Teachers can use the Projects function to create topic folders for different classes. With Projects you can keep all of your resources in one place, assign work and quizzes to students, share projects with other staff or schools and receive and mark returning homework. Teachers can create as many topic folders as they wish, assigning them to the whole class or individuals – each one will be distinguishable by colour. Projects can be activated or deactivated ready to use in the future with a new class of students.
Pages and their definition:
● Create Project – Create a new Project or Use a Project that has been shared with you
● Delete/Archive project – Remove a Project or archive it for future use
● View Current/Archived Projects – View a list of current or archived projects
● Filter Projects – search for Projects by filtering
● Create Items – Create resources to add to your Project
● Delete/Copy/Filter Items – Edit the items within each Project folder
● Create Project – Click ‘Create Project’ to create a new project. You can choose to create a new project from scratch or use a project that has been shared on the eSchools platform.
o Create Brand New Project – Click the wand icon to go through to the Create Project window. Fill in the details and click the ‘Finish’ button to create your project. You can choose to share your project within the school or with every school using the eSchools platform (see more on sharing below).
o Create Project Based on Existing Template – Click the folder icon to see existing projects to use and edit; these projects have been shared by other teachers using the eSchools platform. In the Options column, click ‘View’ for a preview of the project and the items within it. This will open in a new window. If you wish to use the project, click the ‘Use’ button. From here you can edit the settings of the Project; click the ‘Finish’ button for the project to be listed in your Current Projects.
● Delete/Archive project – To delete a project or to move one to the Archived Project library, check the box on the left of the project in question and click the ‘Action’ button.
● View Current/Archived Projects – Toggle between Current and Archived projects by clicking on the buttons above your list of projects.
● Filter Projects – Search for projects assigned to different classes by using the ‘Filter’ button on the right of the window.
● Create Items – Populate your project with items. For each item, you can opt to assign it to the whole class or select individuals within a class. There are a number of different item templates for you to use.
o Discussions – start a discussion relating to the project. All students assigned to the project will be able to contribute to the discussion
o Album – add an album of images by selecting them from your machine’s browser. Pictures will be resized automatically. You can add captions and external links to your pictures.
o Video – add a video, either from Vimeo or YouTube or by uploading one from your machine’s browser
o Resource – add an external link to another website or a file for students to download.
o Quiz – Create a multiple choice quiz for students to access on the platform
o Page – a page is a blank canvas that you can fill with elements related to the project; it’s a good way of introducing the project. Use the tools at the top of the canvas to add elements to your class page.
These tools include:
▪ Drawing – Use the drawing tool to add blocks of colour, lines shapes etc.
▪ Text – Use the text tool to add text and hyperlinks to your homepage
▪ Image – add images, picture links or scrolling galleries by uploading images from your machine’s browser
▪ Video – add videos, either via a YouTube or Vimeo URL or uploading a video stored on your machine
▪ Resource – add a link to an external website or a file to be downloaded.
▪ Embed – add an embeddable video or learning tool by pasting the HTML code
All elements can be dragged around the canvas, so that you can layout your class page however you wish
o Homework – Create a task for your students to complete. A task can be ongoing or scheduled, so you can set a deadline. Add the task to the text box and specify how the student can submit their homework – by uploading a file, by adding their answer in a text box on the platform or by handing their answer in on paper. Clicking ‘Finish’ will take you through to a new screen dedicated to the homework you have created. Here you can see the students that you have assigned the homework to, click the ‘Content’ tab to edit the homework, click the ‘Set-up’ tab to edit the timescales of the homework or click ‘Members’ to change who the homework is assigned to.
NB. You can create homework unattached to any project using the Homework module on the navigation bar
● Delete/Copy/Filter Items - Search for items within projects assigned to different classes by using the ‘Filter’ button on the right of the window. To delete or copy an item, check the box on the left of the item in question and click the ‘Action’ button.