Creating your own lessons from scratch

This 2-minute video takes you through the basics of creating your first lesson from scratch:

 

Lessons are the core of Stile. They can be used:

  • as project spaces to document learning journeys, experiments, diaries or performances
  • as online collaboration and discussion spaces with live polls and the ability for each student to chat with the rest of the class in real-time (even from home) as well as share files 
  • for flipped learning: embedding video, audio and images are a breeze and there is large range of question types to engage students with the content presented
  • to conduct  formative assessments: real-time feedback, class analytics and student reporting make it super easy to see exactly where each student is at in their learning process at any point.
  • for summative assessments: all responses and feedback can be exported for reporting purposes.
  • for anything you want! They're a blank canvas that can be populated with pretty much anything.

Great, how do I make one?

Each Lesson sits inside of a folder, which in turn sits inside of a Subject, so let's start there.

Subjects hold not only lesson content but also student work - you can think of them as an online workbook.

Creating a Subject

If you haven't already, create a new subject on the Home page.

  • Give it a descriptive name (Your name, the year level and the current year help to keep everyone organised, e.g. 'Ms Jones' Year 8 Science class 2017')
  • Either press Enter or click on the blue 'Create subject' button to save.

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Creating a lesson

  • If you're working in a brand-new subject, click on 'Create new lesson' (unless you want to use ours, in which case go to the Lesson Library) 

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  • If you're working in a Subject that already has lessons in it, you can either add a lesson to an existing folder (i.e. to supplement an existing unit of work) or create your own folder for new lesson content:

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Creating Folders

If you're creating a new folder, give it a name. This is the overarching unit of work or topic—as opposed to a single lesson—so keep the name relatively general (like 'Cell parts' in the example below). Folders can hold any number of lessons. Screenshot_2017-04-11_11.06.01.png

  • It's also a good idea to give students an idea of what they'll be learning in the folder's overview box. 
  • If you're thinking of sharing it with other teachers, you may also want to include some Lesson notes for teachers.
  • Click 'Save folder' to finish and it's now finally time to create a Lesson!

Creating a Lesson

  • Press the 'Create lesson' button and enter a Lesson when prompted. 

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Let's call this one 'Cell walls and membranes':

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  • Setting a due date helps to keep students organised. To find out more about due dates, check out this short article. Due dates are also optional, but a really good idea! 
  • Don't forget to press 'Save' or simply press 'Enter' to move on.
  • Now simply drag in content from right: videos, images, questions - either click a tile or drag it into the lesson and follow the prompts until you're happy with your first lesson.

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You can:

If you'd like to get a more in-depth tutorial on how to create your own lessons, take a look at this webinar:

 

Is there a way to see how the Lesson will look to my students?

Yes! At the top of your page, beneath the green subject navigation bar, you'll see a student/teacher switch.

You can flick to student mode - which will allow you to see exactly what your students see when they experience the lesson!

See this article on how to release lessons.

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