Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Students Presenting on the TEC? Use the Incognito Window!

We love student created content! Creating materials to teach others can, when done well, really impact a student's learning. However, no matter the positive outcomes of students teaching students, when it comes to presentation day, getting students logged into and out of Google Chrome can be tedious and time consuming. Ugh.

Well, here's a tech tip that might just speed up students getting access to their Google Drive presentations (or any other files associated to their Portage accounts).

Google Chrome's Incognito Window


Chrome's Incognito Window allows another user to quickly login to and out of Google Services without disrupting your profile on Chrome.

Either use the shortcut keys Ctrl+Shift+N from Chrome or click on the Chrome menu button and choose "New Incognito Window"


Then type in or go to "gmail.com", "drive.google.com", or whichever Google Service you wish and login to that service.


When students are done presenting, simply close all the Incognito Windows and their login and browsing information are gone from that computer. Yay! No more student profiles clogging up your teaching computers!


Now, just in case someone asks, it's good to know...

...when we hear "Incognito" we may think "secret" or that we might be getting away with something. However, as we can see in this note from Google...
Important: Neither Incognito mode nor Guest mode makes you invisible on the web. Websites you visit, your employer, or your service provider can still see your browsing activity.
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464?source=gsearch
...you and your students are still responsible for the good, responsible choices that should be made when browsing the web.

Happy Safe Browsing!



Friday, May 22, 2015

PD: Blended Learning in the Classroom Course being offered this Summer/Fall


Blended Learning in the Classroom Course Flyer
This spring, our PPS tech director, our tech integration specialists, four of our middle school teachers, and one elementary teacher completed the REMC Blended Learning in the Classroom (BLiC) course. This 62 SCECHs course was really beneficial in moving many of us forward in our learning and understanding of Blended Learning. It offered background on what blended learning was (hint: it isn't just flipping your classroom!) and how to organize your classroom to get the most out of the time you have with your students. Although the course was amazing, it was a significant amount of work that would be challenging to complete during the school year without release time. Thankfully, the course organizers have heard our concerns and have decided to offer a "split" course that would cover the first three modules during the summer when we all have more time to think and process, then finish up the rest of the hands-on modules in the fall when we have our kiddos. AWESOME!!!

Here's the updated flyer for the Summer/Fall session of BLiC if you are interested in participating​.  We HIGHLY recommend this course! It is definitely worth it.​ 

Please share with any of your colleagues who you feel may be interested in learning more about Blended Learning.​

Happy Blending!


Quick Info

Description: Are you looking to increase student engagement in your classroom? Do you want to effectively blend within your classroom to incorporate online elements? This free Blended Learning in the Classroom course is for all types of educators - administrators, teachers of all subjects, teachers of all levels!

Participate in this FREE opportunity to begin transforming your classroom.
Optional: 62 SCECHs - $10 processing fee

Course Dates
  • Part 1: July 20 - August 24 (orientation & modules 1 - 3)
  • Part 2: September 21 - November 30 (modules 4 - 8)
  • Face-to-face session: July 21st from 9:00-11:30AM Kalamazoo RESA Service Center 

Instructor:Keith Tramper, Kalamazoo RESA

Registration Click here.



PD: Going Google Training at Mattawan Middle School on June 15

Kalamazoo RESA, Berrien RESA and the Southwest Michigan TRIG Consortium would like to invite you to Going Google, a Google training, on June 15th at Mattawan Middle School.

Click Here to Register

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Keith at ktramper@kresa.net.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Grants: Looking for funding? Check out these grants.

Looking for some grant opportunities?  Check out these three grants.  Also, if you are looking for a more specific grant, GetEdFunding by CW-G is a great resource.  Do you know of some great grant opportunities?  Please share in the comments section!

