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Essential Core Skills Course
Our Essential Core Skills course is now available. It is free, self-guided learning accessed through the training button on your Educator login.
Course Make-up
The course is  split into four sections:  Introduction, Manage Students, Wordlists and Manage Classes. Each section is broken into bite-sized chapters. You can dip in and out of the course as you need to, or set aside some time and work through the whole course.
Progress and Completion
You can see how you are progressing through the course via the indicator on Training section on your Welcome Page.
 
As of this week, you will now receive a certificate when you successfully complete the course.  It can be downloaded and printed.  You can find the certificate by clicking "Finish" at the end of the course, as well as while looking at the course selection page (the "View All" button).
Handwriting Workbook
We have now compiled letter worksheets into an individual handwriting workbook, which can be printed off from the Support Site: https://support.stepsweb.com/274/handwriting-workbook
The workbook is intended mainly for learners up to around 8-9 years of age.  The letters are introduced in shape families, as they appear in the lower-level workbooks.  Worksheets include letter practice, appropriate words, phonological activities and letter tracking.
Workbooks
We are shipping workbooks during the Covid-19 shutdown. If you have students that do not have reliable access to online learning, our workbooks are a great way for them to keep up with their literacy learning. Workbooks align with the Levels on StepsWeb. You can order workbooks from the Store button on your Educator management screen.
Covid-19 Update
We have now given out over 50,000 free student logins to help you cope with the lockdown, but you can still contact us if you need more or haven't taken up the offer yet.   Your free logins will be valid until at least the end of Term 2. 
 
Our Teacher Guide and Parent Guide are available on our support site.
https://support.stepsweb.com/289/stepsweb-teacher-guide
https://support.stepsweb.com/288/stepsweb-parent-guide
Radio Interview 
Ros did an interview with Newstalk ZB this morning on the importance of subtitles.  You can hear the recording here:
https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018745487/coronavirus-home-education-channels-should-be-automatically-subtitled-expert

The corresponding press release can be read here:
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED2005/S00012/call-for-tvnz-to-add-subtitles-to-home-school-programmes.htm
 
How to contact us 
We are happy to help out with any StepsWeb queries. Feel free to give us a call 0800 701 107 (New Zealand), 1300 323258 (Australia), or +64  3 313 3625 (International) or an email sales@stepsweb.com if you would like more information.
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