FOSSweb Updates


The latest updates and news of FOSSweb

Latest content updates on FOSSweb

The latest updates on FOSSweb by date:


  1. FOSSmap link name changed on all modules/courses to “Online Assessment (FOSSmap)”
  2. Grade-level kit contents for Next Generation K-5 modules. The document can be found under Materials and Kit Information>>Module Kit Contents.
  3. DoDEA registration address changed on the Registration Information page to the DoDEA headquarters address
  4. Next Generation enhanced teaching slides for grades 2-3
  1. The login page has been updated (see Tech Notes for more information). Common classes, individual students and teachers (both self-registered and rostered) all sign in in the same location, whether a username or email address is used. For single sign-on with Clever, your district must be rostered in FOSSweb through your district.
  2. The video player now includes the option to slow down playback speed. See Tech Notes for more information.
  1. Next Generation grades 3-5 interim assessment masters in Spanish
  2. Next Generation grades 6-8 Notebook sheet master "answers" in Spanish
  3. Next Generation grades 1-2 coding guide and assessment masters updated for school year 2019-2020
Latest technical updates on FOSSweb
There are no technical updates.
  1. You can now reset your password on your profile page. When logged in, click the "edit profile" link in the top-right corner of the page to access your profile. From there you can update your user password without using the "forgot password" function.
  2. The FOSS video player now includes the option to slow down playback speed to 50% and 75% of the original speed giving users more accessibility control.
  3. We've made some usability improvements to the FOSSweb login screen including:
    • Usability updates on the homepage, rostered district login page, and redirect login page.
    • Changed the font colors for ADA compliance and improved the design overall.
    • Edited error message and improved page layout when an important notification is displayed.
  4. Group Administrators for rostered districts now have permissions to view the module detail pages all available district-owned titles via the "District Content" menu in their admin panel.
  5. We've added an additional content server to assist with load balancing and performance under high usage on FOSSweb.
  6. Our mass rostering data manager is now validating additional fields. District admins may see new validation errors if improper data is sent through.
Coding guide update for school year 2019-20

Assessment masters and coding guides for Next Generation Grs. 3-8 modules and courses have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers need to download the most current assessment masters and coding guides from FOSSweb.

The assessment masters and coding guides for Next Generation Grade 2 will be available on 8/16/19.

FOSSweb Walkthrough Videos

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

Previous Updates
  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.
  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.
  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.
  1. New teaching slides for Next Generation Grade 1 modules. Teaching slides are now available for Grades K-8.
  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!
  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
  1. New Next Generation Variables and Design Interactive eInvestigations Guide
  2. Addition of Adminstrators' Toolbox to Implementation Tools in the top menu
  1. Spanish resources for Variables and Design Next Generation :
    • Science Resources book
    • Notebook Masters and Answers
    • Teacher Masters
    • Assessment Masters and Coding Guide
    • Teaching Slides
    • Vocabulary sheets
    • Word Wall Cards
  2. New Spanish teaching slides for Next Generation Grades 1 and 5. Spanish teaching slides are available for all Next Generation K-8 modules/courses.
  3. New recommended books. Updated Next Generation and Third Edition book lists available on the Science-Centered Language information page.
  1. Next Generation grades 3-8 assessment masters and coding guides have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year
  2. Alternative Investigation 3: Meet the Hissing Cockroach for Structures of Life Next Generation
    For states that cannot have crayfish shipped to their classrooms, there is an alternative to Investigation 3: Meet the Crayfish. For more information, please see the Important Module Updates for Structures of Life.
  3. Updated teaching slides for Next Generation (©2018) Grades 4 and 5. The ©2018 Teaching Slides have been updated to include additional images and limited interactivity and have now replaced the previous version that was on FOSSweb. The updated slides are still editable should a teacher wish to modify them to fit the needs of his/her class.
  4. Captions and transcripts added to Variables and Design Next Generation teacher prep videos.
  5. Updated Engineering Opportunities in grades 6-8 to include Variables and Design Next Generation. The document can be found on Standards Connections.