Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
Absolutely, you can subscribe as a homeschooler!
If you are logging in to The Juice for the first time, you can either add students from the home page or from the class page.
From the home page, 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.
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.
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. As a teacher, if a student creates an account for your class, you will receive a notification letting you know that a student has requested to join your class. You need to accept the request before that student can start reading The Juice.
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. As a teacher, if a student creates an account for your class, you will receive a notification letting you know that a student has requested to join your class. You need to accept the request before that student can start reading The Juice.
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 change your password, start by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on your name to bring up an account settings dialogue box. In the account settings dialogue, click on Change password and then type your new password in the text fields provided. Finally, click Update to ensure that the change takes effect.
To post a class announcement, first go to the Homepage on the teacher portal. Look for the class announcement panel, 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 has its own separate announcement, and announcements run until they are edited or removed.
Go to the teacher portal home page and locate the Quick Link panel. Click on the Upload an image button. Then, drag and drop an image file onto the canvas, or click upload and select a file from your computer. Add any supporting text in the text editor, and, finally, click the Save button and your custom image will appear in the next published issue of The Daily Juice. If you teach multiple classes, you will need to upload an image for each class.
Images continue to appear in published issues of The Daily Juice until you change or remove them.
To add more classes to your teacher account, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many classes you want to add as well as the name and default reading level of each class.
In the near future, teachers will be able to add and edit classes and class information (e.g. name, reading level) as they see fit.
If you are on the home or class pages in the teacher portal, you can switch between different classes by clicking on the different class tabs directly underneath the top navigation bar.
If you have four or more classes, you may see a dropdown menu instead of tabs. If you see a dropdown menu, then you can switch between different classes by clicking on the dropdown menu and selecting a different class from the list of available classes.
To change the date on the class page, select any blue chip containing the day or timeframe you would like to see. For example, if you would like to see student activity and quiz scores for the current month, then select the This Month chip.
If you would like to see student activity and score data for a custom time range, then click on the Custom chip and you will be able to set custom start and end dates. Once you set custom start and end dates, click the blue Apply button to apply the timeframe to the class page.
There are two paths to view an individual student activity report. First, from the home page, locate the Student Activity panel. Then click on any individual student’s name. This will open the Student View dialogue box, which contains detailed reports of Daily Juice activity and quiz performance. To view one or the other, click on the Daily Juice or Quiz Performance tabs located on the left side of the screen.
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.
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.
Completion rates display how many students have completed an issue, how many students are in progress, and how many students have not yet opened an issue.
Complete means opening an issue and answering all its quiz questions.
In progress means a student has opened an issue but has not yet answered all its quiz questions.
Unopened means that a student has not opened an issue.
On the home page, you can view class-level completion stats, average scores, and score ranges over different periods of time by selecting different blue time chips. For example, you can view class activity for a single day, one week, one month, or the past three months.
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.
You do not need to access The Juice through a browser. You can install The Juice just as you would any other app on your phone, tablet, or laptop.
If you are using an Android smartphone or tablet, first launch the Chrome app. Then go to secure.thejuice.news. Next, tap the menu icon (3 dots in the upper right corner of the screen) and tap Add to Homescreen. Close Chrome, and locate The Juice app on your home screen.
Tap the app icon to launch the app. If you are not already logged in, then you may be asked to sign in. Otherwise, start using The Juice app.
If you are using an iOS device, first launch the Safari app. Then go to https://secure.thejuice.news. Next, tap the Share icon (the small rectangle with an upward-pointing arrow at the bottom of the screen). You may have to scroll down to click Add to Home Screen and then Add. Close Safari, and locate The Juice app on your home screen.
Tap the app icon to launch the app. If you are not already logged in, then you may be asked to sign in. Otherwise, start using The Juice app.
Your students will have access to The Daily Juice as soon as they are added to your class.
Access to The Daily Juice means your students will receive a daily notification email at the email address associated with their account. Students will be able to read all newly published issues of The Daily Juice. Moreover, they will be able to search the archive of all past published stories for content that interests them.
If you want to share single stories from an issue, or stories that you find via search, you can share these types of content with your students via Google Classroom.
To share a story, an extra juice, or a video with students via Google Classroom, click the Google Classroom Share icon next to any story in The Daily Juice. Share icons are also visible next to search results. The Share icon will open a Google Classroom Share dialogue box. The dialogue box will facilitate the rest of the sharing process.
You can share individual stories, extra juices, videos, and full issues with students via Google Classroom. Google Classroom Share icons are designed into The Juice. You can find them next to every story on the Daily Juice page and embedded directly into each search result. Clicking the Share icon will open a Google Classroom Share dialogue box. The dialogue box will facilitate the rest of the sharing process.
