Technology-Related Tips and Musings from Susie Simmons, a 6-12 Technology Coach at Bonny Eagle School District in Maine
IC Minimum Grade Requirement for Online Assessments
I have had a couple teachers ask me about setting a minimum required grade for online assessments in Infinite Campus based on what they have experienced with other online assessment tools, like at SMCC. Unfortunately, I finally figured out through the IC Community Forums that it isn't possible. One suggestion was to manually add another copy of the assignment into your gradebook and then exclude the first one if they didn't score what they needed to. But that creates way more work for you in terms of managing the online assessments. You could also manually set up a category with just the one assessment that you have a minimum score for. Then you could have two copies of the assessment in that folder and then have it drop the lowest score. That would give them two opportunities to do the assessment and meet the score that you want them to get. If it would take them more than two opportunities to get the required score than one would argue that the student doesn't understand it and needs further instruction before making another attempt on that assessment. In that instance, you could reset the attempt on that second copy and let them attempt it again once you have instructed again.
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An example of a student choice menu that has students chose one item from each "course". I've been working with a teacher lately who has struggled with her students completing a summative paper in her class. This trimester, we're working together to find a way to increase buy in and hopefully have a higher percentage of students complete the project. While investigating options for her, the first thing that came to mind was using a choice board or learning menu to enable her students to select the method that would work best for them rather than prescribing a multimedia project. There are a wide range of ways that you can put choice boards in to action. Tic-Tac-Toe, Menus, Choice Board... there are lots of different words to use to search for them. But the premise for all of them is the same. Give your students a selection of options to chose from and let them go with it. Beyond hopefully boosting engagement, the teacher gets the added benefit of not have a ga
Hi, Blog Followers! How is it already February?! Kudos to the teacher that asked me for cartoon strip ideas this week. I included my suggestions in this week's slide! Did you know that the tech coaches have been using #bonnyeagle on social media? We're trying to make our messaging more positive and make it easier to see and follow all of the awesome stuff we are doing. Post with the hashtag and see me for your prize! I have a load of goodies to share. (Offer only applies to BMES/BEHS staff. Sorry!) If you'd like to get together to learn about any of these things, plan a lesson together integrating more technology, get some guidance with setting up your GP/HOW check in on Synergy, or get non-evaluative feedback just set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.com And, as always, you can see the tips from the past weeks by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to scroll through the other slides in the deck. Sincerely,
With a week left in October, it'd be awesome if we got more teachers (and students) at our schools to click on the link in the message below to do a free one minute SchoolSpeedTest! It only takes a minute and we'd love to get more data. Thank you for your help! As we continue our October SpeedTest Month, we'd like to thank all of you that have participated in the School Speed Tests. So far, we have had over 60% of Maine districts take part, with some schools performing over 150 tests so far! However, we still have some districts and schools that have yet to take part. The good news is that there is still plenty of time to do so! All we're asking is that each school in your district perform 10-20 tests before the end of the month! As a reminder, participating schools will receive SchoolSpeedTest data that will help find network bottlenecks, support network planning, demonstrate the need for increased connectivity/hardware funding and support your district readin