We have quite a massive number of games here at Helpfulgames. It may therefore be useful for teachers to select certain levels in a number of games and group them into an assignment for the students. The advantage is that it will be easier for the students to stick to the current subject, but assignments also makes it easy for teachers to track their students’ gaming by checking out targeted reports. Many teachers create assignments and let the students have them as homeworks, which has the positive effect of making the homeworks self-correcting. This is how you create an assignment for your students:
- Log in as a teacher.
- Click the button Assignments.
- Click the Create new assignment button.
- Now you get to a page where you should enter the details of the assignments.
- Give the assignment a meaningful name, such as Multiplication week 12. The name will be visible to all students so that’s good if it is informative and easy to distinguish from other assignments.
- Please write a description of the assignment. For example, one can write: Now you get to play games about the multiplication tables we practiced on in the classroom.
- You may also enter a private comment, eg Special assignment to the students who need some extra time on the low multiplication tables. This comment will not be visible to the students.
- Select tasks to the assignment by choosing subject, game and then level. Click the Add button. You have now selected a game level for the assignment.
- You may also choose the number of times the level must be played. You can choose between 1-10 rounds.
- If you want every game to be completed within a time limit, select the checkbox for time limit. The settings for the time limit will be displayed. If you want to get help with the appropriate limit, you can click the button Suggest limit. This selects the median of all passed rounds played on the specific gaming level. Adjust the slider with the cursor. The limit must be within the range 10-300 seconds.
- Continue adding as many tasks as you want the task to contain. You can sort the tasks by dragging them up or down.
- Choose students for the assignment. Select a student by clicking on the name in the left list with students. This moves the student to the list of selected students to the right. If you have created groups, you can easily select all students in a group / class.
- Also, select if you want students, who are added to these groups in the future, should get access this assignment. Only applicable for assignments that are either ongoing or upcoming – not closed.
- Select authorization for other teachers / parents. Choose full access if you are working in a student group and want to collaborate with your colleagues who also have access to the group.
- Specify the availability dates for the assignment. This is your opportunity to create assignments in advance that becomes visible to the students at a certain date. The end date means that students can’t play the assignment after that date. If you want to let the students to make late submissions of the assignment, eg play the assignment on Tuesday, although it should have been submitted on Monday, you should specify an absolute due date.
- Click the Create the assignment button.
- If you want to, you can now verify the content of the assignment by clicking on the newly created assignment’s name from the list of your assignments.
The assignment is now created and will be available for the selected students on the assignment’s start date. In the list of your assignment, you get an overview of all your assignments. Below that list is a list of all assignments that are created by someone else who has students in groups that you two share.
When you select Full Access under Authorization, there are two criteria that must be met in order for your colleagues to edit the assignment.
- Anyone who edits the assignment must have access to all students assigned to the assignment.
- Anyone who edits the assignment must have access to all student groups marked for synchronization of new students.
If any of the above two conditions are not met, the user will only have read permission for the assignment.