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Lesson Editor Overview

Are you ready to start creating? The lesson editor is where you build engaging, powerful lessons and assessments with interactive tools and resources. In this article, you’ll get an overview of the components of the lesson editor.

Accessing the lesson editor

The first thing you need to know is how to get into the editor.

1. From the home page, click the “+Create” card in the upper left corner.

2. Choose “Create a Lesson”.

3. Name your lesson and click the “create” button.

You’re in!

Lesson Info
The “lesson info card” is the first card in the middle of the page. It will always be the first card in the lesson editor. This is where you add all the important information about your lesson, including lesson description, grade level(s), subject(s), and standards. You can also add an image for the “cover” slide of the lesson, as well as other optional information. To add information to the lesson info page:

1. Click the “settings” button in the top right of the screen. 

2. Fill out the fields in the sidebar.

For more detailed information of the Lesson Info page, check out the following articles:


Sections

After the lesson info card, there is a bar that says “Section”. Here is where you can fill in information about the first part of your lesson, including section title, purpose (direct instruction, guided practice, etc.) as well as estimated duration. Some people choose to break their lessons up into many sections, while others just have one.

When you create and label sections in the lesson editor, these labels appear when you present a lesson.

You can add new sections by dragging and dropping from the “Tools” menu.
For more information on sections, see the article “How to break lessons/assessments into sections

Resources

Below the first section break, there is a blank card with the instructions “Drag and drop resource or tool into this space”. Here is where you put all of your content—videos, articles, questions, and more. First, let’s walk through getting resources into a lesson.
This assumes you have already clipped and/or uploaded resources into Ogment. To get acquainted with these features, please read the following articles:1. Click the Resources tab 

2. Click the “add resources” button at the top.

3. A screen pops up that shows all of your resources.
4. Choose which resources you’d like to add to a lesson by clicking the checkmarks on the cards.

The checkmarks will turn to green when you’ve selected them. Once you’ve selected all the files you’d like to add, 
Click on the “add to lesson resources” button at the top.

To insert any resource into a lesson, simply drag and drop onto a blank card that says “Drag and drop resource or tool into this space”.

The resources you selected are added to your lesson. Once you drag and drop a resource from the left panel onto a card, it will then be labeled “used in lesson” with an orange bar. Everything in the lesson editor (and in Ogment in general) is based on the simple “drag and drop” technique.

Editing Items

  1. To edit a resource such as an article or other text that you have inserted into a lesson, click the “pencil” icon on the top of the card.

2. The editor will appear and you can now edit the text.
3. When finished editing, click the “Save” button on the top right of the Lesson Editor.


For more information on bringing resources into the lesson editor, check out the following articles:

Tools
Now that you know how to get resources into a lesson, let’s talk about all of the tools you can utilize in a lesson, too. Tools are broken into categories, including Content Tools, Instruction, Question Types, and Graphic Organizers. There are currently 22 Question Types—including many tech-enhanced item types—and 13 Graphic Organizers.

  1. To see all of the tools available, click the “Tools” tab, which is to the left of the Resources tab.
  2. To insert any tool into a lesson, simply drag and drop onto a blank card that says “Drag and drop resource or tool into this space”.

 

3. To edit the tool you’ve dragged into a lesson (Instructions, Questions, Graphic Organizers), click the “pencil” icon on the top of the card.

For more detailed information on all of the Lesson Editor Tools, please read the following articles:

Preview and Differentiate
The bar at the top of the lesson editor contains two functions—preview and differentiate. These are actions you can take at any time in the lesson building process. It’s important to note that everything you put into a lesson is shown in preview mode.


Preview

Previewing a lesson allows you to see it to see without presenting it to a class or assigning it. We recommend you preview a lesson several times as you are building it to how the elements of the lesson are coming together.
  1. Click the preview icon (eye) at the top of the lesson editor

    You will see the lesson in preview mode, as indicated by the red box on the top left of the screen.

Differentiate

Ogment allows you to differentiate instruction within the lesson editor. You can see the separate “tracks”, or “differentiations” side by side in the lesson editor so you can easily swap out resources. To create a differentiation:
  1. Click the differentiate icon (stack of paper with + sign) at the top of the lesson editor.
  2. Select a reason for differentiating from the drop down menu (Advanced Student, ELL, etc.) or add a new reason.

3. Hit the “Add” button.
4. To swap out one resource for another, simply drag and drop a new resource to the new differentiation and delete the original resource.

5. A black bar will appear below the new item you added to let you know how the differentiation varies.

For more information on differentiating instruction, please read the article “How do I differentiate instruction?