As a building administrator, follow the steps below to create projects. Projects allow you to assign books, news articles, writing, and other activities to students.
- From the building administrator dashboard (main screen), click My School, then Projects.
- In the top right corner of the screen, click Create New Project.
- On the Projects page, enter the title of the project in the Title field. The other fields are optional. Choose Mark as Shared if you would like to share your project. Tags are only applicable to shared projects, enabling other users to find the project using the shared Find tool.
- In the Add Tasks section, click on the icon that represents the type of task you wish to add. (In the example above, the Reading Task is circled.) You can add one task to the project or multiple tasks. For more about the types of tasks, read the information below or watch a video:
- If you select Reading Task, enter the title of the reading task you selected in the Title box. The Task Objective is optional. On the right side of the window, you can choose which activities or options are available to students when they read the books; for this project only, your choices will override school-level settings. Click on Manage Books when you are ready to proceed.
Search for what you want to include in the project. You can search for books by title, series, author, publisher, or description, and you can filter the results by fiction vs. nonfiction, Lexile® level (if available for your license), ATOS book level, guided reading level, grade level, language, or book type (by length or audio availability). Select Find Books. In the results, check the books that you would like to make part of the reading task in the project. When you're done, click the red X.
In the Reading Task window, once you add books, you can use the drop-down list above the book list to choose how many of the books students must finish to complete the task. Then, close the reading task using the X in that window.
Note: Your district settings or building settings may limit when students can read books above their grade level, and your administrator may have set minimum grade levels for individual books. If the books that you're adding to the project are above students' grade levels, make sure students can access those books or that the settings allow access to books above students' grade levels when those books are part of a project.
- If you chose a News Task (if available based on your license), enter a title. (The Task Objective is optional.) On the right, search for articles by keyword. In the results, click the eye to see the contents of the article or the + to add the article to the project list on the left. If you choose more than one article, you can use the drop-down list above the "In my project" list to choose whether the task is complete when a student reads all articles or just one article. When you've finished selecting articles, click Accept.
- If you choose a Graphic Organizer Task, enter a title; then, choose the type of chart or diagram that you want the students to make. When you're done, close the task. For more information, see Graphic Organizer Project Tasks.
- If you choose a Writing Task, enter the title; the Task Objective is optional. Use the Word Goal and Time Goal drop-down lists to choose goals as needed. If you want other students to comment on a student's work, check the Peer Review box. When you are done, select Add Item; then, enter a name for the writing task checklist item. If you want your writing task to have more than one item, enter the information for each additional item as needed, and each will be added to the list at the bottom of the window. When you're done, close the task window.
- If you choose an All Purpose Task, enter the title and task objective. Then, close the window.
- If you choose a Lexile® Exam Task (if available based on your license), enter a title. (The task objective is optional.) Then, choose a Placement Exam or a Benchmark Exam; the text in the window explains the difference between the two. When you are done, close the task window. Note: If you choose the Benchmark Exam for the task, you cannot change the task to a Placement Exam if you edit it later; if you need to make the change, delete the Benchmark Exam task and add a new task.
- Click Save. Since the project isn't yet assigned to students, you will only see it when Inactive is selected on the My Projects page. The project will be made "active" once it is assigned to at least one student.