At least 3 weeks before students begin using Amira or teachers begin training, we recommend that you complete this checklist. As you go through this checklist, you may review the Amira Guided Tour and note your questions.

You will refer to the Setup Accounts in Experience Amira as a Student throughout this checklist, so you'll want to pull the article up, now.

Keep in mind that if you are using HMH Ed, teachers and students will not be logging on to https://www.amiratutor.com on a regular basis. You will use that domain throughout this checklist in case you have yet to set up your own accounts in HMH Ed.

Step 1: Ensure your IT setup meets the minimum requirements

  1. Check that your district’s equipment meets the workstation requirements outlined in our System Requirements document, including:

    • Device and Browser Versions

    • Headsets

    • Browser Settings

    • Network Requirements

    • Firewall and Content Filter Requirements

  2. Set up student devices using our step-by-step guides:

Step 2: Read a story (Practice) as a student, and check the results

Log into a demo site (https://www.amiratutor.com), and read with Amira as a student.

  1. Select a log in from this Experience Amira as a Student article

  2. Go to http://www.amiratutor.com, and enter the Username and Password

    1. For example, if you wanted to test a login with a kindergarten account, try:

      USERNAME: SETUPstudent1

      PW: setup123

    2. ❗Note: Do not save these credentials to your browser

    3. ❗Note: Students launching Amira from HMH Ed will always log in through their district's SSO or https://www.hmhco.com/one

  3. Click Sign In

  4. Click Let's do it

  5. Click Read a story to begin reading the story with regular prosody

    1. ❗Note: In real life, students will not be given the option to Take a test (as shown below) when the account is configured for Practice

  6. Amira will end with saying Great work! and will return to the Great to see you screen

    1. ❗ Note: Do not close the device or browser immediately after the session ends; this action can interrupt saving the audio files to Amira's servers

If you get an error message or "enable microphone" dialog, refer to What do I do if I see an error message?.

‍Step 3: Take a Benchmark assessment as a student, and check the results

Now, log into a demo site, and take a Benchmark assessment with Amira as a student.

  1. Select a log in in this Experience Amira as a Student article

  2. Go to http://www.amiratutor.com, and enter the Username and Password

    1. For example, if you wanted to test a login with a kindergarten account, try:

      USERNAME: SETUPstudent1

      PW: setup123

    2. ❗Note: Do not save these credentials to your browser

    3. ❗Note: Students launching Amira from HMH Ed will always log in through their district's SSO or https://www.hmhco.com/one

  3. Click Sign In

  4. Click Let's do it

  5. Click Take a test, and start reading the story with regular prosody and read making errors as students would make

    ❗ Note: In real life, students will not be given the option to Take a Test as Amira will automatically open the assessment once the student logs in.

  6. Amira will end with saying Great work! and will return to the Great to see you screen

    ❗ Note: Do not close the device or browser as this action can interrupt saving the audio files to Amira's servers.

‍Step 4: Check results and reporting in the Teacher Portal/Dashboard

Now, you are going to log into a demo site and navigate through the different reports for the story (Practice) and assessment you just took.

❗ Note: teachers using HMH Ed will always log in through their district's SSO or https://www.hmhco.com/one

  1. Log into the demo account (https://www.amiratutor.com) as a teacher

  2. Enter the Username and Password

    1. USERNAME: setupteacher@amira.com

      PW: setup123

    2. ❗Note: Do not save these credentials to your browser.

  3. Click Sign In

  4. Navigate to the Review Activity page, and toggle to Practice

  5. Click on the "Student 1 Student" tile (or whatever username you used)

  6. Review the Scoring Screen; click play to hear the recording

  7. Click Reports

  8. Click PROGRESS REPORT

    1. The Progress report displays all assessment and Practice data

  9. Find your demo account username in the drop-down menu to the left of the screen.

    1. Toggle through the metrics on the left

    2. Click on the activity underneath the chart entitled Tutor to navigate back to the Scoring Screen. Go to the Use Amira Practice collection in our Help Center to learn more.

  10. Navigate to the Tracking Report for the status of student assessments for the whole class

  11. Click Reports

  12. Click TRACKING REPORT

    Tracking Report

    ❗Note: Typically, teachers will see COMPLETED once a student has completed an assessment. If the status of INCOMPLETE is shown, the student should log back in and resume the assessment. For more information, see the How do I use the Tracking Report to assign and track assessments?.

  13. Navigate to individual student Benchmark assessment data

  14. From the Teacher Portal, click Review Activity

  15. Click Assessment

  16. Click student activity tile of choice

    Listen to and rescore (if needed) the Benchmark assessment

  17. Navigate through the Benchmark, Diagnostic, and Progress Reports

  18. Note questions to answer

  19. Go to the Use the Benchmark Assessment, Use the Dyslexia Screener, and Reports & Insights collections in our Help Center to learn more

  20. If you are interested in testing out the Dyslexia Screener tasks, you may use the set of logins available in Experience Amira as a Student

‍Step 5: Repeat steps 2-3 with different devices, actual students / grade levels, and classroom conditions

  1. Test multiple device / headset / browser combinations

  2. To experience different grade levels, select various credentials from the Experience Amira as a Student article

  3. Schedule a Go Live Check with your Amira Success Lead to make sure you are ready to roll out Amira before teachers are trained


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