Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chromebook Inspiration

If you are looking for new and innovative ways to teach in your classroom, check out these innovative and transformative ideas that Google has assembled.  

Some ideas include using the built-in cameras and a green screen to travel the world,  bringing STEM into your classroom, and teaching in 3D.  

Check it out at: 

Innovate & Transform with Chromebooks

Thursday, November 1, 2018

How to Post your Q1 Grades

How to Enter Quarter Grades in Aspen

Your Aspen gradebook is similar to the paper gradebook that we all used to use.   It’s a private document that only you can see. At the end of each quarter, your student grades and comments must be posted to make them visible to the school and district.

At the beginning of the school year, you should have set up your gradebook details.  The Details page allows you to create your average mode, set up categories, and link classes. To learn more about setting up your gradebook details, see my blog entry Setting up your gradebook in Aspen.

To Post your grades in Aspen Gradebook,

  1. The Aspen Posting columns will appear. These are
    • Q1Grd - Quarter 1 Grade
    • Q1ClsAbs - Quarter 1 Class Absences
    • Q1Com1 and Q1Com2 - Quarter Comment 1 and Comment 2 field
  2. In the Grade Columns drop down box, select Post Columns - Term (see red circle)
  3. Select Options -> Update Post Columns

  1. This will take you through the Update Post Columns wizard.
    • PostGrades3.pngStep 1. Select the Grade Term (Q1) and the Grades to update (all students).

    • PostGrades4.png
      Step 2. Select
    • Quarter 1 Grade = Average:Q1
    • Q1 Class Absence= Class Absence Total

    • Step 3. Confirms the choices made in Step 1 and Step 2.
  1. Click Finish.
  1. You should notice that the Q1Grd and Q1ClsAbs fields will now be populated. (as above)
  2. Add comment codes (see WHS Comment Codes)

Verifying your Grades
  1. Verify your grade in Q1Grd against the grade from your Gradebook which is labeled Q1.
  2. If you would like to change the grade, simply click on the grade in the Q1Grd field and change it. Grades that you have modified will be indicated by a red, crossed-out circle.  PostGrades7.png
Applying the N-Rule (5 or more absences)
  1. Determine if N-Rule applies. See N-Rule from Handbook
  2. In Aspen, apply the N-Rule using the comment fields
    • 100 N-Rule: May lose credit for course due to to attendance issues. Contact school administration.
    • 101 N-Rule: Loss of credit, due to attendance issues, under consideration. Contact school administration

What does the pushpin mean?  black-pushpin.png
    • If the pushpin is black ,
      you can enter grades for this column, but you cannot post them to transcripts yet.
    • If the pushpin is green with a triangle ,
      you can enter and post grades for this column.
    • If the pushpin is red with a square ,
      you already posted the information to transcripts. If you need to change a grade, you will be able to repost your grade for 5 days after the report cards are distributed.  After that, you will need to complete the grade change form (see Guidance department).


Once you have verified the grades, added comments, and applied the N-Rule if necessary, you can Post your grades. Posting your grades sends a copy of the
grades in the field Q1Grd (and comments) to the report card / student transcript.
  1. Once the posting period has opened, the pushpin will turn from black to green.  The green signifies that you can post your grades.
  2. To Post your grades,  click Option -> Post Grades
  3. PostGrades9.png
    The Post Grades pop-up will appear.
    Fill in
    • Grade Term = Q1
    • Grades to post = Term Grades for all Students.
  4. Click Ok
  5. Once your grades are posted, your push pin will change from green to red.
  6. **IMPORTANT ** You must Post Grades for each class individually.


  • You may re-post your grades as many times as you please until the posting period ends.
  • There will be no printed verification sheets.  Instead, you can verify your grades on the Post Columns page of your gradebook (see steps 9 and 10).
  • Want a printable copy of this verification page?  
    • Select Reports -> Gradebook Sheet
    • The Gradebook Sheet will appear.  
    • Click Run.
    • The printable version of your Post Columns page of your gradebook will pop-up
    • Select Printer icon at the top of the Gradebook Sheet page.
  • If you planning on using the same comment field for most of the students in your class, you can quickly add the comment to all students by using Options -> Fill Down Values.  Then just change those students who need different comments.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Teachpoint - How to create a Request For Professional Days

A teacher recently asked me how they would go about creating a Request for Professional Days online using Teachpoint.  Using Teachpoint for these requests is easy.  You can follow the steps or watch the video below.

  1. Go to the PD Tracking icon on the left hand side of the page (Graduation Cap icon)
  2. Click the New button in the top right of the page
  3. Select Request for Professional Days

Please also note that the steps for creating Flex Time, Prior Approval of Course for College Credit, and Teacher-Directed/PLC are very similar.