Six ideas to get the most out of your Learn Screen Notes

Customize your lessons even further with the Learn Screen Notes tool, which allows you to add your own content to our pre-created Learn screens. If you want to take full advantage of all that this tool has to offer, try out the six expanded uses below!

1. Embed videos.

Have you uploaded a video to YouTube to help explain a certain concept to students, or love a video that you can share with your class? Easily embed it within the notes.

In YouTube, select the Share option of a video, then copy and paste the code within the Embed area:

The number 1 is next to the Share button of a video in YouTube. The number 2 is next to the Embed button. Below that, the link to the video is highlighted.

Next, when you’re logged into Learn Screen Notes from your Grade Book, select the Source option at the top of the menu. Paste the code into the field. If needed, you can change the width and height of the video. Deselect the Source button.

Hawkes Learning's Learn Screen Notes is shown. Within the menu of formatting and content options at the top, the Source button is selected with the number 1 next to it. Below that, the number 2 is next to the video code that is now pasted within the field. A call-out next to the code says, "Change width and height of video," pointing to the area in the code to do so.

You can then preview what students will see when they log into their courseware and enter the Learn mode:

An example of what the student sees as a Learn Screen Note is shown. Underneath the pre-created objectives slide within a Hawkes lesson, there is a video that the student can click to view.


2. Embed Google Docs.

This option is a great way for you to share more in-depth notes that you’ve typed up for class.

**First, make sure your document is uploaded to Google Drive.**

Open Google Site (New > More > Google Site).

Select From Drive, then select the file you wish to embed.

The Google Drive menu is shown with an arrow pointing at the "From Drive" option in the drop-down menu.

Within Google Drive's My Drive, an arrow points at a Word Document underneath the Files category.

Copy and paste the embedded file into Word, and you’ll get a link similar to this:

(The part in red will be unique to the document you select.)

Then, use the following HTML code, replacing what’s in red with the corresponding part in your Google link:

<p><iframe align=”middle” class=”YMEQtf L6cTce-purZT L6cTce-pSzOP” frameborder=”0″ height=”700″ scrolling=”yes” src=”″ width=”700″></iframe></p>


In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button at the top of the menu, then paste your HTML code. Deselect the Source button, then use Preview to check things out:

A preview of the Hawkes Learning student courseware with the Learn Screen Note is shown. Below the pre-created objectives list within the Learn mode, a Word document is shown.


3. Embed interactive elements.

A few instructors we work with have told us about Geogebra and Desmos, which are two websites that let you create interactive graphs and elements. You can share these within your Learn Screen Notes easily!

For Desmos:

After you create your graph, select the Share option at the top of the page. Choose Embed, then copy the code.

A number one is next to the Share button at the top menu. A number two is next to the Embed link underneath "Share your graph," then a number three highlights the HTML code to embed.

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button, paste the link into the notes section, then deselect Source. Choose Preview to see what it looks like for your students:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson slide on the top half of the page and an interactive graph at the bottom.

For Geogebra:

In Geogebra, select the menu option next to the interactive element (the symbol with three dots), then Share. Choose the </> Embed link and copy the code.

In the website Geogebra, a Share box with options to group, link, email, and embed the graph is shown. The Embed option is highlighted above the HTML code.When you’re in your Learn Screen notes, follow the same steps as those for inserting Desmos graphs.

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and an interactive image of two weights with adjustable masses at the bottom.


4. Add images.

If an image is online, you can just copy and paste it into your notes!

If you take a photo of your lecture notes or scan them and save them as an image, you’ll just need to copy and paste it into a Google Doc. Then, copy the image from the Google Doc and paste it into your Learn Screen Notes.

An arrow points at the Copy option from a drop-down menu for an image pasted in a Google Doc.

5. Embed Google Slides.

Add any PowerPoint presentation that you’ve created for class directly into the Hawkes courseware using Google Slides. (And remember Hawkes has PowerPoint presentations available at!) Just make sure you upload your presentation to your Google Drive, then follow these quick steps:

When you’re in Google Slides, open up the presentation. Select File > Publish to web > Embed. Then, copy the code provided.

A PowerPoint presentation is shown in Google Slides. The "Open with" drop-down menu is displayed, with Google Slides highlighted.A window titled "Publish to the web" is shown. The Embed tab is chosen, and the Publish button is highlighted.

In your Learn Screen Notes…you guessed it! Select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview to check it out:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson at the top of the page and the PowerPoint presentation at the bottom.


6. Embed Google Forms.

Want to add in quick quizzes to check in on students’ progress within Learn, or even polls regarding the lesson content? Now you can using Google Forms!

First, create your Google Form. Select the Send button in the top right, then “< >.” Copy the HTML code.

The Send Form in Google Forms is shown. The Embed HTML is highlighted.

