How to Use the Social Learning Platform

Navigating the Content Popup

When you click on a piece of material (video, worksheet, packet, or game), a popup appears. This is called the Content Popup.



The Content Popup is generally divided into three (3) sections:


1. What to Do: contains suggestions on how to use the material and what steps to take next

2. Preview: contains the material itself, the Save to List button, and View Description button

3. Place in Curriculum: lets you know where the material belongs in a lesson unit 






Some materials may not be part of a pre-made lesson unit yet. These won't have a What to Do and Place in Curriculum section in their Content Popups.








Related articles:

How to use the Full Curriculum

How to Browse All Materials

Navigating your Dashboard



Quick Start Guide

Welcome! With Everyday Speech, everything is done for you — no planning or prep needed! Everyday Speech is built with ease in mind: our mission is to get you up and running for your next therapy session instantly!


This article will help you learn the basics, so you can get right into social skills teaching quickly.



Here’s what you’ll learn in this article:






How to use the Social Learning Platform dashboard


When first logging into the platform, you'll be presented with a Quick Start Video and suggestions of our most popular materials.









As you view more materials inside the app, the dashboard will change to a custom view. Your dashboard is personalized - this will be based on the materials you have been using, so it will look a bit different for everyone.






Want to jump back into a video you saw earlier? It's right there for you. Want to pick up where you left off in the curriculum? You can see the goals you viewed most recently.



Recently Viewed Materials

At the top, you’ll see your most recently viewed materials. This allows you to jump right back into a piece of material you recently opened. If you need a longer listing of materials you’ve looked at, click on the View All link next to Recently Viewed Materials to see a longer listing of your viewing history.


Recently Viewed Goals

All of the materials in our library are tagged with a Goal that they work on. You’ll learn about these goals more in our Full Curriculum section, but here you’ll be able to jump right back into any goals related to the content you’ve recently seen.


Your Saved Lists

A quick way to get to your saved lists, we show your most recently created lists here. To see all of your saved lists, click on the View All link or click on Saved Lists in the navigation bar.







Finding your way around the Full Curriculum


The Everyday Speech curriculum is divided into Skills and Goals. 


Skills are overarching areas to work on, like Basic Conversations, Problem Solving, and Friendship. Each Skill is made up of multiple Goals. For example, Conversation Topics includes the goals of Making Connected Comments and Think it or Say It, among others.


When you navigate to our Skills listing, you’ll notice that Skills are in a numbered order. This is our suggested developmental order for a learner that is starting from the absolute beginning. It’s likely that you’ll have learners who have very specific needs - it’s entirely okay to start somewhere in the middle, or jump around in an order that makes sense for you.





Once you choose a Skill that you’d like to work on, Goals will appear on the right-hand side. Again, this is in a suggested order, but you can feel free to jump to the best starting point for your learner.



Once you select a Goal, you’ll be taken to the Goal page.




On our Goal pages, you’ll find the Lesson Units that bundle and organize our materials for you (Complete Guided Therapy subscribers only). Designed to take the questions and effort out of lesson planning, the Lesson Units suggest an order for teaching a Goal and present our best materials for that Goal.


Each lesson follows the same structure to ensure your learners are mastering each goal. They follow the sequence of:


  1. Introduce
  2. Practice
  3. Apply
  4. Review


Every lesson is designed to take up an entire session. That said, if you have shorter or longer session times or your student is moving at a different pace, don’t feel you have to stick to the one (1) lesson per session rule. Every learner is different! We highly recommend reviewing video lessons multiple times to make sure your learners retain the skills taught.





Lesson units are broken down into different age groups - Pre-K - Elementary and Middle - High School. Learners on the fringes of these age groups may be able to use either one. Generally, our Middle - High School units have videos with older actors, and more complex worksheets and activities.


We’re adding new units all the time, so if you don’t see a unit for a goal you want to work on, check back later and we may have added it! 







