The Hero Team has put together a helpful action plan to help guide you through the process of successfully preparing for online learning.
Video: Hero for Online Learning
This help article is designed to assist you with setting up your Hero software for online learning and to support you with helping your teachers to use the software at home.
ADDING STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESSES
To log into Hero your students need a unique email address entered into their profile. This can be done for individual students by navigating to their profile > i > Basic info. Enter the email address in the field provided and Save.
If you want to enter email addresses for a large group of students, this can be done by navigating to list builder. Tick the options for first name, last name, student email, and NSN then generate a list. Download the result as a .csv file, populate the email address column and save. Send this file to our Customer Support team to upload. Our Customer Support team can be contacted via the software by clicking on the help icon (?) then Contact Us.
ADDING A PAGE
Next, you will need to decide where you want your students to post. You may wish to use existing pages or you may choose to set up a new Online Learning page. Having a new page provides the option for content to sit separately from formal reporting.
Help article: Adding a New Page
ABOUT THIS PAGE
Within the setup of a page is a section called ‘About This Page’. Here you can add information to support students with their use of Hero, such as guidelines for posting, links to documents, sentence starters, or other learning scaffolds. About This Page information can be added in the form of an image or Google file and text. About This Page information will show as a link to a pop-up box at the top of the page.
Help article: Adding About this Page Information
LINKING POSTS TO GOALS
If you are wanting students to link their posts to currently set goals, ensure the setting “Include current goals as tags” is turned on in the Page settings. The slider will show as red.
The page template setting allows you to add headings that will pre-populate each time the 'Share something' box is clicked by any staff member, parent or student.
Help article: Adding Post Templates to Pages
Groups is a key feature of Hero that helps staff use the software efficiently. To assist your teachers with making groups you may like to direct them to the following article.
Help article: Creating a group
Subscriptions gives staff the ability to control the flow of information they receive about posts. They can receive notifications every time a post is written about an individual student, on a designated page, or when any post is created with a specific tag.
To ensure your students have the information they need to log into Hero via their computer browser or the app, staff can send a Community Feed post. Community Feed posts can be sent to the parents of any class or classes, group or groups, including the whole school.
This message could include the link to our Hero webpage designed to support students with logging in: https://hero.linc-ed.com/students/
Making a screencast showing the setup of Hero specific to your school context is also an effective way of supporting your parents and students.
Help article: Posting to the Community Feed
Once teachers have set up groups they can post learning tasks specific to the students in these groups through the Student Feed.
Help article: Posting to the Student Feed
ADDING A SIMPLE SURVEY TO A COMMUNITY FEED OR STUDENT FEED POST (Premier Feature)
Note, this software feature was released after the recording of the video.
Help article: Adding a Simple Survey to a Community Feed Post
Help article: Adding a Simple Survey to a Student Feed Post
VIEWING ALL POSTS BY A CLASS OR GROUP OF STUDENTS
Once students have logged into Hero and posted to the Online Learning page, teachers can view all the posts for the students by navigating to the class or group> ...> All Posts> Page. From here, they can read each post, indicate it has been checked, make a comment on the post and publish it for parents to view.
Parents can view all Community posts published by the school to the classes or groups that their children are part of. They can click 'Read more' to view the whole post. They can also like the post or add a comment if this feature has been turned on by the school.
Parents can navigate to the left-hand menu to see the children in their family and they can click on the drop-down menu to view more information.
Parents can see who the post was written by and the date. They can read this post to find out more about what their child has been learning at home.
Parents can read comments added by their child's teacher and can comment back. Parent comments are visible to the student and staff.
When students log in they can click on My feed to read all the posts that are relevant to any class or group they are part of.
They can see any pages made visible to students. By clicking on 'About this Page' they can view any supporting material added by the school.
They can view all posts they have written or that have been written by their teachers. They can also read comments written on posts by their teacher or parent.
By clicking on 'Share something' a student can add a new post and link this to currently set goals if this feature is turned on by the school. The post will save as a Draft until it has been moderated and published by their teacher.