Once you’re in your Learn Screen Notes, follow the usual steps: select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview.

The Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and the embedded Google Form at the bottom. The embedded Google Form is called Pop Quiz and asks a true/false question of "A square has five 90 degree angles."


If you have any questions on using Learn Screen Notes, contact your Training & Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538.


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More Details in the Detailed Student Grades Report

The Detailed Student Grades Report lets you do more than simply view a student’s grade in Hawkes. When you choose a student name at the top of the report, you can view their lesson activity by selecting that option:

An arrow points to hyperlinked text that says View Lesson Activity.A spreadsheet of lesson activities for a student is shown, including the lesson number and title; if the student Certified in that lesson; and how much time the student spent in the courseware, including the Learn, Practice, Certify, and overall data.

This report breaks down how much time a student spent in each lesson’s Learn, Practice, and Certify modes, as well as the overall time per lesson. We know that sometimes students may feel like they’ve spent more time in the courseware than they really have, so these numbers are a good indication of whether they should spend more time in each Learning Path mode.

The report also lets you see quickly whether a student Certified in a lesson and how many times they attempted to Certify. It’s especially helpful to see if students are unsuccessfully attempting Certify again and again. Did they only take a quick glance at the Learn screens? Did they try the Practice mode?

If they’ve only spent a few minutes in the two first modes before jumping right into Certify, you can guide them to Learn and Practice to better equip them for their homework. Students may feel like practicing the lesson questions is a waste of time, but if they try answering these questions with the Tutor and Step-by-Step options available to them, they may just find they have an easier time in Certify!

You can also adjust individual student settings for WebTests from the Detailed Student Grades Report. Select the ellipsis icon next to a WebTest that the student hasn’t taken yet, then choose the Update Student Settings option:

An arrow points to the Update Student Settings option in a drop-down menu next to a hyperlinked WebTest.

You can then adjust the dates, number of attempts, and test length for the student. These options are especially beneficial for students who need a little extra time completing their tests. You can also make the test password-protected and wait to make the test visible to the student.

Student settings by student are shown. The data displayed is the student name with the options to make bulk changes and make the following changes to individual WebTests: start and end dates, whether the test is visible to the student, a password option, number of attempts a student can take the test, grading method, and test length.

Have questions? Contact your Training & Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538 for more information.

Create your own questions with Question Builder

Question Builder's Question Preview interface. At the top are options for editing and adding questions to the curriculum. Below is the question preview.

Want to add your own questions to the Hawkes courseware? Now you can with the NEW beta release of Question Builder!

You can customize your course content by building dynamic questions into the Practice and Certify modes, as well as your Hawkes assessments. Questions can be free response or multiple choice and include images, explanations for wrong answers, adjustable tolerance ranges, and more.

Question Builder allows you to seamlessly integrate your very own questions into your students’ Hawkes experience to get the most out of their course led by you. If you’d like to use this feature, contact your Training and Support Specialist at

Question Builder Overview

You can access the Question Builder tool directly from your online Grade Book. Questions are organized and displayed in folders for organization. You can create multiple folders to house different types of questions you’re creating.

Question Folders are listed underneath the buttons to create, rename, or delete a folder.

Either choose to create a new question, or, if you already have one built, you can choose the Edit icon next to the question name to open up the question.

The interface of Question Builder when creating a question. It includes a Question Header, Question Statement, answers, and advanced options for answers.

Question Types

You can choose from the following question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Free response
  • Open ended
  • Click-to-select
  • Click-to-insert

Multiple choice questions let you do the following:

  • Add up to 30 answer choices
  • Assign partial credit to answers
  • Choose between check boxes or radio buttons
  • Add answer explanations to incorrect answers
  • Lock the answer order

Creating free response questions allows you to assign one or more answers to a question for which the answer must be typed in using the keyboard and/or keypad.

Free response questions let you do the following:

  • Choose how to evaluate the answer
  • Set the number of decimal places for the correct answer
  • Specify a tolerance range in which an answer will be accepted as correct
  • Create an expression that must be entered to answer the question
  • Add a static prefix or suffix to correspond with the answer box
  • Add a second answer box or add another answer choice

Answer evaluation options include a drop-down menu showing equation, expression, exact input only, factors, inequality, interval, set of values, and ordered pairs.

For any question, you’ll be asked to complete the required steps:

  • Enter the question
  • Enter your answer(s)
  • Name the question (This is how the question will be identified in the question folder.)
  • Select a difficulty level

For any question type you can add more steps using the left-hand navigation panel. Open-ended questions do not require an answer.

The Question Details sidebar shows the different steps per question, its name, difficulty level, and Tutor options.

The toolbar located across the top offers standard editing options, as well as the ability to insert images, tables, symbols, expressions, and variable iterations into the question or answer.

