Digital Support for K-8 Parish Edition

 

Teaching with Spirit of Truth Digital Edition

 

 

Navigating Your Educator Guide


 

Using Your Scoring Portal

 

 

Connecting the Parents

 

 

Navigating the Student App

 

 

How to Use Each Activity Type

 

 

Additional FAQs

General

Q: I bought the Spirit of Truth Digital Edition and I've received my login credentials. How do I get started?

A: Please see our QUICK START GUIDE here. 

 

Q: Is Spirit of Truth Digital Edition an app?

A: It’s much more than an app. The student textbook is an app that can be downloaded for iPad or Android tablets, but this app is just one of four important parts of the Digital Edition. The other three are the Teacher’s Edition, the Scoring Portal, and the User Management Portal. Please watch the “Welcome to the Spirit of Truth Digital Edition” for an introduction to these four parts and how they work together.

 

Q: I’ve bought the parish/school app. How do I download it?

A: You can download it from the Apple app store here or for Android, click here. To access the browser-based version of the app, please click here. Note that you will not be able to begin using the app until your account has been set up by Sophia Institute for Teachers. Within 2 business days of your purchase you will receive an email from Sophia Institute for Teachers with information on how to complete this set-up process. If you have purchased the Digital Edition and have not received this confirmation yet, please contact us.

 

Q: My class is meeting via online meeting. What should I have up on my screen while I am teaching?

A: For discussion-based activities as well as most opportunities for direct instruction, we recommend having your camera on in order to let your students see your face, and maintain as much of a human connection as is possible when meeting online. You may also edit a PowerPoint (basic templates for each K-8 school edition unit are available here). For times when lessons call for showing students artwork or other graphics, those images or PDFs are linked directly from your online teacher/catechist’s guide. You may also choose to display the student app on your screen, especially when doing activities together as a class. 

 

Q: Does the digital edition give me a way to communicate with my students? 

A: Yes. You can message your students through the platform. To ensure a safe online environment, the student’s parent will receive a copy of all messages.

 

Q. How can I see my students’ progress? 

A: In your scoring portal you can see exactly which activities your students have completed, and how they did. 

 

Q: Can my students use their digital workbooks independently?

A: In the younger grades (K-4), no. In grades 5-8 there are more activities where students can work independently, but even these are based on an adult (their teacher or parent/guardian) providing information and other context as well as guidance while students work. 

 

Q: Does Spirit of Truth Digital Edition support “flipped classrooms”?

A:  No. Spirit of Truth does not support pedagogical approaches where students take in content on their own and then come together to do activities. The role of the teacher, catechist, or parent in imparting our Faith is irreplaceable, and therefore teachers, catechists, and parents play active roles when using Spirit of Truth

 

Q: Does Spirit of Truth Digital Edition support students with learning difficulties? 

A: Spirit of Truth Digital Edition was not designed to support students with special needs, however many schools use it successfully in this way, with some modifications. Please reach out to us at teachers@sophiainsitute.com and we can help you decide if this may be an option for you. 

 

Q: Does the Spirit of Truth Digital Edition support text-to-speech?

A: At this time, no. However our developers are currently working on adding this feature and we expect to release it in an update this Fall. 

 

Q: I noticed that something in the Digitial Edition changed. Why did this happen? 

A: We will from time to time correct typos or other errata in the Spirit of Truth Digitial Edition. If you would like to see a record of these changes for the current academic year, click here

 

Q: How do students re-set their password?

Student passwords are assigned by your school or parish’s digital administrator. This is the person (or people) who create and assign teachers and students. If a student has forgotten their password, the digital administrator at your school/parish will need to reset it. Sophia Institute for Teachers cannot see student passwords and therefore we cannot give you this information. Please contact your school/parish administrator for help.

   

Hybrid Programs

Q. My students will be in-person 2 days/week and the rest at home. Can I use Spirit of Truth

A: Yes! Seamlessly! The digital version follows the printed book exactly. 

 

Q: We use our printed books and the Digital Edition in tandem. There is an activity in the Digital Edition that differs from the version in the printed book. Why is that, and what should I do?

