When you're getting started with PowerSchool Learning, there are two main tasks ahead of you: building your class content and populating your roster.
If you want some ideas on how to build class content, check out our Sample Classes to jump-start your creativity. You can visit our Sample Classes by navigating here. Once you've gotten your content built, or saved from a past term, you'll want to populate your roster!
Quick note: If your School/District does not have a Student Information System integrated or an automatic process bringing over records onto your Learning Domain, you'll probably be manually adding students to your Class Roster by following the steps here!
Here are a few basic concepts and diagrams to represent them:
Content Class: Class with Content, but no Roster Enrollments
|Roster Class: Class with Populated Roster, but no Content||Student Information System (SIS):Admin tool to manage people, classes, grades, & more|
Scenario 1: Creating Content in an Imported Class
When your School/District is connected to your Learning domain, as a teacher, you won't have to manage your Class Roster. The proper Roster enrollments will be made in the SIS and brought into your classes, saving you time to focus on the learning!
At the Start of the Year, you'll have a new Roster Class. You can either create the content in this new Class, or use one of the following Scenarios to bring content from a different source.
Scenario 2: Merging Classes
Let's say that you already have a Content Class that you want to use for the upcoming term. This class could have been created from a past year, following this process, or shared with you from a colleague. This means that you'll have two classes: one Content Class, another a Roster Class.
Since you only have to teach the concepts once for this term, merging the Class is the best option. Merging allows you to combine the two Classes into a single one.
Quick tip: Don't worry if any students are added or removed from the Roster, as they'll be updated automatically when changes are made in the SIS.
Scenario 3: Creating a Master Class & Linking Roster Sections
Many teachers have to cover the same concepts multiple times with different groups of students. Using Roster Sections can be a great way to save yourself time and energy.
Since your School/District is pulling over Roster Classes from your SIS, you'll have a Roster Class for each period or section.
As a teacher, you can preserve the automatic updates to the Roster Classes, while managing the interactions all from a single Content Class. When a Content Class is setup in this way, we refer to the Content Class as a Master Class.
In this Master Class, you'll be able to link separate Sections in the Content Class to individual Roster Classes that are automatically updated from the SIS.
The result? You'll interact and make content once in the Master Class, but the materials will be available for any students enrolled in any of the Roster Classes that are managed by the SIS.