3.A) How to choose (and assign) Learning Tracks

How to Choose Learning Tracks

Click to see a document showing all the problems learned in each of the 16 Learning Tracks. Click to see the problems in the tracks.

In the Rocket Math Online Game every student needs to be started in one of the operations or Learning Tracks. A student’s Learning Track can be changed at any time**, but one must be chosen to begin with.  Scroll down for “How to assign Learning Tracks.”

Considerations, or what to choose when?

Note: Compared to the Worksheet Program, the Online Game moves students through the Learning Tracks much faster–in a few weeks, rather than months.  Therefore you can send everyone of the same age through in the same order.

Download pdf of the sequences

In 1st and 2nd grade begin with Add/Subtract Learning Tracks.

  • Addition (1s – 9s)
  • Subtraction (1s – 9s)
  • Fact Families (+, -) to 10.
  • Fact Families (+, -) from 11.
  • Add to 20.
  • Subtract from 20.

Before going on any further, you should ensure that your students understand multiplication.  To know if they understand multiplication ask them to “figure out” the answer to a couple of multiplication facts such as 7 times 8 or 6 times 9.

If they cannot figure out the answer, then teach them the concept before letting them start memorizing multiplication facts.

If they have a process for determining the answer–they understand the operation and are ready to continue this sequence.

Followed by Multiply/Divide Learning Tracks

  • Multiplication (1s – 9s)
  • Division (1s – 9s)
  • Fact Families (x, ÷) to 20.
  • Fact Families (x,÷) From 21.
  • Multiplication 10s-11s-12s
  • Division 10s-11s-12s

Then followed by Pre-Algebra Learning Tracks

  • Identifying Fractions
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Factors & Primes
  • Fraction & Decimal Equivalents.

Grades 3 and up–Multiply/Divide Learning Tracks have priority.

We are assuming that the concept of multiplication has been taught first. (See above to check on readiness for multiplication facts.)

  • Multiplication (1s – 9s)
  • Division (1s – 9s)
  • Fact Families (x, ÷) to 20.
  • Fact Families (x,÷) From 21.
  • Multiplication 10s-11s-12s
  • Division 10s-11s-12s

Then come back to Add/Subtract Learning Tracks

Once multiplication and division are mastered, 3rd grade and above can go back to pick up addition and subtraction.

  • Addition (1s – 9s)
  • Subtraction (1s – 9s)
  • Fact Families (+, -) to 10.
  • Fact Families (+, -) from 11.
  • Add to 20.

Then the Pre-Algebra Learning Tracks.

    • Identifying Fractions
    • Equivalent Fractions
    • Factors & Primes
    • Fraction & Decimal Equivalents.

We believe the Pre-Algebra Tracks are unique to Rocket Math.

Most valuable after the basics in grade 3, 4, 5 and up, in this order:

(13) Identifying Fractions

  • Learning to name fractions shown in a picture.  Students learn from examples of proper fractions, improper fractions (fractions equal to more than 1), and mixed numbers.  

 

 

 

 

(14) Equivalent Fractions

  • Learning by memory the lowest terms of common fractions is very valuable.  Students also learn a lot of fractions that can’t be reduced to lower terms, such as 2/9 =2/9 or 1/4 = 1/4.  They learn to identify many fractions that are equal to one.

 

 

 

 

 

(15) Factors & Primes

  • Learning all the pairs of factors, by indicating what pair comes next.  Students learn them in order, and learn to indicate when there are no more pairs of factors.  Also, learning many common prime numbers and that they only have 1 and themselves as factors.  

 

 

 

 

 

(16) Fraction & Decimal Equivalents.

  • Learning common fractions and their decimal equivalents, learning fractions and their fraction equivalents in 10ths or 100ths,  also learning to change a fraction into a division problem and the reverse.

**See “How to change Learning Tracks” in the FAQs and Directions document.

 

 

How to assign Learning Tracks

Auto-created Logins–and assignment of Learning Tracks.

You can have the system “auto-create” student logins (usernames and passcodes) and then assign them all to a Learning Track.  When you’re done you can just export the result. Watch this video to see how this works.

D-I-Y created Student Logins (up to 30 at a time).

If you are entering the Student Login with the D-I-Y Student Logins popup, you can use the pull down menu to select a learning track, for each student as illustrated. You can then assign a different learning track to each student.

Entering more than 30 students using a CSV file

If you are entering the Student Login using the csv method of entry you’ll be using the template we provide.  In column C do NOT enter the names of the learning tracks.  You must enter a number for each Learning Track in column C. The template gives you the numbers at the top of column C.  The learning tracks are numbered as follows.

