Teachers, we've got great news. Now, when you sign up as an educator on Vocabulary.com, you can create classes for every period you teach, monitor the performance of each class, gain insight into where you need to focus your instruction, and use class leaderboards to light a competitive fire among your students. 

When you set up classes on Vocabulary.com, you'll get to harness the many useful features of our Teacher Dashboard, and you'll also be creating leaderboards for your students so that they can vie for supremacy in your classes. If there's one thing we've learned from watching the excitement build over our national Vocabulary Bowl, it's that competition can be a powerful motivating force for students to learn. 

To help you discover the great new resources available to you, we're directing anyone who has signed up as an educator to a new landing page on Vocabulary.com. Now, every time you visit Vocabulary.com, you'll be taken directly to the "My Classes" tab in "My Account" where you'll see an invitation to "start teaching" by following an easy three-step process of 1) creating classes, 2) inviting students to join them, and 3) assigning them words to learn. 

Once you've created classes, we'll start greeting you with a snapshot of your students' learning when they log onto Vocabulary.com. You'll see a bar chart displaying word learning activity among your students across all of your classes.

The chart details how many questions students are answering, how many words they are mastering, how many hours they spend playing, and their points earned. Select any of the metrics listed at the bottom of the graph to change the chart's display. You can also hover over any bar for a detailed breakdown of that day, or change the time period this chart looks at using the pull down calendar menu at the right.

Below the bar chart, you will see two lists: a list of the classes you are teaching and another of the students in those classes. When you select the name of a student or a class, you'll go to the class page, where you can see a detailed view of both individual student and full-class word learning.

On a class page, you'll see a host of information that can help you understand how learning is proceeding in that class, both for the class as a whole, and for the top three students. Metrics include words mastered, points earned, hours spent playing, and questions answered by students, as well as information on the top three lists students are playing, and the top three words they are having trouble with.

This kind of detail allows you to quickly and efficiently determine what students know and where you might best dedicate your precious instructional time. In the full Educator Edition, you can see the same information on an unlimited number of students, lists, and trouble over any time period you decide.

You can also select two other tabs from within the class page: "Add/Remove Students" and "Student View," which is a class leaderboard organized by points and words mastered for the class overall — this is what your students can see. "Student View" also displays the names of the top five individual points-earners and the rank of whichever student is currently logged in. To fire up students' competitive instincts, we show this information for the current week as well as the two previous. Students can watch themselves climb the ladder or bask in a recent victory every time they refresh the page.

Previously, these features were available only for subscribers to our Educator Edition, but we wanted to open them up so that all teachers could experience the power of our teacher dashboard and how class leaderboards can unleash the vocabulary growth in your students. If you like what you see, we hope you'll want to learn more about the Educator Edition and sign up for a free trial.