$2,500 Grant Program from Thank America’s Teachers

Sponsored by Farmers Group, Inc., Thank America’s Teachers
Website: https://www.thankamericasteachers.com/submit-a-proposal/
Contact: Farmers Group, Inc.
4680 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Email: usw_farmersgivesback@farmers.com

Description: Through the Thank America’s Teachers, Farmers Group, Inc. is awarding grants up to $2,500 each to teachers across America that can be put towards classroom supplies through AdoptAClassroom.org. The contest is open to full-time teachers in kindergarten through grade 12 schools.

The contest consists of three contest periods and voting periods. Entries are limited to one per contestant per contest period. At the end of each period, Farmers Group, Inc. reviews and judges proposals, and selects finalist entries to be posted online and voted on by the general public during the corresponding voting period. For official contest rules and specific contest and voting periods, please visit the website.

Good proposals are concise, effectively describe why the funds are important, get personal, grab the reader, and are thorough.

Award(s): Grants of $2,500 are awarded.
Deadline(s): Proposals are accepted February 3 through September 30, 2015.





MACUL Grant Program

Sponsored by Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning
Website: http://www.macul.org/grantsawards/2015-16-macul-grants/
Contact: MACUL
3410 Belle Chase Way Ste. 100
Lansing, MI 48911
Phone: 517.882.1403
Email: macul@macul.org

Description: The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Grant Program is intended to encourage and support MACUL members in promoting effective instructional uses of computers or related equipment. Each project should have the potential of being replicated in other educational settings.

To meet the requirements for acceptance of grant funds, applicants must complete a MACUL-Grant Project Summary Form and Budget Report, carry out a plan for sharing the project with other educators and MACUL members, and either present a one-hour session at the MACUL Conference or submit a resource to MI Learning on iTunesU following the established submission process. The recommended overall length of a MACUL Grant is 2000-2500 words. The program’s website provides grant writing tips, including tips for writing the Project Budget, Project Narrative, and Project Need.

Eligible applicants are MACUL members who are classroom teachers, coordinators, administrators, media specialists, or higher education faculty or staff. MACUL grant recipients from the last two years are ineligible to apply.

Award(s): Grants up to $1,500 are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are anticipated to be available in March and due in May 22, 2015.


MEEMIC Foundation Grants 

Sponsored by The Meemic Foundation   
1685 N. Opdyke Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Description: Since 1992, The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education has been supporting education excellence through funding programs and other partnership initiatives. Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, The Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, and colleges and universities. 

MEEMIC is currently offering two types of grants for teachers:
Each grant proposal is evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated need
  • Project potential for having a lasting impact on students
  • How the program relates to classroom instruction or a school or school district improvement goal
  • Ability to replicate the project for future use
  • Cost effectiveness
You will be notified by email, letter or telephone of The Foundation’s decision regarding your grant application. Grants with significant conceptual, legibility or clarity problems will not be considered. Grant recipients are required to submit a final report (with copy of receipts) after the completion of the project. All unused funds must be returned at that time. Grant funding checks will be made payable to the school listed on the grant application.
Fill out our online grant application to get started.

Award(s): Grants up to $1,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s): 
Jan 1 - March 31: $1,000 - Notified by May 15, Funds available May/June
April 1-June 30: $1,000 - Notified by Aug 15, Funds available Aug/Sept
July 1-Sept 30: $500 - Notified by Nov 15, Funds available Nov/Dec
Oct 1-Dec 31: $500 - Notified by Feb 15, Funds available Feb/March


Year End, Purging Student U Drives

As we approach the end of another school year, it is important for all students to know that ALL files and folders in their network storage drive, otherwise know as the U Drive, will be purged or deleted during summer maintenance.

What does this specifically mean for students? If you need to keep any of your files from this school year, you will need to move them into your Google Drive or another service of your choosing.

Any students leaving the district (Congratulations, Seniors!) will have to move their files into another storage location outside of the Portage Public Schools Network and their @portageps.org Google Account. There are several methods for making this move; however, we recommend either of the following methods below.


