To assist schools in on-boarding new staff, New Tech Network has created several self-paced courses that can be used to introduce Echo.
Note: When introducing Echo to students and parents, use the Quick Guide found in the Echo Helpdesk.
Echo 101T for Teachers
What is it?
The Echo 101T course is a self-paced course that guides teachers through basic Echo navigation and features. Using the course, teacher will learn how to create a course, create assignments and other tasks, and grade student work. This course is typically assigned to new staff before school starts.
Where is it?
The Echo 101T course for teachers should already exist in your school's Echo domain. Note that you may need to uncheck the "Active courses only" option if the course has ended. We recommend setting the end date to far off in the future (i.e. 1/1/2099). For more information on finding and managing courses, see How do I manage courses?
If I don't have it, how do I get a copy?
If your school doesn't have a derivative copy of the Echo 101T course for Teachers or if you want to make a new copy, use the courseID "46779100" in the Copy Shared Course tab in course creation. For additional information, see How do I make a derivative course?
Who manages the course?
Derivative copies of the Echo 101T course will get updates as they are made to the master course managed by the Echo team. Of course, any customizations made to a derivative may prevent some documents from updating.
At the site level, the course is typically managed by the Echo Administrator(s) and school leader. They should be enrolled as a teacher-owner. This will allow them to enroll new staff and track individual progress in the course.
How do I get enrolled in the course?
If you are new to Echo, ask your school's Echo Administrator to enroll you in the course.
Echo 201T for Teachers
What is it?
The Echo 201T course is also designed to support teachers and is meant to be used during the first semester. The course contains 16 topical units provide four months of weekly ongoing guided exploration of Echo's features, and are timed to coincide with the typical first semester activities from setting up the gradebook to exporting final grades.
How is it used?
A recommended best practice would be to treat the course like a book club with units being assigned to new staff over the course of the first term with time scheduled to discuss how to make the use of the features discussed in the unit. In the school's first year of implementation, 10-15 minutes during a staff meeting every 2 weeks would provide enough time for staff to process what was learned and calibrate on expectations. For new teachers in existing schools, tying these units and discussions into a broader support structure for new staff might make more sense.
How do I access the course?
The Echo201 course may already be in your domain. Note that you may need to uncheck the "Active courses only" option if the course has ended. We recommend setting the end date to far off in the future (i.e. 1/1/2099). For more information on finding and managing courses, see How do I manage courses?
If your school doesn't have a derivative copy of the Echo 201T course for Teachers or if you want to make a new copy, use the courseID "71736573" in the Copy Shared Course tab in course creation. For additional information, see How do I make a derivative course?
Echo 101TE for Elementary Teachers
This course is under construction. Check back later for further updates.
Echo101A for Echo Administrators
The Echo 101A course for Echo Administrators covers how to configure and manage your school domain, create and manage user accounts, manage courses, and troubleshoot user issues. To self-enroll in the Echo 101A course for Echo Administrators, use the enrollment code "tu7d3y". How do I join a course?