February 27th, 2013
On February 27th we made an important change to the PBS KIDS PLAY! Assignments feature. When an assignment exists, the student’s “backpack” will now automatically launch full-screen when that student signs in. The goal is to focus student attention more on the assigned tasks, a feature change which has been requested by many educators.
Assignments can be made in either the Teachers’ or Admin Center under the Assignments tab. The assignments continue until you un-assign them. They are particularly useful for extended student absences or for interventions. If assignments are not used, the program will recommend content based on the student’s prior usage and progress – what we call “auto-pilot” mode. An example of how assignments display to students is shown below.