Assigning makes it easy to distribute middle school activities to your students with optional due dates. You have three options to use for assigning: Amplify, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams.
Assigning in Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams, meanwhile, offers you the flexibility to integrate Amplify content with your classroom streams and simplifies navigation for your class by providing a direct link to any Amplify activity.
To begin assigning activities, navigate to any middle school lesson. You’ll see a button for each assign option within the blue @Assign menu that is on the Lesson Brief and the header of individual activities. Note that teacher-only activities (those labeled with a “T”) are not assignable to students.
Read more about the next steps for using each option:
How to Assign in Amplify
Choose the orange A button within @Assign— this is the fastest way to assign multiple activities simultaneously. Alternatively, you can use the same button that is available in the header of each individual activity.
Upon clicking the Amplify button from @Assign in the Lesson Brief or activity, a settings panel will open. You must choose at least one class section and one activity within the panel to create an assignment. Due and schedule dates are optional and will default to 11:59:59 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. respectively on the date selected. You can select any date from the present to one year in the future.
The panel may disable activity and class options as you make selections to avoid overwriting existing assignments. Below are the states for activities in the panel:
Included: The activity is currently included in the assignment and can be excluded by clicking the “x” button.
Excluded: The activity appears faded and crossed out. It is not currently included in the assignment and can be added by clicking the reset button.
Unavailable: The activity appears faded and does not have an “x” or reset button. This means the activity is already assigned to this class section. If the due date is the same for the new and existing assignment, they will be combined upon confirming your selections.
Once an assignment has been created, it is represented in the ASSIGNED section that will appear on both the corresponding Lesson Brief and the activity in the teacher view. The “3 dots” menu on the tile for each class section allows you to modify the existing assignment. More details on editing an assignment are included below.
Assessment activities are also assignable but behave slightly differently than other lessons because the content is not accessible to students by default. You must unlock the assessment lesson with the settings button in order for students to access the assigned assessment activities. Remember to relock the assessment once all your students have handed it in!
Editing and unassigning
To edit or unassign an existing assignment, click the “3 dots” menu on the assignment tile. Editing an assignment will reopen the panel with your current settings. Note that you cannot change class sections or navigate elsewhere while editing to avoid conflicts with other assignments.
If an activity is unassigned, you will no longer see the assignment tile in the lesson or activity header. The “ASSIGNED” label will be removed from your student’s curriculum lesson navigation, and the activity will no longer appear in the Assigned list in their My Work Home tab. In both Classwork and My Work, any “Handed in Late” statuses will revert to “Handed In” because the due date no longer applies.
Accessing assignments as a student
Students are notified about each activity you assign via the bell in the top right corner of their screen. Clicking a link from the bell menu redirects the student to the corresponding activity in the curriculum so they can complete the assignment. If the student receives more than 5 notifications for new assignments, a link to My Work will appear at the bottom of their menu so they can access the complete list of assignments.
Students will also see their assignments within My Work, which provides a centralized place for students to track all assignments and feedback throughout the year. When you use the Assign in Amplify feature, students will see an “Assigned” section in the Home tab of My Work. The Assigned section lists all activities you have chosen to assign to that student’s class, with the most recently assigned activities at the top, and older assignments below.
Upon clicking an assignment in My Work, students can work on and hand in the activity just as they do in the curriculum. You may find it useful to simply direct students to complete their assignments via My Work, as this view is more focused on each individual activity and doesn’t allow navigation within or across lessons. If you’d like students to access any materials from the Lesson Brief or non-assigned activities, direct them to the corresponding curriculum lesson in another browser tab.
Students can also identify activities to complete with the yellow ASSIGNED labels that appear in the lesson map. These labels will remain on each activity so long as it is assigned.
Any activities submitted after the selected due date/time will be marked “Handed In Late” in Classwork and My Work. If a due date was not assigned, students and teachers will see “none” in the due date column instead.
How to Assign Amplify Activities in Google Classroom
You’ll need to set up classes with students in Google Classroom before getting started. Visit the Google Classroom Help Center for more information.
Creating an assignment
To assign an Amplify activity in Google Classroom, click the green button within the @Assign menu to the right of the activity’s name. Only teachers have access to the Assign in Google Classroom button.
The Assign in Google Classroom button is also available on the Lesson Brief if you would prefer to link students to the start of a lesson instead of a specific activity. Note that assigning from the lesson brief will not assign all activities in the lesson at once.
Upon clicking the button, you’ll be prompted to create or log in to a Google account if you haven’t already done so. Once you have logged in and set up your classes, you can select the type of action to create and which class section you’d like to apply the action to. For this example, we’ll create an assignment.
After choosing a class section and action, you’ll be presented with additional options and settings for the activity. If you’d like to assign an activity to more than one class, you can select all the appropriate classes with the “For” checklist.
Once you have chosen your settings and clicked Assign, you’ll receive confirmation that the assignment has been created with a link to view it in the Google Classroom stream.
When students open the Amplify assignment in the Google Classroom stream and click the link, they’ll be taken directly to the activity in the Amplify platform in a new browser tab. Students can then complete and hand in their activities in the Amplify platform.
Reviewing and grading work
Student rosters, work, and grades are not currently synced between the Amplify platform and Microsoft Teams. You’ll be able to review student submissions and send feedback through Amplify Classwork.
How to assign Amplify activities in Microsoft Teams
You’ll need to set up classes with students in Teams before getting started. Visit the Microsoft Teams Help Center for more information.
To assign an Amplify activity in Teams, click the button within the @Assign menu to the right of the activity’s name. The Assign in Teams button is also available on the lesson brief if you would prefer to link students to the start of a lesson instead of a specific activity. Note that assigning from the lesson brief will not assign all activities in the lesson at once.
Upon clicking the button, you’ll be prompted to create or log in to your Microsoft account.
Once you have logged in and set up your classes, you can choose to share the activity link to a channel or create an assignment.
Share to channel
Sharing to a channel is a quick way to post a direct link to the Amplify activity in the Teams channel of your choice.
The URL for the corresponding Amplify activity will pre-populate in the ‘Say something about this’ field. The link will continue to function properly if you edit or replace the URL with text of your choosing.
Creating an assignment
Creating an assignment allows you to set more preferences for the linked activity. You can choose a class, modify the title, set the due date and point values, and add instructions if needed. Note that assignment creation is only available for Office 365 Education accounts.
Any assignments you create from Amplify will be posted to the General channel and recorded in the “Assignments” tab within Microsoft Teams.
If you shared a link in the channel, students will see the link as a post. Clicking the thumbnail link will open a new browser tab that redirects students directly to the corresponding activity in the Amplify platform.
If you created an assignment, students will see the assignment you created in the channel. After clicking “view assignment”, students can access the link that will open a new browser tab for the corresponding activity in the Amplify platform.
Reviewing and grading work
Student rosters, work, and grades are not currently synced between the Amplify platform and Microsoft Teams. You can review student submissions and send feedback through Amplify Classwork.
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