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How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Paginate Report Cards?
« Last post by TimDaniel on June 25, 2017, 01:27:14 PM »
At the moment, there are two ways to paginate report cards (have each report card start on a new page). 

1) Use the PDF reports.  You can create PDF reports by clicking on the Report Cards button on the Classes page.  When PDF reports are printed, each report will start on a new page.
2) Print the reports individually from the Gradebook.  If you click on the student name in the Gradebook, a report card is generated.  If these are printed, they will be correctly paginated.

It is now possible to paginate HTML reports, and this feature will be added to the next release. 
The grade override feature can be used to produce report cards with no overall grade.  Click on the Enter button to the right of the student name in the report card to get to the student grade entry form.  The grade override field is at the top of this page.  By typing a couple of spaces in this field you can disable the display of the overall grade on the report card.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Copy A Class?
« Last post by TimDaniel on February 20, 2017, 12:28:48 AM »
Copying Classes allows you to create a new class using the Settings, Categories, Terms and Assignments from an existing class.  This is convenient if you run the same class repeatedly with the same assignments.

Copying the assignments is optional.  Copying the Categories and Terms in not optional and happens automatically when a class is copied.  If the assignments are copied, they are assigned to the same categories and terms as they were in the original class.

When a class is copied, new categories, terms and assignments are created, so it is safe to delete any of these things in the new class - or even the new class itself - because the old class will not be affected.

Keep in mind that copying the assignments has one major advantage and one drawback.  The advantage is that you don't have to create the assignments in the new class.  The drawback is that those assignments will then appear in the missing task report unless they are hidden.  They can be hidden easily using the assignments spreadsheet, but then you have to remember to unhide them when you use them.

A possible alternative strategy is to create the new class without the assignments, and then import them a bit at a time using the Copy Assignments from Other Classes feature.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Create and Use a Rubric?
« Last post by TimDaniel on February 06, 2017, 07:57:24 PM »
There is a link on the Classes menu for creating and editing rubrics. 

Important Things to Know About Simplegradebook Rubrics Before You Start

  • There are two kinds of rubrics in simplegradebook: regular rubrics, and performance scale rubrics. They can be mixed and matched with different types of classes.  For example, you can create a performance scale rubric and use it in a percentage class, and vice-versa.
  • Once a rubric has been used for grading, it can not be changed because that would invalidate the existing grades.  If you want to change a rubric, either make a new one using the old one as a template, or delete all the assignments that use it.  Note that this will also delete the marks, so be careful.  Then you can edit the rubric again.

Regular Rubrics

Regular rubrics have no restriction on the number of rows and columns, except that there must be at least one row and one column - this would be a pretty useless rubric but creating one like this is possible. 

Here is an example of a normal rubric.  Note that you can add as many columns or rows as you like.  The blue arrows allow you to re-order the rows, the small trash bins let you delete cells, and the plus signs allow you to add cells to the end of the row.  You can also modify the value of each cell. 

The points for meeting expectations are used, when this rubric is placed in a performance scale class, to determine if the student work has met expectations.  Note that in this example, the student does not have to get full marks on all criteria to be scored as meeting expectations. 

Performance Scale Rubrics

Performance scale rubrics are restricted to 4 columns, plus an additional column for the criteria.  When they are created, you must choose which performance scale you want to use, and after that, the performance scale will appear across the top of the rubric as shown below.

Note that the standard simplegradebook performance scale grading algorithm is used to determine the grade for this type of rubric:

Exceeds:  Everything meets expectations and at least one criterion exceeds expectations
Meets: Everything meets expectations
Approaching: At least half the criterion are meeting expectations
Not Yet Meeting: less than half the criterion are meeting expectations

Adding Rubrics to Assignments

Rubrics are added to assignments by selecting the rubric name in the New Assignment screen.  When a regular rubric is added, the assignment points are automatically calculated.  Teachers may want to adjust scale factor or total points afterward.

Grading With Rubrics

To grade with a rubric, just use the small Enter button on the gradebook page below the assignment name.  The assignment will open and beside each student will be a "Mark With Rubric" button.  When that button is clicked, the rubric opens.   You can then click the cells in the table to mark the student, and type in any feedback in the cells on the right.  Clicking the cells causes them to turn blue, as shown in the image below. The mark will be automatically tallied and entered in the gradebook.

How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Set Up My Dashboard Links
« Last post by TimDaniel on February 06, 2017, 07:33:53 PM »
The teacher dashboard is a pop-up on the bottom of your screen that contains links that you use all the time, so you don't have to search around for them every time you want to use them.

You can have up to eight links on your dashboard.  The first two are setup school-wide and they are usually set to point to the student information system (MyEducationBC in BC) and the school homepage.  The remaining six are your own to choose.

