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Chapter 7 what can students do

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  2. 2. 2 Chapter 7: What can Students do?ContentsChapter 7: What can Students do? ........................................................................................... 1 How Students Complete an Assignment ................................................................................ 1 Completing a Text Activity ..................................................................................................... 3 Completing a File Drop Activity .............................................................................................. 5 Completing a SCORM Activity ................................................................................................ 7 Completing a Quiz Activity ..................................................................................................... 7 Sending a Message to a Teacher ............................................................................................ 8 Submitting an Assignment ..................................................................................................... 8 How Students Personalise their Dashboard ........................................................................ 10 Changing the Dashboard Settings ........................................................................................ 11 Changing the Dashboard Layout .......................................................................................... 12 Adding a Media Widget to your Dashboard ........................................................................ 12 Adding a Calendar Widget to your Dashboard .................................................................... 16 Adding a Notes Widget to your Dashboard ......................................................................... 18 Adding an External Link Widget to your Dashboard ............................................................ 19 Co-curricular Sites ................................................................................................................ 22 Creating and Sharing Co-curricular Sites.............................................................................. 23
  3. 3. 1 Chapter 7: What can Students do?Students are important to the overall success of the Frog VLE. Students do not have accessto as many features of Frog as teachers or admin users. For example, a student cannotcreate a new Site, he or she will have to ask a teacher or admin user to create a Siteinitially and then the teacher or admin user will have to share that Site with them. Studentscannot edit/create users or groups. Students do not have access to the Booking Calendar,Community Site, and Lesson Resources.One of the most useful features of your Frog VLE is the Assignments feature. Anassignment is initially created by the teacher and then distributed to the student using theassign function. Students will receive a Notification when an assignment is sent to them.The student then has a set amount of time to complete and return the assignment back tothe teacher for marking.Remember! Only users logged in as a student can complete an assignment.How Students Complete an AssignmentWhen an assignment is issued by a teacher, the students will receive a messsage in theirnotifications panel. The notifications icon displays the number of unread message thestudent has.The student will need to click on the Notifications panel, and then click on the descriptionrelating to the assignment.
  4. 4. 2The student will then be directed to the Assignments application window.All open assignments will be listed here, so the student may have to click the Next buttonto find the one refered to in the notification. The date in the Issue column indicates thedate the teacher sent the assignment. The date in the Due column indicates to the studentwhen the assignment is due. They can submit it before that date, however, the date willturn red if it becomes overdue and the student will no longer be able to complete/submitthe assignment.Moving the cursor over the assignment title will display the instructions for theassignment.Assignments that have been submitted (complete) have a green tick next to them and canno longer be amended.To open an assignment, click on the assignment name.
  5. 5. 3The student will now see the Site that the teacher used for the assignment. If theassignment task does not appear upon opening they may need to click on the tabs at thetop on the page.Completing a Text ActivityThe Text Activity is a large textbox that displays the instructions in the panel above. Thestudent has to enter their answers directly into the text box.
  6. 6. 4The student needs to read the question at the top of the Text Activity window. Then entertheir text into the text box below.Once the student has entered all the information into the text box, it is important to clickon the Save Activity button located underneather the text box. At this point theteacher will be able to see that they have started the Text Activity section of theassignment.
  7. 7. 5Completing a File Drop ActivityThe File Drop activity allows the student to upload files back to the teacher. Depending onthe settings set by the teacher students can view their own uploads or the files uploadedby their group. Students can also be permitted to delete their own files once uploaded.Students should read the question above the File Drop window.They should prepare their document and click on the Upload button. This will launch theFile Uploader.Students then need to click on the blue Choose Files button to select a file from theircomputer to upload.
  8. 8. 6They should then choose the file they wish to submit from their computer and click Opento upload the file.When their file has finished uploading the status indicator will turn green. They then needto click the Done button.Once the student has uploaded their files, they will need to click on the SubmitActivity button. At this point the teacher will see that they have submitted the File Dropsection of the assignment.Note: If they close the assignment window now they will not have completed theassignment, so the teacher cannot see or mark the work. They can, however, come backto the assignment at a later time to modify or add further files.
  9. 9. 7Completing a SCORM ActivityTo launch the SCORM activity click on the SCORM widget on the page. The SCORM Playerwill play in a new browser window.Once the SCORM activity is complete, it will be necessary to click on the Frog VLE browsertab to return to the Frog VLE.Completing a Quiz ActivityThe run the Quiz, click on the Launch Quiz button on the page.
  10. 10. 8Sending a Message to a TeacherShould the student need to contact the teacher about the assignment, for example, forfurther clarity on the task or perhaps to request an extension on the due date, they canpost a message on the teacher’s wall. The number displayed on the icon represents thetotal number of messages posted on the wall so far, that relates to that assignment. If thenumber in the icon has increased, then there is a message waiting to be read.Students click the message wall icon next to the assignment name to view the messagewall.To add a message to the wall click the Post button. All posts made by both the studentand the teacher will be displayed here on the same wall.Submitting an AssignmentWhen a student is confident that all their work is complete, they need to click on theComplete Assignment button in the Frog Bar.
