Technology-Related Tips and Musings from Susie Simmons, a 6-12 Technology Coach at Bonny Eagle School District in Maine
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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.
I hope that makes sense! I wish I had a better answer for those of you who wanted this feature.
I had a teacher ask me if there was a way to hide or remove students who are no longer in your class. The answer is maybe. It depends on if they are officially dropped from your class and appearing as red in your roster and gradebook. If not, then no, you cannot remove them until they have been unenrolled from the class. If the student is showing up as red in your gradebook though, you can hide them so you don't have to worry about them. Here is a screenshot to help you do it:
Nearpod has been creeping under the radar since last year and it hasn't been on my list of frequently chatted about tools. But it is really handy for building engaging lessons and presentations online. I just got an email from them and they are giving away 24 of their top lessons FOR FREE ! It is worth checked out their list and grabbing any that have to do with your content area before you run out of time. Need to create a Nearpod account to grab them now? Go to this link to create an account first ! Nearpod Loves Teachers!
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