FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For nearly two decades, StrongMindSM has blazed the trail in digital education. While StrongMind has already benefited more than 225,000 students, we are continuing to grow and reinvent learning for schools across the nation with our innovative solutions and standards-aligned curriculum.

StrongMind FAQs

I want to see what StrongMind looks like and how it might work in my school. How can I do this?

StrongMindSM is proud to support and empower schools with a variety of digital solutions. If you are a school administrator or educator and would like to learn more about what our curriculum and solutions look like, or what it means to partner with StrongMind, request a demo and we’ll connect!

I need assistance with my StrongMind course. Who should I contact?

If you or your child is currently enrolled in a school offering StrongMind as a curriculum option, please contact your school for information or assistance. You can also log in to your student account and select the “About” tab for additional help.

Can you tell me about the StrongMind LMS? What other LMS platforms is StrongMind compatible with?

The StrongMind LMS leverages the best parts of the Canvas Open-Source platform. What makes it unique is our user-centered design approach. This means we live our mission statement to foster student success by creating digital solutions that are meaningful, relevant, and evolve with the changes and educational and technology landscape. Our iterative approach allows us to be flexible and quickly respond to teacher and student needs.

 

Additionally, StrongMind also offers IMS Global certified LTI integrations, giving you the flexibility to use our robust digital curriculum on our platform or your local LMS through LTI Common Cartridge, including integration for assignments and assessments within the local LMS gradebook.

Does StrongMind offer core and elective courses? Where can I find a list of courses?

We offer immersive Core Courses, both General and Honors, as well as a variety of Electives that elevate the student experience and challenge the way they think. Our robust digital curriculum empowers and supports 6-12th grade students no matter where they are in their journey. Explore our courses!

How do you access StrongMind courseware and curriculum?

StrongMind courseware and curriculum is a true online solution. It’s is 100% online and is accessible via the Internet any time, from almost any device with an updated operating system. Students must be connected to the internet to complete assignments. Materials do not need to be printed for students to complete work. For details on specific devices and other technical information, please see our system requirements.

What kind of tests/assessments does StrongMind use?

StrongMind courses include diagnostic, formative, interim, and summative assessments. The assessments are intentionally crafted to provide low-stakes practice, using technology-enhanced items that are each aligned to standards, as well as high-stakes success.

 

StrongMind Smart Assessment is an assessment solution that accurately measures and evaluates student learning and growth. Developed with insight from teachers, students, administrators, and instructional designers, Smart Assessment provides high-quality assessments aligned to standards that expose students to Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs) early-on in their education.

 

We have partnered with Assessment Technology Inc. to include its Galileo K-12 Online assessments in our curriculum. This provides your school with valid and reliable diagnostic, growth and proficiency data, gives you deeper insight into student growth and achievement and provides third-party validation for StrongMind curriculum. StrongMind also uses assessments from Key Data Systems.

What student supports does StrongMind have?

StrongMind curriculum includes numerous supports to ensure all students get the best possible experience. Visual cues throughout a lesson help scaffold and organize learning into digestible chunks. Based on user experience (UX) research, colors and layout are chosen with accessibility in mind. Using the valuable feedback of students and teachers from rigorous user testing, in addition to assessment data, StrongMind continually evaluates and adjusts its content to help our end users achieve their goals. There are various scaffolding resources included in our courses. For example, students may choose to listen to text being read aloud by simply highlighting and clicking the “listen” button. Courses contain multimedia elements such as videos, interactives, projects, and discussion boards to help students learn and apply understanding in a variety of ways.

 

Students can also access tutorials and videos within the LMS to support their learning.

 

The StrongMind team also focuses on the user interface (UI), so that there is a consistency to pages across all courses that optimizes student interaction by providing a consistent experience.

How does StrongMind engage learners?

StrongMind curriculum engages students in a variety of ways. Courses contain multimedia elements such as award-winning videos, interactives, projects, and discussion boards to help students learn and apply understanding. Using research-based strategies and incorporating the latest, cutting-edge technology keeps us ahead of the curve.  For example, StrongMind graphic designers used lighting, color, and depth to create an inviting environment for the interactive lab below. This activity allows students to investigate the properties of elements while being immersed in the world of science.

 

Interactive

 

In addition, the StrongMind Creative team uses color theory to strategically activate students’ learning. In HTML text pieces, sidebars are color-coded based on their purpose, prompting students to read more attentively and make connections.

Are students able to track their own course progress and grades?

Students can track their progress in multiple ways. On their main dashboards, students can see a current “grade-to-date” per course, based on completed assignments. Within a course, students can view percentage of a course completed, as well as whether or not assignments have been completed, are in progress, or not started yet.

 

Students can view a gradebook at any time to see their assignment scores. Grades are input automatically and generated by the computer, although some assignments (such as discussions) may need to be graded manually by teachers.

 

Additionally, once a student submits a workbook or checkpoint, they’ll see immediate feedback for their answers. Per teacher discretion, workbooks can be retaken as many times as needed, while checkpoints can only be taken three times. Each course contains unit exams and final exams, which can only be taken once.

What teacher supports does StrongMind have?

Teachers using StrongMind have access to video tutorials for support, as well as teacher resource guides for each course. These guides contain course overviews, curriculum maps, expansion activities, rubrics, and more. 

 

Additionally, partners using our digital learning solutions experience custom implementation and onboarding with a dedicated Partner Success Manager. Schools and districts will receive ongoing support aligned to established goals.

Can teachers modify StrongMind curriculum?

