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  Common Applications and Rostering

What is Clever?

Clever is a secure pipeline between our district's data and the learning applications that you and your students use. It helps our district's IT office provide applications with all the information required for school usage.

Clever single sign-on is a single-sign-on (SSO) solution, allowing users to log in to different applications with a single set of credentials, configured at the district level. With the ease of only one username and password, Clever can help teachers and students reclaim valuable class time. Students and teachers can open their devices, sign in to the Clever Portal from our student homepage ( or staff links page, and click on the wanted applications to automatically access the online learning program! In short, it is a portal to get to many different applications or websites like IXL, NewsELA, or Typing Agent.

How To Log In To Clever

  1.  Navigate to and click on Clever.

  2. Click the Log in with Google button.

  3. If you are already logged in to chrome then it should automatically log you in. If on a home computer you may see a login prompt. Enter your full email in. Click next and if prompted enter your password.
    • If you are already logged in on another account such as a personal Gmail account it may try to automatically use that account for this you will need to sign out of the non account or use an incognito window. See troubleshooting instructions. 

Adding Links to your Clever Page

After logging in, you’ll come to a screen that looks like the picture below, this is your dashboard. From here you can click on [Your Name’s] Page to set up quick links that the students in your classes can view and access. These links might include your Google Classroom links, Powerschool or links for other non-Clever based applications.

  1. Click on [Your Name’s] Page. You will come to a page that looks similar to the image below. From here you can click on the Add button in the bottom right, click on the Link button that pops up.

  2. A side window appears (image to the right). Paste the whole link that you want your students to be able to access in the first box. Give your link a name that the students will see. In this example to the right, the link of will show as Student Links Page on my Clever page. To add a category for the link click in the box and start typing the desired category name and to save the category name hit the enter key on your keyboard.  Categories can be useful if you are giving out different links and want to categorize them as Math, LA, etc. You can delete the category if you decide you do not want it later on from your page. Click the icon you want the link to show up as then click the Add link button. The link is now available for students to access as necessary from your Clever page.


If you encounter this problem shown above look at the email that Clever is attempting to authenticate against. If you (if you are the teacher) or a student’s (if a parent) email address is different than the one you are trying to log in with then the wrong account is logged into Google Chrome.

Method 1 - Switching of Chrome User Accounts

This is the preferred method for long term switching of accounts. Add a new user to chrome to switch between the different users.

  1. Click on the circular portrait on the top right. A small window should pop up. Click on the Add button in the new window.

  2. A new Add person window should pop up. Enter a name for the person, choose a picture and click the Add button in the bottom right.

  3. A new chrome window will appear with the new user logged into it. Now we need to associate your account to the new user account by clicking on the circular portrait in the top right again and this time click on the blue Turn on sync… button.

  4. It will prompt you for your email and password, enter in your email and password.
  5. A box will pop up that will ask if you want to turn on sync, press the “Yes, I’m in” button and chrome should start to populate all of the settings associated with your account.

Your account should now be logged in and try again logging into Clever.  There should also be desktop icons created for chrome with the different accounts logged in for easy switching access.

Method 2 - Incognito Window

To get right into Clever without needing to log out your Google Chrome profile, you can use an incognito window.  An incognito window allows you to browse the internet and it will not save any passwords and also acts as if no one was logged into Google Chrome.

  1. Click the 3 dots in the top right of chrome and click on the New incognito window button.

The window that appears will look darker and will act as if no one is logged in to chrome. Try to log in again in this new window.

Google Classroom Teacher Center


Logging in to Google Classroom

Two ways to get to Google Classroom:

  1. Navigate to, Login with your Google account

       2. If already logged in to Google, click on Google Apps > Classroom

Creating a Class

Adding Students to a Class

Creating Assignments

Grading Assignments

  1.  From the Class Page, click on Grades
  2.  Click on the student to open the assignment
  3.  Click on the assignment to open it for review
  4.  Review the assignment
  5.  Enter a grade
  6.  Enter a comment for the student if desired, and click Post
  7.  Click Return

Video Tutorials

IXL User Guides

What is IXL?

