Why Did CAPIT Lose Its Sound?

AND HOW CAN STUDENTS AVOID LOSING SOUND MID LESSON?

If CAPIT is running in the background, have your students close CAPIT before they use it. Closing and reopening CAPIT will ensure your students are not using the app after it has been left idle.

Two scenarios cause CAPIT to lose its sound:

  1. When an iPad is left idle (when used by a previous student);

  2. When a student exits CAPIT and allows the iPad to lie inactive, or the student enters another app and later returns to CAPIT.

Remind your students not to leave CAPIT and enter another app mid-lesson as this will cause CAPIT to lose sound.

We have a permanent pending fix for this issue. Thank you for your patience!

Double click on the iPad’s Home button, then close CAPIT by swiping it up with your finger.

Double click on the iPad’s Home button, then close CAPIT by swiping it up with your finger.

How do I access my Teacher Profile so I Can Model CAPIT Lessons?

CLICK HERE if you are using an iPad 2 or iPad 3.

If you are using CAPIT on Chrome or an iPad 4 or higher, click on your Teacher Profile.

Teacher Profile

Teacher Profile

Need Help Accessing CAPIT?

CLICK HERE to access CAPIT on an iPAD.
CLICK HERE to access CAPIT on CHROME.

How do I access my Teacher Profile so I Can Model CAPIT Lessons on an iPad 2 & iPad 3?

  • On your device, log into the Teacher Menu by typing your email and password and clicking Account.

  • Select Children (the option on the left).

  • Select Teacher. This is your Teacher Profile.

  • Click Save.

  • Click Close.

  • Click Back.

  • Click Back again. You will now navigate Back to the Main Menu.

  • Now click on the Big Blue Button.

  • You will see your Teacher Profile.

Please note that the first time you enter your Teacher Profile, it might take a minute to load. The app is unlocking the lessons. Once the lessons unlock, you can begin modeling lessons.

Need Help Accessing CAPIT?

CLICK HERE to access CAPIT on an iPAD.
CLICK HERE to access CAPIT on CHROME.

Do Students Choose a Password When they First Enter CAPIT?

Students choose a Password upon entering their Student Profiles by picking two icons. The order of the icons is part of the Password.

Tell your students that they need to remember their Password.

If students forget their Password, you can reset it from your Teacher Portal, and have them pick a new one.

Can a Teacher Reset a Student’s Password?

Absolutely!

Teachers can reset a student’s Password from their Teacher Portal with the click of a button. They do this by clicking on the Reset Password icon next to the student’s name. The student’s Password will reset in the app automatically.

The student can then log back into their user and choose a new password.

Teacher Portal

Teacher Portal

How Do I Prepare Students for the CAPIT Assessment?

Before students take the CAPIT Assessment, it is imperative that you show them what to expect.

The CAPIT Assessment has two kinds of interfaces. One is similar to Lesson 16 in Level 1, which assesses students’ ability to associate phonemes with letters. The other interfaces look like Lesson 6 in Level 2, which assesses students’ ability to spell words.

Please prepare your students for the CAPIT Assessment by demonstrating how to use the interfaces in the Assessment. Gather your students and enter your Teacher Profile. Go to Level 1, and skip to Lesson 16. Show your students how this interface works and how to complete it. Then call up a few students and let them try it. Then navigate to Level 2, and enter Lesson 6. Show your students how this interface works and how to complete it. Then have them try it.

How Do I Access CAPIT on an iPad?

  • Download CAPIT Reading from the App Store on your iPad

  • Please DO NOT download the CAPIT Books app.

 

Need Help Setting Up Your Students On CAPIT?

CLICK HERE to set up Your Students on an iPAD.
CLICK HERE to set up Your Students on CHROME.

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How Do I Access CAPIT on Chrome?

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  • Click: SIGN-IN

  • You will be taken directly to the CAPIT Reading app.

 

Need Help Setting Up Your Students On CAPIT?

CLICK HERE to set up Your Students on an iPAD.
CLICK HERE to set up Your Students on CHROME.

 

How Do I Set Up CAPIT on an iPad 2?

This Guide will show you how to set up your Students’ Profile and your Teacher Profile on your iPad 2. If you need support, please reach out to us at support@capitlearning.com.

iPad 2 users, please be aware that:

  • iPad 2 Does Not accommodate Shared Devices across a school.

  • If you are an iPad 2 user, DO NOT sign in to your devices with a School Account. Your students’ progress will NOT save.

  • CLICK HERE to learn how iPad integrates with the 2019-2020 CAPIT Release

If your Students’ Profiles have not been set up, please reach out to your school administrator.

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All new teacher should complete our CAPIT Onboarding & PD.
The CAPIT Onboarding & PD is password protected.
Please reach out to your administrator for login credentials.


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Download CAPIT Reading from the App Store on your iPad

Download the latest version of CAPIT Reading in the App Store. Please do NOT download the CAPIT Books app.

