What is Hero?
Hero is a subscription that gives teachers access to advanced features to further empower their class reading assignments. Hero introduces new Powers for users to use, like comment types, reader interactions, and teacher tools.
Currently, Hero Costs $60/yr and gives you full access to all current and future Hero Features!
The Edji Reading Recap is the newest and easiest way to see an individual students engagement with the reading. Get real-time information on time spent on reading, the number of comments they made and what they said.
Most importantly, with the Reading Recap, you can give live feedback to students on their work, to complement them on their successes or to help nudge them in the right direction with advice!
Look for the Reading Recap in your reading tools
Replies are a new way for teachers and readers to interact inside Edji, letting you make a direct reply to another users comment. This lets you ask questions, make remarks and begin a discussion before classroom discussion starts.
Replies are simple, just hover a comment and click the gray ‘Reply’ box. You can use any reply types that are active in the reading, including Hero exclusive comment types!
For teachers, this to get see what topics excite readers, seeing what comments are generating responses from their students. They can also respond to their students’ comments themselves, asking questions, challenging the commenters to defend their points, and answering questions students might have.
Hero allows teachers to place Questions in line with the text of their Edji Readings. Questions can be answered by readers, and their responses are recorded for teachers to review. Currently, Questions are text based and can be answered with any of the comment types the teacher allows. As Edji grows, questions will have expanded answering options, like multiple choice, text highlights and more!
Questions are intended to give teachers the ability to receive specific responses from their readers. Do you want to know what they thought about a specific line? How did they react to that last paragraph? What did they think the most important point that was made in the reading?
Now you can know!
Audio Comments are an entirely unique response type for readers to record their reactions and thoughts. Audio comments allow readers to record themselves as they talk through their thought process.
Audio Comments are made for all students but can be especially helpful for English Language learners and students that have trouble expressing themselves through writing, and provide candid access to students thoughts and opinions!
Audio comments will be in Beta until the Fall of 2017, and will not be available on IOS devices like iPads or iPhones. Audio comments work on desktop and laptop computers running Google Chrome browsers.
Custom Reading Codes
Edji readings are all given a random 4 digit code for students to access readings. This is a great, easy way to distribute your readings, but sometimes your reading is special and needs some special treatment for student access. With Hero, you have the ability to choose a custom unique code for your readings. Your custom code can be any unclaimed word, phrase or number that you want and will be used for 1 group.
Reading Instructions are a new way to tell your students what the goals are for the reading. Set out your expectations, learning goals and more for all students to see right as they arrive on the reading.
When you make readings for your students, you won’t always be looking for the same responses from students. Some days, you might want to use an Edji reading to gauge emotional reactions to a text with Emoji, the next day you might be giving them complex vocab words that your students will need to practice pronunciation using audio comments. Edji Hero gives you the power to control what comments your students can leave on the reading. Select any combination of comments to focus your students’ thoughts while they read!