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Home Base Overview: “A Day in the Life of a Teacher: How Schoolnet Can Be Used to Improve Instruction”CTE Conference

July 16, 2014

Session Outline

  • Home Base Overview

  • Locate instructional materials

  • Create instructional resources and lessons

  • Schedule instruction on the Lesson Planner

  • Create, schedule, assign assessments

  • Review assessment results on dashboard

  • Share experiences from users

  • Q&A

Home Base Overview: An Integrated Suite of Technology Tools



Student Information and Learner Profile

Instructional Design, Practice & Resources

Data Analysis and Reporting

Educator Effectiveness: Evaluation and Professional Development


Instructional Tools & Resources

a newstandards-aligned tool for instruction (e.g. lesson plans, unit plans), assessment, and data analysis


a student information system


an online evaluation system and newprofessional development system








Evaluation and PD





What resources are already available?

Instructional Resources Available



Over 28,000 Instructional Resources (lesson plans, unit plans, multi-media,etc.) across all grades and subjects

Additional standards-aligned resources and vetted instructional resources, including the best of North Carolina educators’ work


17,650 + Open Education Resources

Some of our many Content Providers


11,920 External Resources

8,672 Instructional Resources for Social Studies and Science

Current Providers of External Content

1,137 Instructional Resources for English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages

2,111 Additional Instructional Resources in various for Art, Music, History, etc.


500+ NC DPI Resources


Access Schoolnet

Home Base Login Page

Student Information System Landing Page

  • From this student information system landing page, you will click on “Schoolnet” to access the instructional improvement system.

Locate Instructional Materials

Classrooms Module in Schoolnet

Locate Instructional Materials

Search Instructional Materials

  • Use subject, grade levels, type of material or keyword to search for materials.

Key Points:

  • Locate ”Instructional Materials” by subject, grade, standard

  • Use “Filters” wisely (reset filters, if needed)

  • “?”for Help

  • Search “Home Base Training” for extra help resources

  • For materials vetted by the state, click on “State” under “Institution”

  • Save your best finds in “My Materials” bank

Create Instructional Materials/Lessons/Resources

Create Instructional Materials

Create Instructional Materials

Creating a Lesson Plan

Align to Standards

Add Content

Add Identifiers

Save and Complete

  • When you have completed your plan or if you just want to save and come back to it later, be sure to click Save before navigating away from the material you are creating (lower right corner on each screen).

Share Lesson Plans

Schedule a Lesson Plan

Search for Lesson Plan

Schedule the Lesson Plan

Select a Date

Lesson Planner View

Assign a Resource

Find a Resource and Save It

Make a Copy to Edit

  • Click on “Copy” in order to edit a material to make it your own

Click “Edit”

Select “For Students” to Assign a Resource

Click “Assign”

Assessment Admin

Schoolnet: Assessment Functionality


  • Assessment Items



Over 36,000 items in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies. These came from ClassScape or were purchased from outside vendors.

Additional items, including multiple item types (approximately 62,000 total items will be available for teacher and district use at the start of the 2014-15 school year)


Create a Test Manually

Creating Benchmark Assessments

Item and Test Item Settings

Add Items to the assessment

  • Add your own by selecting the item type of your choice

  • You could also view the item, edit it, remove it from the test, or turn the timer off, if you had selected for one to be on for this assessment

  • You can also add an item to the test from this page by clicking “Add Item” which you can find above the first question and at the bottom of the page

  • Click on Schedule Information to be able to schedule your assessment to students.

  • Use the Edit Schedule and Settings link to head to the Schedule to Courses page

Scheduling Assessments

Options for Assessments

Assign the Assessment to Students

Schedule to Courses

Assessments: Student View

  • The students can find their tests on the bottom left of their home page

  • To access the test, they will enter the code that the teacher provides

  • Notice that students can hide answers, flag questions, move back and forth between questions and monitor their progress while taking an online test.

Dashboard and Reporting

Finding Reports on the Dashboard

Standards Mastery

Standards Mastery

Resources and Lessons in Schoolnet

Grouping Students

Grouping Students

What Students Need Attention?

  • Back To Main Landing Page – Select Individual Student

What Students Need Attention?

  • Displays Student Profile – Student Overview

What Students Need Attention?

  • Student Overview (cont)

What Students Need Attention?

  • Student Overview (cont)

What is the Reason For Success?

  • Back to the Landing Page = Item Analysis Report !

Item Analysis Report

  • How did my students compare?

  • Were the questions easy? Difficult?

More Details on Items

What is the Reason For Success?

  • Back to the Landing Page = Skills Analysis Report !

Skills Analysis

  • Shows performance based on skills assessed – Can Group Students

  • Provides section/school/district comparison

Student Analysis – Intro to Custom Reporting

  • Can run for sections, all sections or groups of students

  • Can run or build reports based on various categories

Student Analysis (cont)

  • Sample Report comparing most recent Math vs. other benchmarks

More Information

Home Base Webinars

  • NCDPI has offered webinars for teachers, school administrators, and district administrators on the various components of Home Base

  • Archived recordings of all Home Base webinars can be found at:ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/videos/webinars


Home Base Website

You can find up-to-date information on Home Base; learn about training, find FAQs, and much more at:


  • Contact your school or district Home Base IIS Point Person first –

  • For specific questions about testing/assessments, contact your CTE Director or your CTE IMC primary point of contact

  • For technical issues, contact the Home Base Support Center:

    • homebase.incidents@its.nc.gov

    • or 919-807-4357

Home Base Support


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