TCI Sneak Peek: New Features for the 2024-25 School Year

As the 2023-24 school year comes to a close, we’re excited to share a sneak peek of what’s in store for you this fall. From redesigned homepages to new professional development courses, these enhancements are designed to provide you with the tools and resources you need to create dynamic and engaging learning experiences for your students.

Features for Simplified Navigation

Navigation changes will provide quicker access to key pages and assignments. Check out these updates for simpler navigation coming up.

  • Teacher and Student Homepages: These pages are getting a new look with dedicated spaces for easy access to assignments and a convenient pop-up table of contents.
  • Search: Looking for a specific topic? The new search feature will help you find where people, key events, and vocabulary terms are covered in your program.
  • Quick Shortcuts: You may have already seen the update to the navigation bar. When you collapse the sidebar, there are now quick links that take you to key pages.
  • Settings Where You Need Them: Find the gear icon ⚙️ on different pages to edit settings. Through the settings, you can control student access to key features on this page.

Deeper Integration with Canvas and Schoology

TCI’s integrations with learning management systems are getting better. With updates to Canvas and Schoology integrations, grading and classroom management will be easier than ever.

  • Canvas LTI 1.3 Beta Program: TCI’s new Canvas LTI 1.3 integration is here. With automatic grade syncing and other time-saving features, this integration will take your Canvas experience to the next level. Join the beta program to access the latest features.
  • Schoology LTI 1.3: TCI offers LTI 1.3 integrations for Schoology as well. This update includes automatic grade syncing between TCI and Schoology, saving you time and effort. If you haven’t already, upgrade to LTI 1.3 before we retire LTI 1.1 at the end of 2024.

Changes Inspired by TCI Teachers

Your feedback is instrumental to TCI. We are grateful for teachers who share feedback, lobby for new features, and take the time to help make TCI better. Here are a few features that were inspired by the TCI teacher community.

  • Print Student Assessment Work: This feature allows you to print student tests with answers. You can save the test as a PDF to share digitally with parents or print it on paper to send home with students.
  • Smoother Assessments with Question Groups: Want to ask a series of questions about a graph or primary source in an assessment? When you build assessments, you will be able to group questions together with interesting stimuli. Question groups will stay together when assessments are randomized.
  • New Grading Features: In case you missed it, explore the new features that make grading more efficient and intuitive. New Bulk Grading allows you to spot-check student work, giving a single grade and adjusting as needed. Additionally, the new ✅ and ❌ buttons allow you to give full or no credit quickly.
  • Savable, Assignable, and Gradable Reading Checks: Reading Checks, which provide real-time feedback at the end of reading sections, have been updated. The key changes include saved answers, scores on the Grades page, and Spanish translations.
  • Assigning Slideshows by Slide Group: Looking to assign specific parts of a slideshow? You can now easily select and assign just the Preview or vocabulary slides to students with the new slide groups.

New TCI Coach Program

TCI is launching a new coach program in the 2024-25 school year. As a TCI Coach, you will have the chance to connect with fellow teachers, support new TCI users, and contribute to the growth and success of your teaching community.

TCI Coaches engage in a range of activities, which include:

  • Helping New TCI Teachers: Support new teachers in effectively using TCI’s professional development resources.
  • Communicating Product Updates: Keep your colleagues informed about new TCI features and enhancements.
  • Hosting Curriculum Planning Sessions: Foster collaboration and align lesson plans through engaging TCI activities.
  • Modeling TCI Lessons: Showcase the effectiveness of TCI’s curriculum in engaging students and promoting critical thinking.
  • Sharing Feedback with TCI: Relay valuable feedback and questions from your colleagues to improve TCI resources.

Interested in sharing your expertise in engaging students with TCI’s curriculum? Explore the TCI Coach program and sign up today!

New Professional Development Courses

TCI Professional Development

Get ready for the new school year with new and updated professional development courses coming in July 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned TCI teacher or just starting out, there will be something to enhance your teaching journey. Explore new courses on TCI teaching strategies and discover best practices for utilizing TCI features.

These are just a few examples of what is coming next year. Thank you for being part of the TCI teacher community and providing invaluable feedback and ongoing collaboration. Your input has shaped the latest updates and enhancements to our platform. Stay tuned for more exciting updates and tips to make the most of the new features and resources.

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