Moving U Drive Files to your PPS Google Drive Account

If you will be at PPS next year, this is the one for you!

  1. Login to a student computer with your Portage username and password
  2. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer to go to your U Drive
  3. Create a new folder, name it “BackUp”
  4. Move all folders and files you wish to save into your new “BackUp” folder

  1. Open the Chrome browser and go to Google Drive, drive.google.com
  2. Create a new folder, name it something similar to “U Drive Backup 2015” (adjust to current year)
  1. Open your newly created folder

  1. For uploading Folders, Click the “New” button, “Folder Upload”

  1. Select the BackUp folder you created in your U Drive, Click “OK”
  1. Wait for your files to finish uploading (plan for at least 30 minutes for the upload to complete)
  2. Once complete, you may shut down or log off of your student machine

Taking your Google Files with you, when you leave Portage Public Schools


There are two recommended methods to use when taking your Google Drive files with you as you depart from Portage Public Schools. (Note: Do not forget your U Drive. Any files you wish to keep from there should be transferred to a mass storage device such as a USB stick or uploaded to a cloud storage service such as a personal Google account or Dropbox.)

Personal Gmail Account
If you happen to be old enough to have and have created a personal gmail account, you may share those files you wish to keep with that account and make copies of those files from within the personal account. By making a copy of those files in Google Drive, your personal account will then become the owner of those copies. The instructions below will tell you how to share and make copies of your files.
  • How to Share (with another account)
  • How to copy a file
    • Locate the file in Google Drive
    • Select the file
    • Right-click and “Make a copy” →
    • You now own the copy

Google Takeout
Google offers a service for Google Apps for Education users called, Google Takeout. Takeout allows you to export all or any portion of your Google Apps Services (files, emails, videos, etc.) to a compressed file. This compressed file, typically a .Zip file, can then be uploaded to another online cloud storage service or saved onto a USB flash storage device (flash drive, usb stick, etc.). See the video linked below that details the process on how to export your Google Apps information. (Note: Depending on how much information you are exporting the zip file could be quite large and could be split into multiple zip files.)


(NOTE: The following link takes you to Takeout, https://www.google.com/settings/takeout.)





Friday, May 15, 2015

Chromebook Tech Tip: Help! My Chromebook has a Keyboard on the Screen!

A PRINTABLE VERSION CAN BE FOUND HERE.


The Problem:

You or your students have a keyboard showing up on your screen, even though you are not using a touchscreen and have no desire to use your mouse to type.

What’s Happening?

Chrome OS has numerous accessibility features built into the operating system.  One of those features is an on-screen keyboard.

You will see a hand next to the time in the lower right corner if accessibility features - like ChromeVox, on-screen keyboard, high contrast mode, or screen magnifier - are turned on.  If the on-screen keyboard is also enabled, they you will see an icon of a keyboard there as well.


How do I fix it?

To turn off the on-screen keyboard, click on the area in the bottom right corner where the clock is located.
 Select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom and select “Show advanced settings…”.
Scroll down until you see the “Accessibility” section.
Uncheck “Enable On-screen keyboard”
Close the Settings window.

You can also turn it off by clicking on the hand, clicking on “Accessibility”, and clicking on “On-screen keyboard” to uncheck it.

If you still want the on-screen keyboard turned on, but just want to hide it, then you can click on the button in the bottom right corner of the on-screen keyboard.


Still not exactly sure what to do? Prefer to see it done on video?

No problem, simply follow the few short clicks in this video:
https://youtube.portageps.org/v/ShF1199tTA0

Chromebook Tech Tip: Help! My Chromebook is talking to me!

A PRINTABLE VERSION CAN BE FOUND HERE.

The Problem:

You or your students go to use the chromebook and it is reading everything on the screen to you in it’s fabulous computer voice.


What’s Happening?