Viewing your first video



We're best-known for our video modeling lessons. Video lessons range in length from about 3 minutes, all the way up to 15+ minutes. 

Video Modeling is an evidence-based practice in the field and is a core tenant of our materials. As you work through our curriculum, you’ll notice that our videos increase in complexity as you work through our lesson bundles. Our Introduction videos introduce the skill and show a straightforward model of the skill being performed. At the next level, we add in contrasting behaviors – showing how different actions taken affect the thoughts of those around you. Finally, we compile different clips to create videos where learners have to infer what’s going to happen.



Video lessons can easily be identified with this icon: 



Once you've selected a video to watch, click on the video to go to the content page.Click on the Play button to start watching the video.






Downloading a video companion worksheet


Every video comes with a companion worksheet that provides a jumping-off point for further discussion and/or review.


You'll find a What To Do section beside the video. Click on the Preview button to open the video companion worksheet.





Once on the preview page, click on Download Video Companion Worksheet.






Downloading a printable activity


Printable activities are great tools to enable students to independently practice and apply concepts that they are learning about.



Activities can easily be identified with this icon: 


To download a printable activity, head on over to the material that you want to print. Once on the page, click Download.





Some pages may present you with a different screen. Click on Download PDF instead.




Please note that you will need a PDF reader to view the files. A standard web one is Adobe Reader (https://get.adobe.com/reader).







Using an interactive activity



Don't have a printer at home? We've added online interactive versions of our printable activities! (Not all activities have interactive versions, so always keep checking to see if we've added it!)



Head on over to the material that you want to work on. Once on the page, click Play On Screen.




The page will have on-screen instructions to guide you on how to complete the activity.








Launching an online game


Looking to break the routine in your therapy sessions?  Games are a great way to help students develop their social and emotional skills.



Games can easily be identified with this icon: 




Open the content page of the game that you'd like to play. Click on Play Game.






A new window will open, and your desired game will now load.








Saving to a list

Never lose track of your teaching materials again with the saved lists feature of the Social Learning Platform! With the SLP, you can organize therapy materials into saved lists that are easily accessible in the future. 



How to save a piece of content

Use the Save to List dropdown button on any piece of content.




In the dropdown, you can add the content to an existing list, or create a new list starting with that piece of content.





If you're viewing a piece of material, click on the Save to List button. You can add the content to an existing list, or create a new list starting with that piece of content.




We suggest starting off with one list called "Favorites", where you store your go-to pieces of content for easy access.






Sharing A Saved List


Have a saved list that you want to send to a parent, student or colleague? Now you can share your favorite content or lesson plan by sending them your saved list.




How to access your saved lists

There are two (2) ways you can access your saved lists. You can access the Saved Lists button on the top menu bar, or you can access them from the bottom of the dashboard.






Once you're on the Saved List's page, click on the URL bar and copy the link. You can then send the link via email or any messaging platform.





Please note that just sending the url of your saved list isn't enough. Users will need an active Everyday Speech account to access the materials. They also won’t have the ability to delete or modify your list. You can read about How to Share Materials with Parents or Send Materials Home here.



Want to know how if the Social Learning Platform is compatible with your favorite e-learning tool? Read up on that here.








Hope you enjoyed this quick walkthrough of the Social Learning Platform! If you have any further questions, check out the Knowledge Base for more in-depth articles.


Happy socializing!


Navigating your User Dashboard

When first logging into the platform, you'll be presented with a Quick Start Video and suggestions of our most popular materials.








After using SLP 2.0 for a little bit, you'll notice the first thing you see after logging in is a dashboard.  Want to jump back into a video you saw earlier? It's right there for you. Want to pick up where you left off in the curriculum? You can see the goals you viewed most recently.


As you view more materials inside the app, the dashboard will change to a custom view. Your dashboard is personalized - this will be based on the materials you have been using, so it will look a bit different for everyone.