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Open the CAPIT Reading app on your tablet and click on Teacher Menu

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Enter your Email and Password

If you are an iPads 2 user, DO NOT sign in to your devices with a School Account.
Your students’ progress will NOT save.

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Log In

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Select Children

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Select the users you would like to assign to this device

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Save

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Close

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Click Back

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Click Back Again

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Enter the App

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Students and Teacher select their User Profile on their device and begin using CAPIT

 
 

How Does the iPad 2 Integrate with the 2019-2020 CAPIT Release?

For the 2019-2020 school year, we unveiled a new version of CAPIT Reading. We loaded the new App and Teacher Portal with new features and improvements. Unfortunately, the new App is not compatible with the older iPad 2. The good news is that iPad 2 users can still access last year’s version of CAPIT Reading on their iPads and they will have access to the new Teacher Portal. This video explains some critical details for iPad 2 and iPad 3 users.

If you still have questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

My Classroom Has iPad 2’s & Newer iPads. How Do I Proceed?

For the 2019-2020 school year, we unveiled a new version of CAPIT Reading. We loaded the new App and Teacher Portal with new features and improvements. Unfortunately, the new App is not compatible with the older iPad 2, iPad Mini (1st Generation), and iPad 3. The latest version of CAPIT is only available with iPad 4 and up (see Fig. 1). The good news is that iPad 2 users can still access last year’s version of CAPIT Reading on their old iPads. Furthermore, they can access their students’ data on our new Teacher Portal.

If you have a mixture of iPad 2’s and newer devices in your classroom, you might have some questions. We address them below.

Should my class only go on CAPIT on our newer iPads? If I only use my new iPads, it would mean that I get less of my students on Capit each day. Or should I let some students go on the old version of CAPIT and some students go on the new version of CAPIT?

ANSWER: Let your students go on both new and old iPads. This arrangement will allow more of your student to use CAPIT for more extended periods.

But if my students go on the old version of CAPIT on an old iPad 2 one day, what will happen if they go on the new version of CAPIT on a new device the next day? Will CAPIT save their progress, or will they have to repeat the lessons?

ANSWER: No matter which device your student use, their progress will sync across devices, both new and old. Although the numbering of lessons is different in the new app from the old app, the lessons are the same. If your students completed a CAPIT Lesson on one device, they would not have to repeat it if they pick up another device the following day.

Be sure to teach your students to exit their User Profile—by clicking on their initials (Fig. 2) until they reach the User Page (Fig. 3)—after they finish a CAPIT Lesson and before they hand the device to a classmate. Exiting their user profile will trigger an “information sync” with the Teacher Portal and ensure they don’t lose their progress when switching devices. Additionally, it will ensure that the next user will not continue to progress in the wrong user profile.

Should I assign half of my class to always use the iPad 2 with the old version of CAPIT and half of my class to always go on the new iPads with the latest version of CAPIT?

ANSWER: That’s really up to you. Students can technically use both. But if you feel that it will be confusing for them to switch, then go ahead and assign iPads.

Will the Teacher Portal accept information from both the old version of CAPIT and the new version of CAPIT at the same time?

ANSWER: Yes! Progress from both the old version of CAPIT and the new version of CAPIT will sync with the Teacher Portal. However, for this, we have a separate FAQ. Please CLICK HERE and read it.

 

Fig. 1 iPad 4 & iPad 2

Fig. 1 iPad 4 & iPad 2

Fig. 2 Students exit their user profile by clicking on their initials

Fig. 2 Students exit their user profile by clicking on their initials

Fig. 3 User Page

Fig. 3 User Page

How Do I Know if I Have an iPad 2?

It’s super easy to tell the difference. Just look at the charging cable. The iPad 2 and iPad 3 require a wide 30-Pin charging cable, whereas the iPad 4, and all newer iPads require the thin lightning charging cable. (Fig. 1)

PLEASE NOTE: The iPad Mini (1st Generation) has a Lightning Cable. But don’t let it fool you. It will not run the new version of CAPIT. On the other hand, the iPad Mini 2 will run the latest version of CAPIT.

There is another way to find out if the new version of CAPIT is compatible with your iPad:

  • Open your iPad

  • Click on Settings

  • Click on General

  • Check the Version number

If your iPad is running iOS 11 and up, it will run the latest version of CAPIT. (Fig. 2)

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How Do I Set Up CAPIT on Chrome?

 
 

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to get your Students' Profiles and your Teacher Profile set up on your Chrome-enabled devices. Please reach out if you need any support along the way. You can reach us at support@capitlearning.com.

DO NOT DELETE YOUR COOKIES
Our Chrome version uses Cookies to keep your students logged in. Please be sure to never delete your cookies or browsing history, as this will erase your login information. If you delete your cookies and browsing history, you will need to re-enter your Username and Password and reassign your students to their device. If you need to delete your cookies and browsing history, or you did so by accident, please know that your students' progress will not be deleted. All student progress is stored on our secure servers. But you will be required to re-enter your Username and Password and reassign your students to their device.