Chrome OS has numerous accessibility features built into the operating system.  One of those features is called ChromeVox which allows everything on the screen to be read aloud for those with vision impairments.  This feature can be turned on/off in the Advanced Settings -> Accessibility area of the Chromebook.

You will see a hand next to the time in the lower right corner if accessibility features - like ChromeVox, on-screen keyboard, high contrast mode, or screen magnifier - are turned on.

How do I fix it?

To turn off ChromeVox, click on the area in the bottom right corner where the clock is located.  Select "Settings"

Scroll down to the bottom and select “Show advanced settings…”.
Scroll down until you see the “Accessibility” section.
Uncheck “Enable ChromeVox (spoken feedback)
Close the Settings window.

You can also turn it off by clicking on the hand, clicking on “Accessibility”, and clicking on “ChromeVox” to uncheck it.


Still not exactly sure what to do? Prefer to see it done on video?

No problem, simply follow the few short clicks in this video:
https://youtube.portageps.org/v/8xtcw_ZHOkw

Chromebook Tech Tip: Help! My Chromebook isn't typing the correct keys!

keyboard
A printable version can be found here.


The Problem:

You or your students are typing away on your Chromebook and all of a sudden you realize when you type the “s” key, it is no longer an “s” but instead a “o”.

What’s Happening?

Chrome OS has the ability to switch between multiple keyboard layouts and languages.  Usually we all use the US standard keyboard, but some people may use the Dvorak, US International, or even Colemak keyboards.  When the keyboard gets “messed up” it is usually because it was either intentionally or unintentionally changed to a different language or keyboard style.

How do I fix it?

Switching between keyboard layouts is pretty quick and easy, which is one of the reasons that we sometimes do it by mistake.

The first step in fixing the problem is to determine which keyboard you are using.  To do this, look in the bottom right corner of your screen.  If you are using the standard US Keyboard (which is the one we are used to using), it should look like this:


If it is on the Dvorak keyboard it will look like this:
screen shot showing Dvorak keyboard selected

Notice the US keyboard says “US” and the Dvorak keyboard says “DV” next to my profile picture.

To change your keyboard layout you can either:
  • Press Alt+Shift to switch between different input methods, or
  • Press Ctrl and space to switch to your previous input method.
(If they don’t remember the keystrokes, they can just click on the bottom right corner, choose the keyboard option, then choose US)

But what if US isn’t an option?

US Standard (US) keyboard style is the typical qwerty keyboard.  If your students have turned off this option and you are not able to get back to it by clicking Alt+Shift, then you will need to go into the settings and turn it on.  To do this, follow the few short clicks in this video:
https://youtube.portageps.org/v/GZRnuopOtAA

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PPS PD: June Professional Development Opportunities Available

Hey PPS Staff!  Only 18 days of school left!  Time to think about what professional development you would like to participate in this summer.  Here is the run down of what we will be offering through the PPS Tech Department.  Click on the KALPA course number to sign up for the June Trainings, or head to techcamp.site.portageps.org to register for the August Tech Camp.

Courses Being Offered this Summer

Google Classroom - Create, share, edit, and grade assignments...online!
Instructor: Jessica Winstanley
The latest addition to Google Apps for Education offers a simple, straight forward and - best of all - easy to use way to interact with students online.  Whether you have devices in your classroom everyday, or are just beginning to explore ways to use technology in your classroom or blend your class, Google Classroom allows you to create and distribute assignments, information, and resources to your students, as well as edit, grade and return homework, all while keeping the papers off your desk.  If you need help sharing assignments with your students that doesn’t require hundreds of emails or digging through your “Shared with me” folder, then this is the class for you.  Once you experience Google Classroom, you won’t go back!
  • 529306 June 18, 2015 (9:00 - 11:00 am) Middle School/High School Teacher Class
  • 529302 June 18, 2015 (12:00 - 2:00 pm) Elementary Teacher Class
  • 529305 June 23, 2015 (9:00 - 11:00 am) Elementary Teacher Class
  • 529307 June 23, 2015 (12:00 - 2:00 pm) Middle School/High School Teacher Class

Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom
Instructor: Jessica Winstanley
Did you know that each elementary school has chromebooks at their disposal?  Want to learn some ways to integrate these great devices in your classroom?  This is the class for you.  We will be discussing various tips, tools, and lesson ideas for ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Keyboarding, Classroom Management and more!  
  • 529325 June 18, 2015 (2:15 - 4:00 pm)
  • 529326 June 23, 2015 (2:15 - 4:00 pm)

Chrome Apps and Extensions
Instructor: Paul Murray
Make Google Chrome work for you! One of the great features of Chrome is that you can add more features. There exists a whole slew of tools that one can take advantage of with Chrome that will help users be more productive and efficient. Class will run approximately 1 hour.
  • 529851 June 16, 2015 (8:30 - 9:30 am)

Unlimited Storage & Search Anything: Google Drive
Instructor: Paul Murray
Learn how to take advantage of unlimited storage with Google Drive. We use the power of Google Search everyday in our classrooms. Why not maximize that power with our own files? Not only will you learn how, but you will have time to start the process of organizing your files in the cloud. Anytime, Anywhere access! Class will run approximately 2 hours.
  • 529853 June 16, 2015 (9:30 - 11:30 am)

YouTube - More than just Videos
Instructor: Paul Murray
Did you know that you can create and edit videos easily? Upload your own videos? Create playlists? Have videos marked as safe for students to access? And access a whole library of royalty-free songs for use in videos? Yes, YouTube does it all! Learn how! Class will run approximately 1 hour.
  • 529861 June 16, 2015 (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Google Sites: Clean and Simple
Instructor: Paul Murray
Whether you have an existing site or are new to Google Sites, this session will teach you how to simplify and clean up your site. As a teacher, you don’t have time to have to manage a site and teach your students. I can show you how to make your site clean and virtually maintenance free! Class will run approximately 2 hours.
  • 529899 June 16, 2015 (1:30 - 3:30 pm)

Flipped/Blended Learning
Instructor: Paul Murray
Want more time to work one-on-one with your students? Want to spend more time applying concepts rather than lecturing? Need to start small and grow with your understanding? Flipped/Blended Learning is model of teaching that will allow your classroom to grow in these areas and allow you to connect with your students’ learning on a deeper level. Flip your classroom now! Class will run approximately 2 hour.
  • 529849 June 25, 2015 (8:30 - 10:30 am)

Google Forms & Sheets: What do I do with the data?
Instructor: Paul Murray
There is so much information to collect! Learn how to collect and manage all this information efficiently by creating forms, surveys, exit tickets, sign ups and self grading quizzes using Google Forms, then manage that data with Google Sheets. Class will run approximately 1 hour.
  • 529934 June 25, 2015 (10:30 - 11:30 am)

Google Mail, Calendars, Tasks
Instructor: Paul Murray
Still trying to navigate Google Mail and Google Calendar? Want to become more efficient with both? This class will teach you how to empty your inbox and never miss an email as well as how to create, find, and manage calendars. Class will run approximately 1.5 hour.
  • 529852 June 25, 2015 (12:30 - 2:00 pm)

Technology Open Lab Free Choice Work Session
Instructor: Paul Murray
Do you have a project involving technology that you want to work on this summer?  Do you want to work on your webpage, blog or try making curriculum videos?  Are you collaborating with your fellow teachers and want a space to work together with computers and easy U: drive access?  Would you like to come to the lab to work and have someone available in case you have any questions?  If so, then this is the session for you.  The sessions will be for 1.5 hours.
  • 529848 June 25, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30 pm)
Come enjoy a day of learning at our third PPS Technology Camp.  Attend the fun all three days, or just attend one.  The choice is yours! This two and a half-day long camp will allow you to explore many different areas of using technology in your classroom.  We will be offering two or three 90 minute sessions Wednesday - Friday and with multiple options at each time block.  Choose the class that peaks your interests and dive into learning.   Possible topics include: Skyward/Gradebook, Google Mail and Calendars, Google Chrome Ext and Apps, Video Creation, Google Sites Plus, Google Sites Advanced Options, Hangouts, LucidPress, Student Response Systems Options, Google Docs with Add-ons, Blogging with Students, Infographics, LinkedIn - Help students create their professional presence, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Student Presentation Tools for Chromebooks, Flipped/Blended Learning, PLN with Social Media