Recently Viewed Materials

At the top, you’ll see your most recently viewed materials. This allows you to jump right back into a piece of material you recently opened. If you need a longer listing of materials you’ve looked at, click on the View All link next to Recently Viewed Materials to see a longer listing of your viewing history.


Recently Viewed Goals

All of the materials in our library are tagged with a Goal that they work on. You’ll learn about these goals more in our Full Curriculum section, but here you’ll be able to jump right back into any goals related to the content you’ve recently seen.


Your Saved Lists

A quick way to get to your saved lists, we show your most recently created lists here. To see all of your saved lists, click on the View All link or click on Saved Lists in the navigation bar.








How to use the Full Curriculum

New to our updated version of the platform, the Full Curriculum walks you through all of our materials from beginning to end. Navigate the curriculum by viewing the complete listing of our Skills and Goals, and click on a Goal to access the Lesson Units within.







Our curriculum is divided into Skills and Goals. 


Skills are overarching areas to work on, like Basic Conversations, Problem Solving, and Friendship. Each Skill is made up of multiple Goals. For example, Conversation Topics includes the goals of Making Connected Comments and Think it or Say It, among others.


When you navigate to our Skills listing, you’ll notice that Skills are in a numbered order. This is our suggested developmental order for a learner that is starting from the absolute beginning. It’s likely that you’ll have learners who have very specific needs - it’s entirely okay to start somewhere in the middle, or jump around in an order that makes sense for you.







Once you choose a Skill that you’d like to work on, Goals will appear on the right-hand side. Again, this is in a suggested order, but you can feel free to jump to the best starting point for your learner.



Once you select a Goal, you’ll be taken to the Goal page.






Packed with a ton of great information, our Goal pages are the powerhouse of our curriculum. They contain:


Goal Summaries - great for matching with IEP goals. 

Britt’s Tips - quick training videos

Visual Supports - downloadable icons and posters

Pre-made Lesson Units - Lesson bundles for Complete Guided Therapy subscribers only


Please note: Not every Goal has Britt’s Tips and visual tools right now. We’re constantly adding these, so check back throughout the school year to see if we’ve added them. If there’s a particular Goal you’d really like to see a Britt’s Tip for, definitely let us know!








On our Goal pages, you’ll find the Lesson Units that bundle and organize our materials for you (Complete Guided Therapy subscribers only). Designed to take the questions and effort out of lesson planning, the Lesson Units suggest an order for teaching a Goal and present our best materials for that Goal.


Each lesson follows the same structure to ensure your learners are mastering each goal. They follow the sequence of:


  1. Introduce
  2. Practice
  3. Apply
  4. Review


Every lesson is designed to take up an entire session. That said, if you have shorter or longer session times or your student is moving at a different pace, don’t feel you have to stick to the one (1) lesson per session rule. Every learner is different! We highly recommend reviewing video lessons multiple times to make sure your learners retain the skills taught.





Lesson units are broken down into different age groups - Pre-K - Elementary and Middle - High School. Learners on the fringes of these age groups may be able to use either one. Generally, our Middle - High School units have videos with older actors, and more complex worksheets and activities.


We’re adding new units all the time, so if you don’t see a unit for a goal you want to work on, check back later and we may have added it! 






Related articles:

How to Browse All Materials

How to Filter Materials

Navigating the Content Popup


How to Browse All Materials

In the newest version of the Social Learning Platform, we've made it easier to browse for all types of materials or browse for Videos Only, Activities Only, or Games Only.


Head over to Browse All Materials in the Top Menu bar. Once on the page, you can choose among All Materials, Videos Only, Activities Only, or Games Only tabs.






 


Important Note for Videos Only users

Please note that if you are on a Videos Only plan, you will only be able to access the Videos Only tab. All other tabs will be locked. In order to access the other material types, you will need to upgrade to the Complete Guided Therapy subscription.