  11. 11. 9If requested they must complete the Self Evaluation to assess their understanding of thetask or question that has been given.They may also choose to write comments in support of their self-evaluation. Thecomments should be typed into the Your Comments box.Finally, they need to click on the Complete button to send their work. The work will be sentto the teacher for marking and they can no longer make any further changes. Theassignment has now been Submitted.
  12. 12. 10How Students Personalise their DashboardYour Dashboard is the first page that appears when students log into the VLE. It can becustomised to display the school calendar, RSS Feeds, or notifications. They can also addpersonal items such as photos, videos or links to their favorite websites. Different Themescan be choosen to change the look and feel of their Dashboard to inspire and motivatethem for the day ahead.To edit the Dashboard, they must click on the Edit button on the left side of the screen. This will display the Content Panel.The Content Panel contains three options: Layout – This will change the number and position of the layout boxes on the Dashboard. Settings – This allows the student to change the Name and Theme of their Dashboard. Widgets – Widgets can be dragged onto the page to add content such as text, video and pictures.
  13. 13. 11Changing the Dashboard Settings To change the name on the Dashboard, click on the Settings tab. Enter the name into the Name box of Site. It will automatically update on the name section on the Dashboard. To change the Theme of the Dashboard, click on the small arrow on the right and select a new theme. Scroll down the menu, and click on the theme required. This automatically switches to the Dashboard theme chosen. Note: The Theme is not to be confused with the Background found in the Preferences area. The theme selected will always be displayed on top of the background image unless the Transparent theme is chosen. Click the Save Changes button to save your changes.
  14. 14. 12Changing the Dashboard Layout In the Content Panel, click on the Layout Tab. From the numbered buttons, students should select the number of layout boxes they want on a page. They can select between one to four layout boxes on a page. Here, students can choose how the contents of the layout boxes will be displayed on their dashboard. When they click on a particular layout, the page will automatically be updated with the new layout.Adding a Media Widget to your Dashboard In the Content Panel, click on Widgets. They will now see all of the Widgets that are available to them. Each Widget is identified by its unique name and icon. A Widget is an application that allows content to be displayed to the viewer. This is achieved by simply dragging each Widget into an layout box on a page and configuring its settings.
  15. 15. 13Students should click on a Widget and drag it into a layout box on the Dashboard. Makesure a blue box appears underneath the Widget icon before releasing the mouse button.Widgets can only be positioned inside layout boxes (a rectangular box with a dashed linesurround).Double clicking on the icon displays the settings for the Widget.Note: Some Widgets may not display any settings when double clicked. This is becausethere are no user settings available for the Widget.In the case of the Media Widget, they can select a file to upload onto the page. They willneed to have the file located somewhere on their computer. i.e. on the hard disc, memorystick or SD card.Note: We recommend that the file size of images used should not exceed 2MB as this willresult in excessive refresh times when loading the page. Often pictures taken from digitalcameras can be large. Setting cameras to take small picture sizes suitable for the internetor resample the image to make it smaller first in a suitable graphics package would beideal.
  16. 16. 14 Students now need to click on the Upload button in the Choose Media section to launch the File Uploader.Then click on the Choose Files button to accessfiles on their computer. Choose a file to beuploaded. Select the image file then click on the Open button.Once uploading is complete the status bar willturn green. Click on the Done Button to finish.
  17. 17. 15The image will now appear on the page. To save the settings to the Dashboard, click the Save Changes button.
  18. 18. 16Adding a Calendar Widget to your DashboardStudents may find it useful to have their calendar displayed on their Dashboard. TheCalendar Widget is a simplified version of the calendar application found in quick launchand is great for displaying important events and activities at a glance on the Dashboard.Select the Calendar Widget and drag it onto the page. Make sure that the layout box turnsblue before releasing the Widget. Now they need to double click on the Calendar in the layout box. On the Content Panel, students should choose their own personal calendar from the Calendar to display drop down menu. Students should now select the number of events / activities to be displayed in the calendar by selecting 5, 10, 15 from the Max Events to Display drop down menu.Note: They will need to save the Dashboard and exit out of Edit mode before any calendarevents are displayed. To save the settings to the Dashboard, click the Save Changes button.
  19. 19. 17 Click on the X to exit Edit mode.If there are up-and-coming events in their calendar, they will now appear on theirdashboard. Now they can click on the Edit button on the left to continue editing the Dashboard.
