Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Vector Solutions: Viewing Summer PD Workshops

 As I am sure you are aware, Summer Professional Development Workshops are available in Vector Solutions (Teachpoint).  However, were you aware that your settings in Vector Solution may be causing these workshops to not show up on your viewable list?

When looking at the Available Events in the PD section of Vector Solutions, you have the option of choosing what events you will see.  The default is for the Current Year.  As you can see in the list below, there are options for PD that fall in the current school year.  Anything after July 1st would be considered the next school year.

By changing the dropdown from Current Year to Upcoming, I will see all events that are happening in the future.

Another option is to change the dropdown from Current Year to Next Year, and as you will see those options are slightly different, too.

Though changing the dates visible works throughout the year, it is important to use this setting as we close in on the end of the year so that you will see all options that are available.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Semester Averages in Aspen 2022

 Semester Averages in Aspen

In Aspen, the Semester 2 grade is calculated by adding all assignment grades for Q3 and Q4 and then dividing by the number of assignments.  This can cause a problem for grades for Seniors who have a shorter Q4 because the grade will be weighted more towards Q3 because there are so few assignments for Q4.  

Instead, you may prefer that the Q3 grade and Q4 grade to be averaged, rather than the individual grades.

Semester Cumulative Average
On the gradebook screen, click on the settings sprocket located on the right side of the gradebook next to the Post Grades button.   This will open the Set Preferences window.  Select the Averages tab.  Note if the box next to Semester Cumulative Average is selected.  If this is selected, uncheck it.
Aspen Help Definition
Semester cumulative average - Select this checkbox to display the semester running average for students in the Staff view. Semester running averages calculate based on the assignment grades within each of the terms inside of it, not on the average for each term.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Google Classroom: Schedule posts for more than one class

Teachers can now schedule posts across multiple classes in Google Classroom on the web. Teachers can use the assignment-scheduling flow to configure the: Due date Post date Topic 

Note: The rest of the assignment will remain the same Once set, teachers can select which classes should receive the post and when it should be published: 
  • Published immediately 
  • Published at a certain time 
  • Save as draft 
HOW TO Schedule to multiple classes
  1. Create an assignment in one of your classes.
  2. Select the arrow next to the class name under the For on the right hand side of the screen.

  3. Add the other classes which will should also receive the assignment.

  4. Click the arrow next to the Assign button on the top right of the assignment and choose the Schedule option.  *** Caution: do not click the assign button because it will then be assigned and you will not be able to change it to a scheduled time.

  5. The Schedule to multiple classes pop up window will appear.  Here you can determine the publish date, due date, and topic for the assignment in each of your classes. 

  6. When the assignment is scheduled for all of your classes, click the Schedule button at the bottom of the pop up window.

See it in action:
The image below walks through all of the steps to schedule multiple assignments.