Related articles:

How to Filter Materials

How to Filter Materials

By filtering and sorting the rows of content in the SLP, you can easily navigate to the exact video, activity or game you are looking for. Our unique filtering system allows users to find material that not only aligns to their students' IEP goals and objectives but is also matched to their age.




Filtering by Skill

To find therapy material that correlates to IEP goals, we offer the ability to filter material by Skill. 


For example, you may be looking to work on the Skill - Basic Conversation Skills and want to find content related to this Skill.


Head over to Browse All Materials in the Top Menu bar. Once on the page, you will see two (2) dropdowns where you can filter the materials.


Click on the All Skills dropdown and select the Skill that you would like to work on. The platform will automatically filter the content according to your selection.





Filtering by Age

Filtering by age allows you to find material your students will relate to. This includes video lessons filmed with real students similar in age to your student and question/activity prompts that are appropriate and fit real-life scenarios your students are commonly facing.


Head over to Browse All Materials in the Top Menu bar. Once on the page, you will see two (2) dropdowns where you can filter the materials.


Click on the All Ages dropdown and select the Skill that you would like to work on. The platform will automatically filter the content according to your selection.





Filtering by Material Type

You may want to find specific types of content related to either the Skill or Age group you're working on. We've built in the Filter feature in all Content tabs, so you can easily find the type of content that you want.


Head over to Browse All Materials in the Top Menu bar. Once on the page, you can choose among All Materials, Videos Only, Activities Only, or Games Only.


You will still see two (2) dropdowns where you can filter the materials according to Skill and/or Age.


How to use the Save to List feature

Never lose track of your teaching materials again with the saved lists feature of the Social Learning Platform! With the SLP, you can organize therapy materials into saved lists that are easily accessible in the future.  




How to access your saved lists

There are two (2) ways you can access your saved lists. You can access the Saved Lists button on the Top Menu bar, or you can access them from the bottom of the dashboard.





How to save a piece of content

Use the "Save to List" dropdown on any piece of content.





In the dropdown, you can add the content to an existing list, or create a new list starting with that piece of content.





We suggest starting off with one list called "Favorites", where you store your go-to pieces of content for easy access.



How to Print a Saved List

Have a saved list that you want to print out? The Social Learning Platform allows you to easily print out a note-taking sheet that lists out all of the Videos, Activities, and Games that are in your list.



To start, click on the Saved List that you want to print.




Click the Printable Version button on the saved list you want to print from.




A pdf file of your saved list will be generated. You can save the file and then print it.



How to Share Materials with Parents or Send Materials Home

Now you can share your favorite content or lesson plan - other users can open the materials to use them with their children or students. 


Please note that just sending the url of your saved list or the specific piece of material isn't enough. Users will need an active Everyday Speech account to access the materials. 


You can invite them to create a free account by following the instructions below, or view the tutorial video.







Head over to the Settings page.







Get your unique link to send to parents so they can create free accounts. Share the link with parents via email or any messaging platform.








When parents/students click on the link, it should direct them to a web page that looks like the one below. On this page, they can create a free Everyday Speech account that will give them access to the entire platform.



Please note that no payment details are required. Free parent/student accounts will be deactivated on September 9, 2020.








Create lists for each of your students. You can read about creating Saved Lists in detail here.  


Also note, parents/students won’t have the ability to delete or modify your list. They also won't be able to see your list in their Saved Lists menu. The list appears exclusively in your menu, but they will be able to view and bookmark the list for reference.









Send the list URL home via email or any messaging platform.


 





Parents/students can then click on the url of the saved list that you sent them, and they can now open the materials to use them.




Want to know how if the Social Learning Platform is compatible with your favorite e-learning tool? Read up on that here.



Concerned about your data privacy? Read about how parents or students can't access your account details here.



How to Enable Closed Captioning or Subtitles

Subtitles provide viewers with a video’s dialogue in written form. This is an extremely helpful feature for viewers who might not be able to hear or understand the sound in the videos.