  20. 20. 18Adding a Notes Widget to your DashboardThe Notes Widget allows students to add notes to their dashboard such as reminders,lists, email addresses etc.Select the Notes Widget and drag it onto their page. Make sure that the layout box turnsblue before releasing the Widget.Double clicking on the layout box displays a Notes text box in the Content Panel. Any text typed here will be instantly displayed in the notes Widget. The formatting icons underneath the text box allow students to change the colour, format and style of text.
  21. 21. 19The Notes Widget will now display the text they have entered. Save changes by clicking on the Save Changes button.Adding an External Link Widget to your DashboardAdding an External Link Widget to their dashboard allows students to open up theirfavourite website with just a single click. Multiple links can be added to the Dashboard tomake finding them quicker and easier.Select the External Link Widget and drag it to onto the page, ensuring that the blue boxappears before releasing the Widget.
  22. 22. 20 Double clicking on the layout box displays the options for the Text Activity Widget in the Content Panel. Enter the name and URL of the website. Note: If the students find the link does not work, check that the prefix http:// or https:// has been included with the full web address.Students have the option to display an icon with their link.If they would like to display an icon, they have three options on locating an image; 1. Students can use the upload button to locate an image on their computer’s hard disc or USB stick. 2. They can use the Import Resource button to locate an image that has been previously uploaded into the Resource Manager within the VLE. 3. They can use the Search to find a suitable image located on Pin-Point. Type the search text in the box and then click the Pin-Point button.
  23. 23. 21Students should select the image to use from those displayed in Pin-Point and click onUse. This will add the image to their link icon. They can also enter a brief description for the Site. They can use the description to remind them of what the Site contains. Students should remember to save changes to their Site by clicking on the Save Changes button. Click the X button to close their Dashboard.The external link will now be placed on their dashboard with their selected icon. Clickingon the icon will open the link in a new browser window.
  24. 24. 22Co-curricular SitesTo enhance and promote student engagement students can be tasked with theresponsibility of building co-curricular sites such as clubs and societies. Allowing studentsto create co-curricular sites has many benefits for both the student and the teacher;encouraging VLE usage, cutting down the teacher’s workload and motivating them tosource, verify and create content for their site.You may want to discuss the initial layout with the site with the student(s) in advance.Have them submit mock-up pages, ideas, photographs etc. A great idea is to assemble ateam of students, assigned to each site. In the team can be photographers, writers, proofreaders and an overall editor, similar to how a newspaper is created. Weekly editorialmeetings can be held to ensure the site is kept up to date.As a security measure students cannot create their own sites; a teacher must create onefor them thereby giving the teacher overall control. This guide will take you through thesetup process of creating and sharing a site with a student.A typical site created by the teacher may look something like this. At this stage the site willnot contain any content. This will be for the students to add after it has been shared.
  25. 25. 23Creating and Sharing Co-curricular SitesTo create a site, click on the Quick Launch icon in the Frog Bar and click Sites.The Sites area in the Resource Manager will open. Check to make sure My Sites isselected.Click on the New Site button.
  26. 26. 24Type in the name of the site, and then add a brief description of the site underneath. (Thestudents can edit this later if necessary)Click the Next button.Select a Theme and an Icon for the site.Click Next to continue.
  27. 27. 25This section allows you to add tags to the site.Select Co-curricular from the drop down menu. This will place the site in the Co-curricularsection of Sites in the Resource Manager.Click the Add button to Tag your selection.Select an appropriate Co-curricular group.
  28. 28. 26Click the Add button to Tag your selection.Now select a Form Group from the list.Click the Add button to Tag your selection.
  29. 29. 27In the keywords box, type in a word that you think someone would enter into a searchbox when trying to find the site.Next, click the Add button to Tag your selection.Note: Tags can be added later as content and pages are added. For example, if aManchester United fan page is added then a Manchester United Tag can be applied tothe site.Click on the Create Site button to create the new site.
  30. 30. 28The new site will appear in the Resource Manager in My Sites. Click on the Co-curricularSites section on the left to check that it appears in that section also.Click on the category icon.Double click on the site to open it.
  31. 31. 29Click the Share button on the Frog Bar.In the Share or Assign window click on the Share option.If you want to make any changes to the Tags for the site you can do it here, otherwiseclick the Next button to continue.
  32. 32. 30Type in the name of the person or group you are allowing to edit the site.Once they appear in the list, click on the name to select it and then click the Add button toadd them to the list.From the drop down list located to the right of the individual user or group, select theoption Can edit & manage. Selecting this option means that the student will be able to:Have full editing access - add Widgets, add/delete content, add/remove pages, renamethe site, change the Tagging settings and re-share the site to other users on the VLE.
  33. 33. 31Click on the Public button to allow other users in the school to view the site.Ensure that the Public drop down menu is set to Can Contribute. This allows all users touse interactive elements such as forums, walls and file drops.Click on the blue Share button to begin sharing your Site.Your site will now be visible to everyone and will appear in the Co-curricular Sites sectionof the Resource Manager. Only the students named can edit the site.
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