You can view an individual student’s past quiz results in the individual student view dialogue box. To access the student view dialogue box, you can either (1) click on a student’s name in the student activity panel on the home page or (2) click on a student’s name in the table on the class page. 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.
If your students are subscribed to The Juice, then they have access to each day’s entire issue. However, you can share an entire issue through Google Classroom by clicking on the Google Classroom Share Icon that is adjacent to the date selector.
Yes. If you use Google Classroom, then you can share any single story with your students by clicking on the Google Classroom Share icon.
To see which learning standards are tied to specific quiz questions, you can open The Daily Juice. Each quiz question has a standard code next to it. The standard code is clickable, and clicking on it brings up a summary of the standard.
From the Daily Juice, click on the learning standard code that appears next to a quiz question. Clicking on the code will reveal a dialogue box containing a summary of the relevant learning standard.
To view a different type of learning standard in this context, simply click on the standard type you want to view. For example, if you are viewing the Juice Standard and you want to view the Common Core standard, then click on the Common Core tab to bring up the code, and summary, of the relevant Common Core standard.
To search for articles, extra juices, infographics, and videos, click the “Search” tab at the top of the screen. Type in the keyword you want to search into the search bar. Then, filter the search results according to your preferences.
You can order the search results from newest publication date to oldest or from oldest publication date to newest.
You can also filter search results by reading level, content type, and category.
Filtering by reading level changes your search results so that they only include articles written at a particular reading level.
Filtering by content type changes your search results so that they only include articles or infographic articles or extra juices or videos--not all of these things together.
Finally, filtering by category changes your search results so that they only include content tagged with a particular category or categories.
You can reach out to a member of our support team by visiting the following web page and filling out a brief form: https://thejuicelearning.com/support/
The homeschool portal is designed to ensure that you know what your student is reading and doing. So, you see exactly what your student sees. In addition, you get a bird’s eye view of your student’s performance. You can see their cumulative quiz score and engagement data for each issue of The Juice.
You and your students will see all the articles and videos published each day in The Juice. However, it is not possible to edit an issue.
The Juice publishes new issues five days a week, with the exception of some holidays. Generally, your student will get their first new issue on the next business day. For example, if you subscribe on a Monday, the first new issue will show up on Tuesday. However, on the day you sign up, the most recent issue will be waiting for them so that they can login and start reading.
On the student page, click the “Edit” button and your student’s name and email address will become editable. Your student cannot edit their personal information--only you can.
At the moment, your student’s reading level cannot be changed manually. However, if you reach out to our support team we can assist you in changing the reading level for any student account.
The Juice does not store your payment information.
If you didn’t add a second parent/teacher during the signup process, then send a note to our technical support team letting them know that you’d like to add another teacher to your homeschool class. Two teachers in a homeschool share the same role and privileges.
Currently, you can browse past issues of The Juice, explore engaging supplemental readings, and look through published life hack videos. We’re working hard to release a search tool that will enable you to search for content based on your lesson plans and students’ interests.
Saving and sharing content from The Juice is coming soon!
If you mistyped anything on signup or if your kids want to customize their names, all you need to do is find your way to the student page, click on the “edit” button, and edit your kids’ personal information.
We love feedback, and we want to make The Juice the best product it can be for your homeschool classroom. Our daily email contains a link to a feedback form that you can use anytime you encounter something in The Juice that you don’t like. If you’d rather reach out to our support team, then you can do that, too. They’ll make sure that your feedback gets to the right people quickly.
Life hack videos appear near the end of each issue. They feature the juice video jockeys sharing practical advice for everyday life. Want to know how to get gum off of your shoe with peanut butter? There’s a life hack video for that.
Watch life hack videos by clicking the play button on the video player.
Company and Content
Beyond understanding world events, The Juice is designed to create thinking habits among students. We strive to help them wonder and ask questions, build explanations and interpretations, consider different viewpoints and perspectives, reason with evidence, uncover complexity, and go beneath the surface.
The Juice’s sister company is News and News. It produces a human-curated news cheat sheet as well as a daily newsletter. The cheat sheet is created by its global network of editors. The editorial team works 24/7/365 reviewing a diverse collection of sources to provide readers with a balanced view of current events around the world. The daily newsletter is comprised of all original content written by the News and News team and is published late morning Monday through Friday.
The Juice’s stories are selected by a team of educators and journalists each day. Our team selects stories that are topical, relevant, important, educational, and engaging to students.
News and News is a leading source of balanced news and factual reporting. Learn more at mediabiasfactcheck.com.