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How to access Learning Ally

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What is Learning Ally and who has access?

Learning Ally is an online tool that provides access to a library of over 80,000 human-read audiobooks for students who need support with reading.

All teachers and school-based staff with classes in Aspen will have access to Learning Ally via Clever. Student eligibility must be confirmed by an Instructor in order for students to read independently on the app.
How do I login?

Teachers and students who have access will login through Clever at  www.bostonpublicschools.org/backpack. Be sure to sign in using your BPS Gmail and password.

There are two Learning Ally icons in Clever that serve different functions.

Learning Ally Audiobook Solution

For teachers to locate and verify student eligibility and assign books.

If you login directly via the Learning Ally website, make sure that you select "Log in through your school or district."

Learning Ally Web Reader

For students and teachers to read books. This is the bookshelf where all your assigned books will be listed.

Students and teachers should click on "Log in through your school or district" and then locate "Boston Public Schools" in the dropdown. Once selected, click to Log In.

If a student prefers to use a mobile device to access Learning Ally, the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Search for the Learning Ally app on the Play Store (Android) and App Store (iOS).

How do I make sure my students have access to this tool?

Learning Ally is a rostered app that lists all active BPS students under their current school. However, their eligibility must be confirmed by an Instructor before they start using the app.

Learning Ally Role

Permissions

Administrator

  • Update Instructor and Instructor Read-Only roles
  • Monitor educator activity on the Dashboard
  • Monitor student progress on the Dashboard
  • View all educators and students across schools
  • All the functions of Instructor

Instructor

  • Confirm student eligibility - select student and eligibility type then save
  • Monitor student progress on the Dashboard
  • Add books to students' bookshelves
  • Project books for the class to see at the same time
  • Access educator resources in the Educator Portal

Instructor Read-Only

  • Monitor student progress on the Dashboard
  • Add books to students' bookshelves
  • Project books for the class to see at the same time
  • Access educator resources in the Educator Portal

What devices is it compatible with?

The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is compatible with PC, Mac, Chromebook, Android, and iOS devices.

Where can I learn more about Learning Ally?

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

  • If your student is not showing up on your class list or you need to upgrade your role to Instructor, contact Clever Admin or Scott Richards, BPS Assistive Technology Department.
  • Learning Ally's Customer Care team is ready to assist BPS Educators with any questions. Select the Live Chat option on Learning Ally's website, or by phone at 800-221-4792 and email customercare@learningally.org.
  • Learning Ally Support: Mya Chen Whitney, Education Success Director
  • BPS Special Education: Hilary Shea, BPS Special Education
  • Clever Support: Clever Admin

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