It's an supplemental ELA, MA, (PK - 12th grade) SCI and SS (grades 2-8th) skill based student personalized and adaptive program. It's easy for teachers to use in the classroom, and for students to use at home. It offers a comprehensive curriculum (PK - 12th grade) with guidance for students, actionable analysis with real time diagnostics and evaluation of skills where a student is at. It also makes differentiated instruction easier and more effective as its targeted for each student individually from the teacher’s perspective.

How do I log into IXL?

  1. From the student's link homepage ( and click on Clever

    If prompted, click Sign in with Google and then enter in the your MIN201 email address and password.
  2. Click on the IXL application

Who do I contact if I get an error from Clever?

I got this error message as a teacher or other school staff. Who do I contact?

Email your tech associate at and we’ll get you all setup in IXL.

What skills can I assign to my students?

The skills in IXL aren’t grade locked to the student, so if a student is a 3rd grade but is really reading on a 1st grade level, you can assign the 1st grade skills to him

To view the list of skills you have several different ways about this:

Option 1: Skills by Grade Level

  1. Click on Learning in the green bar
  2. Click on the Content Area.
    1. Note: Science and Social Studies is from Grades 2-8th only
  3. Click on Grades in the view by filtering methods bar
  4. Find the applicable grade level and then click on all skills button

Option 2: Skills by Topic

  1. Click on Learning in the green bar
  2. Click on the Content Area
    1. Note: Science and Social Studies is from Grade 2 - 8th only
  3. Click on Topics in the view by filtering methods bar
  4. Find the applicable skill and then click on all skills button

Option 3: Skills by Predefined Skill Plan

  1. Click on Learning in the green bar
  2. Click on a Content Area
    1. Note: Science and Social Studies is from Grades 2 - 8th only.
  3. Click on Skill Plans in the view by filtering methods bar.
  4. You have now a choice to make: how do you want to see the predefined skill plans?
    1. You can view the skill plans by NWEA test, or by IL state standards
  5. Clicking into a specific skill plan will allow you to see the IXL breakdown suggested skills per day or per week.

Star Icons

In the upcoming sections, there are 3 different star icons.

Gray Star - NONE of the things under this are selected.

Gold Star - ALL of the things under this are selected.

Striped Star - SOME of the things under this are selected.

How do I assign a skill to ALL the classes that I teach regardless of class?

  1. First find the skill that you want to assign to all the classes that you teach.
  2. Click on the star next to the skill and it’ll turn gold. The skill has now been assigned to all your classes.


How do I assign something to an entire class?

  1. First find the skill that you want to assign to an entire class.
  2. Hover over the gray star next to the skill you wish to assign..
  3. Click on the gray star next to the class name and it’ll turn gold. The skill now has been assigned to all students in that particular class.


How can I assign something to only certain students in a class?

  1. First find the skill that you want to assign to only certain students in a class (or across multiple classes).
  2. Hover over the gray star next to skill you wish to assign.
  3. Click on the “>” to the right of the class that you want to assign the skill to
  4. Click on the star next to the student’s names and it’ll turn gold. The skill has been assigned to the individual student in that class.


How can I check my student’s progress?

There are 2 reports that we really like to check a student’s progress and understanding for a specific skill.

Option 1: Student Quick View Report

  1. Click on Analytics in the green bar
  2. Hover over Students in the filtering bar and then choose ‘Students Quick View’
  3. You can then filter down to see what your students (entire class) worked on during a date range.

Option 2: Specific Skill Mastery

  1. Find the specific skill that you want to see the progress on (either by topic or by grade level).
  2. Click on the green graph icon next to the left of the skill.

How long will a skill stay assigned to my students?

The suggested skills will stay active and be a suggestion forever. You’ll want to manage the assigning and unassigning of skills as needed. Otherwise, that list could get somewhat lengthy for a student.

How do I unassign a skill from my students?

  1. Find the skill that you want to unassign.
  2. Follow the instructions for assigning a skill to either all your students, just a single class or individual students, and simply click the ‘star’ again so that it's gray.

NEWSELA Support page with tutorials

NEWSELA Getting started guide

Remote Teaching Toolkit

NEWSELA Student Toolkit

Two-week Remote Learning Example

More Resources and also virtual office hours help

What is NewsELA?

NewsELA (pronounced News-Ze-lla) is a subscription based spot to that aggregates news content from various K-12 (and non education websites such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, etc.) for current events or other various topics.  They pull in at least 10 new articles a day for students to access and use. 