  1. Addition 1s through 9s
  2. Subtraction 1s through 9s
  3. Multiplication 1s through 9s
  4. Division 1s through 9s
  5. Fact Families (+, -) to 10, ex.4+6, 6+4, 10-4, 10-6
  6. Fact Families (+, -) from 11, ex. 5+6, 6+5, 11-6, 11-5.
  7. Add to 20, example 13+4, 4+13,
  8. Subtract from 20, example 15-3, 15-12,
  9. Multiplication 10s-11s-12s,
  10. Division 10s-11s-12s.
  11. Fact Families (x, ÷) to 20, example 4×5, 5×4, 20÷4, 20÷5
  12. Fact Families (x, ÷) from 21,example 3×7, 7×3, 21÷3, 21÷7
  13. Identifying Fractions (proper, improper and mixed numbers)
  14. Equivalent Fractions, example 3/6 = 1/2)
  15. Factors & Primes, finding next pair of factors and knowing when done.
  16. Fraction & Decimal Equivalents, e.g 1/8 = 0.125, 1/8 = 125/1000, 8 divided into 1 equals 1/8 and vice versa

 

3.B) How to Add Students (assign student logins to seats) up to 30 at a time.

To add students to your roster, you just have to assign logins to available seats.  You can simply assign login information to seats by typing them in (up to 30 seats at a time).  If you don’t automatically get the pop-up, in your dashboard click on the brick red button that says + Assign Student Logins. Up pops the D-I-Y Student Logins dialog box with an empty row for each unassigned seat, ready for you to create the logins for each student you want to add to your class.

D-I-Y created Student Logins.

Just create the usernames and passcodes yourself with the D-I-Y (Do-It-Yourself) option.

CREATE  a simple username for each student. It only has to be unique to your school or family, so make it simple and easy to enter.**

Please note: We do not want to collect personally identifiable student information, so you see there’s no place for the student’s name.  Be sure your usernames help you remember who goes with which username.  You do need to know that, but we don’t!  Thanks.

CREATE a short student passcode for each student.

Your Account number is already filled in. Your students will enter that as they login. Then choose a Learning Track.

SELECT  one of the 16 Learning Tracks from the pull-down menu (see it in the picture).  Most people start with Addition or Multiplication.  If you need help choosing a Learning Track, you can go to this  section in the directions about the Learning Tracks for help deciding where to start.

You’ll see your name already set up as the Teacher Mgr if you are a Teacher Mgr or if you are an owner with no other Teacher Mgrs–then you’re it.

After you have entered as many as you want, please hit the green button     + Assign the Student Logins below to the seats  Then your students will be ready to login with the credentials you have just created at https://play.rocketmath.com and begin to play.

Auto-created Logins.

We now have an automatic way to make up the usernames and passcodes.  Have the system “auto-create” student logins (usernames and passcodes) and just export the result. Watch this video to see how this works.

Export login list.  To help you keep track of the logins you’ve created go back to your dashboard and click on the blue “Export Students” button.  That will give you all the logins you have created for your account.  That has the advantage of having an empty column entitled “Student Name” where you can type in their names to keep a copy for your own records.  We don’t record that information on our website, but you’re welcome to save a copy for yourself.

**BE KIND.  Your child has to enter the username, passcode and Account number every time they login to play.  So be kind and make these short, easy to remember, and easy to type in.  Initials or nicknames for username, a short word or 3 or 4 digits for a passcode would work great.

3.C) How to add Teacher Mgrs to your account (or add more later)

The person who first sets up the account is the owner (probably you).
The owner is automatically the first teacher.  The owner will always be able to see ALL the students in the dashboard and can review everyone’s progress.

If you need help, as owner you can set up additional people as Teacher Mgrs to help manage the seats. Click on the +Add Teacher mgr button and just fill in their first name, last name, email address and make up a password for them.

Note: You need to set up your Teacher Mgrs before you input the students, but you can add more Teacher Mgrs at any time with these same directions.

There are two ways to add Teacher Mgrs to your account.  The easy way: fill out the pop-up list if you only need to add a handful.  The hard way: with a CSV import if you have more than a handful.

WARNING: Some of your teachers may already be in our systemIf a teacher is already signed up for the Rocket Math Online game (even the free trial) then their email is in our database, they cannot be added in again.  If you try to add them it just won’t work for you.

Solution #1: Delete their account.  If they don’t have any student records they need to keep, just get them to delete their account from the upper right corner of their Account/Payment/Renew page. Or you can ask us and we can delete their previous account. If they have student data in their account we’ll need their approval before deleting.