If your Students' Profiles have not been Activated, please do so before continuing with this step.
For more details see: STUDENT PROFILES: Creating and Activating Student Profiles.

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SIGN IN

Open your Chrome Browser and go to www.capitlearning.com

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SIGN IN

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Click on the Teacher Menu

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Enter your Email and Password

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Log In

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Select Children

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Select the users you would like to assign to this device

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Save

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Close

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Click Back

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Click Back Again

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Enter the App

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Students and Teacher select their User Profile and begin using CAPIT

 
 
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PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

It might feel like the Chrome version of CAPIT is not as responsive as the iPad version (it might even act up at times). This is because the iOS app resides on your iPad, whereas the Chrome app resides in the cloud on our secure servers. This means that your computer needs high internet speed to continuously talk to our servers. That's why when your internet is slow, the iOS App feels more responsive than the Chrome App. The best way to handle this is to tell your students to be patient and give CAPIT a few seconds to load.

 
 

I Want to Begin Teaching CAPIT. How Do I Find the First Lesson?

Using your Teacher Profile, navigate to the Level 1 Home Page (Fig 1). Click on the top circle. It will take you to the Level 1 Lesson Menu (Fig 2). Click on Lessons 1 and begin teaching.

Again, be sure to use your Teacher Profile when you teach CAPIT Lessons.

Fig. 1: Level 1 Home Page

Fig. 1: Level 1 Home Page

Fig. 2: Level 1 Lesson Menu

Fig. 2: Level 1 Lesson Menu

How Do I Navigate to the First CAPIT Lesson?

The app automatically takes every user to the very last lesson that has been unlocked by that user. The Teacher Profile is unlocked by default. This means that every time you enter your Teacher Profile you will be navigated to the very last lesson. You can easily navigate to the first lesson by either clicking on the "arrows" or the little "blue buttons" on the bottom of the screen.

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Where Can I Find the CAPIT Print Conventions Document?

Print Conventions are concept beginning readers need to know. Teachers should model and discuss every Print Convention in front of the class. For your convenience we created a document that lists and explains each Print Convention. Please refer to this document as you prepare your lesson plan.

Our Print Conventions document can be found in our Teacher Corner under Download & Print, and can be downloaded below.

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How Can I Be Sure My Students are Using Their Own CAPIT User Account?

The student's initials will always be found on the top-left corner of the app.

 

 

IMPORTANT: If your students are sharing devices, please make sure they navigate out of their user before they hand it over to the next student. They do this by clicking on the top-left button until they arrive at the User Page. This will trigger an automatic sync, and will also ensure that the next student will not end up in the wrong user account.

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How Do I Use the CAPIT Assessment?

THE CAPIT ASSESSMENT

CAPIT is a competency-based program. Students cannot skip around or have control over the lesson progression. It is, therefore, vital to assess students and place them at the appropriate level.

The CAPIT Reading program will assess your students before they use it. The Assessment will automatically place your students at their appropriate level in CAPIT.

The Assessment should only be administered for placement purposes the first time the student enters the program.

The CAPIT Assessment will initiate when students first enter CAPIT and attempt to enter Level 1.

The Assessment allows students to skip Level 1, enter Level 2 at their skill level, or skip Level 2 altogether and begin with Level 3.

The first section of the CAPIT Assessment is unforgiving because the student can not make any mistakes, so we allowed students three attempts. If students fail all three attempts, they start at the beginning of Level 1.

You can view the results of the CAPIT Assessment on your Teacher Portal.


PREPARING YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE CAPIT ASSESSMENT

Before students take the CAPIT Assessment, it is imperative that you show them what to expect.

The CAPIT Assessment has two kinds of interfaces. One is similar to Lesson 16 in Level 1, which assesses students’ ability to associate phonemes with letters. The other interfaces look like Lesson 6 in Level 2, which assesses students’ ability to spell words.

Please prepare your students for the CAPIT Assessment by demonstrating how to use the interfaces in the Assessment.

Gather your students and enter your Teacher Profile. Go to Level 1, and skip to Lesson 16. Show your students how this interface works and how to complete it. Then call up a few students and let them try it. Then navigate to Level 2, and enter Lesson 6. Show your students how this interface works and how to complete it. Then have them try it.


WHERE IS THE CAPIT ASSESSMENT?

In general, students should work their way through the CAPIT lessons.

However, some students enter Kindergarten, knowing the sounds that correspond to the Lowercase and Uppercase letters and are ready to skip Level 1 and begin with Level 2.

Also, many older students will want to skip to a more challenging section in CAPIT.

These students may take the CAPIT Assessment.

If they are currently in Level 1, they navigate to the Assessment by clicking on Level 2, which will bring them to the Level 2 Lesson Menu. The Assessment will then appear.

