Tip #1 - Use Grading Periods
Use the grading periods feature to organize your course into semesters, quarters or trimesters. Your Echo Administrator should have already configured grading periods in your domain. To learn how to implement them in your course, click here.
Tip #2 - Use Folders for Projects
Using a project folder, with sub folders, helps keep your course content organized and easy to locate for students, when linking items to the agenda, and for future use. You can make a folder a project by adjusting the folder settings.
Tip #3 - Use The Hide Feature
By clicking the eye icon next to any item in your course, you can hide it from student view. Using the hide feature also takes the item out of the student gradebook, so only use this for things you don't want students to have any access to. You can have more visibility options on the item's settings tab.
Tip #4 - Create A "Completed Units" folder
Because hiding a folder takes it out of the gradebook, you don't want to use that feature for completed assignments. But you also might not want to have them cluttering up your student's course view. To keep your course uncluttered, create a "Complete Units" folder and drag units into it when they are done. This allows students to access them without having too many active units in their view.
Tip #5 - Create An "Archived Units" Folder
You might have some units that you used in the past but aren't going to be used this year. Rather than deleting them from your course, create an "Archived Units" folder to store them.
Tip #6 - Add Custom Icons
To make your folders stand out, differentiate your project folders with custom icons. On the settings tab of the folder, you can easily upload images to make your units easy to spot.
Tip #7 - Use NTN Project Templates
New Tech Network has created project templates that can be added to any Echo course to help teachers build and organize their project content. Click here to learn more about downloading NTN Project Templates.
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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