Echo's activities types are divided into 2 categories: Resources and Activities.
Resources are items a teacher might upload or create to deliver different types of content to their students. Resource activity types are not usually graded.
Embed Code: The Embed code is a block of HTML which is embedded in the page-source. It needs to be obtained from a site already hosting whatever is being embedded, because the Embed code points back to that site.
File Attachment: a file attachment can be a picture, a word document, a movie, a sound file, an excel document, or any other file that requires another program to open it.
Flashcards: Flashcards are non-gradable activities designed to allow learners to review content and help them commit it to memory. Teachers and course designers can add text or an image to each side of each card. Learners see the front of the card, and try to remember, imagine, guess, etc, what's on the other side.
Google Drive Document: Link to a Google Drive document.
Rich-Text Activity: Create an activity with a simple "what you see is what you get" (wysiwyg) editor, it includes fonts, bullets, alignment, hyperlinks, images and an equation editor.
Website Link: Link a URL and have the option to open in a new window.
YouTube Video: Add a YouTube URL or ID and the video will play right inside of Echo.
Activities are items a teacher creates for students to interact with. These are items that can be set up to have a grade and a submission. They can also be used for practice and feedback and can be left ungraded.
Assessment: Assessments can be used within Echo to assess any standard, objective or learning outcome within a course. With a wide variety of settings, personalize each assessment created in a course to match course content and student needs.
Assignment: A description of an activity to be done, but is not directly done within Echo.
Blog: Students share their knowledge, thoughts & opinions in a "public" space. Peers can view blog posts.
Discussion: Course discussions are focused conversation threads. All course members can add to the thread.
Journal: A journal is a space for students to do writing at anytime or when assigned by the teacher. Only the authoring student, teacher and student's parent/observer can access journal writings.
Peer Assessment: An activity students can use to evaluate classmates' performance using a rubric provided the teacher.
Practice Questions: Gradable, question-based activities that use questions you create and/or link to question banks. This activity is similar to assessments, but, unlike assessments, students can submit, review, and retake each question at a time. For instant feedback, this activity should only contain automatically graded questions.
Wiki: Course Wikis are collaborative writing exercises which can be edited by the teacher and all students in a course. All members can also see a history of revisions and who made them.
Project: Begin here when creating a new project or begin creating project with the course editor.
Project Wizard: Not meant for New Tech Network schools, avoid use of this item. We create projects beginning with the course editor.
Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date. If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.
Our team created the matrix that is displayed above. We have since updated the document to match the current set of item types along with their completion settings. Please see the following link for the current version.
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