Logging in to Newsela

Go to Student Homepage

Click on the Clever icon and login

Scroll down to Newela button and click on it.

If this is your first time logging in you will be presented with the screen below. Click No and continue. If Yes it will link your current account to the Clever account.

Now, you will be brought to the Newsela home page and will open the window below.  You can click on Explore Products to learn more or click the X to close the window.

Syncing Classes From Clever

The first thing you need to do is sync your classes from Clever.  At the top right click on your initial and click on settings

Go to the Classes tab and click on the Sync with Clever button.

Select all your classes that you wish to sync over and click on Sync Selected Classes.

Now, you will see your synced classes from Clever  Click on the Newsela button on the top left to take you back to the home screen.

Creating an Assignment

There are many ways to go about creating an assignment.  I will show you one way that is quick and easy.

You can either browse the subjects in the top bar or use the search to do a more fine tuned topic search.

Once you find something you wish to assign, a blue assign button is visible.  Either click on the assign button or use the blue arrow next to the assign button to Create Assignment or Add to Assignment.

If choosing create assignment this will create a new assignment 

If choosing add to assignment this gives you the option to add it to a previously created assignment.

Once you click on Assign you will be on the assignment page.  From here you can change the assignment title, which classes this assignment is for, or save as draft so you can add more modules to the assignment before assigning it to students.  Once you are ready click on the blue assign button.

If you don't change the text level, it'll assign the reading level at the NewsELA Recommended Level.  

It's also important to note, that as of 4/7/2020, you can only assign to entire classes.  There's no way to assign an individual article to an individual student A gets reading level X while student B gets reading level Y, unless if you create a manual class with each student within NewsELA.

Adding Assignment to Multiple Classes:

To assign to multiple classes choose multiple classes in the drop down

Viewing Assignments

To view assignments. On the top bar go to binder → Assignments

This will show you all your assignments and show general progess of an assignment.  Click on the assignment to get a better breakdown of what each student has completed.

Other Tools in Binder

Activity Feed

The activity feed provides list of activity like student x is reading article Y

Reading Summary

This provides more information on different skills and levels students are performing at.

Educator Center

This is a great resource for learning how to do everything from basic tasks to more advanced tasks   Located on far right of newsela home page.

What are the Lexile Ranges and Grade Ranges for NewsELA?

See this link for the breakdown of lexile ranges and grade level within NewsELA.


How do I log into NewsELA?

  1. Navigate to the Student Homepage ( and click "Clever" button.
  2. If prompted, then choose "Log in with Google" and then enter in your email address and password.
  3. After getting signed into Clever, click on the "NewsELA" icon.

I'm logged in... now what do I do?

Each time you log in, you'll be taken to the assignment dashboard.  Here is where you can see all the current or previous assignments that are assigned by your teacher(s).

To start working on an assignment, click on the article name.  

If you navigate away from this screen and need to get back, click on the blue 'NewsELA' icon in the upper left hand corner and it'll always bring you back to the dashboard.

So... I read the article.. now what?

After you've read the article, there's always at least 1 activity per article.  Click on the activities tab to see the available activities after finish reading the article.

Possible activities for the article you're reading: 

  • Take a Quiz - A short 4 question multiple choice quiz designed to test reading comprehension.  At the end of the quiz, students will see what they got correct and incorrect.  By clicking on the blue link, it'll take them what the correct answer was.
  • Write - Students may be required to choose their class in which the written response is designed for.  This is an open-ended type of response that you can type.  The box will save your answers as you type, so only hit the 'submit response' green button when you're fully done and happy with your answer.
  • Annotate a Document - By highlighting on any text within the article, you can annotate or take notes on the document.  You can change the background of the highlighted text (by clicking and dragging the text, as if you were to copy and paste the text) and change the color.  You can also type in the box to make a comment.
  • Power Words - A short 4 or 8 question quiz regarding new vocabulary at the Lexile range may be offered.

Can I leave my progress and come back another day?

Certainly!  Next time you log in, you'll be brought the article dashboard (if you navigated away from it, it's also under Binder → Progress). 

To resume an assignment that was in progress, click on the assignment name, and what you were working on it returned to the screen once you come back.