A: Some Digital Edition activities were modified slightly in order to help them make more sense on a tablet or screen. For example, some questions were combined, some questions where students write answers in the workbook were turned into fill in the blanks or crossword puzzles, and so forth. Use whichever version of the activity you prefer: the learning in the activity is the same. 

 

For DREs

Q: My class is meeting via online meeting. What should I have up on my screen while I am teaching?

A: For discussion-based activities as well as most opportunities for direct instruction, we recommend having your camera on, in order to let your students see your face, and maintain as much of a human connection as is possible when meeting online. You may also edit a PowerPoint (basic templates for each lesson are available here). For times when lessons call for showing students artwork or other graphics, those images or PDFs are linked directly from your online teacher/catechist’s guide. You may also choose to display the student app on your screen, especially when doing activities together as a class.

 

Q: My class is meeting only briefly once/week while parents do the activities at home. What do you recommend I do for our online meeting? 

A: We recommend doing the warm-up activity for that session with parent and child attending together, and then spending an additional 10-15 minutes with the parents only, in order to briefly go over the other activities for the week. The catechist guide is written so that activities can be done in a classroom setting or with a parent/child at home.

 

Q: How can I be sure parents are doing the activities at home with their children? 

A: You will be able to see in your scoring portal which activities have been completed by each student. 

 

Q: Can my students use their Digital Edition workbooks independently?

A: In the younger grades (K-4), no. In grades 5-8 there are more activities where students can work independently, but even these are based on an adult (their teacher or parent/guardian) providing information and other context as well as guidance while students work. 

 

Q: Does Spirit of Truth Digital Edition support “flipped classrooms”?

A:  No. Spirit of Truth Digital Edition does not support pedagogical approaches where students take in content on their own and then come together to do activities. The role of the teacher, catechist, or parent in imparting our Faith is irreplaceable, and therefore teachers, catechists, and parents play active roles when using Spirit of Truth

 

Q: I noticed that something in the Digitial Edition changed. Why did this happen? 

A: We will from time to time correct typos or other errata in the Spirit of Truth Digitial Edition. If you would like to see a record of these changes for the current academic year, click here

 

For Parents

Q: Can you tell me my child’s username/password?

A: Student usernames and passwords are assigned by your school or parish’s digital administrator. Sophia Institute for Teachers cannot see student passwords and therefore we cannot give you this information. Please contact your school/parish administrator for help.

 

Q: I see a school edition and a parish edition. Do you have a homeschool edition?

A: The parish edition is the homeschool edition – the instructions and activities from the parish edition were modified so that they would be completed by a catechist with many students, or by a parent and child in the home. While you are free to follow whatever timeline and schedule you choose, we recommend using one session per week as you work your way through the curriculum

 

 

 

Technical Questions

Q: I bought the Spirit of Truth Digital Edition and I've received my login credentials. How do I get started?

A: Please see our QUICK START GUIDE here. 

 

Q: Do my students need internet access to use their digital textbooks? 

A: Yes. An internet conenction is necessary. Their workbooks will not load properly without an internet connection, and any work done offline will NOT be saved. 

 

Q: What are the technical requirements to use Spirit of Truth Digital Edition?

A: Student App: Tablet computer with iOS 12.0 or later; Android 6.0 or later; Browsers Chrome 81.0 or later, Safari 13.0 or later, or Edge 83.0 or later.

Teacher Portal: Computer with browsers Chrome 81.0 or later, Safari 13.0 or later, or Edge 83.0 or later. 

 

Q: How do students re-set their password?

Student passwords are assigned by your school or parish’s digital administrator. This is the person (or people) who create and assign teachers and students. If a student has forgotten their password, the digital administrator at your school/parish will need to reset it. Sophia Institute for Teachers cannot see student passwords and therefore we cannot give you this information. Please contact your school/parish administrator for help.

 

Q: Can you tell me a student's username/password?

A: Student usernames and passwords are assigned by your school or parish’s digital administrator. Sophia Institute for Teachers cannot see student passwords and therefore we cannot give you this information. Please contact your school/parish administrator for help.