Welcome to the Merge EDU Platform!
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the main sections of the Merge Dashboard:
- Home Section - Check out what’s new, view your stuff, and upload 3D objects
- Science Section - Explore digital teaching aids and interactive science simulations
- STEM Section - Experience the future-career-based Merge STEM projects
- Help & Support Section - Find help resources or send a question to our support team
Step 1: Sign In
Sign in to the Merge EDU Dashboard
Signing into your Merge account is what gets you access to the dashboard. Simply go to https://dashboard.mergeedu.com and sign in using either your username and password, or the single sign-on credentials that you used when you created your account.
As you learn to use Merge EDU, you will create your own objects, collections and favorites. You will also want to check out what’s new for the newest content.
First, tap “Featured Content” in the left-side menu to see the new teaching aids & science simulations on the Merge EDU Platform. Tap on the images to get more information, or tap “See More” to be taken to the activities.
Next, tap “My Stuff” to view and upload your own 3D objects, see your collections, your favorites, and your profile. You can tap on any of your objects, collections or favorites to get more information about them, as well as how to share them with your peers.
If you tap on “My Profile” on the “My Stuff” page, you will be able to see your Profile information. Go here to Change your Password or Sign Out of the Dashboard.
Next, you can tap the “Upload” button from the Objects page, or simply tap “Upload” from the left-side menu to open the Object Uploader. The Object Uploader allows users to upload their own 3D Objects to view on the Merge Cube.
Under the Student Section, tap “Join A Class” to see which Classes you are already a part of, or to enter a new Class Join Code (provided by your instructor), to join a new Class!
This is where you’ll get to explore all the content located in the Merge EDU apps!
First, tap “Object Viewer” on the left-side menu to view the list of Teaching Aid Collections. Use the Search Bar to the top-right to look for a specific Collection, or browse our collections by scrolling down. You can also tap on “Objects” (located to the right of “Collections” at the top of the page) to search for specific 3D Objects.
Tap on the image of a Collection to open the Collections’ Details. We’re going to tap on the “Dinosaur Skeletons” Collection as an example:
Here you can see some information about the Teaching Aid Collection, as well as a list of the Objects inside the Collection. You can enter the Dinosaur Skeletons Collection Code (WK1R9R) into the Object Viewer app (as long as you are signed in to the app), to view this Collection and view the Objects on the Merge Cube. You can also tap “Share Options” to find a direct link or QR code for the Collection.
Next, tap “Merge Explorer” in the left-side menu to view our list of Science Simulation Topic Cards. Tap the “Show All” drop down menu to the top-right of the page to select and sort by Category, use the Search Bar to look for a specific Topic Card, or simply browse the topic cards by scrolling down.
Tap on the image of a Topic Card to open the Cards’ Details. We’re going to tap on “A Frog’s Life”, as an example:
Here you can see some information about the topic card, as well as which science simulations or activities are inside the topic card. This particular topic card has 2 different activities. Tap on the thumbnail of any of the Science Simulations to learn more about it. We’re going to tap on the Science Simulation, “Humane (Frog) Dissection”, as an example:
If you are signed into the Merge Explorer app on the same device, you can tap “Launch In App” to immediately launch the topic card or activity in the Merge Explorer app. You can also tap “Share Options” to find the direct link & QR code to the topic card, to open in Merge Explorer.
You can also tap “Activity Plans” on the Topic Card details page to navigate directly to the Activity Plans for that particular topic card. You can also tap on “Activity Plans” on the left-side navigation menu, to go directly to the Activity Plans page.
Now tap “HoloGlobe” on the left-side menu to view the globe activities. Just like for Merge Explorer and Object Viewer, you can tap on each thumbnail to learn more about each activity. For this example, we will look at "Ice."
You can tap "Share Options" to get a QR Code or link, or press "Launch in App" if the device you are using also has Merge HoloGlobe downloaded on it.
Tap on “STEM Projects” to navigate to the STEM Section. In this section, you’ll find our new career-focused, challenge-based STEM Projects. All STEM projects follow the engineering design process and were created by innovative educators around the world.
Tap on the thumbnail of one of the Projects to get started. We’re tapping on “Future Inventors” as an example:
The Merge EDU STEM Projects come with a main project document (located to the left of the worksheets), as well as several worksheets students will complete during the course of the project. Our STEM Projects are designed to be completed over the course of several lessons.
Help and Support Section
In this section, you’ll find links to our Help Center, where you’ll find more help articles like this one, and other support resources to help you be successful using Merge EDU.
Tap “Help Articles” to be taken back here to our Help Center for easy-to-follow tutorials about all things Merge EDU, including Getting Started Guides and Tips and Tricks.
Tap “Contact Support” to send our Support Team any question or issue you have with our dashboard or apps. Our Support Team is always happy to help!
REMEMBER: Once you have access to your Merge Student Account, you can Sign-In to the Merge EDU apps using the same method. You should NOT start a Free Trial from within the app - just sign in to gain access to all of our content!
Now that you’ve learned how to navigate the Student Dashboard, you’re ready to learn science and master STEM using the most powerful new educational technology!