Now that you have started adding content to your Reporting Spaces, how can you use this content effectively?

Reporting Spaces are a highly flexible optional add-on for SpacesEDU Pro. Our goal is to help support individual teachers' diverse methods of documenting learning, assessing mastery, and communicating with families. To this end they allow:

Selecting Posts

Reporting Spaces are an ideal companion to Proficiency Scales. Over the course of the year or a term, students will accumulate many posts with different curriculum tags and proficiency levels, however, we may only want to consider select posts and tags for final assessment.

By assigning specific posts to your Reporting Space, you can view the average proficiency level for each student at a glance, organized by curriculum outcome on the right-hand side of your screen.

Reporting Spaces allow teachers to streamline cumulative assessment across all Spaces in their class. Reporting Spaces can not only make final assessment easier, but provide invaluable context for families beyond a report card comment and final mark.

Ultimately, Reporting Spaces could be used to replace a traditional report card altogether, if that is your goal!

Pinning Posts

By default, posts in the Reporting Space appear in chronological order, with the most recent at the top.

Once you've selected some posts in your Reporting Space, you have the option to pin up to 3 items. You can use this feature to highlight your students' best work, their biggest areas of growth, or whatever you'd like to emphasize!

To pin a post, simply click the pin icon at the top right of a post in the Reporting Space, and select whether you'd like to pin it 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.

To unpin a post, or change its position after it's been pinned, just click the same button again.

Summary Statements and Areas of Learning

Within your Reporting Spaces, you can create a Summary Statement for each student that provides a custom overview of their learning journey. Simply click ‘Edit Summary’ and apply a Summary Statement or Areas of Learning.

  • Along with the text of the Summary Statement, you can upload up to 10 media attachments (files, photos, recordings, etc.).

  • The statement and any linked attachments will be showcased at the top of the Reporting Space once it has been made visible to students and/or family members.

In addition to the overall Summary, you have the option to add individual, customizable Areas of Learning

  1. Click Edit Summary for the student you'd like to update

  2. Click Settings to the right of the Areas of Learning section, or click the Manage Areas of Learning button

  3. Click Add Area of Learning

  4. Click the pencil button to edit the name (max 60 characters)

  5. Click the checkmark to save

  6. Repeat for any additional areas of learning you'd like to add (max 12)

  7. Click Save and Apply

Once you've added your Areas of Learning, they'll be visible for each student in the Reporting Space. You can add a custom summary to report on each area for each student in the space.

  • You can delete an area of learning from the same settings panel - note that this will also delete any comments you've added for those areas.

  • Summary Statements and Areas of Learning will automatically be visible to any students and linked family members that can view the Reporting Space.

Printing and Downloading

Once you've added Summary Statements and Areas of Learning for your students, you can also download a PDF version:

  1. Click the Download button near the top right of your Reporting Space

  2. Select the student(s) you'd like to download, or All Students - note that students with a blank summary statement will be flagged with a red exclamation mark on this screen

  3. Click Download

This will download a printable PDF version of each selected student's summary statement, areas of learning, and the comments entered for each area.

Reporting Space Visibility

If this feature is available to your school, each class you create will automatically include a Reporting Space.

By default, Reporting Spaces are hidden from students and families. To adjust the visibility settings:

  • Open the Spaces tab from your Teacher account

  • Click the Students or Family button to the right of 'View Reporting Space' (if you have already opened the Reporting Space, it will appear in the top right of your screen)

  • There are two options when configuring visibility for students and families:

    1. Make the space Visible, allowing students to view posts in the Reporting Space, including comments. Note that by default, students will not be able to add new comments to the post.

    2. Once the space is Visible, you can toggle the ability for students or family members to add new comments to posts within the Reporting Space.

How can I utilize Reporting Spaces?

The customizable visibility settings of Reporting spaces allow for a variety of uses. Depending on your approach to assessment, you may choose to:

  • Keep the Reporting Space hidden from students and families, and use the feature to support preparing your own assessments. This may include adding private comments visible to teachers and co-teachers only

  • Allow visibility for students and linked family members, while keeping comments disabled. You may use the posts within the space to facilitate discussion at a parent-teacher interview or student-led conference

  • Allow visibility and commenting for both students and family members to foster an ongoing dialogue around a curated selection of each student's best work

  • Use it as a space for discussion and feedback visible only to families, and not students

  • You may also change visibility settings at any time, adding content and feedback throughout the year, opening comments to students at a later date to comment and reflect upon their own progress.

  • SpacesEDU currently has one Reporting Space per class. If using SpacesEDU for formal reporting for semesters or trimesters, teachers can now:

    • Download and save their Reporting Space Summary as a PDF and then update the summary statements and Areas of Learning for the next reporting period.

    • SpacesEDU recommends that teachers add their PDF as a media file to the Summary Statement for easy reference.

    • Alternatively, teachers can label their Summary Statement and Areas of Learning with semester/trimester delineators (i.e. Semester 1: Science, Semester 2: Science, etc.) to maintain earlier comments within their Reporting Space over the course of the year.

What's next?

Reporting Spaces are a new feature for 2022-2023. We are hard at work on exciting future updates to continue to support authentic assessment.

To learn more about what's coming soon, take a look at our product roadmap.

We welcome your feedback! Submit a feature suggestion through our roadmap page, or by starting a chat in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

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