How can I see all my assignments that were assigned to me?

If you're not on the assignment dashboard, then hover over Binder → Your Progress.

You'll see dropdowns in which controls what you see such as all assignments in a certain class, a subject, or a date range.

How can I 'turn in' my assignment?

NewsELA keeps saving progress of what you are doing and completing the progress.  There's no special 'turn in' button, as teachers are able to check in on your progress in realtime.

Used at: SuccessNext, Realize (JH LA) and Digits (MIS MA classes)

Each year, teachers are required to update their classes with the Pearson EasyBridge products.  See the attached PDF to get started.


Zoom Video Tutorials

Zoom Teacher Guide

Zoom Safety

To find Information on what safety and security concerns for using Zoom click HERE

What do I need to do if setup a Zoom account before the District integrated Zoom with Clever? 

  1. Go to the student links page ( and click on Clever.
  2. Login to Clever using Google if prompted and enter in your email address and password.
  3. On the dashboard click on Zoom icon
  4. You will be prompted to confirm your email address. You will receive an email to confirm that your account will be managed by the District.
  5. Once accepting the District managed email, you’ll want to log in to Clever to access Zoom and set up any future meetings.

Teacher Setup 

Step 1: Log into Clever using the link on the student's homepage (  Enter in your email address and password.

Once logged into Clever, scroll down to where the apps are.  Click on Zoom.

Step 2: Click the schedule a meeting button at the top.

This will bring you to the schedule menu.

Step 3: Here you can adjust the meeting details and settings to fit your needs. Set them whatever way works best for you. Once you hit save, you will see a join URL. (This will be different for each meeting you set up).

NOTE: Adding a password to your meeting will make it more secure, student will need this password to be able to enter your meeting.

Step 4: Send the join URL to whoever is joining the meeting. (Send this link via Google Classroom, Class Pages, or however you are communicating to your parents and students)

Step 5: When you are ready to start your meeting, go to the meeting tab, find the meeting you scheduled, and hit start.

*Note: If you set your meeting to "recurring", it will happen at whatever time you set. It will also use the same URL each time.

Student Sign-In

Students do NOT need to sign into Zoom to use it. After the receive your meeting invitation URL (via Class Pages, parent email, Google Classroom, etc) all they need to do is click on the link. Zoom will open in their browser. They do not need to download any software to use the program. They will be prompted to enter their first and last name - and then they will enter the meeting. 

Logging in with Clever is for staff only. Students do not need to login to Clever, or Zoom, to use the program. 


Zoom General Functions

Locking a Meeting

Locking a meeting will not allow any more new attendees once all your students have joined you can lock the meeting to prevent un-authorized people from joining

  1. Click on Manage Participants
  2. Click More
  3. Click on Lock Meeting

Recording a Class for Distribution

This feature is to be used to record yourself (without students) teaching a lesson, and then sending out to students.

  1. Start a Zoom meeting. 
  2. Press the Record buttonimage2020-3-24_12-27-45.png
  3. Teach your Lesson
  4. End Meeting (INSERT PHOTO)
  5. It will ask where you would like to save your recording, save it somewhere you will remember.

Important Zoom Controls

  • Managing Participants : As the host of the meeting/class you can manage participants. This includes renaming, muting, and stopping their video. These will be useful if hosting a live class/meeting. 


  • Video ON/OFF: Once in a meeting, you can turn your video on by clicking the ‘Start Video’ icon on the bottom left of your screen.  To turn it off click the ‘Stop Video’ icon.
  • Muting: To ensure minimal background noise, it is HIGHLY recommended that you mute everyone on the call when they are not talking. This feature is turned on by default.


  • Chat in a Meeting: Meeting participants can ask questions during the meeting via the chat. Start by clicking on the Chat icon on the bottom right of your screen. 
  • Sharing Screen: Click the Share Screen icon at the bottom of your screen to share your desktop. image2020-3-24_12-31-49.png
    • If you’d like to share specific windows or applications, you can choose to do so from the dialog box. image2020-3-24_12-32-48.png

Ending a Meeting

  • When ending, press End Meeting
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  • Be sure to press "End Meeting for All", otherwise student will remain in the meeting with themselves.
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Tips for Virtual Lessons

  • For your first class, set aside some time to introduce your students to Zoom, and ensure they’re able to connect their video and audio. 
  • Give an agenda or plan for each class by Screen Sharing a slide or document at the beginning of class. 
  • Discuss online etiquette and expectations of the students in your first virtual class and periodically revisit these topics. 
  • Allow for time to answer questions that your class has submitted. Consider letting them ask the questions ‘live’ by unmuting them after they have indicated they have a question via the chat feature. 