If they are currently in Level 2, they navigate to the Assessment by clicking on Level 3, which will bring them to the Level 3 Lesson Menu. The Assessment will then appear.

A quick word on skipping Level 1: Please remember that knowledge of the names of the letters is not enough to get into Level 2. Students must demonstrate mastery of Letter Sounds.


RESET YOUR STUDENT’S PROGRESS

When a student completes an Assessment, that Level is marked with a Blue Screen in the Teacher Portal.

The Blue Screen is a Skipped Indicator. It informs you that the student did not complete the entire work in that Level, but instead used the Assessment to skip some content.

Coming soon…

Your Teacher Portal also has a Reset feature that allows you to Reset a student’s progress, and send the student back to complete earlier content in the CAPIT app.

          

Can Students Skip CAPIT Level 1?

Every student must complete Level 1. Completion of Level 1 proves the student knows the sounds that correspond to the Lowercase and Uppercase letters. If you have students who you believe know which sounds correspond to the letters of the Alphabet and are, therefore, ready to skip Level 1 and begin with Level 2, have them take the ABC Test. If they pass the test, the app will grant them access to Level 2. If they can't pass the ABC Test, they should go back to Level 1, so they can learn their sounds.

Please remember that knowledge of the names of the letters is not enough to get into Level 2—Students need to demonstrate knowledge of letter sounds.

My Student Skipped CAPIT Level 1, Can You Reset It?

If a student skipped Level 1 and snuck into Level 2 (prematurely), and you are sure that this student is not ready for Level 2 because he/she does not know their lowercase or uppercase letters, then it is likely that another student took the ABC Test for this student. CLICK HERE to learn how.

We currently don't have a way to reset student data, so your student will need to go back and work their way through Level 1.

Even though Level 1 is now unlocked, your Teacher Portal still tells you how many lessons your student has completed in Level 1. For example, in Fig. 1, we see a student that skipped Level 1 after completing 13 Lessons. If the student returns to Level 1 and completes another lesson, the number will rise to 14.

You know your student completed Level 1 when the Teacher Portal says 70/70.

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Even though Level 1 is now unlocked, the CAPIT App still tells your student how many lessons he/she has completed in Level 1. Take a look at your student’s app (Fig. 2). Notice that every lesson has a little yellow star on its top-right? It indicates that the student has not yet completed this lesson. Look at the CAPIT Assessments (Lessons 24, 28, 32, 36, & 40 in Fig. 2). They also have little yellow stars. You will notice that the student did not take the assessments and did not earn any Stars yet.

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Fig. 2

 

When your student begins completing lessons, the little yellow star will disappear (Fig. 3, Lessons 21, 22, 23 in the green box). Have your student complete the CAPIT Assessments. The little yellow star will disappear, and they will earn a Black & Yellow Star (Fig. 3, Lesson 24 in the red circle). Encourage them to collect 3 Stars.

You know your student completed Level 1 when none of their lessons have a little yellow star, and their Assessments all have at least 1 Black & Yellow Stars.

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How Can I Support Struggling Readers Using CAPIT?

When students make mistakes, let’s not enable them by giving them the answers. You can empower your students with two tools: our Visual Mnemonics, and our Pocket Chart.

If students see and letter and forget the sound that the letter spells—Ask them: “What does it look like?” They will try to remember our Visual Mnemonic (see Fig. 1).

If students forget a Spelling—Direct them to the Pocket Chart. It contains all the Sounds and Spelling Patterns the students have learned so far (see Fig. 2).

Our Visual Mnemonics & Pocket Chart give students the ability to self-correct and the confidence to become Independent Readers.

Fig. 1. Ask your student: “What does the letter look like?” They will be reminded of the  Visual Mnemonic

Fig. 1. Ask your student: “What does the letter look like?” They will be reminded of the Visual Mnemonic

Fig. 2. Remind your student to pull down the  Pocket Chart  and look for the Sound or Spelling

Fig. 2. Remind your student to pull down the Pocket Chart and look for the Sound or Spelling

Why Did a Lock Pop Up and Disable the CAPIT App?

If a student makes 3 mistakes in a particular interface, a LOCK will disable the app. To remove the Lock, enter your Secret Teacher Code. The app's default Teacher Code is: 0000.

We advise teachers to pick a new Secret Teacher Code right away. (Kids can easily guess the default code: 0000.) CLICK HERE to find out how.

You should be mindful when you enter your Secret Code in front of your students. You don’t want them to learn it accidentally. If the secret gets out, you will need to pick a new code.

Now it's your turn to teach your student. No one can do this better than you…

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There are many ways you can help your student:

  • Pocket Chart: Show your student how to rely on the Pocket Chart to look up sounds and spelling patterns.
  • Define Words: Explain the meaning of each "word." It is hard to read and spell words you don't recognize.
  • Give Context: Use these "words" in a sentence.
  • Most Likely the student was rushing and being impatient. Urge the student to s l o w  d o w n.
  • Perhaps the student forgot how to use this interface.
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How Do I Change My Secret CAPIT Teacher Code?

