Setting your first task

Set your first piece of homework in Firefly.

Assigning homework is straight forward in Firefly. In just a few clicks, you can create a task and send it to your students. Dive into setting tasks by starting with a simple reading assignment. This tutorial will get you comfortable with the tools of creating tasks so you can get started with assigning homework in no time.

  1.  In the user bar, select Set a New Task.
  2. Enter the name of the person or class that you'd like to set the task to, or choose from your lists of classes and students. In this example, we'll set a task to the Year 8 English class.

  3. If you need to share the assignment with another teacher, add a co-owner. We'll leave this field blank. 

  4. Select Task Title, then enter a title.

  5. To add a due date, select the calendar icon then choose a date.

    You can also select who can see this task.

  6. In the Assessment section, decide whether students are required to submit a file. As this is a recitation assignment, no submissions are required.

  7. Choose how you want to assess the task. This assignment requires a grade for the recitation.
  8. OPTIONAL Add a description. You can format your text and add links if you want to. In this example, we'll add more details about the recitation.

  9. OPTIONAL Add an attachment. You can upload a file from your computer, Google Drive or One Drive, as well as attach an existing page. In this example, we don't really have anything more to add so we'll keep going.

  10. To publish your task, select Set Task.

    Your task is set. If you'd like to create another, select Set Another Task.

Your task appears in your list of tasks and recipients will be notified that a new task has been set for them.

You can create all sorts of tasks, from a simple reading assignment as we created above to more complex work. 

What's next?

Read about marking work, so you're ready when a student submits an assignment for grading.

Learn more

You can create all sorts of tasks, including complex assignments that require students to submit files. If you're interested in some of the ways you can utilise tasks, check out the following sections:

Try it out!

Practice assigning homeworking using the Firefly Training Class. With the class, you can set and mark homework without worrying about bothering real students. To get more comfortable with setting tasks, try out the following suggestions:

  • Make a simple task that is appropriate for the subjects you teach.
    • Give it a short, descriptive title.
    • Fill out all of the required fields, including the due date, assessment section and markbook visibility.
  • Experiment with the description field.
    • Try pasting in YouTube videos, dragging in photos from your desktop and using the options under the Formatting menu.
    • Explore the different embedding options, such as adding questions, creating a poll or adding a Google Doc.
  • Add an attachment that is relevant for your class, such as a maths worksheet.
  • Create 2-3 assignments of varying complexity to practice marking and grading in the next section.