FOSSweb Updates

Updates

The latest updates and news of FOSSweb

Latest content updates on FOSSweb

The latest updates on FOSSweb by date:

6/20/19

  1. New Next Generation Variables and Design Interactive eInvestigations Guide
  2. Addition of Adminstrators' Toolbox to Implementation Tools in the top menu
6/06/19
  1. New Spanish teaching slides for Grade 3 Next Generation modules
    • Motion and Matter
    • Structures of Life
    • Water and Climate
  2. New Interactive eBook for Next Generation Variables and Design course
  3. New Family and Community page with FAQs for K-8 families and community members
  4. Updated FOSSweb District-Registered Teacher User Guide
5/23/19
  1. New Spanish teaching slides for Grade 4 Next Generation modules.
    • Energy
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Environments
  2. Resources by Investigations for Grs. 1-5 Next Generation modules are updated to include the © 2018 Next Generation teaching slides in place of the © 2015 interactive white board files.
  3. Updated coding guides for the interim assessments in Next Generation Grs. 3-5 modules. If students take the interim assessments on FOSSmap, you will need to enter a numerical code, rather than the current text to code each item. For example, if you think the student's response "meets standards" you will enter a "3" when you code the item in FOSSmap.

    Currently, students can take the interim assessments on FOSSmap, but the full set of reports are still under construction. More interim assessments, to provide a complete set to match the PEs at each grade level are under development, so look for new ones next school year!
Latest technical updates on FOSSweb

6/20/19

  • Enhancements to data transmissions within FOSSweb to secure the data as it moves within our system
  • Bug fix to address when a user opens FOSSmap it opened in a new tab – this will keep the user in the same browser session
Coding guide update for school year 2018-19

Assessment coding guides will change as updates are made. No reprints will be made for existing customers. Teachers need to download the most current assessment masters and coding guides from FOSSweb.

New features for a new school year!

We’re pleased to announce some exciting changes to our FOSSweb online content portal for the 2018-2019 school year! Schools and districts will now have the option to create accounts for individual students, unlocking new features for added flexibility.

New Features for Classes with Student Accounts:

  • Assign select content to individual students for differentiation or absence make-up
  • Enhanced eBook functionality allows notetaking, highlighting, annotating, and more
  • Access the new FOSSmap online assessment platform, including district-level reporting for SIS districts

New features for ALL FOSSweb users:

  • Show/hide select content to the entire class
  • Additional Spanish resources available for K-8 module and courses
  • New Planning Guides offer support and strategies for integrating modules
  • Additional strategies for three-dimensional learning
  • Streamlined access to technical and program support
  • Expanded middle school Teacher Prep Video library
For a more in-depth look at these features, visit the Delta website.

FOSSweb Walkthrough Videos

For tutorials on FOSSweb registration, activating modules, and creating class accounts, visit our FOSSweb Walkthrough Videos page.

Previous Updates
01/17/19
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Grade 6 and 8 middle school courses. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. K-6 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 6
    • Diversity of Life
    • Weather and Water
    Grade 8
    • Electromagnetic Force

    English Word Wall cards are available for Grs. K-8.
  2. New Interactive Student Resources book in Spanish for the following Middle School NG courses:
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History

  3. Interactive Student Resources books for all middle school NG courses available in the FOSS Science app in English and Spanish.
  4. Transcripts for Teacher Prep Videos for the following Middle School Courses:
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
02/05/19
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for middle school courses. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. K-8 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 6
    • Human Systems Interactions
    Grade 7
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    Grade 8
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Planetary Science
    • Waves

    Both English and Spanish Word Wall cards are available for Grs. K-8.
  2. New Interactive Student Resources book in Spanish for the following K-5 NG courses:
    Grade 1
    • Air and Weather
    • Plants and Animals
    • Sound and Light

    Grade 2
    • Insects and Plants
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

    Grade 3
    • Motion and Matter
    • Water and Climate

    Grade 4
    • Energy
    • Environments
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms

    Grade 5
    • Earth and Sun
    • Living Systems

  3. Teaching slides are now available as Powerpoint slides for all NG K-4 courses.
  4. Transcripts for Teacher Prep Videos for the all K-5 Courses.

  5. Transcripts are now available for all teacher prep videos in all NG middle school courses.
02/14/19
  1. (From 2/5/19) Student Access for Tutorials and Virtual Investigations has been changed. Teachers now must assign the tutorials and virtual investigations to individual students or classes before students can access them. Teachers can assign these activities through the "Assign content" functionality. For more help, view the "Assigning Content" on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page.
  2. New interactive eInvestigations Guides for the Next Generation © 2018/19 Grades 1-5 for the following modules:
    • Grade 1
      • Air and Weather
      • Plants and Animals
      • Sound and Light
    • Grade 2
      • Insects and Plants
      • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
      • Solids and Liquids
    • Grade 3
      • Motion and Matter
      • Structures of Life
      • Water and Climate
    • Grade 4
      • Energy
      • Environments
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Grade 5
      • Earth and Sun
      • Mixtures and Solutions
      • Mixtures and Solutions
02/28/19
  1. New Grades 5-8 STEM course, Variables and Design, is now available.
  2. Spanish Coding Guides are now available for Next Generation Grades 3-8 modules and courses. Coding guides can be found under Teacher Resources>>Assessment node on each Next Gen course/module page on FOSSweb.
  3. Teaching slides now available for:
    • © 2018 Grade 5 Next Generation modules.
    • © 2018 Grade K Next Generation modules.
    • © 2015 version of all Next Generation Grs. 1-5 modules.
  4. FOSS and ELD Planning Guide is available for California users. The ELD lesson planner template referenced in the ELD chapter is also available under Teacher Resources>>Planning Guide and Other State Resources node on each K-8 Next Gen course/module page on FOSSweb.
  5. Flipping book versions of the NGSS Three-Dimensional Learning documents (Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Sense-Making Discussions for Three-Dimensional Learning) available.
03/14/19
  1. New interactive eInvestigations Guides for the Next Generation © 2018/19 Grade K modules:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
    All Next Generation Grades K-5 modules now have Interactive eInvestigations Guides © 2018/19.
  2. Teaching slides now available for:
    • © 2018 Grade 4 Next Generation modules.
    Teaching slides © 2018 are available for Grades K, 4 and 5 Next Generation modules.
03/28/19
  1. Spanish Resources for the following Next Gen Middle School Resources:
    • Earth History Geoscenarios
    • Heredity and Adaptation Genetic Technology Resources
  2. A new Contact Us form
  3. For California users a new ELD Planning Tool. This resources is located with the Planning Guide and other state resources.
04/11/19
  1. Teaching slides now available for © 2018 Next Generation Grades 2-3 modules. Teaching slides are available for Grades K and 2-5.
  2. Spanish translations available for Next Generation and Second Editions Middle School Populations and Ecosystems multimedia, Ecosystems.
4/25/19
  1. Separate teacher and student log in tabs have been replaced with a single "User Login" tab. All users (teachers, common classes, and individual students) use this one login.
5/09/19
  1. New teaching slides for Next Generation Grade 1 modules. Teaching slides are now available for Grades K-8.