Why are my pupils grouped into teams on the leaderboard? What is Team Mode?
When teachers first sign up for a Freckle account, they are randomly assigned to either the Individual Leaderboard or the Team Leaderboard. While the Individual Leaderboard shows the top pupil coin earners in a given day, the Team Leaderboard groups pupils into teams and then ranks the teams on the leaderboard.
Here is how it works:
When a teacher selects the "Team Mode" option from his or her home, Freckle will automatically sort pupils into five different teams (regardless of how many pupils are in the class). This means that the larger the class size, the larger the team size. The teams are selected based on previous coin totals to ensure that teams are evenly matched.
As pupils work, Freckle will determine the coin totals of each team by adding together the coin totals of each of the team members. When pupils check the leaderboard, they will see the different team names and how their team is competing against the other teams on that particular day. If you want to know which pupils are on which teams, read the team names aloud and have all pupils stand or raise their hands when their team name is called. This will allow the teacher to see who is competing on which team and the pupils to know who their teammates are.
To change from individual leaderboard to Team Mode, follow the steps below:
- Log in to your teacher home, select your name in the upper-right corner and select Your Account in the drop-down list.
- On the Product Settings tab, tick Team Mode to activate Team Mode.
- Have all pupils log in to Freckle. If pupils were already logged in, they must log out and then log back in again for Team Mode to work correctly.
If you want to switch out of Team Mode and back to the individual leaderboard, follow the same steps and remove the tick mark from Team Mode.
Pupil Side of Team Mode
Here is what pupils see while working on team mode:
Once pupils log in to work on a domain, they can see which team they are a part of by looking at the team name that is highlighted. Team names are randomly generated by combining an adjective with a noun. In this case, the pupil shown above will be competing on the "Blue Superheroes" team with several other pupils in his or her class.
As pupils work on Freckle, they will still be able to see exactly how many coins they have earned individually. Rather than displaying this coin total on the class leaderboard, it will be kept to that individual pupil. Each pupil will have his or her coins added together with the rest of the team in order to determine which team sits atop the leaderboard.
Notice how no pupil names are seen in the leaderboard. Instead, the leaderboard is populated with different teams, ranked by the number of total coins earned by all members of that team. However, pupils in Years 7 and higher will be able to see the names of the other pupils on their team.
Note that the team names change and are randomly generated every day. This means that pupils will be working with different teammates each day, preventing one team from winning all the time.