Teachers have the ability to customize lessons in a variety of ways.  If enabled by the administrator, teachers can adjust scope and sequence, add, and delete assignments. Teachers can also import/copy content from other courses and link to outside content or connect to Google Drive.  Teachers also have full control of discussion boards – unpublish or delete discussions, add, or modify discussion topics. Teachers are also able to add custom announcements and calendar updates or events to personalize learning.

Is StrongMind teacher-led?

Schools or districts can implement StrongMind in a variety of ways. Teachers can structure the workflow of content and guide learning for their implementation model. Courses feature various supports and multi-media elements to engage and immerse the learner, while also helping students master concepts.

Who creates and designs StrongMind curriculum?

StrongMind invests a tremendous amount of time, research, and resources into each of its courses. Our engaging courses are developed by an in-house team here in Chandler, Arizona, comprised of highly skilled curriculum experts, creative professionals, and former educators who are passionate about delivering the very best learning experience and results for students and educators.

 

By having a dedicated, in-house team, we’ve been able to produce enriching digital curriculum that has earned 60+ awards including Emmys® (regional), CODiEs, Tellys and EdTech Digest awards!

How are courses structured?

Content is organized into 6 units, with 5 lessons per unit, unless a teacher has hidden or added custom material to supplement learning.

 

Some units will have a project to further learning, and all units will have an exam at the end. Lessons provide multiple opportunities to practice and review as they are learning. Workbooks can be found at the end of each activity and are another great opportunity for practice. Checkpoints are found at the end of each lesson. Once a student completes a course, they must take a “final exam” to measure learning.

Is StrongMind offered for individual or homeschool use?

We currently do not offer our curriculum as a standalone product for individual or homeschool use, but we do work with several providers and schools around the nation who use our curriculum. Please refer to our partner schools below, for access to StrongMind curriculum.

 

StrongMind Partner Schools

  1. Champion Prep Academy 
  2. Compass Charter Schools
  3. DaVinci Connect 
  4. Elite Academic Academy 
  5. EPIC-CA 
  6. EPIC-OK 
  7. Harkham-GAON Academy
  8. Inspire Charter Schools
  9. iSucceed Virtual High School
  10. Olive Grove Charter School
  11. Peak Prep Academy 
  12. Port of Los Angeles High School
  13. Primavera Online High School & Middle School 
  14. Summit Leadership Academy – High Desert
  15. Valor Preparatory Academy of Arizona

How can StrongMind support teachers in improving student and family engagement?

StrongMind has taken a bold step to addressing student disengagement, with StrongMind Loud Mouth, an innovative engagement engine that is a convenient mobile solution. Now schools can support positive relationships and improve engagement among teachers, parents, and students with automated messaging about course grades and activity. Teachers can engage with their class more often without adding more to their workload.

STRONGMIND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

INTERNET & E-MAIL

5.0 Mbps minimum bandwidth DSL or Cable preferred (Dial-Up not supported)
Personal E-mail address (get a free account from GMAIL, YAHOO or OUTLOOK)

 

HARDWARE

CPU: Intel® I3 or better recommended, or AMD equivalent
RAM: 4 GB minimum (8 GB recommended)
HDD: at least 120 GB free space recommended)
VIDEO: 1024×768 minimum resolution required
MONITOR: 15” Widescreen or greater recommended
AUDIO: Sound card with speakers or headphones (or headset with microphone)
AUDIO: Microphone (required for Foreign Language courses)
PRINTER: Inkjet or laser printer (not required, but helpful)
VR Headset (Not required for optimal use)

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows® 8.1 or 10; Mac® OSX 10.9 or later

 

* Chromebooks have some limitations that can affect user experience
* Some users have had success with Linux with Chrome and/or Firefox
* iPads, iOS/Android Tablets, and some Netbooks are not supported as they may
not be able to use required plugins and/or have screens that are too small to adapt.

 

Software and Plugin Requirements

The link below will download all software necessary to run the Course Player, including  Java, Quicktime, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, Silverlight and Firefox. This link will work for PC users only.  Flash player will need to be downloaded individually.  Please use the link provided in the next section.

 

If you prefer to download the required software individually, please use the links below.

 

ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE SUGGESTIONS:

 

Internet and Browser Options

 

Some courses require specific plugins in order to properly render the content.  Note that not all plugins are supported by all browsers. For the most complete support of current and legacy plugins, we recommend Mozilla Firefox.

 

Browser cookies must be enabled.

 

Antivirus + Antimalware

Keeping your computer clean of viruses and malicious software is essential to your computers health and performance. It is suggested that you have up to date and active protection on your computer. Below are links to some free programs that can assist you in keeping your computer clean. All of the software listed here has both paid and free versions, it is not necessary to purchase any of the software listed here. Please make sure to read the disclaimer at the top of this page in regard to software links.

PC

Avast

AVG

Avira

Bitdefender

Malwarebytes

 

MacOS

Avast

AVG

Avira

Bitdefender

Malwarebytes

 

Opening Pop-Up Windows

If you are having trouble logging in please check these instructions on disabling pop up blockers:

 

*Some operating systems will minimize the new pop up window to the task bar. Please be sure to check the task bar for any pop-up windows

 

Opening PDF Files

  1. In Adobe Reader or Acrobat, choose Edit > Preferences.
  2. Select Internet.
  3. Deselect Display PDF In-Browser and then click OK.
  4. Choose Edit > Preferences > Internet again
  5. Now, select Display PDF In-Browser and then click OK. Be sure to enable this as your default setting for the future.

 

Check Firefox settings

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and select Options….
  2. Select the Applications panel.
  3. Find Adobe Acrobat Document in the list and click on it to select it.
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Action column for the Adobe Acrobat Document entry and select Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox).

 

Adding Adobe Reader as Default

How to set Adobe Reader as default

 

Remote Support

Remote support tools are for use when on the phone with a representative

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