To set up your personal dashboard links, go to the My Simplegradebook page. Enter links to your favourite pages as shown. 

You do not have to enter "http://" in front, because simplegradebook will just add it if you forget.  When you see the following icon on your page on the top right hand corner (not all pages have it, but the commonly used ones do) just click the link to pull up the dashboard on the bottom of your window. 

Click a link and it will open in a new tab.  Click anywhere else and the dashboard closes.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Weight Grades?
« Last post by TimDaniel on January 16, 2017, 02:31:25 PM »
There are three levels of weighting possible in simplegradebook for percentage assignments.

1. Weighting Assignments

Assignments can be weighted against each other using either the total points method or the equal points method.  The weightings are entered when you create the assignment.  They can also be changed after it was created.

For the total points method, just make the Points for your assignment equal to the number of points that you want it to be worth in your class:

Notice that when you click on Total Points, the field is automatically filled in with the value you entered in the Points field.  Your assignments will be weighted based on the number of points you entered for them.  So, if you have an assignment worth 30 points, and the total number of points for all assignments is 1200, that assignment will be worth 30/1200 or 2.5% of the total.  Note that the Scale Factor will automatically be set to 1 - if you want an assignment worth double points, just set the Scale Factor to 2, or 3 as appropriate.

For the equal points method, enter the Points the assignment is out of, then set the Total Points for all your assignments equal to some value like 100. 

The Scale Factor will be automatically adjusted to make all the assignments worth the same.  If you want an assignment to be worth double, set the Total Points for that assignment to 200, or 300.

2. Weighting Categories

When Categories are entered for assignments, a weighting percentage can be entered for each category if the class is a percentage or letter grade class. The weightings are entered by clicking the Class Settings button beside the class.

In simplegradebook, category weightings do not have to add up to 100, but doing so makes things less confusing for parents and students!  In this case, the category weighting percentage is converted to a decimal, and the total points in that category is multiple by this decimal.  For example, if you enter 30% in the category weighting, the total points a student earns in that category will be multiplied by 0.30 when determining the overall achievement.

3. Weighting Terms

A weighting percentage can also be applied to a Term. 

Once again, Term weights do not have to add up to 100%, but it makes the most sense to parents and students if they do.  For example, is common to have Term 1 - 40%, Term 2 - 40%, Final Exam - 20%.  Terms can also be used for units of study, such as Trigonometry - 20%, Algebra - 30%, Shape and Space - 30%.  Term weights are incorporated into the overall mark the same way that Categories are. 
FAQ / How do I Delete a Category or Term? (For Teachers)
« Last post by TimDaniel on December 07, 2016, 02:35:00 PM »
You can only delete categories or terms if there are no assignments "assigned" to them.  A good technique is to use the assignment spreadsheet (click on the word "Assignments" in the top menu) and look at the category assignments on the right hand side.  If there are assignments that are in the category you want to delete, change them to a new category.

Once you have done this, you can delete the category from the class Settings display.  Make sure you remove the category by deleting both the name and weighting, and then hit submit at the bottom of the page.
Parents and students control the type or messages they receive through a set of switches in their My Simplegradebook user profile.  If you are receiving too many messages, log in, go to My Simplegradeook, and unclick the message types you no longer wish to see.

Once you are finished with simplegradebook, such as after graduation, you can choose to either delete your account or keep it.  You will continue to receive messages until the teacher archives the class.  If you don't want to see any more messages in the meantime, delete the account or unclick the message types as above.

If you are receiving duplicate messages please report this as a bug. 
When an assignment is created in a performance scale class, there is a checkbox with the label "Practice".  When this checkbox is checked, the assignment is designated as a "practice" assignment.  This designation means that the assignment will NOT be included in the automatic determination of the overall grade.  In other words, if a practice assignment is not meeting expectations, the student can still have an overall grade of meeting expectations or exceeding expectations.

It is a good idea to have a Category called "Practice", and to put all practice assignments in that category.  That way both students and parents will know which assignments are for practice and which are for performance.
How Do I For Teachers / How Do I Delete a Category or a Term?
« Last post by TimDaniel on November 15, 2016, 11:02:29 PM »
Categories and Terms can be deleted in a two step process:

Step 1 - Use the Assignment spreadsheet to make sure that there are no assignments assigned to the Category (or Term).  Assign them to other Categories or Terms.

Step 2 - Use the Class Settings display and blank out both the Name and Weighting for the Category.  If both are blank and you hit Submit at the bottom of the Class Settings display, the Category (or Term) will be deleted.

If they are not deleted, go back and check again that no assignments are assigned to them.  Simplegradebook will only delete Categories or Terms with no assignments attached to them.
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