Frequently Asked Questions

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Basic

The Juice is a learning platform that uses current events and news stories as scaffolding to strengthen children’s reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. We have built vocabulary tools and quizzing software into The Juice. Each issue features at least six quiz questions linked to core curriculum standards and embedded into each story is two vocabulary words. Your child’s teacher will be able to access how he or she is doing and will be able to glean if your child needs supplemental help in certain areas.

Think of the “extra Juice” as a supplement. Some news stories need background information or might spark further questioning. The “extra Juice” is intended to help students understand a story to the fullest extent possible.

Each story has vocabulary words embedded in it. Articles highlight both tier 2 and tier 3 words to build general literacy and subject specific knowledge. The highlighted words are tailored to the reader's level. In addition to defining the words, vocabulary quiz questions are designed to push students to think about words in context.

For a deeper dive into the news, visit our news aggregation website. It is updated on average every 8 minutes 24/7/365. It is available in English and Spanish.

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Teacher Portal

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If you are logging in to The Juice for the first time, you can either add students from the dashboard or from the class page. 

From the dashboard, click the blue Add Students button that appears in the upper right corner of the screen. This will open the Add Student dialogue box. From the class page, click the “+” icon in the upper right corner or click the blue “add students” button in the center of the screen. These buttons will open the Add Student dialogue box.

The Add Student dialogue provides three different options for adding students: (1) Add manually, (2) Share Class Code, and (3) Import Data. 

Add Manually

To add students manually, type in the first name, last name, and email address for each student in your class. Then, if necessary, set the reading level for each student. By default, the reading level for each student is set at the class level. So, if your class is set at the 7-8 reading level, all new students will default to that level.

Share Class Code

To add students with a class code, first click the Share Class Code tab. From here you can choose to share a class code or a direct link with your students. 

Class Code

To add students with a class code, click on the word Generate and a dialogue box will pop up containing a link as well as a class code. Share the link and the code with your students. Your students will then be able to create their own accounts. 

Direct Link

To add students with a direct link, click on the word Generate and a dialogue box will pop up containing a link. Copy the link and share it with your students. Your students will then be able to create their own accounts.

Import Data

To add students by importing data, click the Import Data tab. You can either drag and drop a spreadsheet containing your class list or click the blue Upload button and select the spreadsheet from a folder on your computer.

The spreadsheet should include one entry for each student in your class. Each entry should include: student’s first name, student’s last name, and student’s email address.

When saving your spreadsheet for upload, make sure to save it as a .csv file. The system is only able to accept .csv formatted files. No other file formats can be processed.  Saving the spreadsheet as some other file type may result in data loss.

You can download an editable template by clicking Download and edit this template. The template is compatible with all spreadsheet programs, including Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, and Numbers.

To remove a student from the class roster, first go to the class page. Then click on the checkboxes next to each student’s name that you wish to remove from the roster. Finally, click the “delete” icon in the upper right corner of the class. This will remove selected students.

 

To remove the entire class, click the topmost checkbox in the upper left corner of the class page. This will select all students in the class. Next, click the “delete” icon in the upper right corner of the class. This will remove all students from the class roster.

To add more classes to your teacher account, go to the Class page.  Find your existing class name in the upper left corner of your page and click on it.  A small dialog will appear.  Click on + New Class from the dialog, enter your class name, choose a reading level and click on Create Class.  You can switch between your classes by clicking on the class name and clicking on the desired class. 

To change your password, start by clicking on the avatar (grey circle with a single letter) in the upper right corner of the screen. In the dialogue that displays, click on the circular arrows to invoke a password dialog. and then type your new password in the text fields provided. Finally, click Save to ensure the change takes effect.

Logged in as a teacher, click on the Class tab.  Select the class your student is in.  Then locate the student's name.  Click on the name.  This opens the Student View.  Click on the Account Information tab.  In this dialog, there is a password option.  Click on the circular arrow to access the password reset dialog.

There are two paths to view an individual student activity report. First, from the dashboard page, class performance tab, click on View Details.  This will open the Student View dialogue box, which displays completion rates by week.  Click on the week you have interest in and further select the specific day.  Here you can see the status (Completed, In Progress, Unopened) and the the score (only if the student completed the Daily Juice).

It is also possible to view individual student reports from the class page. 

To view individual student reports from the class page, click on any student’s name to open the Student View dialogue box. From here, you can view Daily Juice activity and Quiz Performance reports.

Daily Juice reports show whether a student has read an issue of The Daily Juice, whether the quiz is in-progress or completed, and, if applicable, the student’s quiz score, as well as whether the student read any extra juices or watched videos. 

Quiz Performance reports show the students quiz score (for completed quizzes only) and the class average. They also show student performance per quiz question.

You can view an individual student’s past quiz results in the individual student view dialogue box. To access the student view dialogue box, navigate to the Class page, and click on a student’s name. After clicking on a student’s name, the “student view” dialogue box will appear. 

To view quiz results, click on the “Quiz Performance” tab. By default, the “Quiz Performance” tab will display the current day’s quiz results. However, you can change the date by selecting a different date chip. 

In addition, quiz results show student performance against Juice Standards by default. However, you can switch between Juice Standards and Common Core by selecting one or the other standards chip.

To post a class announcement, first go to the Dashboard on the teacher portal. Then click on the Announcements tab.  An announcement panel will appear for each class.  Find the class you'd like to create an announcement for, and click on the orange pencil in the upper right corner of the panel. 

Clicking on the orange pencil will cause the class announcement dialogue box to appear. The dialogue box contains a simple text editor. 

Type the announcement text into the text editor and click the blue “save” button. Class announcements post the next business day to (1) the daily juice and (2) the student portal homepage. 

Each class can have its own separate announcement, or you can chose to make the same announcement for all your classes.  Announcements run until they are edited or removed. 

Go to the teacher portal dashboard page, click on the announcements tab and locate the