Robotel Academy: Learn how to teach with SmartClass

By Melissa Arndt on May, 26 2022

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Melissa Arndt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Melissa majored in elementary education with a minor in German. She taught at the Milwaukee German Immersion school for 16 years before joining Robotel as a trainer and content creator.

You have made the decision to purchase the SmartClass platform and maybe even the content. Congratulations! You are going to be amazed by all the activity types, ease of use, and increased engagement of your students. Now what? This article will let you know what happens next.

Robotel Academy

Whether you purchased additional training with a SmartClass trainer or not, you will have 3 months of access to our Robotel Academy. The Robotel Academy is a step-by-step online course that leads you through all the tips and tricks of the SmartClass Hub. You will be guided through three chapters of videos, detailing steps you need to take in the Hub from setting up your classes and downloading content all the way through becoming an activity expert and assessing students, and giving feedback.

Robotel Academy

The timeline for the Academy is anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks depending on how much time you are setting aside each week to complete the course. How many hours should you allow weekly? This varies by chapter but is usually between 3 to 5 hours. 

Here is what you will be learning in each chapter:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

How to start HUB Basic Course

Learn about SmartClass Content

Viewing activities: what you need to know

Learn SmartClass HUB

How to create simple activities

Quizzes: what you need to know

Create your classes

Before assigning activities

Pronunciation activities: what you need to know

Download SmartClass content

Assigning activities - the basics

Open Recording activities: what you need to know

Register your students

Assigning activities - advanced features

Segmented Recording activities: what you need to know

Teach students how to join a class

Teach students how to complete activities

Continuous Recording activities: what you need to know


Continuous Recording activities: what you need to know


Video Recording activities: what you need to know


Giving students feedback


Reviewing different activities


How students track their progress


Every lesson has this structure:

  • One or more videos to watch, which describe a HUB feature from different angles. 
  • A TO-DO section that takes you through a short exercise - often on your own computer with the HUB app  - that’s designed to help you build your skills.
  • Extra resources and links that help you to get more information about the topic.
  • Access to the private Facebook group of SmartClass users where you can ask your questions and chat with other users. 
  • A Chapter WRAP UP is included in the last lesson of each chapter. You need to submit your answers to wrap-up questions to unlock the next chapter.

    Robotel Academy

In every chapter, you will go through a short exercise - on your own computer with the HUB app. For this reason, it is important that in preparation for the course you have successfully logged into the HUB using your school server information and your personal log-in credentials. It is also important that you are using your own computer.

If you have questions along the way, there are multiple ways to reach out and get answers. We have an online, intelligent chatbot named Robi who is happy to direct you to answers. You can reach out and connect with other SmartClass users in our Facebook group. You will also be assigned a SmartClass trainer, who is available to answer any questions and provide support. 

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Robotel Academy was developed to allow you to learn at your own pace, from anywhere, at any time. It is meant to educate you on the SmartClass platform and support you throughout your SmartClass journey. We hope that you enjoy the process and feel excited to begin using SmartClass with your students. 

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Melissa Arndt

Language Teacher, Trainer, and Content Creator

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