What is the Activities page for?
Use this page to list, search for and view activities. You can also use this page to set activities as tasks for your students to complete (e.g. as homework).
Viewing an activity
Click the book icons to select the key stage, subject and topic area of your choice. Click the page icons to launch an activity.
If you wish to see the whole menu of subjects and topics you can click the ‘Detailed’ button to get a split screen view that allows you to browse in more detail.
There are several different types of activity available (e.g. Revise, Revise+, Test Questions, Exam Papers, Share activities, etc). Each has a different style of page icon. Most activities are tablet compatible. Those that aren’t show a small tablet-like icon with a red cross superimposed on the page icon.
Searching for activities
Type keywords into the search box and press the magnifying glass button. This will return a list of activities that feature your keywords in either the title, the path to that activity or within the text of the activity itself.
Using activities created by teachers from other schools
Click the Share icon to see activities created by teachers from other schools. As a default, activities in Share can only be seen by teachers. Until a teacher in your school has ‘Pinned’ a Share activity to your school it will not be visible to your students.
Before pinning an activity to your school you must ensure that it is appropriate for use by your school just as you would with any other resource. Once you are happy that the activity is suitable for your students and school, click the green ‘pin’ icon which appears under the activity when you move your mouse over it. You will then be presented with a confirmation dialogue box. Once pinned, this activity will be visible in the main SAM Learning menu for all users in your school, including students, and can be set as homework etc.
If you want to remove a pinned Share activity from your school, click the grey ‘pin’ icon which appears under the activity when you move your mouse over it. You will then be presented with a confirmation dialogue box. Once unpinned, this activity will still be visible to teachers within the Share menu, but will no longer be visible to your students or appear in the main SAM Learning menu for your school.
To set a task (e.g. as a homework assignment), first identify the activity or activities that you wish to assign. Click the check box on the left of each activity icon that you wish to set. Once checked, you will see that the ‘Set Task’ button at the top of the activity list has become active and turned blue. Click this button to launch the Set Task Wizard. From there you can either click ‘Add More’ to return to the Activity screen and browse for more activities or click ‘Next’ to set a name for your task, assign it to students, set the start and end dates, etc.
The ‘Apply Filter’ button allows you to hide activity types that you are not currently interested in seeing. Click this button and make selections using the check boxes for the activity types that you do wish to see. Click ‘Apply’ and all other activity types will be hidden. You can make multiple selections: for instance, selecting ‘new’, ‘Real World +’ and ‘tablet compatible’ will only show you tablet compatible Real World + activities that have been published in the last twelve months.