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Tuesday, December 12

  1. page Posting Grades in TeacherVUE edited How Do I Post End-of-Term Grades? Non-EOC Getting Ready The process is essentially the same as …
    How Do I Post End-of-Term Grades?
    Getting Ready
    The process is essentially the same as posting grades for progress reports. I will run a couple of processes to create buckets to contain your grades and then notify you by email that the SIS is open for you to post grades. At that point you will want to make sure that:
    category weights are established correctly and applied to all you sections
    Verified that the assignment weights are correct
    All grading is complete and up-to-date
    Change your focus to your Sem1Avg spreadsheet for your first class.
    I know my example shows Sem1Final - but it’s all I have to work with.
    You may want to hide inactive students (uncheck “Show Dropped Students” under “Filters & Options) to avoid posting grades for inactive students. (Which will trigger an error when you post.)
    Navigate to the “Post” screen by clicking on “Report Card” and then “Students”
    If you wish to enter comments (effort and conduct are no longer required), click on “Edit Final Grade and Comments”. The codes are listed on the comment page so you do not need a cheat sheet. This is also the screen where you can override a student’s calculated grade if desired.
    If you did not uncheck “Show Dropped Students” earlier, make sure to uncheck dropped students before you save and click post.
    Save your changes!
    Changes will be lost if you leave the page without saving.
    You should get a confirmation message that grades were posted successfully.
    Now repeat the steps for each of your sections.
    Now if you return to Report Card/Summary screen, you should see grades with a date and time stamp. The color codes indicate students who have manually entered grades and/or missing assignments in the grade book.
    Possible Problems
    Grade Changes
    If a grade needs to be changed before we have rolled to course history (most likely the day before report cards are printed), you can simply make the change in your grade goook and then report grades for that section and/or student. You may repost as often as necessary up until we roll course history. After that you must fill out a grade change request form for Cheryl so she can manually make the change in course history and then print a new report card.
    Dropped Students Skipped
    If you have “Show Dropped Students” checked, you will see an error showing dropped students as “Skipped”. This is not a problem. Your dropped students should be skipped as they should not receive a grade from you.
    If you see N/A instead of a grade for a student it likely means there were no grades in your grade book for that student which meant there was no calculation to be done.
    Grade Record Not Found
    Please contact me as this could indicate there was no “bucket” available for this student and, if so, we can fix this.

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  2. page View Dropped Students in Gradebook edited Can I See Grades For Moved(Dropped, Inactive) Students? Remember how PinPoint showed inactive stu…
    Can I See Grades For Moved(Dropped, Inactive) Students?
    Remember how PinPoint showed inactive students who had been moved out of a class as greyed out but with assignments and grades still in place?
    Well TeacherVUE can be made to do something similar by clicking on the “Filters & Options” menu. (The one with the cog wheel) and clicking on “Show Dropped Students”.
    While you are there you may also want to note that this is where you can change the percentage at which your at risk highlighter kicks in on a student. This dialog box is also where you would sort your students by different criteria or filter from view various assignments by date and type.

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  3. page Google Groups Care & Feeding edited What Are Google Groups? And how do I know who is in what? How are they different from Lotus Note…
    What Are Google Groups?
    And how do I know who is in what?
    How are they different from Lotus Notes email groups?
    Groups in Google are not simple mail groups like Lotus Notes. Groups in Google are better thought of as little, micro-communities that exist within the larger school community. Each Google group works as a mail group, a sharing group, a forum, an archive, threaded discussion board and more.
    One other important distinction from Lotus Notes groups is that staff members can create and share groups at will. In Notes you can create personal mail groups, but you are the only person who can use them. More on this later.
    How are Google Groups organized and named?
    Google groups (like Notes groups) are organized from the bottom up. For example, sixth grade, language arts teachers are placed in a group named 6th Language Arts with the email address
    The sixth grade teacher group, on the other hand, which is named 6th Grade and has the email address contains does not contain teachers directly. It simply contains the groups 6th Language Arts, 6th Math, 6th Science, and 6th Social Studies. Other grade levels follow a similar naming convention.
    Why do I see other groups or groups that are not up-to-date?
    Ulike Notes where only you can use your groups, in Google groups any staff member can create a group and share it so everyone can see and use it. This can lead to confusion if a well intentioned person duplicates a group that already exists. The problem with these groups is that only the owner can edit or delete them which is why I would encourage you to first check the membership of the groups you are sharing with or sending to if you or told someone didn’t get your email.
    How can I see who is in a particular Google group?
    I’m glad you asked. First you will need to go to your Google groups app which you can access in the same ways you can access all apps. You can either type the URL in your web browser or you can find the groups app under the Google apps Rubik’s cube. {} From the groups page you can type part of the name of the group you are interested in looking at in the search bar and click search or click on the name of the group you want if it pops up below the bar.
    You will be taken to the homepage for that group where you will a very long list of all the emails that have been sent to that group. To see the list of members, just click on “Members” in the upper, right-hand corner of your screen.
    How can I see what has been sent to a particular group?
    Oooh, this is a hugely helpful feature. First you should go to your groups app by clicking on the little, Google, Rubik’s cube {} and then clicking on “Groups”. This will bring you to your group app where you can do loads of cool stuff.
    The most powerful tool in the groups app is, of course, the search bar. Did you miss an email or need a document that you know was shared but now you can’t find? Just type in as much of the name, text or even who shared it into the search bar and, boom, there is the email or sharing notification.
    The email archive contained in Google Groups goes back many, many years to the very beginning of our Google roll-out here at MMS. Every email ever sent is backed up in our archive. It doesn’t matter if that email was sent years before you came here. If you are now a member of the group that email was sent to, it’s still there for you to find, open and read.

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