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How do I use the Home page?

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI and a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that matches the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your teacher.

Old UI

There’s no page like Home.

Signing in lands you on the Home page where all your current courses are listed. From here you can:

  1. Use the Main Menu to access your Buzz tools: Home, Activities (Course Home pages), Performance, Communication, Calendar, and Help. If configured for it, your Main Menu tool icons remain active on the left side of the screen to facilitate easy navigation; click the menu to expand it.
  1. Use the Course Chooser to access a course's Course Home in the Activities tool.
  1. Open the User Menu to:
    • Customize your settings and themes.
    • Change your password.
    • Join a course using a registration code provided by the course instructor.
    • End any active Google Drive sessions.
    • Learn more about Buzz.
    • Logout of Buzz.
  1. Review Announcements for important class information.
  2. Use the To-do List to see and open upcoming and past-due assignments. By default, the To-do List displays assignments with due dates coming up within seven days.
  3. Click Course-Card Settings in the toolbar to manage the cards' order on the Home page.
  4. Review your recent activity, starting from the most recent, using the Activity Stream; click the posts to open the activity, badge, or announcement listed.
  1. Quickly check your current course scores and progress on gradable activities displayed on the Course Cards; select a Course Card to access its Course Home. Course Cards will also notify you when a course enrollment has expired and will show an alarm clock icon when it is about to expire.

Your Home page gives you immediate access to the tools you need and to task reminders to help you stay on top of everything.

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Tips

  • Use teacher-provided registration codes to easily join courses.
  • The Course Chooser remains in the navigation bar so you can jump between courses at any time. Selecting a course from the Course Chooser on the Home page will filter all information to just that course.
  • You can search your To-do List to find specific activities.
New UI

There’s no page like Home.

Home page screens

The Home page includes three screens:

  • Courses
  • To-do List
  • Activity Stream

Courses screen

On the Courses screen, you can:

  1. Manage Course Card placement.
  2. Access Help.
  3. Open the User Menu
    • Customize your settings and themes.
    • Change your password (where allowed).
    • Join a course using a registration code provided by the course instructor (if allowed in your organization).
    • Learn more about Buzz.
    • Logout of Buzz.
  4. Review Announcements.
  5. Review content from your school/district/organization.
  1. Use Course Cards to:
    • Review scores and course progress (indicates how many of the gradable activities you have completed).
    • Access the course Activities and Grades tools.
    • Track how much time is left in the course; they will show an alarm clock icon when they are about to expire.

To-do List screen

The To-do List includes upcoming and past-due activities. By default, the To-do List displays activities with due dates coming up within seven days.

Click activities to open them.

Activity Stream screen

Review your recent activity, starting from the most recent, using the Activity Stream; click the posts to open the activity, badge, or announcement listed.

Your Home page gives you immediate access to the tools you need and to task reminders to help you stay on top of everything.

Additional articles

Tips

  • Use teacher-provided registration codes to easily join courses.
  • The Course Chooser remains in the navigation bar so you can jump between courses at any time. Selecting a course from the Course Chooser on the Home page will filter all information to just that course.
  • You can search your To-do List to find specific activities.

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Mark Lyvers
Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Mark, we don't have any video tutorials but rather documentation on how to use Buzz. For students, the best place to start is the Getting started with Buzz: Students manual.

Athen Miller

How do we switch to the new UI?

RCSD eLearning Team

We think it was a mistake in the new UI to separate the Activity Stream from the student homepage - with that information being on a separate tab we are finding that students do not go to it to read that information and they are back to missing all the teacher feedback.  We had that issue before you developed the activity stream (which we love) and find it was much more useful when it was right on their homepage (right in their face so to speak) when they login.  

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

Athen,

Your Domain Administrator will have more information regarding how to access the new UI, please reach out to them for further guidance.

Thank you RCSD for the feedback regarding the Activity Stream.

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