The Default CAPIT Teacher Code is 0000.

We advise teachers to pick a new Secret Teacher Code right away. (Kids can easily guess the default code: 0000.) To change your code, navigate to the Teacher Menu on your device. Click on Teacher Code and enter your new Four-Digit-Code.

You should be mindful when you enter your Secret Code in front of your students. You don’t want them to accidentally learn it. If the secret gets out, you will need to pick a new code.

How Do I Motivate My Students and Keep them Excited about CAPIT?

There are many ways teachers can motivate their students. Below are Three Easy-to-Implement Ideas. If you have ideas for us, please share them. CLICK HERE and type away.


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IDEA 1: DIRECT INSTRUCTION
Direct Instruction is vital. Kids take cues from adults. If teachers are passionate about CAPIT, the students will be as well. Teachers should teach CAPIT lesson regularly. The more teachers engage in Direct Instruction, the better. Use your Teacher Profile to model.

As you model, call students up to help complete various interfaces. Make it fun, engaging, and competitive. For example, put the timed Matching Game on the Smart Board, and have the kids compete for the high score.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Instructional Model.


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IDEA 2: CERTIFICATES

We created certificates for students who completed Levels 1 & 2, as well as students who collected all the CAPIT Books. Please download these certificates, print them out (in color) and show them to your students. Explain to them that they will receive them when they complete Levels 1 & 2 and when they read all their Books. Our certificates will help motivate your students to work hard. You can hang these certificates on the wall and send them home.

CLICK HERE to download our Certificates.


 

 

IDEA 3: CAPIT READER CHART

We created a Chart to help motivate your students by rewarding them for using CAPIT and completing CAPIT Lessons. You should regularly look at your Teacher Portal to see how many Days your students used CAPIT. Look for the Active Usage to see how many days each student used the app—that’s how many Stars each student deserves. REMEMBER: Only the completion of a CAPIT Lesson will register as Active Usage.

CLICK HERE to download our CAPIT Reader Chart.

How Do I Calculate Usage Time on CAPIT?

QUESTION: Is it actual time/minutes spent? Does coloring the letter count as Active Usage? How about playing the Matching Games or the ABC Song?

ANSWER: The most critical analytic collected by the CAPIT Portal is the students’ Active Usage. We define Active Usage as a completion of a CAPIT Lesson, either in Level 1 or Level 2. Playing the Matching Game or the ABC Song does not count as Active Usage. Furthermore, the portal indicates Active Usage in Days spent on the app. In other words:

  • Students need to complete at least one lesson for their progress to count as 1 Day of Active Usage.

  • The Teacher Portal does not show how much Time the students spent on CAPIT. It only indicates the number of Days the app was used.

  • If students worked on CAPIT for ten days, but three of those days they played games or colored and did not complete any lessons, the CAPIT Portal will only display 7 Days of Active Usage.

  • If a student completed 2 Lessons in 1 Day, the Teacher Portal would still count it as 1 Day of Active Usage.

How Do I Use the Data in my CAPIT Teacher Portal
to Help Drive Instruction?
CLICK HERE to find out.

Looking to motivate your students to get on CAPIT and use it?

Keep Reading below…


Getting Your Students Active

We created a chart to help motivate your students by rewarding them for using CAPIT and completing CAPIT Lessons.

You should regularly look at your Teacher Portal (see image above) to see how many Days your students used CAPIT. Look for the Active Usage to see how many days each student used the app—that’s how many Stars each student deserves on their CAPIT Reader Chart.

REMEMBER: Only the completion of a CAPIT Lesson will register as Active Usage.

Our CAPIT Reader Chart allows you to reward students for their effort, not just their success.

CLICK HERE to download our CAPIT Reader Chart.

How Do I Use the Data in my CAPIT Teacher Portal to Help Drive Instruction?

In a single glance, teachers can view individual Student's Progress & Active Usage and compare it to other students in their class (Fig. 1).

Yellow indicates an average student. Green indicates an above average student. Red indicates a below average student.

The most critical analytic is a student’s Active Usage. Keep an eye on your students’ Active Usage and make sure they get enough time on CAPIT.

We define Usage as the completion of a CAPIT Lesson. For an exact definition of Usage, CLICK HERE.

Your Teacher Portal will help you determine if a student is not using CAPIT enough. You will know this because their Usage will be Red (Fig 2). Notice that David’s Usage is only 4 Days. This student will need to use CAPIT more consistently. Another student might be a Struggling Reader and fall behind in his Progress (Fig 3). Danny’s Usage is at 20 Days, which is high, but his Progress is low. This student needs a double dipping of CAPIT.

