboard, showing the weekly goal leading score, showing the learning path name, allowing students to access friends and shoutouts, as well as allowing or restricting access to the fun zone and class wall

Proctoring: Test that is supervised by someone, referred to as a proctor, who verifies the identity of the test taker and maintains academic integrity - within the Adaptive Academic Learning platform, this means the assessment is not available for students to access/take until the proctor is ready and alters the proctor setting within the platform to make the assessment available for students

Proficiency: Documented evidence (reporting) that a student has either met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks or is working toward mastery

Proficiency by Domain: Documented evidence (reporting) across a domain to show that students have either met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks or are working toward mastery

Proficiency by Grade: Documented evidence (reporting) across a grade level to show that students have either met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks or are working toward mastery

Proficiency by School: Documented evidence (reporting) across a school to show that the school has either met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks or is working toward mastery

Proficiency by Standard: Documented evidence (reporting) across a standard to show that students have either met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks or are working toward mastery

Projects: Teachers can encourage students to actively explore real-world problems and capture their responses using custom response fields - these are not tied to academic standards

Project Assignments: The assigned project students see on their dashboard as a task to complete

Project Submissions: the completed project that teachers can review and provide feedback for

Read-Aloud: Tool within the platform which can be turned on or off for an entire class or for specific students which allows the question-and-answer choices, passage, or eBook to be read aloud to the student by the computer

Reading Level Correlation Chart: Chart designed to assist teachers in correlating reading levels across the most used leveling systems – lists out the typical grade level with GRL/Qualitative/HCS/Lexile correlation for each stage

Reading Logs: Place for students to track/log independent reading for teachers to review

Reading Log Submissions: Completed reading log that teachers can review and provide feedback for

Reports: Location in the platform for users to pull data in a variety of ways to review student progress and proficiency

Rewards: Motivational aides for students set up by teachers/administrators for classrooms – they describe the reward and name the price/number of coins – students can then use their coins to purchase the reward (ie. extra iPad time could cost 200 coins) – teachers must approve the redemption

RIT Score: Rasch UnIT: a measurement scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores as provided by the NWEA Map Test. It is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches on a ruler, so scores can be added together to calculate accurate class or school averages. RIT scores range from about 100–300 and represent the level where a student is ready to learn, also known as the Zone of Proximal Development

Roster: Group of students enrolled in a classroom

Scaffolded Concepts: Concepts from within and across grade levels offering prerequisite concept knowledge to help students move forward in their learning

Scaffolding: Prerequisite concepts - at or below the student’s current grade level – which must be mastered before they resume practicing the original concept

Scaffolding Monitor: Place for teachers to visually see concepts which are being scaffolded automatically by the platform – shown by standard and by concept

School Administrator: User type with school level oversight to manage users, manage site license access, pull reports, create content, etc. for the specific school where their account is listed

Schoology: An online learning management system (LMS) that allows educators to organize curriculum, create lesson plans, and provide student assessment – can be used for single sign on in the Adaptive Academic Learning platform

Single Sign On (SSO): Widely requested feature for edtech applications - SSO allows users to sign into a third-party application by authenticating through a different platform - usually, the platform providing authentication is frequently used by end-users and is a hub for online activity

Spacing: Spreading lessons and retrieval opportunities out over time so learning is not crammed all at once aiding in better long-term retention

Spelling Adaptive Practice: Spelling and vocabulary building solution with pre-built (K-8 grade-aligned) word lists and learning paths delivering fully automated and personalized journeys for every student

Spiraling: Curriculum design in which key concepts are presented repeatedly throughout the curriculum, but with deepening layers of complexity, or in different applications

Student Achievement: Measurement of the amount of academic content a student learns in each time frame - the extent to which a learner has attained their short or long-term educational goals

Student Activity: Student work in the platform on any assigned task – could be in progress or completed

Student Progress: Refers to monitoring student performance over time - in contrast to evaluating student proficiency at a single time point

Supplemental Practice: Extra academic help that is provided to students in subjects such as reading, language arts, and math – additional practice which correlates with direct instruction provided by the teacher

Targeted Practice: Auto-graded assignments in which teachers manually select the concepts for students to work on – these do not scaffold automatically and only cover the concepts included when the assignment was created

Tasks: Anything assigned to the student to work on through their classroom(s) – this can include targeted practices, adaptive practices/learning paths, eBooks assignments and/or learning paths, spelling assignments and/or learning paths, fact fluency learning paths, and assessments

Teacher: User type with classroom level oversight to manage students, pull reports, create content and assignments, etc. for all students in their classroom(s)

Teacher-Driven Intervention: Using the intervention monitor as an educator to identify trends within the classroom or students with needs in each concept so that they can provide additional instruction, support and practice in those concepts

Usage Metrics: Recent logins, total number of logins by unique teachers and students, number of practices completed by subject area, number of assessments completed by subject area, number of licenses being utilized

Vimeo: Short (but sweet) JavaScript library – designed to be easy to use and access from HTML as embedded videos - the secondary tool for viewing instructional lesson videos on the platform

Wallpapers: Pre-approved background images students can purchase for 10 coins which appear when they first log in to the platform before launching into a classroom

Weekly Goal: Target number of questions students should answer correctly in each subject area per week – the default is 50, but this can be raised or lowered within the class settings as needed

Whitelist: List of websites/links considered to be acceptable or trustworthy – required for the platform to function/appear properly within restricted school/district networks and often added as ALLOWED to a school/district internet filter system

Word Lists: Grade-aligned spelling word lists for grades K-8 – include common words for each grade level - teachers can also build their own word lists to assign or include in custom learning paths

Writing Rubric: Defines what is expected of the student to get a particular grade on an assignment

Writing Assignments: Approach letting teachers assign writing as simple as a daily journal or as complex as an expository essay – able to assign to one or multiple students in the classroom

Writing Submissions: Student submitted writing assignments, teachers can provide feedback, annotate changes and request revisions

Writing Reports: Class level summary of writing (as compared with rubric requirements) with averages by student – able to be viewed by student as well

YouTube: Video hosting site used historically for viewing instructional lesson videos in the platform – no longer utilized as widely due to district network configurations blocking the site thus making the videos unviewable for users 

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