User-recognition login for young pupils

The WhoAmI? service helps very young pupils to log in to myUSO learning resources via ‘Early Years Login’ without them having to remember their username. This is achieved by the pupil being directed to whoami.uso.im, typically by their teacher, and then answering a series of child-friendly questions to identify themselves.

Who am i? websiteThe pupil is asked the name of their class, whether they are a boy or a girl, and the first letter of their first name. This will result in either their name, or a short list of possible matches, being presented to them to choose from.

Clicking on their name in the list will result in them being sent to the Early Years login page where their username will have been pre-filled in for them. They will then only need to enter their PIN by either using a keyboard or clicking on the relevant pictures associated with the numbers in their PIN.

The WhoAmI? service is part of the Early Years Login that is activated by the school’s Head Teacher signing a declaration on the USO support site and the required data being exported via USO-AutoUpdate. Full details can be found here. This ‘helper’ service has been designed to work only within recognised school IP ranges to maintain security.

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Introducing the Early Years login for myUSO

We are delighted to announce the launch of an Early Years login page that helps pupils in Year 6 and below to access USO-authenticated learning resources via a simplified process using a PIN in place of the password that older students require.

Early Years login pageOnce Early Years login is enabled for the school, younger pupils can access myUSO by going to http://easy.uso.im and entering their USO username, followed by their PIN code.

The PIN can be entered directly using a keyboard, or by clicking on a sequence of numbers associated with child-friendly animal graphics.  This will grant access to an ‘Early Years’ view of the myUSO website where the pupil will find links to a relevant set of learning resources that can be further categorised by school staff to best suit the needs of each school or group of users.

The ability for a school to use Early Years login is simply enabled by a Head Teacher accepting a declaration found in the USO support site, and relies on MIS data being provided via USO-AutoUpdate. For full details on activating and using this feature please see the User Guide.

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QR code Early Years logins for young pupils

myUSO, supported by the Early Years Login for younger users, is designed to encourage greater use of learning resources through easier and more locally organised access.

To further assist in meeting that aim, a ‘User-recogniton’ helper service (WhoAmI?) is available for use by young pupils within school.

Another useful login aid, and one which can be used inside or outside of the school, uses QR codes that can be printed out and kept on crib cards, book jackets, or other convenient locations.

Quick Response (QR) codes are a type of two-dimensional bar code that are used increasingly in all sorts of familiar places.  They can be read by many devices, but perhaps will be most typically used with ‘smart’ phones and tablet devices running Apple iOS (iPhones, iPads) or Google Android (various manufacturers’ phones and tablet computers).  Other devices, including LearnPads (Android tablets with ‘classroom management’ software), and computers with appropriately configured webcams, can also read these QR codes.

A pupil’s QR code will have their details and username embedded in it so that when scanned by a computerised device, such as those described above, it will take the pupil to the Early Years login page which will have their USO username pre-filled in. They will then only need to enter their Early Years PIN by either using a keyboard or clicking on the relevant pictures associated with the numbers in their PIN.

To make this simple to implement, teachers can print a list of the QR codes onto A4 sheets of labels and hand out a label to each pupil to be stuck to their notebook, etc., so they will always have it to hand.

QR codes are part of the Early Years Login that can be activated by the school’s Head Teacher signing a declaration on the USO support site and the required data being exported via USO-AutoUpdate. Full details can be found here.

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