Solution #2: Ask us to “MERGE” their account with yours.  If the teacher you want to add does have student progress records they want to keep–you don’t want to delete them.  And you cannot add them!  Instead write and ask us to “MERGE” their account with yours.  If you have enough unassigned seats, we can do that and they will become one of your teacher managers and use up some of your seats.  If that’s what you and the teacher both want, write to us and ask us to do that for you.

One way: Add Teacher Mgrs on the pop-up list.

Click the blue Add Teacher Mgr button on your dashboard or in the Teacher Mgr page in the upper right. You can add up to ten teachers at a time.  You can start over if you want to do more.

You’ll see this dialog box (to the right) in which you enter their first name, last name and email. Give them a password.  When you hit the green “Create” button the system will send an email to the address you entered for them. They can go to the https://admin.rocketmath.com page to change it.  You should probably also send them a message so they know this is coming and where to go.

WARNING: If the teacher is already signed up for their own account you won’t be able to add them.  Their account will have to be deleted or merged.

Second way: Import Teacher Mgrs with a CSV file. Watch the video.

If you have more than 15 or 20 teachers to add, you’ll want to use the CSV file method.

 

WARNING: If any of your teachers have already signed up for their own account they will have to be deleted before your csv will work.  Or if they have students and want to be “MERGED” take them off your csv import list. Send us an email and we will merge them (and their students) into your account.

 

Click on the blue button that says “+Import teachers from CSV.”  Open the template that is provided in blue print “Excel template to fill in and then use the SAVE AS command to save the file in the format of Comma-separated value (CSV)

In the file: you just enter each teacher manager’s first and last name, their email address and a password.  (Keep track of the password because you have to tell them what it is!) 

 

After you fill out this information save the file, but use SAVE AS and choose CSV (Comma delimited) as the file format.  See what that looks like to the left. (You don’t need to change the name of the file–just change the format from excel file to csv.  It will put a dot csv at the end of the file name.) If you don’t choose SAVE AS and choose the file format of CSV (Comma delimited) then your file will NOT import.

Import steps

After saving the file in the CSV format, you have three steps.

Import step 1) In the pop-up for importing Teacher Mgrs click on Choose File at the top.  Go and find the file you just saved in the CSV format.

Import step 2) Click on the blue button at the bottom that says Parse CSV.

Import step 3) Wait for it!  If you don’t include any teachers who already have accounts, it will work.  Another pop-up will appear with the Teacher Mgrs info on it.  Go to the bottom and see another blue button which says “Import Managers”  Click on it to finish importing your teacher managers.

We send your Teacher Mgrs an email immediately.

As you create Teacher managers, we send the email below telling them: 1) Where to login, 2) Their username and password, and 3) Where to get help and information.

Next, you or your Teacher Managers will go on to assign student login information to your “unassigned” seats so the students can login and play.

3.D) How to Add Students (assign student logins) by importing a CSV file

First–Do you have seats to which to assign logins?

For owners the orange box on your dashboard shows the number “Unassigned Seats” you have that can be assigned to students. 

For Teacher Mgrs, the blue box shows the number of “Available seats”–available for you to assign to students by setting up logins.

Get started with the + Import Students Logins From CSV  turquoise button.

Second–Have you set up Teacher Mgrs?

If you have more than one classroom of students, you will need to assign them to Teacher Mgrs.  So you first need to Add Teacher Mgrs to the account.  Please read and follow the directions about How to Add More Teacher Mgrs to your account BEFORE you start to assign login information to students. 

Plan A: Why not delegate?

If you have Teacher Mgrs, you can delegate the creation of logins to your teacher mgrs, once you have created them. They can each go to admin.rocketmath.com  login to their account and see this popup.

Your Teacher Mgrs can then put in up to 30 student logins on their own.  The usernames have to be unique to your school, but if they use a unique Teacher number and a nickname, (such as 4Alfie, 4Billy, 4Cathy) it should not be hard.  As the owner of the account, you’ll still be able to see all the students and review their progress, but you don’t have to enter all the logins yourself.  When Teacher Mgrs open their account and access this popup it already has their name as the Teacher Mgr.  It is much easier to do Plan A and delegate this to your teachers than to do a school-wide CSV file.

Plan B: If you are going to do everybody’s logins (more than 30) — you want to do an import with a CSV file–watch this video demonstration.

The popup shown below allows owners or Teacher Mgrs to enter up to 30 logins at a time.  There’s a note that says,  If you have to assign more than 30 seats use this link: “Import Student Logins from CSV.”  Click on the link to get to the import screen.

