Weekly Guide

Each week this guide will bring you the latest news from eSchools HQ!  Featuring tips & tricks to help you get the most from your eSchools platform, news of free online training sessions, new features added to your platform and more... please see below for this Week's Guide.

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July 19th 2020

Not long now until the end of term and the end of an academic year that has had more than its fair share of surprises! 

Many schools are telling us they will be using their eSchools platform over the summer break to provide resources to their students or to continue preparations for the new academic year. Our Support Team are available over this time to assist with any queries you may have. If you’d like to learn more about our Teaching & Learning tools, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.

The positivity schools have shown during these difficult times has been overwhelming! To celebrate this we created our Positivity eBadge and you can still obtain this eBadge by sharing your successes! You might be championing work that your students have created in the last few weeks or you might be creating farewell videos to share with students who may not have returned to school; if you’re proud of it, we’d love to hear about it! Click here for more information and examples of positivity!

There’s only a few days left to enter our Half Term Quiz! Take a look, enter and maybe win a prize here! Or why not have a go at our weekly just for fun quiz here. Answers to last week’s quiz:

1.Serena Williams 2. Andy Murray 3. Roger Federer 4. Angelique Kerber 5. Novak Djokovic

July 12th 2020

Last week, we looked at the Quiz tool within Projects and how this is a great way of gauging student progress, particularly when working remotely. This week we’re looking at the overall benefits of ‘Projects’ as a learning tool and a clearly defined resource area for Students. 

One of the many benefits of a ‘Project’ is the opportunity to organise relevant information and resources into a single designated area. For example, if you’re looking to set an assignment for your students, you could add a piece Homework, alongside the reading or research materials (videos, images, links, downloads) required to support that homework…all in the same easy to use Project!

Projects are also great for engaging and interacting with your students! For example in Projects you could create a Page to share examples of the work you’ve received to encourage other students! Why not set up a Discussion with your students on the work they’ve completed? Within Projects, you can also create a Quiz to gauge their understanding of the information you’ve shared with them.

To see more on Projects, including downloadable Guides, ‘How-To’ videos and FAQs, see our Academy pages here.

Our competition to design your own background theme is now closed, but we need your help to choose the winner from our four finalists! You can cast your vote on Twitter here.

Have you seen our Half Term Quiz? Take a look, enter and maybe win a prize here! Or why not have a go at our weekly just for fun quiz here. Answers to last week’s quiz:

1.Destiny’s Child 2. Will Smith 3. Change UK 4. The i 5. 1776

If you have a question regarding Projects or any other matter please contact our support team on 0845 557 7056 or support@eschools.co.uk

July 5th 2020

Last week, we took a look at items you can add to a project to help keep your resources manageable for you and your students. This week we take a further look at the benefits of the Quiz tool…this is a great way of gauging student progress, particularly when working remotely. 

You can construct a multiple choice quiz and set this for students in a class or a group. Some of the highlights of this tool are:

  • There’s no limit to the number of questions you can add. You can add more questions to your quiz for future use!
  • There’s no limit to the possible answers you can offer your students either! Give students a choice of two answers or as many as required!
  • Different questions can carry higher marks if you wish, so a more challenging question could award the student with a higher mark if necessary.
  • Pictures can be added to support your question, so that your quiz does not have to be purely text based. 
  • Quizzes setup with a deadline date will automatically display the answers to students after that deadline has passed.

There are two formats of quiz to choose from to assist you as the teacher; either by setting the quiz to be:

Timed – whereby you can see how long a student took to complete the quiz. This is really helpful as you can see whether a student took longer over a particular question/topic.

or 

Auto Marked – by labelling the correct answer, your quiz will give students an overall score after completing the final question. Providing instant feedback and saving the teacher vital marking time!

To see more on Projects, including downloadable Guides and ‘How-To’ videos, see our Academy pages here.

Keep those examples of positivity coming in and achieve the Positivity eBadge! We’ve had some fantastic entries so far, see some of the ways schools have kept up spirits here!

Have you seen our Half Term Quiz? Take a look, enter and maybe win a prize here! Or why not have a go at our weekly just for fun quiz here. Answers to last week’s quiz:

1.Six 2. Butterflies 3. Thorax 4. True 5. Ants

June 28th 2020

Keep those examples of positivity coming in and achieve the Positivity eBadge! We’ve had some fantastic entries so far, see some of the ways schools have kept up spirits here!

Following on from last week, today we’ll look at some further benefits of ‘Projects’. This easy-to-use tool is a great way to save time by storing and sharing class resources… it can also help to keep work organised and clear for students. 

Once you have created a Project, it’s time to add ‘items’ to it! ‘Items’ are tools you can use to help organise your content and share it with students in a clear and easy-to-follow format. Amend or tweak your items as you reuse them for new classes and groups.

Some of the items you can add:

  • Discussions – Have a conversation with the class or group the Project is assigned to. ‘Discussions’ is a great tool for collaborative thought and sharing ideas.
  • Quiz – Create multiple choice quizzes for students to access on the platform. Quizzes are easy to put together and are perfect for gauging student progress. 
  • Homework – Just like the stand-alone tool, you can add homework to a Project, setting a deadline for your students to complete assignments. The beauty of adding homework to Projects is that they stay with the project, allowing you to reuse the task again and again!
  • Video – Add video clips from YouTube, Vimeo or even upload your own footage. Schools are having tremendous success in continuing story time; teachers are filming a reading of a chapter and uploading it to projects each week!
  • Album – Add collections of images so your students can access them! Albums are great for storing your pictures to share and re-use.
  • Resource – Provide external links to websites or documents for students to download. This is a great tool for storing ongoing work or directions for further learning.
  • Page – a page is a blank canvas that you can fill with elements related to the project including albums, text and downloadable items. A Page is a good way of providing a raft of content and introducing the project, and is easy to add to as your students progress.

To see more on Projects, including downloadable Guides and ‘How-To’ videos, see our Academy pages here.

Have you seen our Half Term Quiz? Take a look, enter and maybe win a prize here! Or why not have a go at our weekly just for fun quiz here. Answers to last week’s quiz:

  1. Billy-Ray Cyrus 2. Martin Sheen 3. Edward Enfield 4. Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper 5. Chelsea Clinton