To see the Level 1 and Level 2 Skill Progression, click on the Yellow and Purple Squares in your Teacher Menu (Fig. 4). The Skill Progression will pop up (Fig. 5 & 6).

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Are Tiles Missing in a CAPIT Lesson?

Sometimes we ran out of space and had to put "letter tiles" on another screen. Students can navigate to these tiles by clicking on the "arrows."

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My student's keyboard is missing keys. The student is asked to spell a sound, but the letter is nowhere to be found on the keyboard.

This glitch has been fixed in CAPIT Reading Version 1.1.3. Once you download the new version, your student's Spelling Cards should be unlocked (they will be in yellow). Please have your student go back and complete all the yellow Spelling Cards. Now all the sounds and letters they have learned will populate their Pocket Chart and their Keyboard.

We apologize for the glitch.

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Do Students Need Three Stars in Order to Progress in CAPIT?

Students do not need three stars in order to progress. One or two stars will allow students into the following lesson. Teachers shouldn't force students to go back and earn three stars on every lesson. Students are competitive by nature, so a light encouragement will suffice. Some students will be up for the challenge, but others students might get nervous and discouraged. In the end, teachers should use their judgment.

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Why is the CAPIT Highlighter Interface Not Working? My student is putting in the correct answer but the app is saying it's wrong!

Our Spelling Cards contains a Highlighter Interface. It asks students to segment a word into separate sounds (i.e. phonemes) using colors. The key here is that students must separate the word into separate SOUNDS, not LETTERS. So, although the word "cat" has 3 sounds and 3 letters, words like "off" and "egg" which have 3 letters get only 2 colors because they have only 2 sounds, and words such as "mess" and "duck" which have 4 letters get only 3 colors because they have only 3 sounds.

Our Highlighter Interface prepares beginner students for dealing with the more complicated digraphs and diphthongs (e.g. sh, ch, oo, oi).

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3 Letters, 2 Sounds

Implementing CAPIT Using Shared Devices?

Teachers have shared with us some Best Practices for implementing CAPIT Reading with shared devices. We hope these ideas inspire you. Do you have your own ideas? Please share them with us at:
info@capitlearning.com.

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5 iPads – 18 Students
Teacher:  
S. Fields, Canyon Springs

Each day we do CAPIT during our Daily 5 center rotation (60 minute ELA block). The students do CAPIT during their pencil/iPad icon in their individual center folder. The iPads are numbered and the children know what iPad to use. It has been very effective and the kiddos know exactly what to do.

4 iPads – 23 Students
Teacher:  
Kristen Helmig, Village Meadows

My routine is daily groups that go on CAPIT at the same time every day so they know what iPad is theirs and take it whether during beginning or end of the lessons (reading, writing time, handwriting time, end of day, science and social studies.) I have selected the students times on who excels and finishes work early during those times, and for students who may really struggle during those times and need an iPad break. I also use them daily in my RTI centers time so every day 5 students are double dipped with their CAPIT time.

10 iPads – 19 Students
Teacher:  
Kathleen Holley, West Wing

To implement CAPIT I do it during my writing block. When the students come in from lunch, I discuss the day’s writing prompt and do the mini lesson if needed. I then have half of my students on CAPIT and half of them doing writing. This helps me focus more on a smaller group for writing. We switch after about 20-25 minutes.

10 iPads – 19 Students
Teacher:  
Lindsay Trefzger, West Wing

We use our iPads during our writer's workshop block. After lunch, my kids come in and all sit through a mini lesson for writing. Then when I dismiss my students, half of my class goes back to their seats to begin writing and conferencing with me and the other half starts on CAPIT. After about 15 minutes or so we switch. This has been a flawless plan that I have LOVED!

I have divided up my class into 2 groups. My first group is my strong writers who are able to remember what the mini lesson was about even after going on CAPIT. My second group is my struggling writers and they need to go back to their seats right after my mini lesson so that they do not forget what they are supposed to be doing. This year I have a very clear cut group and therefore it made my groupings a lot easier.

8 iPads – 23 Students
Teacher:  
Laura Hopson, West Wing

The best way I have found to use the program is in my daily reading centers. I have two stations with iPads and a total of 6 centers. So each day the students will do 3 centers with the iPads always being one, nothing too exciting but it seems to work well. I also have the iPads available to those who want more time on the program (80% of the kids) during our RTI time and free choice time on Fridays.

 

How Do I Play the CAPIT Games?

Sending Home CAPIT Books

Research points to a strong correlation between parent involvement and student achievement. You can engage your students' family by sending home our CAPIT Books app.

We created a letter—one in English, and one in Spanish—which introduces parents to our CAPIT Books app. It also contains downloading instructions. Please send this letter home.

This letter can be  found in our Teacher Corner, under Downloadables.