Next: Assign Logins to many seats at once–follow the 4 steps below.

You will see this pop-up page labeled “Import Student Logins From CSV” looks like this without the numbers to guide you .

Step 1.  It’s pretty hard and most people can’t do it correctly, but here goes.

Begin at #1 click on Use only this template. Please SAVE AS file type of CSV (comma delimited).and click it to get the latest, and most properly formatted template for starting your student file.

!!! (Please, you must start with this template and fill in the fields and then save with your name. The system is expecting these headings. Don’t just make up your own file because it won’t work!) Really!  It will never work.  A lot of people go wrong right here.  Start with our template.

See what the blank Excel template looks like below.

Username.  You’ll  create a username for each student. We do not want to collect personally identifiable information on your students, so we don’t want their actual names.  But make sure you know who goes to which username.  Only you need to know, we don’t.   *** See note below.  If you have students with IEPs and a special ed teacher who wants to monitor them, see note **** below.

Passcode.  You’ll  create a passcode for each student. Make it short!

Learning Track code.  Enter the code number, and only the code number (1 through 12), for the Learning Track they will start in. You can change it at any time. Click here for the directions page about Learning Tracks if you need help deciding. This is the next thing that a lot of people get wrong–you have to use the code number.  The computer will not understand the name of the Learning Track.

Teacher Mgr email.  You must add the Teacher Mgr’s email address to connect each student to their Teacher Mgr.  CAREFUL! It needs to be a Teacher Mgr email address that is already set up in the account. If you try to import with Teacher names rather than emails or if a single one of those emails is not in the system the same way–the import will not work!

Class name.  Please leave this blank!  This is a future plan for schools in which teachers have multiple classes.

Look out! The biggest pitfall is this SAVE AS step.

Once you have completed the file, use SAVE AS to save it to your computer. Choose the file type of a CSV (Comma delimited). Note: You work with it as an excel file, so when you’re done you have to choose Save As and from the Save as type find and choose CSV (Comma delimited) in the list.   See what that looks like here.

If it still has  .xlsx appended to the end of the file name then you didn’t save it in the CSV file type. Your file name should have .csv appended at the end if you did it right.  If you don’t choose SAVE AS and select file type CSV (Comma delimited) then your file won’t import–guaranteed!  Here’s where most people go wrong–because like me, I never even noticed there was such a thing as “file type” and had never used it to change the format of a file before.

Be sure to save the file somewhere you can find again, because you’ll need it again in the next step. 

Step 2. Import the CSV file

Now go back to the pop-up page labeled “Import Student Logins From CSV.” See it below and do #2 “Choose file”

Browse to your file saved in the CSV file type (it MUST have .csv appended to the name of your file) you just saved on your computer and select it.  Now the name of the file should show up in this box.

Step 3. Parse the file. I don’t even know what this does, do you?

Then go to the bottom of the page and hit the blue button at #3 that saysParse CSV.”

After you hit “Parse CSV” you’ll see a list of your students if this is working for you.

Step 4. Import the students.

The final step requires you to scroll to the bottom of the list of your students and click on the blue button that says “Import Students.” Then they will be set up in the system.

If something goes wrong, use the red button on your Dashboard that says “Delete ALL students!” It is extreme.  Do NOT do this if some classes have started working!  Do not do this if you have already merged some teachers and their students into your account.  Delete All Students will clear out ALL of your student data, allowing you to start over and re-import.

If you have a bunch of trouble, Delete All students! and send me your CSV file and I will do the import for you. But don’t do that until you have saved it as the file type that shows .CSV at the end. -Dr.Don

***BE KIND.  Your students have to enter the username, passcode and Account number every time they login to play.  So be kind and make these short, easy to remember, and easy to type in.  Initials or nickname for username,  a short word or 4 digits for a passcode.

***You can create and keep a copy of the file with the students’ names, but you can’t import it.  Here’s how:

  1. Upload the blank template onto your computer.
  2. Add a column at the left of the columns that are on the template and label it student names.
  3. Fill out names and usernames and passcodes and Learning Track codes and Teacher Mgr email addresses.
  4. Save a copy of this “with names” file on your computer for use in the school to share with teachers, etc.
  5. Open a copy and delete the first lefthand column with student names and save as file type .CSV (comma delimited) “without names.”
  6. Use that “without names” copy to import into our system.  Now you have both.

****To help the special education teacher monitor students with IEPs put a special two-letter code in the front of their username.  Then using the owner’s login, which shows all the students in all the classes, the special education teacher can use the Search bar to enter that two-letter code and see only the students with IEPs.  

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