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Elementary Filter Overview

What is the Elementary Filter?

We’re proud to announce the release of our Elementary Filter! With the Elementary Filter, teachers can ensure that Flocabulary’s youngest users (students in grades K-5) cannot independently discover sensitive content.

While all of Flocabulary’s standards-aligned units are developed for the classroom, not all content may be appropriate for all grade levels. The Elementary Filter allows teachers to block student discovery of content that covers sensitive topics such as war or violence.

The functionality is simple: when the Elementary Filter is turned “on” students will not see mature units (i.e. covering war, violence, literature that discusses adult themes or sexual reproduction) unless a teacher assigns one of these units. You can see a full list of included units below. The Elementary Filter defaults to on with any class grades 5 or below and teachers have the ability to turn it off or enable it for any class grades 6 and up.

 

How do I use the Elementary Filter?

The elementary filter is automatically enabled when you set-up a class in grades 5 or below (see tutorials below for how to do so). This means students cannot find sensitive content through searching or exploring the site on their own but only if the teacher assigns one of the units to them.

 

How do I use the Elementary Filter?

“Create a class” flow on Flocabulary: for grades 5 and below, the Elementary Filter will be visible and default to on, but it can be manually turned off. For grades 6 and above, the Elementary Filter will not appear during class creation.

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Google Class import: Google Classroom does not collect grade information for classes so the Elementary Filter defaults to off when a class is synced. You can manually turn on the Elementary Filter in the “Manage Class” panel.Screen_Shot_2018-03-15_at_10.50.39_AM.png
Clever sync: the first time we sync a Clever class, we will turned the Elementary filter on (for grades 5 and below) or off (for grades 6 and above)

 

How can I enable the Elementary for my students in an existing class?

Regardless of how the class was created or the grade level of the class, the Elementary Filter can be turned on or off in the Manage Class view.

Step 1: Once you’ve logged into Flocabulary, head on over to “My Profile” in the drop-down on your username in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Then, click on “My Classes”

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 Step 2: From the “My Classes” page, click on the class that you’d like to enable the Elementary Filter for. Then, from the class page, click on the button labelled “Manage Class”

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 Step 3: From the “Manage Class” page, click on the button labelled “Edit Class”

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Step 4: In this “Edit Class” modal, you’ll see a section for “Elementary Filter.” You can click “enabled” here to enable the tool for the students in this class.

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How can I tell which of my students have this tool enabled?

If a student is any class where the Elementary Filter is turned off, the student will be able to see all content on the site 

Step 1: Select an existing class from the “My Classes” page:

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Step 2: From the “My Classes” page, click on the “Students” tab to see a list of all the students in your class. There’s a column labelled “Elementary Filter” where you can see whether a specific student has the Elementary Filter enabled or disabled.

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Note: If a student is any class where the Elementary Filter is turned off, the student will be able to see all content on the site.

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