Tips for Content Delivery

  • Look at the camera and make eye-contact with your students. This helps create a more personal connection while teaching class over video.
  • Take a second to check the chat,  to check in with your students and get feedback. 
  • Speak as if you’re face-to-face with the class, while ensuring you’re at the appropriate distance from the microphone. It is always okay to ask for feedback from students if they can hear you, or if you are too loud/too quiet. 
  • When delivering a presentation, sharing images, files, or video - give your students a moment to open or take in what you’ve shared. 
  • Embrace the pause. Take a moment after the end of your comments, and allow for students to engage before continuing on. 

Student Troubleshooting

  • If a student’s audio/video is choppy, their internet may be under heavy use (bandwidth issue). Have the student turn off any other items using a lot of bandwidth (Netflix, Youtube videos, video game downloads).
  • If the entire class is receiving choppy audio/video, the bandwidth issue may be on your end.
  • Some student’s internet connections simply may not be able to handle Zoom. In this case, it may be better for them to watch a video later, rather than watch the live session.

To be used later for additional documentation/photos:

How do my students log in to Zoom?

They will click on the meeting URL that you sent them in Google Classroom, eLearning page, etc. 

Enter their name and then click join.

BrainPop/BrainPOP Jr.

Instructions should be similar for BrainPOP Jr.


Logging in:

To login to Brainpop go to and click on Clever or click on the Brainpop links

Creating an Assignment:

Viewing an Assignment:

Click on Dashboard at the top.

This will bring you to the Dashboard that has all you classes and assignments.  To view the status on an assignment click on the assignment name.

This will bring you into the assignment.  You can "edit", "view as student" and see the status of each student.

How Students Log in:

  1. From the student's link homepage ( and click on Clever

    If prompted, click Sign in with Google and then enter in the student's MIN201 email address and password. Doesn't work, email us at

  2. Click on the application - either BrainPop or BrainPopJr

How can Students Access what I've assigned?

  1. After logging into BrainPop, click on Dashboard.
  2. If you have multiple teachers assigning assignments to you, you can use the dropdown to sort and only show those videos to assigned to you by that teacher.
  3. Click on an assignment name to get started on the assignment.

How can students see what assignments I've completed?

  1. Click on the "Completed Assignments" view of the dashboard.  

How can students toggle between BrainPop and BrainPopJr easily if my teachers assigned videos in each component?

  1. Click on the icon in the upper left hand corner then choose the application  that you want to switch to.
     (← If going from BrainPop to BrainPopJr!) 

Can students/parents do BrainPop or BrainPopJr) on their iPad or iPhone?

No, it doesn't work due to those devices not allowing Adobe Flash Player.

The parent/students were having issues at home.  What else can I have them try?

Try BrainPop's Troubleshooting steps (link)


Mailtrack is a google chrome extension that notifies you when an email is sent to someone's inbox, and also notifies you when that person opens and reads your email.

To install Mailtrack, follow this link to the chrome web store and click “Add to Chrome”, and if prompted then ‘add extension’

Once it installs, it will bring you to a screen asking you to “Connect with Google”, click the button and then sign in with your Minooka 201 Gmail account.

Once installed you will get a pop-up page asking to purchase a premium version, you can just exit out of this page. (Picture below).

Your Sent Mail folder in the Gmail web client will start looking like this

One Check mark = The email was sent to the recipient, but has not been opened yet.

Two Check marks = The email was delivered to the recipient, and has opened the email.

*Note* This will only function on your laptop, emailing through the phone does not apply the extension, meaning your emails will not be tracked.

Be aware that a signature will attach to all your emails that will alert email recipients that you are using this extension. It looks like the picture below.

Google Doc To help with troubleshooting Chromebook problems: Using Your Chromebook at Home

Loom (Screen Recording).

What is Loom?