A menu of formatting options and mathematical symbols.

Tutor options are listed on the left, giving you the ability to add a General Explain Error, Hint, Step-by-Step, or Solution to the question you’ve built.

The Step-by-Step option allows you to provide more in-depth help to your students by breaking up the question at hand into more workable steps and walking the student through it at a manageable pace. Students can use as much or as little guided assistance as they need to truly learn how to answer the question.

This feature is a student favorite in Hawkes Learning’s pre-created questions, so we wanted to give you the freedom to add it to your own questions to better assist students in their learning.

The first step in a Step-by-Step Tutor options, which includes a statement and answer underneath the question.

For math questions, the tool uses LaTeX, the common document preparation system used in many mathematics publications. The technology is so user-friendly that anyone trying out the tool for the first time will quickly become an expert.

Check out our quick video below!


Want to opt into Question Builder before it’s available for everyone? Contact your Training and Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538 or today!

Stylish: One of Our Favorite Browser Extensions

Want more display options for webpages? Chrome and Firefox users can customize their visual web experience quickly and easily with the browser extension Stylish. Stylish is free and lets users create and share their own styles if they like.

This extension provides a better experience for all, especially in terms of accessibility. Many users take advantage of Stylish to apply a new color scheme to a website and eliminate unwanted or unnecessary page elements. It can also help users manipulate font sizes on webpages. Another key way Stylish users can enhance the usability of a site is to make answer boxes have a thicker width in order to see them more easily.

Stylish is an excellent tool in customizing display options for websites. For example, they have 149 pages of custom styles for Google. (Yes, that’s right—one hundred forty-nine.) One of the most popular themes is DarkSearch for Google by Stylish contributor Nass O.

Stylish members are volunteers who create User Styles, which are also called website themes or skins. They have a forum set up for questions and sharing valuable information. They include easy instructions on how to install the browser extension and use it to its full capability.

Our developers and content creators at Hawkes love Stylish, and we think you will too!

Find out more from the Stylish website,

Add Learn Screen Notes to Further Customize a Course

This new tool allows you to add comments, hyperlinks, examples and videos to our pre-created Learn screens! Our beta Learn Screen Notes is an easy way for you to further customize your course and better connect with your students virtually. Whether you are encouraging students through helpful tips and reminders or directing them to supplemental resources, adding Learn Screen Notes can help increase student engagement with the course content presented in Hawkes.

(Once you get the hang of the basics, check out six fun ideas to help you take advantage of this new tool!)

To use the tool, open your online Grade Book and navigate to Assignments -> Curriculum:

The third tab from the left at the top of the page says Assignments. When that is selected, there is a column called Manage and below are: Lesson Due Dates, WebTests, Other Assignments, Student To-Do List, Course Materials, Curriculum, and Question Builder. An arrow points to the Assignments tab, and another arrow points to the Curriculum link.

Select a section to launch the curriculum assigned to it. Once that’s open, select the lesson to which you wish to add Learn Screen Notes:

Rows and columns show the different lessons assigned to your curriculum in the Grade Book. An arrow points to an example of a lesson in the last column, which is the lesson name.

From here, select the “Edit Learn Notes” button to launch the note editor:

The Assignment Builder is open and displays the questions available in the lesson. In the top left, an arrow points to the Edit Learn Screens button.

This tool will allow you to navigate through each of the available Learn Notes and add your own custom comments to the page. Please note that you will need to save progress between each page to ensure your updates show up on the student side.

Some notable features include the following:

  • embedding videos from YouTube,
  • adding hyperlinks to redirect students to other resource pages,
  • adding special characters, and
  • adding images.

When students log in and access the Learn portion of a lesson, your custom notes will appear in the bottom area of the page.  Additionally, students can toggle the page to view just the custom Learn Screen note or just the Hawkes-created Learn content.

Have questions about this new tool? Contact your Training and Support Specialist or call 1-800-426-9538!

Tuesday Tip: Test Prerequisites

Want to make sure students have completed particular lessons or tests before they can access their next WebTest? You can ensure this progression through test prerequisites.

After you’re done editing your WebTest in Assignment Builder (and make sure you save those changes!), select Assign in the top right corner. You’ll see the settings you can edit:

The Prerequisites option is underneath Edit Settings and directly below Student Settings by Test.

Choose which lessons you’d like students to complete before starting this test by selecting the checkbox next to the lesson name. You’ll see the prerequisite lessons populate on the left. You can always delete prerequisites you don’t want by selecting the X.

Lesson names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

You also have the choice of making other WebTests prerequisites for your current test. These are found right underneath the prerequisite lessons.

Test names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

Once you’ve made your choices, select the Assign button in the top right corner to make this WebTest available to specific sections.