Create a grammar assignment
To get started with creating a grammar assignment, log into your SpanishDict account and click "Classrooms" at the top of the page. On the Classrooms page, you can either click the "Create Assignment" button in the top right corner or click on the class name to open the dashboard for the class.
If you click the name of the class, you'll see a "Create Assignment" button when the "Assignments" tab is selected on the left side of the page.
After clicking one of these "Create Assignment" buttons, click the type of assignment that you want to create. We'll go through the steps to create a grammar assignment. See this article for help with creating a vocabulary assignment: How to create a vocabulary assignment
After selecting "Grammar", you will see a list of the grammar skills (topics) for which we offer video-based lessons. New skills are being added often!
The first skill (topic) at the top will be expanded to show all of the lessons contained within that skill. If you want to assign the entire skill, check the box next to the skill name (e.g., "Ser vs. Estar") to select all of the lessons at once.
You can also click on the arrow to the left of the skill name to close that skill and scroll down to view the other available skills or use the search bar at the top of the page to look for a specific topic. You can then either check the box next to a skill (e.g., "Preterite") to assign all of the lessons contained within that skill at once, or you can click on the arrow to the left of a skill title to expand the box and view all of the individual lessons.
After expanding a skill to view all available lessons, you can hover your mouse over a numbered lesson to reveal a "Preview" button.
Clicking that button will open a sidebar that shows samples of the text that is included in each part of the lesson, including "explainer" slides that introduce elements of the skill and "multiple choice" and "open input" practice slides.
Some grammar lessons contain explainer videos that teach the topic in a step-by-step fashion before having students practice the concept with conversational videos. Some lessons do not contain these explainer videos. If you assign a lesson that does not have explainer videos (e.g., Verbs Like Gustar), students can click the page icon in the top right corner of the lesson to see a written explanation of the topic.
You can click "Try Lesson" at the top of that sidebar to open the lesson.
When you're done previewing the lesson, click the X in the top left corner to return to the assignment creation page. Once you've selected the lesson(s) that you want to assign, click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.
You'll then be able to modify the start and end dates/times of the assignments, check the box(es) for the class(es) you want to assign these lessons to, and then click the "Create X Assignment(s)" button at the bottom of the page.
You'll then see a confirmation message at the bottom of the page that says "Your assignment was created".
How to notify students
For Classes Created on SpanishDict
After creating an assignment for a class made on SpanishDict (not a Google Classroom class), you will see a "Copy link" button that you can click. You can then paste that link into an email, messaging app, or LMS (Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.) to send to students. Students will then need to click that link to access the assignment.
For Google Classroom Classes
If you created an assignment for a class from Google Classroom, you'll be routed back to the main Classrooms page after finishing the assignment-creation process. Once the start date/time passes, students will see a message appear in the class "Stream" and the "Coursework" tab in Google Classroom.
They can then click the notification to open it and then click the SpanishDict link to access the assignment.
For Google Classroom and SpanishDict Classes
After creating an assignment, you can also navigate to the Classrooms page, click into the class for which you made the assignment, and then click on the ellipsis to the right of the assignment. A small menu will appear where you can click "Share assignment link".
You can then either share the link on Remind or click the "Copy link" button to copy the link and then paste that link into an email, messaging app, or LMS (Google Classroom, Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.). Students will then need to click that link to access the assignment.
You can also tell students that there is a new assignment in SpanishDict and instruct them to log into their SpanishDict accounts, click "Classrooms" at the top of the page, click on their class, and then click on the title of the assignment to open it.