Loom can be used to quickly create and share videos by recording your computer screen and camera.

Be sure that there is not any confidential or personally identifiable information in your videos.

Also please note that Loom is currently upgraded to the pro version during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This currently allows for unlimited videos, once this version goes away (most likely next year), you will be limited to having 25 videos on your account at once.

When we revert to the free version please make sure you do not have any important videos you need saved, they may be lost once we lose the pro version.

Getting Started

To install Loom, head over to this link, and add it as a chrome extension.

Once added, it will appear next to your other extensions in the top right hand corner of chrome.

(the extension icon).

To get started, click on the extension icon, then hit sign in with google, and agree to the terms and services.

It will then ask you what you're using Loom for, leave it on education and hit continue.

Next, you be taken to a screen asking if you'd like to download the Loom app, go ahead and ignore this for now, and just hit continue.

Once you hit continue your account is set up. Go ahead and close out of this page.

Using Loom

If you'd rather see a video of how this all works, check this out after you complete the initial set up, there are written instructions below.

Click on the extension in the top right corner, and allow both your microphone and your camera on the website when it asks.

 When you are ready to start recording, press the start recording button.

This will start recording your screen and what you are saying. When you are finished, click the green check mark next to wear your camera is.

Once you hit the green check mark, you will be taken to Loom's website. Here you will be able to edit the title of your video, as well as get the link that you will share with your students.

Under the Privacy Section, you'll want to make sure that you are set to Link Sharing, so that only people with the link will be able to access it. 

You can access all your videos by logging into Loom's website.

Be sure that there is not any confidential or personally identifiable information in your videos. 

Epic! User Guide

Epic is an online children's subscription book service offering immediate, on-demand access to over 40,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. Epic!'s ever-expanding library also includes thousands of Read-to-Me books, Audiobooks, educational videos, and fun educational quizzes. Epic now has free Remote Student Access with parents till June 30, 2020.

Set Up Your Free Educator Account

  1. Go to and click on the sign up for free button.
  2. Fill out the fields on the screen.
  3. If using your email you can click the Educator Sign Up with Google button.

Set Up Roster and Remote Access for Students

  1. Select “My Students” and Click “Roster”
  2. Click the “Add Students” button.
  3. You can paste in your roster from PowerSchool or import from Google Classroom.
  4. Confirm the student’s names are correctly in the fields. Go ahead and add the parent emails now to set up remote access. When you click confirm it will send an email to the parent emails you put in with instructions on how to sign up.

Parents Log in Remotely

  1. For remote access, parents must log in with their email and password and not the class code. After signing up for an account from the educator invite email, parents will go to and click “Parents”.
  2. After setting up an account from the educator invite email, parents will enter their email and password to log in.
  3. Students can select their profile and Parents can verify they are correctly linked to their child’s classroom in the profile description.
  4. Students can check their mailbox to access books sent to them by their teacher.

Educator Monitor Reading and Learning

  1. Students are correctly connected to your classroom when you see “Enabled!” on your Roster.
  2. Click “Assign” to send books to your whole class or individual students.
  3. Click “Assignments” under “My Students” to see student progress.

Additional Resources

  • Check out the Epic Frequently Asked Questions here.
  • Connect with other Epic Educators on the Epic Facebook group.
  • Contact the Epic Customer Support Team with questions here.
  • Even though Epic could not be rostered through Clever you can still set up a link to Epic through Clever, see the Min201 Clever Guide.

Reconnecting the Google Drive Assignments App

If you or your students experience errors while trying to access or view assignments, you may need to reconnect your Google Drive to Schoology.

Follow the steps below to reconnect your Google Drive.

Step 1 —  Click the link in the top right corner above the document.

This will log you out of the Google Drive Assignments App. It will not affect how students are logged in.


Step 2 — Click Connect to log in to your Google Drive account.

This will launch a new window prompting you to log in with your Google Drive account.


Note: For instructors viewing assignments they’ve created, it’s important to log in to the Google Drive Assignments App with the Google account that was used to create the assignment.

Co-teachers and other faculty members cannot view the student copies in the In Progress or Submissions tabs because the copy is only shared with the instructor who created the assignment and the student who opens it.

Once you’ve logged in, Schoology will automatically reload the document. 

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