Using Groups for Differentiation

To use groups in activity settings for differentiation, see this article.

Using groups for differentiation allows for:

  • Creating special assignments for Honors or AP students in a heterogeneous classroom that other student don't see
  • Creating unique tasks for different reading levels
  • Creating three projects that cover the same content standards and allow students to pick the project that interests them the most
  • Assigning a delayed due date to students with an IEP
  • Allowing ELL students to access a modified entry document with extra support to scaffold their understanding

From the home page click on the "Editor" icon located on the course where differentiated groups need to be added.



Click the "GROUP SETTINGS" tab.



Click on the "Tools" located in the top toolbar.



Click on "Manage groups"



Click the "New group set" icon.



In the pop up window enter the following information:

1. Group Prefix: Name of the groups to be created. Ex: reading, math, AP

2.  Group creation method: Choose "Fixed number of groups"This allows for the teacher to decide how many students will be in each group as well as move students from group to group

3. Number of groups: Enter the number of groups wanted

4. Group assignment: Select "None".  Because these are differentiated groups, students will be added to the groups manually to assure each student is in the correct group

5. Select "Generate"



The "Edit Group Set" screen will show the name of the group set as well as the number of groups selected.



Change the names of the groups by clicking the editor icon next to each group. Delete the existing text and replace it with the new group name.



Select the check mark next to each group name when finished.


Add each student enrolled in the course to a group by clicking under the group name.

A student can be moved from one group to another simply by clicking.



Click "SAVE" in the upper right hand corner.



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.



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