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Monday, February 5

  1. page Using Doodle To Schedule Student-Led Conferences edited Using Doodle With Google Calendar Nothing is as certain in technology as change. Since the las…

    Using Doodle With Google Calendar
    Nothing is as certain in technology as change. Since the last Doodle video was produced, Doodle has changed its look and options just enough to become confusing. This document should clarify things. At least until the next changes are made.
    1.What hasn’t changed is that you will still go to doodle.com and click on “Log in.”
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  2. page Using Doodle To Schedule Student-Led Conferences edited Using Doodle With Google Calendar Nothing is as certain in technology as change. Since the last…

    Using Doodle With Google Calendar
    Nothing is as certain in technology as change. Since the last Doodle video was produced, Doodle has changed its look and options just enough to become confusing. This document should clarify things. At least until the next changes are made.
    1.What hasn’t changed is that you will still go to doodle.com and click on “Log in.”
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    2.You will then click on “Continue with Google” and use your McConnell account.
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    3.The first time you login, you will need to go to your account settings which are found by clicking on your name at the top of the home page.
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    4.First click on “Profile Settings” and make sure you are set to use Eastern Time so that your Google calendar times will agree with the times your participants see.
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    5.This is where things have become a little redundant. You will need to tell them that you want to use your Google Calendars and tell them (again) who you are and ask that you give them permission to add events to your calendar before they finally tell you your account is once again connected (again).
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    6.Now we are finally ready to click on “Create a Doodle”.
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    7.Fill in the title. The location field is optional (there are some cool options here you may want to check out for future ideas). I would strongly encourage you to add a detailed note with instructions on how and what parents should submit with their “poll” selection.
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    8.Yes, I said “poll”. Don’t be confused by Doodle’s strange choice of terms. While this tool was intended as a voting tool to choose a single time slot for an event, we are using it to allow multiple people to sign up for a single time slot which is not possible using Google Calendar’s Appointment Slots. You can either click on a day and manually type in start and end times or you can go to the week view and then click and drag your available, conference times.
    9.Before you click “Continue,” be sure to click on “Settings” {https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/XZE5_R4StoYwIwhjJXbd3TVWLiR89z8pCcwy-em4fkIK65S9n-YV4CYEUgPkWbFBRec0jwSloXg3hgEz_WeVRHDuWDi_MKwJqjtnthI0pc_SCXL01yE3RO1kIdXxRKGidLGykQKB} and fill in “Limit the number of votes per option”(how many people can share a time slot); “Limit participants to a single vote” (each parent can only select one time slot); ”Hidden poll” (parents can’t see who else signed up).
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    10.The final screen should already be filled out for you.
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    11.Once you click “Finish”, you will be presented with a screen holding the link for you to email to parents with the “poll” for them to choose their time slot. Note that you can send this from your gradebook. This will likely be much easier than pasting a bunch of email addresses in the “Email” tab and mailing directly from Doodle.
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    12.As parents select times you should receive an email with their selection. Please note that these times will not show up on your calendar until you end the poll and “approve” the selected times. (You literally give them gold stars.) Once you close the poll you can also export the selections as a .pdf or an Excel file to share with your team!
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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?
    Non-EOC
    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
    Posting
    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.
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    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.
    Post
    You should get a confirmation message that grades were posted successfully.
    Repeat
    Now repeat the steps for each of your sections.
    Verify
    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.
    N/A
    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”.
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    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 mms_6_la@mcconnellms.org.
    The sixth grade teacher group, on the other hand, which is named 6th Grade and has the email address 6th_grade@mcconnellms.org 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 groups.google.com in your web browser or you can find the groups app under the Google apps Rubik’s cube. {https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/a586OqzIYcJxyIKQHzbJkATQUcGvAzUXuaLTfM-qz0Hr_pMAWz231oHk4FFpYvow1v7OV-cQ6DruppctYWiyjq8WL2pKGjizdz5V3z_CAZw63-qk6T0sXHaq0QUenKppoFbizRbc} 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.
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    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.
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    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 {https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/a586OqzIYcJxyIKQHzbJkATQUcGvAzUXuaLTfM-qz0Hr_pMAWz231oHk4FFpYvow1v7OV-cQ6DruppctYWiyjq8WL2pKGjizdz5V3z_CAZw63-qk6T0sXHaq0QUenKppoFbizRbc} and then clicking on “Groups”. This will bring you to your group app where you can do loads of cool stuff.
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    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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