Getting Started with eSpark

A Step-by-Step Guide for the 23-24 School Year

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Written by Carly Slovenec
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Getting started with eSpark is simple. Following the steps in this guide will have your class up and running in no time!

Part 1: Activate your account

Activating your account for the 23-24 school year takes just 3 quick steps!

Step 1. Add your students.

Go to the Roster tab and click the green + Add Students button.

Step 2. Confirm student grade levels.

Take a quick look at the Grade column on the Roster tab to confirm each student is listed at their current grade level. The grade level listed should reflect students’ actual grade levels, not the level each student is currently working at. If a student's grade level is incorrect, click Edit to fix it.

Step 3. Have students log in to begin!

You can find your class’s login instructions by clicking on Log in instructions on the Roster tab.

💡 When 1st-5th grade students log into eSpark, they'll get started with a placement quiz. Students outside of this grade range get started on grade level, and eSpark adapts based on their performance. See below for more info!

Great job! You are well on your way to a great year with eSpark!

Part 2: Plan your eSpark implementation

Next, begin to think about what eSpark will look like in your classroom. How will you utilize your Teacher Dashboard reports and eSpark's other key features?

The Adaptive Learning Path

The adaptive learning path is the core part of the eSpark experience for most teachers. As students progress through the curriculum, the adaptive path ensures each student is working at the right instructional level by adjusting lesson sequences based on proficiency. Regardless of grade level, subject, or topic, students will receive direct instruction, interactive practice activities, and regular assessments.

The adaptive path is always available when students log into eSpark. It is found under the “My Quests” section. Each Quest is aligned with at least one standard.

💡 Want to learn more about how eSpark decides what students should work on? Check out our adaptive path deep-dive article.

Small Group Skills

In addition to the student-led adaptive path, you can choose from nearly 700 pre-built lessons, called Small Group Skills. Search by grade level, topic, or skill to find a 15-minute lesson that meets your needs.

Once students complete the lesson, you’ll have access to a comprehensive data report giving you insight into who has mastered the skill and who needs more support.

💡 Ready to assign a Small Group Skill? Go to Small Group Skills on your teacher dashboard!

Choice Texts

Your students now have full access to Choice Texts, a new and revolutionary approach to reading instruction! With Choice Texts, students act as co-creators of their reading lessons, ensuring next-level personalization and engagement. Students will encounter Choice Texts in every Reading Informational and Reading Literature Quest, as well as some teacher-assigned Small Group Skills lessons.

💡 Give Choice Texts a try! Just click here to build your own story and generate comprehension questions that adapt to you and your text.

Data Reports

As students work on eSpark, you’ll see multiple reports on the teacher dashboard full of actionable and easy-to-understand data. Click the links below to learn how each of the reports works.

We recommend checking these reports regularly. We’ll also send you key insights weekly via email to help you stay informed.

Your class's eSpark routine

We recommend that students use eSpark for about an hour per subject per week. This is typically 2-3 times a week for about 20 minutes each time but varies from classroom to classroom. Ask yourself the following questions to determine how to best implement eSpark in your classroom.

  • When will we use eSpark?

    • Reading or Math Block

    • Morning Time, Transitions, End of Day

    • Intervention Blocks

  • How will we use eSpark?

    • Centers: Use eSpark as an independent center during your Math or Reading centers time.

    • Split class: Half of the 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.

💡 Your classroom's needs are unique and may change throughout the year. Feel free to make adjustments as the year progresses!

Looking for more?

    • Bookmark this page for quick and easy access to all eSpark resources.

    • Learn about the eSpark topics that interest you at your own pace. We'll send you a certificate of completion when you're done!

    • Blocked content can be frustrating and distracting. Get ahead of it by sending this article to your school's tech team to make sure your students will be able to access everything on eSpark.

    • Let grown-ups at home know how their kids can access eSpark from home!

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