When you open the editor, you will have access to edit almost everything inside of the activity. When you are building an activity from scratch, some components are required. These components are marked with yellow stars.

Activity Info

  • Name: This is the title of the activity and is viewable in all areas housing the activity. This information is viewable to students.

  • Short Description: This is the activity description that is viewable inside of the libraries; it is not viewable within the student view.

  • Thumbnail Image: This is the image seen inside of the libraries; it is not viewable within the student view. This file needs to be an image file (JPEG or PNG) for it to be viewable.

  • System Tags: These are the tags used to find activities within a library quickly. This is not viewable to students. If you plan to move the activity to the Community Library, we suggest adding tags to help users find your activity more quickly. Common tags include content tags, such as “distillation” or “genetics” or “Atwood machine,” and school tags, such as school initials or instructor names. Tags that are already used in the Pivot Interactives library or the Community library will appear in a drop-down menu when you click in the box.


Use the clickable categories to make your activity easier to find! You can select the standards, topics, scaffolding levels, location, and instructional purpose. This is not viewable to students; it is used to make the activity easier to find in the libraries. This section is not viewable to students.

Notes: These are the instructor notes that appear at the BEGINNING of an activity. Think of this as the “teacher’s guide” section. This is where you can include pedagogical information for yourself. This is not viewable to students.


This is the student objective of the activity. In a lab activity, this is often the “purpose.” Commonly, we see instructors include information such as:

  • The purpose or the “I can” statement of the lab.

  • The question posed in the experiment

  • The learning objectives or state standards

This section is viewable to the students; it appears under the title of the activity in the student view.

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