What are the different sections of Smart Lessons used for?

Smart Lessons can be made up of different sections, which each have specific characteristics to help your students succeed. You can combine the sections to create a scaffolded learning experience.

Some question types can't be used in some Smart Lesson sections. For more information, see Which question types can I use in each Smart Lesson section?

 Information Sections

Information sections are designed to introduce your students to new concepts, or recap at the end of a lesson. They are presented as a series of slides students can read through, and won't be marked. Information slides can contain a textbox where students can write notes, for example while watching a video,  but these notes can only be seen by the student and won't be visible to you when viewing your students' results. 

Students can only mark the slide as read and move onto the next one after it's been on-screen for three seconds. If you don't want students to be required to look at each slide for the lesson to display as complete, mark the section as optional. 

 Quiz Sections

Once students have read the information slides, Quiz sections can reinforce key concepts, by asking automatically-marked questions which are repeated until your students master them (for more information on mastery, see How does the points/scoring system work?). If students make a mistake, they will be shown the correct answer, and an explanation to help them understand. 

Questions in a Quiz section are automatically marked, so require question types which have a single correct answer. 

 Extended Response Sections

After confirming that they understand the key concepts behind the topic, Extended Response sections allow your students to prove their deep understanding and mastery of the subject. These sections can contain questions which require students to write a full paragraph answer, complete a multi-step mathematical equation or record their voice. They can also be used for simpler questions which can't be automatically marked, for example annotating a picture or plotting a chart with the scratchpad. 

Extended Response sections are self-marked by the student. You can see their answers in the Smart Lesson reports in the Control Panel. 

Extended Response sections are the only sections which allow you to see questions with self-marked components, or to give feedback on student answers.

 Vocabulary Sections (Languages Only)

Vocabulary sections are available in Smart Lessons in foreign languages, and let you import a preexisting Language Perfect translation list in your lesson. Each section can ask students questions in one learning mode (reading, writing, listening or dictation); if you want to ask questions in multiple modes, just add additional Vocabulary sections. 

 Skill Mastery Sections

Skill Mastery sections will only appear in Smart Lessons made by the Education Perfect team. 

Skill Mastery sections are used to test students' ability to perform specific skills, by drawing on a large pool of questions and asking them in a random order until students have successfully answered a certain number of questions correctly, and answered a certain number in a row correctly. 

For example, a Skill Mastery section might contain a number of multiplication questions of equivalent difficulty; when students have demonstrated that they can multiply several times in a row, they should be able to answer all of the other questions in that section so can move on. This means that students who grasp the concepts quickly can progress while students who need more help can spend more time practicing.