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The CAPIT Pronunciation Guide

Learning to read requires that students discriminate between phonemes. This is hard to do when students can't correctly identify and pronounce each phoneme. This is why students who don’t pronounce sounds correctly often struggle “hearing” how sounds blend together to form words (NRP 2000, 2-104).

Our Pronunciation Guide contains sound files of common phonemes as well as short video clips detailing how each sound is formed (courtesy of Rachel’s English).

We urge you to share our Pronunciation Guide with your students’ parents so they too can learn how to correctly pronounce each phoneme.

How Do I Project CAPIT on my Digital Board?

For Audio: Take the Audio Jack (see picture to the right) that you normally plug into your computer and plug it into your device. The sound will play through your classroom speakers.

For Visual: Take the VGA Cord (see picture to the right) that you normally plug into your computer and plug it into your device using a VGA Adapter. Here are links to a VGA Adapter for Newer iPads and for Older iPads. The video will play on your digital board.

If you have access to Apple TV the process is seamless via AirPlay.

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                            VGA Cord

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Am I Using the Latest Version of CAPIT Reading on my iPad?

Latest Version: CAPIT Reading v2.0.16

We regularly improve and fix our CAPIT app. To check if you are using the latest version, navigate to the Home Page—you will find the version number on the bottom left corner. To update your iPad, go to the app store and search for CAPIT Reading. Compare your version with the version in the app store. If there is a discrepancy, please update the app. You can also set up your iPads for Automatic Downloads. Click Here for instructions. Updating CAPIT on a Browser is easy. Just refresh your browser until your CAPIT Reading version matches the version number in the iTunes store. If after a few "refreshes" the app fails to update, delete your cookies, and try again.

CAPIT Reading v2.0.16

CAPIT Reading v2.0.16

Why is There an X on a Student’s User Profile?

If you see an X on a student’s user profile (Fig. 1), you need to trigger a sync with your Teacher Portal. Click on the top-left button (Fig. 2) until you arrive at the User Page (Fig. 3). This action will sync the device with the portal.

If the X is still there, try restarting the app. CLICK HERE for instructions.

If the X remains, and/or you notice a discrepancy between your student’s progress on the device and your Teacher Portal, please contact us immediately @ support@capitlearning.com.

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What Do I Do When CAPIT Loses Internet Connection?

CAPIT Reading functions only when it is connected to the internet. This ensures that student progress is never lost. When the internet goes down (and the app can't send progress to the Teacher Portal), you will see this Failed Pop-Up Screen, and the app will be disabled until the internet connection is re-establish. You do not have to do anything. Just wait patiently for the internet to return. If the app stays offline for longer than 5 minutes, the student will be taken to the Home Screen. Please explain to your students that when they see this pop-up, they don't need to do anything. They should wait patiently for the internet to return. If you are experiencing long internet outages, please speak with your tech-coordinator.

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Why am I Having Volume Issues with CAPIT?

iPads have 2 volume settings. One controls the iPad's speaker and the other controls your headphones. The two work independently of each other. This can lead to a situation where you get good volume on the speaker but no volume once you plug in your headphones. So please remember to adjust your volume again after inserting your headphones.

If you ever connect your iPad to your digital board—and forget that it is still connected—you may wonder why you have no volume on your iPad. This is because the volume is transferring to the digital board. Be sure to disconnect from your board, and your volume will once again come through the iPad speaker or your headphones.

Please note that some students might accidentally connect to the digital board in your room or to a digital board in a nearby room via Airplay. Make sure to check the Airplay setting on their device even if you haven't personally connected to a digital board with that iPad. 


Which Headphones Should I Use with CAPIT?

Learning to read requires that students discriminate between phonemes. This is hard to do in a noisy classroom.

We recommend that students use over-the-ear headphones.

We highly advise against using earbuds. Earbuds don’t block out noise, and they fall out. Invest in good over-the-ear headphones. They are worth it.

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Why Does the CAPIT App Freeze?

When a user leaves the app unused for a prolonged period of time, the app will become unresponsive.  Shutting down the app and reopening it solves the issue every time. We suggest that the last one to use the app shut the app down before turning off the device. This ensures that when the app is relaunched it will not feel glitchy.

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Is CAPIT Compatible With Old Devices?

Why does the app crash so often?
Why does it freeze up? Why is it so glitchy?
I have an old device, could that be a problem?

CAPIT Reading is compatible with all versions of iOS since the iPad 2. However, older devices have slower processors and less memory, and this can cause the app to freeze up, feel glitchy, and crash.

(Note: Apple periodically releases iOS updates that take up the iPad's working memory. These updates leave little memory for apps like CAPIT to run on.)

If you are using an older device, unburden it by deleting unused applications. Also, be sure to shut down all other applications before launching CAPIT. CLICK HERE to learn how to shut down apps on the iPad.

If you are using shared devices, be sure to restart CAPIT before each student gets on their device. Even better: Have your students restart CAPIT before beginning a Spelling Card. Restarting CAPIT will refresh your iPad's memory and will buy your students time on the app before the next crash.

