How to get started?
After creating your teacher account it’s now time to get your students started.
First, hand out the invitations you downloaded when creating your account. If you don’t have easy access to a printer, you can just show your students the settings screen.
Click settings and “Your Class” to see all student usernames.
Next, get students to visit nightzookeeper.com and click the “Students” button.
They can then click register, and enter the usernames you have given them and create their own passwords.
Try and make sure they remember their passwords, but you can always reset them from the settings in your dashboard if they forget.
When students log in they will create their Night Zookeeper avatar.
Next, students will see their main menu, where they can launch all the different activities on nightzookeeper.com. First ask them to click ‘Your Zoo’.
Here they’ll be challenged to create their first magical animal to live in their Night Zoo. They’ll answer questions about it, give it a name and write their first animal report.
They will be given goals to try and achieve in their writing, such as writing a certain number of words, adjectives, verbs, paragraphs etc. The website automatically assesses the writing to determine if students achieve the goals. The goals are different based on the age of the student.
When students achieve goals, they get orbs.
How can students use orbs?
Orbs are points that students can use in the Night Zoo to explore new areas of the map, collect other animals, and power up their animals. They’ll need strong animals to defeat monsters that appear on the Night Zoo map, so students will need to continue completing all the writing challenges to grow their Zoo.
What does publishing work do?
All of the writing your students complete will be displayed in your dashboard for you to check. From the ‘Publish work’ page you can publish their writing to your class blog so that students in your class can view each others work and leave comments to each other. Only writing that you publish can be seen by other students.
Publish Work Page
You can also annotate their work, leave written comments, or send automatic comments. The orange button gives students a ‘Try again’ message to go back, edit and improve their work.
After the tutorial
After students create their first animal they will begin to receive age-appropriate automatic writing and quiz challenges that they must complete, as they create and collect more animals and grow their Night Zoo.
Short Writing Challenge
How can I send my own lessons?
You can supplement these automatic challenges at any time, by sending a lesson to your students from our extensive lesson library. It contains hundreds of different writing challenges on all topics. You can access these from the “Resources” page and then “Send Lessons” in your dashboard. You can also create your own lessons.
Your students will get a notification whenever you send them a new lesson and this will take priority over any other writing challenges.
The more writing your students do, the more writing awards they will get to collect. These give them points to continue growing their Night Zoo.
So those are the real basics, but there is a whole lot more to explore such as our Star Writing Competitions, Reading Light, The Night Times and all the fun writing competitions we run throughout the year.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us anytime using the chat button in the bottom right of the teacher dashboard.
The most important thing is to get your students writing! Give your students their usernames, and get ready to see them produce some amazing work.
You can always show your students this Night Zookeeper video before you start, to get them extra excited!
For more ideas about how to best use your 14 day trial check out this post: Read now
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