To turn on captions or subtitles when viewing a video, click the CC button in the player's bottom toolbar. In the menu that appears, select the caption or subtitle track you’d like to see. 






The size of the font is responsive, meaning it will adjust per the size of your browser window.

What's New in the Social Learning Platform

We couldn’t be more excited to launch the next version of our Social Learning Platform (SLP)! After spending last year gathering a ton of feedback from you, our users, we’re really happy to release a new version that better solves the issues you face every day with your learners.


The launch of SLP 2.0 better addresses some of the fundamentals of your everyday usage, including helping you understand where to start, and improving the performance of the website.




The biggest updates to the SLP are:


A Full Curriculum: By far the biggest piece of feedback we heard was, "Where do I get started?". The Full Curriculum addresses this question. With our curriculum, we walk you through all of our materials from beginning to end. Broken down by skill and goal, we've made dozens of pre-made lesson units for you which walk you through Introducing, Practicing, Applying, and Reviewing a skill.








A Personalized Dashboard: After using SLP 2.0 for a little bit, you'll notice the first thing you see after logging in is a dashboard. Your dashboard is personalized - it's based on the materials you've been using. Want to jump back into a video you saw earlier? It's right there for you. Want to pick up where you left off in the curriculum? You can see the goals you viewed most recently.





Improved Therapy Supports: Our all-new Goal Pages integrate more practical information to help your sessions. We're adding Britt's tips, our training videos, so you can get up to speed on concepts and get therapy ideas in just a couple of minutes. We've also created a ton of posters and visual tools for you to print and hang up, or send to a learner's teachers or parents to reinforce the skills learned.





Better Performance: Videos and pages load 2-5 times faster, and overall the website and iPad app will feel much more lightweight than they did last year.




If you’re a new user, or if you only want to read about our new features and how to use them, head over to our Product Tutorial guides here.

Your Transition Experience from the SLP 1.0 to 2.0

The newest version of the Social Learning Platform (SLP)  better addresses some of the fundamentals of your everyday usage, including helping you understand where to start, and improving the performance of the website.


A lot of elements in the platform are the same, along with some enhancements. Take a look at the feature comparisons below. 


To check out what's new in the SLP, head over to this article.



Main Navigation Bar

Your main navigation bar is now at the top. It was previously located on the left side. This change now lets you view the materials in a bigger and wider area.


Version 1




Version 2




User Dashboard

One of the biggest things we wanted to accomplish with the new version of the SLP was creating a more personalized experience. Because every learner and caseload are so different, we decided to create a dashboard for you based around the materials you’ve been using.


Your dashboard contains a list of all the materials and goals you’ve been looking at. Now, if you wanted to jump back in, or you forgot the name of that video you were looking at yesterday, it’s all saved for you.


Additionally, you’ll see your saved lists here. Your dashboard shows your most recently created lists. If you want to see all of your lists, click on the Saved Lists button in the navigation bar or click on View All next to the “Your Saved Lists” title in your dashboard.



Version 1Version 2






Browse All Materials

While our materials are still divided into Videos, Activities, and Games, we've made it easier for you to find the content that you're looking for.


Previously, you had to click on either Browse All, Videos, Games, or Activities to find the type of content that you needed. Now, we've put them all in one page, and you can simply switch tabs to filter by material type.



Version 1Version 2



Further reading:

How to Browse All Materials





Filtering

We previously provided multiple levels of filtering on each of our materials: Skill > Goal > Objective, plus Level > Age. As you went down, the more specific each level got.


Turns out, that was a little too much detail for our users and overcomplicated things. We’ve simplified this year to just have Skill and Age.


Version 1Version 2



Further reading:

How to Filter Materials





Saved Lists

You’ll notice a Save to List button next to any piece of material. You can think of a list as a folder where you can group and save your favorite resources. You'll still be able to organize therapy materials into saved lists that are easily accessible in the future.  



Version 1Version 2



Further reading:

How to use the Save to List feature