This week our tech team launched a few updates and enhancements to the ThinkCERCA application. Here's a quick rundown of what you should see the next time you log in.
Updated Interface for Students
We've updated the ThinkCERCA experience for students (screenshot above) by making lessons easier to navigate. Now students can quickly look at the top navigation bar to know where they are in the CERCA process. Previously, students just saw Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, and so on. This new update adds instructions to each step, making the process more clear and easier for students to toggle back and forth between steps.
Better Usability with iPads
Due to some bug fixes and design element changes, ThinkCERCA works better on the iPad. Teachers and students can now shift between portrait and landscape view without it negatively affecting the experience.
A few weeks ago, we launched our Insight dashboard, which gives teachers and schools a bird’s eye view of student performance and time-on-task data. This week, we launched the district-level version that can track student performance across multiple schools. Superintendents can now monitor how students, in aggregate, are performing on reading information standards, writing standards, and reading literature standards across their entire district. Sign up for your district dashboard here.
Elizabeth Riley Boyer is an experienced journalist, digital content strategist, and operations manager. Prior to joining ThinkCERCA, she was part of the founding team at Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. As Impact Engine’s Director of Operations & Communications, Elizabeth oversaw the company’s overall processes, day-to-day planning and finances, curriculum development, marketing strategy, and community outreach.
Elizabeth also spent three years at Chicago magazine, most recently as its Digital Engagement Editor, where she managed the organization’s social media and reader engagement initiatives. Elizabeth also works as a freelance content strategist, writer, and communications consultant. Her recent writings on impact entrepreneurship have been featured by the Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business.
In 2007, Elizabeth helped open a private school for underprivileged children while volunteering for a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic. This experience inspired her to quit a paper-pushing job at an insurance brokerage firm to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.