Teacher Guides

Application Exercise (AE) FAQ

So your students have done some EasyTech Lessons. Now what? Give your students an opportunity to test out their new knowledge by assigning an Application Exercise (AE).

What is an Application Exercise?

There are different types of Application Exercises. Some reinforce concepts and vocabulary, while others provide an activity/project for students to apply new technology skills.

Application Exercises can be assigned along with EasyTech Lessons and Quizzes. While EasyTech Lessons are auto-scored and self-contained, Application Exercises are introduced and facilitated by a teacher.

A unit might start with a Discussion, followed by EasyTech Lessons, then an Application Exercise for students to apply what they learned, and finish with a Quiz.

What is included in an Application Exercise?

Resources tabs:

Details – Estimated Time, Keywords, Primary/Secondary Objectives

Lesson Plan –Instructional strategies that may include a warm up activity, group activities and extension ideas.

Rubric – More to come! We are currently improving our Application Exercises for the 2018-19 school year and are developing rubrics to help teachers evaluate student work.

Categories – Subject areas/concepts that align to this curriculum item.

Standards – Alignment to applicable National, State, ISTE, Common Core standards, CSTA K-12, E-Rate required objectives.


When should I use Application Exercises?

If you look in the grade level Pacing Calendars, you will see Application Exercises throughout each grade level sequence.

Towards the beginning of the unit, the Application Exercise usually reinforces discrete skills and/or concepts taught in the preceding EasyTech Lessons and teacher-led Discussions. Later in the unit, the Application Exercise may be a more complex project which requires students to apply a comprehensive set of skills.

Depending on how much time you have with students, you may want to start out by choosing just one Application Exercise to assign per unit or even per grading period. If you are a regular classroom teacher, looking at the Application Exercises may give you ideas for infusing technology application into assignments and learning activities you already do with students.

How do I monitor student progress?

Once a student has turned in an Application Exercise, the teacher gradebook in Learning.com will display the words ‘Turned In!’

How do students get a grade for Application Exercises?

Application Exercises have a Teacher Dashboard that allows you to review completed work and send scores to the gradebook. To access your Dashboard and review student work, click on the ‘Turned In!’ text that is visible in the gradebook after a student has turned in the assignment.

Your Dashboard will open in a new tab and you will have access to the student’s work:

After you have reviewed the student’s answers, you can decide whether to send the item back to the student in the event that you want them to keep working on it or send their participation score back to your Learning.com gradebook.

To send the Application Exercise back to the student, select ‘Reassign’ to the right of the student name:

You’ll receive a message asking you to confirm that you want to send the work back to the student for further work:

If you don’t require that the student do any more work in the Application Exercise, the next step is to send the score to the gradebook. To do this, click ‘Teacher Dashboard’ towards the top of the page:

This will take you to the main Dashboard page where you can select the scores for the specific Application Exercise: 

Note: you can also access the Dashboard pictured above by selecting ‘View’ from the Application Exercise item description page:

If you wish to see submitted scores for another completed Application Exercise, select the dropdown where the name of the Application Exercise is visible. To send scores, choose the orange button on the right.

The ‘i’ option to the right of ‘How are scores sent?’ provides the following information:

If you choose to proceed, you will then see the score reflected in your Learning.com gradebook:

The scoring functionality currently represents a participation score and there is not the option to edit it from 100%. Please see ‘Coming Soon!’ below for more information.

Any other tips on using Application Exercises?

  • You can choose to grade the Application Exercise for the whole class by having the students click on the assignment after they’ve turned it in and follow along with you as you explain or lead a class discussion about the correct responses
  • Partner work is a good practice at any grade level
    • When partnering students, try to mix it up so they aren’t always working with the same person; students are more likely to work well with a partner when they know it is temporary
    • Try not to pair students who are at complete opposite ends of their ability level
  • For some Application Exercises, especially ones that are more complex or if the concepts are new, modeling the Application Exercise for the whole class is a great option. To do this, have the students move away from their computers to gather around and take turns being the “driver.”
    • The students can then go back to their computers to complete the Application Exercise in partners or on their own
  • Remember to think ahead as to where students will be storing their work (internal server, etc.) and how they will turn it in; will they be attaching a product or copying and pasting a link?
  • Use the “Ask 3 and Then Me” rule
  • Try having students use another signal that they need help besides raising their hands.
    • Something visual like putting a sticky note on their computers works well; that way students can continue to troubleshoot while still waiting for help
  • If the Application Exercise instructions recommend to go through it as a whole class, but you have advanced students who could do it independently, give them the option of working silently with headphones while you work with the rest of the class
  • Make sure students know they can go back through an earlier EasyTech Lesson as a reference guide!

Final Thoughts

Application Exercises do take more teacher planning and input than do automatically scored items, but they play an important part in EasyTech curriculum and learning process. Your students will find more relevance in the auto-scored Lessons when they know they will be using what they learn. Application Exercises are a bridge from work within a simulated environment to creating authentic materials with programs and apps. Once they have completed an Application Exercise, students should get feedback — whether it be teacher-to-whole class or peer-to-peer. It’s okay to start small and work within your time constraints—any application as a student-creator is better than none.

Coming Soon!

Please note: this guide represents the current Application Exercises, which were updated on July 20th. The 2017-18 format of Application Exercises was retired, and you will no longer be able to access historical student work completed prior to July 20th.

Stay tuned for more great updates in August of 2018! We are continuing to improve the experience of using our Application Exercises for both teachers and students with a goal of minimizing teachers’ time investment and of improving overall student outcomes.