If you are unsure about your tech, please speak with your tech-coordinator.

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My Student Can't Click on a CAPIT Matching Test With a Mouse (On Chrome)

CAPIT is compatible with all Chromebooks and Computers with a Chrome browser. Please note that with some touchscreen Chromebooks and Computers, the Matching Games and Level 1 Assessments will only function with the touchscreen, and will not work using a mouse.

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Can You Recommend an Assessment before I Begin Using CAPIT?

There are obvious benefits in assessing your students before and after they learn with CAPIT. This is especially applicable to teachers working with struggling students. An assessment gives teachers the ability to know what prior knowledge the student had before intervention and what knowledge they were able to gain from using CAPIT.

Our ABC Test assesses students’ ability to associate phonemes with letters (both lowercase and uppercase). 

Our CVC Test assesses students’ ability to read, segment and blend CVC words.

For your convenience, we created a CAPIT assessment Form so you can quickly jot down how your students did before and after.

 

What are the CAPIT Tech Requirements?

Important

  • A high-speed Internet connection is required for each device running CAPIT Reading.

Supported Web Browser

Supported Computers

DEVICES:

  • Chromebooks

  • All computers running a Chrome browser

Minimum Tech Requirements:

  • 2GB RAM

  • 2.16GHz dual core processor

  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution or higher

Supported Tablets

  • Capit runs on iPad 4 running iOS 10 and higher

  • Chromebook Tabletes

Please white-list the following URLs:

www.capitlearning.com
discover.capitlearning.com
portal.capitlearning.com
fonts.googleapis.com
js.stripe.com
https://api.mixpanel.com
https://capit.dubitcloud.com
read.capitlearning.com
https://static1.squarespace.com/

Chrome Settings for CAPIT Reading

DO NOT DELETE YOUR COOKIES
Because our Chrome version uses Cookies to keep your students logged in, please be sure to never delete your cookies or browsing history, as this will erase your login information. If you delete your cookies and browsing history, you will need to re-enter your Username and Password and reassign your students to their device. If you need to delete your cookies and browsing history, or you did so by accident, please know that your students' progress will not be deleted. All student progress is stored on our secure servers. But you will be required to re-enter your Username and Password and reassign your students to their device

CHECK YOUR SETTINGS
Our Chrome version uses Cookies to keep your students logged in. If your Chrome Browser is failing to keep your Teacher Account (and students) logged into CAPIT, it is possible that your Chrome Settings need to be changed to the following three settings:

  1. To allow sites to save and read cookie data.
  2. To not delete local data when you quit your browser.
  3. To not block third-party cookies, as this will prevent third-party websites (like CAPIT) from saving and reading cookie data.

Changing your Chrome Settings is easy. Simply follow the steps below.

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Open your Chrome Browser

Click on the Menu on the Top-Right of the Browser (the three vertical dots). A menu will pop up. Now click on "Settings."

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Scroll down, and click on "Advanced."

Click on "Content Settings."

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Click on "Cookies."

Take a good look at the top three Cookie Settings.

The 1st Setting reads: 
Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended)
The top one should be switched ON.
The next two Settings should be switched OFF.
2nd Setting reads:
Keep local data only until you quit your browser
3rd Setting reads:
Block third-party cookies
Prevent third-party websites from saving and reading cookie data

Be sure they are set to OFF

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Why Would a Student Who Tested Out of Level 1 Be Displayed as Below Average?

It might seem odd, but we did this on purpose. We want to indicate that these students did not complete Level 1. See students 1, 2 and 3. They skipped Level 1 and students 2 and 3 are progressing well in Level 2.

Displaying students in this manner makes it clear that the students skipped Level 1. If the students struggle with Level 2, the teacher will know what to do: put them back in Level 1 and ask them to complete it.

Does CAPIT Have a Strategy for Working With Struggling Readers? (DBRR)

Yes!

If a student cannot hold on to certain sounds, or cannot blend sounds to create words, we recommend working with our CAPIT Mini Playing Cards for an additional few minutes, four times a week. You will need to download our CAPIT Mini Game Cards and our DBRR Instructions.

Your administrator has access to our CAPIT Mini Game Cards

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Why Can't My Student Get Past a Lesson After Completing It?

In Level 2, after students complete a Lesson in the Lesson Menu, they sometimes earn a Book, or a Spelling Card.

Students are “prevented” from proceeding to the next Lesson until they read their new Book (Fig. 1). The Yellow Star indicates what the student should do next: push on the Book Button and read the new Book.

Fig. 1: New Book

Fig. 1: New Book

 

Students are “prevented” from proceeding to the next Lesson until they complete their new Spelling Card (Fig. 2). The Yellow Star indicates what the student should do next: push on the Spelling Card Button and complete the new Spelling Cards.

Fig. 2: New Spelling Card

Fig. 2: New Spelling Card