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

Log into the Teacher Menu. Click Children. Select your Teacher Profile. Click Save. Go back to the main menu. Now click on the big blue button. You will see a profile called Teacher. Please note that the first time you go into your Teacher Profile it will take a while to load. This is because the app is unlocking all the lessons. This will allow you to hop around the CAPIT app and become more familiar with our program.

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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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Can Students Skip CAPIT Level 1?

Every student must complete Level 1. This proves that they know the sounds that correspond to the Lowercase and Uppercase letters. If you believe a student knows the sounds and letters and is, therefore, ready to skip Level 1 and begin with Level 2, have them take the ABC Test. If they pass the test, they are indeed ready for 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.

If—for whatever rea son—a student has entered Level 2 prematurely, you can always archive their user and assign to them a new user account, so they can begin with Level 1.

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 forget a sound—Ask them: “What does it look like?” They will try to remember our Visual Mnemonics.

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.

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

Our g eneral approach to struggling readers is simple:

  1. Same path;
  2. More time on task;
  3. Consistent and immediate feedback.
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Why Did a Lock Pop Up and Disable the CAPIT App?

If a student makes 3 mistakes in a single interface, a LOCK will pop up and disable the app. You will need to enter your Secret Teacher Code to remove the Lock. The app's default Teacher Code is: 1975. Make sure your student does not see your Secret Code as you enter it. If the secret gets out, you can change it from your Teacher Menu on your device. CLICK HERE for more information. Now it's your turn to teach your student. No one can do this better than you.

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There are a number of 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 CAPITTeacher Code?

Your secret Teacher Code is used to disable the Lock. Students should not know this code. If a student accidentally learns the code, you can change it by navigating to the Teacher Menu on your device. Click on Teacher Code and enter a new code.

How Do I Motivate My Students?

There are many ways teachers can motivate their students. Below are 3 easy-to-implement ideas. If you have ideas for us, please share them. CLICK HERE and type away.


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IDEA 1: MODEL LESSONS

Modeling is key. Kids take cues from adults. If teachers are passionate about the lesson, so will their students. We, therefore, urge teachers to model lessons regularly. The more teachers model, 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.

To learn more about our Instructional Model, CLICK HERE.


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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 Books. Please download these certificates, print them our (hopefully 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 earn 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.

To download our Certificates, CLICK HERE.


 

 

IDEA 3: PROGRESS CHART

Teachers can put up a chart with the kids' names on it. It should have 70 slots next to each name, corresponding to the 70 lesson in Level 1. Every time a student completes a lesson, add a sticker. By the time they are done they will all have 70 stickers.

 

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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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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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:
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Archiving Non-Active CAPIT Students

We built a robust Teacher Portal, School Portal, and District Portal, so teachers, principals, and district leaders can track student progress along the phonics continuum; track daily usage; compare school, class, and student averages; and keep parents informed and involved.

School Principals can view each class's progress in Level 1 and Level 2 and compare it to other classes in your school; they can also view each class's Active Usage and compare it to other classes in your school.

School Principals can even view each  student's Progress and Active Usage and compare it to other students in that class.

 

 


 

 


TO ARCHIVE OR NOT TO ARCHIVE…

If a student is no longer in your class, you should archive them. Be sure to do so, as the student’s inactivity will drive down your class averages.

To archive a student, log into your Teacher Portal and Click on the Archive button.

If you accidentally archived a student in your class, there is no need to panic. Contact us at support@capitlearning.com and we will reactivate your student.

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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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Am I Using the Latest Version of CAPIT Reading?

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. Now 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. The whole process will take no longer a few minutes. Even better: set up your iPads for Automatic Downloads. Click below for instructions.

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My Student's Progress in CAPIT is Missing

If students claim they are missing progress—and that they have already completed certain lessons which are now locked—you will need to trigger a sync with this device. You do this by clicking on the top-left button until they arrive at the User Page. This will trigger an automatic sync. If you are still experiencing data loss, 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?

The app is freezing up and acting glitchy. I have an old device, could that be a problem?

CAPIT Reading is compatible with all versions of the iPad since the iPad 2. Older devices have slower processors and less memory. This can cause the app to freeze up and feel glitchy. 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 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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Why Doesn't Chrome Function Like the iPad?

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.

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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

DEVICES:

  • iPad 2 and higher

Minimum Tech Requirements:

    • iOS9 and above

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      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