Follow these steps to get started with eSpark in your classroom.
Step 1: Set up your teacher dashboard and add your students.
Log in to your teacher dashboard to get started! Choose Clever if you will be rostering your students with Clever, choose Google if you will be rostering your students will Google. If you will be manually rostering select “use your school email to create an account.”
Select your school & grade level(s).
Create your first Small Group Skill for your class, then roster your students via Google, Clever, or manually - your choice!
Step 2: Determine what eSpark will look like in your classroom.
When will we use eSpark?
Reading or Math Block
Morning Time, Transitions, End of Day
How will we use eSpark?
Centers: Use eSpark as an independent center during your Math or Reading centers time.
Split class: Half of class works on eSpark while the other half works with you.
Small group support: You pull small groups of students for instruction while other students use eSpark.
Will I assign Small Group Skills or have students work on their independent adaptive learning pathways?
Small Group Skills: teacher-assigned practice and instruction to complement what you’re teaching in class
Adaptive Learning Pathway: eSpark-assigned quests that are individualized for each student
Step 3: Have your students log in to begin.
Go to your teacher dashboard roster tab for personalized login instructions for your students
Students will begin with the first Small Group Skill lesson you assigned. Then, students will automatically take short placement quizzes in Reading and Math and begin their adaptive pathway quests! You can always assign additional Small Group Skill lessons, if you'd like.
Only students in 1st-5th grades will take these 10 minute quizzes, all other grades will start on grade level quests
Q: How often should I eSpark?
A: We recommend 2-3 times per week, for 20 minute sessions.
Q: What is eSpark?
A: eSpark helps elementary teachers differentiate and easily find leveled resources for their math and reading small group instruction.
eSpark is made up of two parts: the Learning Pathway and Small Group Skills. The learning pathway and Small Group Skills are entirely separate. eSpark always provides something for students to work as part of their learning pathway which is found under “My Quests.” Optionally, you may use the Small Group Skills tab to assign specific skills and standards to your class; this makes up the “From My Teacher” section. Don’t worry, if you choose not to send any Small Group Skills to your students -- when they log in to eSpark, they are automatically given a series of math and/or reading quests at a level that’s right for them. Students practice independently, and the content continually adjusts based on their performance.