All students have access to school-wide grade-based leaderboards that show top grades and where a student's grade appears in the lineup. A preview of this leaderboard appears on students' home page. Students can access the Leaderboards page to view a full list.
Schools that are part of a district implementation in Beanstack have access to district-wide school-based leaderboards that show top schools and where a student's school appears in the lineup compared to other schools in the district.
Once you've turned on your site's Friends and Leaderboards feature, readers will see a "Friends" tab in their main navigation bar, next to "Challenges."
How to invite friends
Students can invite another student in their school to be their friend by clicking the "Invite Friends" button.
Students will see a privacy notice informing them that friends can see their reading activity, like the titles they log and the badges they earned. Readers must confirm before adding friends.
Students can search for friends by name, and then send a friend invitation. While that invitation is pending, it will appear at the bottom of their friends screen, with a note reading "Invitation Sent."
A student can cancel an invitation by clicking the three dots in the upper righthand corner of the friend card and selecting "Cancel this Invitation." If the requested friend accepts the invitation, students will be able to click on their friend's card to view reading stats. If a requested friend denies the invitation, the card will simply disappear from the requesting students' friends screen without a notification.
Once a student has more than 20 friends, their friend cards will be paginated to show 20 friends per page. There is no limit to the number of friend invitations a student can send. They can only request other students in their individual school, however, and not from their whole school district. If a student changes schools, they will get a new profile and will not retain any friends from their previous school. Teachers are not included as possible friends, and cannot request friendship with students or each other.
How to accept friends
When a student has received a friend request, a banner will appear at the top of their screen reading "View Requests." From there, they can select accept or decline. If they decline, they will be asked to confirm their decision before the invitation is removed.
How to remove friends
A student can remove a friend at any time by clicking the three dots in the upper righthand corner of that friend's card and selecting "Remove Friend." A window will pop up asking the student to verify that they want to remove that friendship. The student must click "Remove" to finalize.
How to see friends' reading activity
A student can view their friends' reading activity on the friends screen by clicking directly on any confirmed friend's name card or clicking the three dots in the upper righthand corner of the friend's name card and selecting "View Friend." This will open a pop-up window showing that friend's four most recently earned badges and either their total minutes logged, total books logged, or both, depending on your site settings. They can click over to "Challenges" to see the current and past challenges in which that friend participated or to "Reading Log" to see the book titles that friend has logged.
How to view leaderboards
A student can see their logging activity ranked against their friends' logging activity by clicking on the "Leaderboard" tab next to "Friends." Each individualized leaderboard lists the top 25 readers among that student's friends, either by books logged, minutes logged, or both, depending on your site settings. A student can toggle between viewing the past week's leaderboard (since Monday) or the past month's leaderboard using the dropdown in the upper righthand corner of the screen.
Students who have not logged within that time period are not displayed on the leaderboard. If neither a student nor any of their friends have logged within the selected time period, they will receive a message saying, "There's no data for this time period."
While viewing the leaderboard, students can click on their friends' names or their own name to view their activity overview, challenges, and reading log in the same pop-up window as on the friends screen.