This is an old guide we received. I reviewed it before putting this guide together and thought it was a helpful thing to scan through first.
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Your class page is the digital welcoming mat to your classroom. This is also referred to as the "Bulletin Board."
You can use the trash icon to remove these card-like items from your class page. You can always add them back in by dragging them into the grid from the left sidebar. Many items will have additional options to organize links or files that you have posted.
This is not importing assignments. That section is below. Here we'll look at importing bulletin board items from previous semesters or years.
If you’ve set up the grade book for the entire year, you may also define the default point value for assignments added to each assignment type. For example, if you give daily homework that is always worth 10 points you can enter “10” in Default Max Points field. These point values can be changed, but it will save you time when adding new assignments. You will not see this option if you choose to set up the grade book by marking period.
In this calculation method, each assignment must be worth 100 points. The assignments are averaged together within each assignment category, and the average is used to calculate the cumulative score based on the weights. For Example:
Within each of those categories, assignments have equal weight.
sum(assignment_grade/maximum_points * factor) / sum(factor) = assignment_type_grade
sum(assessment_type_grade * weight) / sum(weight) * 100
This is how I roll. In this calculation method, a student’s cumulative score is based on the total points earned divided by the total points attempted. The software does not look at assignment types when calculating the cumulative score.
sum(assignment_grade * factor) / sum(maximum_points * factor)
In this calculation method, a student’s cumulative score is based on the total points a student earned, divided by the total points attempted within each assignment type. The assignment type cumulatives are then averaged together based on their weights.
Within each of those categories, assignments can be worth different point values.
You can use an assignment to send and receive files from a student. An alternative approach would be to use Google Drive.
When creating an assignment, you can attach a file to it:
Then you can enable students to submit files:
If you use Turnitin, do NOT go to Turnitin's website. Everything works through the LMS without any account configuration. So long as everything flows through the LMS, you'll be fine. Headaches occur when setting up conflicting accounts through Turnitin.
Discussions are a type of assignment you can create in the LMS, but like any assignment, it doesn't need to affect the gradebook. There are some great features that allow you to grade students based on their first post as well as their replies to other students.
Make grading easier while providing granular feedback to students. It's great! You first need to create a rubric.
If you've already written up nice directions and setup the total points an assignment is worth, you need not repeat this effort. Here's how you take a previous year's or semester's assignment and add it to your current course.
When an assignment is marked missing, students and parents are alerted. Don't wait until you get to grading all student submissions to note that one was never handed in.
The way we've setup our Blackbaud LMS, comments and final grades do not get sent to parents and transcripts via the Gradebook tab on your class page but rather the Grading tab.
You have to manually push the current averages from the Gradebook to the Grading tab. This allows us to adjust final averages and assure things are just the way we want them even while new activity may be taking place in the Gradebook. However, if you want new developments reflected in the committed grade, recalculate.
Check out other teachers' portal pages to get ideas or collaborate.