CompassLearning has announced the 2012 summer version of CompassLearning Odyssey. The new version provides educators:
- more flexibility to customize, control and add curriculum, content, and authentic tasks for their unique teaching situations;
- innovative course and grade management features that help teachers spend more time teaching by reducing administration time;
- more than 400 new activities for reading language arts, math and science across the K-12 curriculum; and
- pre-built Odyssey High School courses support original credit, yet are designed to help educators quickly implement credit recovery programs.
In addition to utilizing pre-built courses that are complete and ready to use upon implementation, educators have the flexibility to customize the content to their teaching-style and/or classroom situation within the Odyssey system. With Odyssey 2012, teachers and school or district officials can now create courses and then upload custom content from external documents or embedded links to build authentic tasks into those courses that enable extended learning opportunities. The content can be controlled at the district level or in the classroom. These new features, along with Odyssey's assessment and prescription capabilities, give teachers more flexibility in customizing learning paths for each student while saving time that they can now focus on instruction and student achievement, according to the announcement.
The new version of Odyssey offers comprehensive gradebook functionality. Teachers can enter and modify student grades through an easy to use, spreadsheet-style interface. Data from Odyssey assessments and activities are automatically populated in the gradebook, and teachers can easily add offline activities such as homework, projects, presentations, etc., and assign custom weighting to elements to calculate final grades. Odyssey Gradebook also includes a student view, helping students to track their progress with a simple click of the mouse. Data from the gradebook can be exported to standard file formats for use with other district reporting systems.
With Odyssey 2012, teachers have more than 400 new interactive activities and quizzes designed to meet the personal learning needs of today's students. The activities span the breadth of CompassLearning's comprehensive K-12 curriculum for reading language arts, math and science. The summer release will have a particularly strong increase in the middle school science offering.
The Odyssey 2012 release provides the flexibility that teachers need to customize credit recovery programs around the unique needs of a school, classroom or student, according to the announcement. School districts can take advantage of new pre-built Odyssey High School courses, designed by CompassLearning's curriculum experts, to implement extended year, summer school or other at-school or virtual credit recovery programs. Schools can also use Odyssey's customizable assessments to generate personalized learning paths that target the specific needs of an individual student, providing a more efficient path to credit recovery.
Source: CompassLearning, www.compasslearning.com