Add an activity item to an activity to record additional information about a student’s attempt to complete a task.
You use an activity to measure how long a task takes and record progress through the task. To supply additional metrics about the task, you attach one or more activity items to the activity. You typically add these items to the activity after the user finishes the corresponding task, just before calling the activity’s
stop method. These items record supplemental information, like a test score, a measured quantity, or a binary condition (like pass or fail).
Create and Add Items
Activity items have an identifier that distinguishes them from other items attached to the same activity, and a title that the teacher sees when reviewing results in the Schoolwork app. After creating and configuring the item, you add it to the activity using a call to the
For example, for a quiz, you could create an activity item to record the number of times a hint was used, and report it as a quantity item:
Add a Primary Activity Item
In some cases, the most important information about a task isn’t the student’s progress through it, but another metric that you define. For example, for a quiz, teachers are typically interested in the score. In this case, you provide an optional primary activity item that takes a prominent position in the reported results.
To add a primary activity item to an activity, you construct the item exactly as described in the preceding section. But rather than adding it with
add, assign it to the activity’s
primary property instead. For a quiz, you can assign a score item as the primary:
Don’t Overwhelm Teachers with Data
Use activity items to provide insights into a student’s interaction with your app. A quiz score, for example, demonstrates clearly and quantitatively how well a student understands the corresponding material.
On the other hand, don’t collect data just for the sake of collecting data. Report only information that’s meaningful and actionable for teachers. The Schoolwork app is designed to give teachers insight into student performance, not to report every action a student takes.