Tentative Schedule
Session Times for Wednesday and Thursday
8:30 - 8:45 Registration and Check In
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1
10:45 - 11:15 Panel Discussions/Tech Tool Smackdown
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 Session 2
2:00 - 3:30 Session 3

Friday, August 7, 2015
8:30 - 8:45 Registration and Check In
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2     


Monday, May 11, 2015

How do YOU teach Digital Citizenship?

I have yet to meet a teacher who does not want their students to be responsible digital citizens.  Teachers inherently want to keep their students safe and help them to make smart choices.  Fitting "One more thing" in the curriculum, however, can be overwhelming at best in this age of constantly changing curriculum and standardized testing.  So, how can we make sure that we are teaching our kids to be responsible citizens, both of the digital and face-to-face worlds of which they inhabit?

This was the conundrum one of our fifth grade teachers, Wendy Plew, from Moorsbridge Elementary in Portage presented me with about two months ago.  She was deeply concerned, both as a teacher and a parent, that her fifth grade kids had constant access to technology, at school and at home, but didn't really understand the power and responsibility that these devices put upon them.  She wanted help, and I was only too happy to jump in.  My wheels started turning and we sat down to PLC about possible solutions.

What we came up with was the idea of a Digital Citizenship Day Camp for the fifth grade students.  The three fifth grade teachers at Moorsbridge, along with help from the PPS Tech Director and Tech Integration Specialists, designed a half day camp for the student.  We offered five 30 minute lessons on various topics related to digital citizenship, including: Scams and Schemes, Cell Phone Savvy, Privacy Rules, Cyberbullying, Digital Life 101.  Each student picked their top three choices from the list of five and those were the three sessions they attended during the camp.  On camp day, each student received a folder with a ticket showing which classes they were attending each session, a bookmark about digital citizenship, a note taking sheet, and a pencil.
These tickets helped the students know which class to go to each session.

The event was a great success!  The discussions were engaging and thought provoking.  The kids learned a thing or two about being responsible with their devices and taking care to leave positive digital footprints. I am sure they went home with some good topics to discuss with their parents/guardians.  When we asked the kids during the wrap up session what they thought about the day, they all said they wished it was longer so they could have gone to all the sessions, and wanted to know if we could do it again.  High praise from 11-year-olds!

In addition to the kids camp, we also offered a DigitalED parent session at the end of the school day so parents could learn a bit about how to support what the students were learning about digital citizenship during the school day, at home.

I feel so blessed to work with such amazing teachers.  They saw a need in their classrooms, and together we were able to come up with a solution that met their need and helped lay the foundation for great conversations in the future.  The learning won't stop just because Digital Citizenship Day Camp is over, it will continue through the rest of the school year and the skills the students learned will serve them well as they transition to middle school.  I look forward to expanding this to our other seven elementary schools in Portage - it's just too good to keep to ourselves.

A special thank you to all those who made this day possible:
Lori Kirshman - Moorsbridge Elementary Principal
Wendy Plew - Fifth Grade Teacher
Darcee Thomas - Fifth Grade Teacher
Michal Vandenburg - Fifth Grade Teacher
Dan Vomastek - PPS Technology Director
Paul Murray - PPS Tech Integration Specialist
Jessica Winstanley - PPS Tech Integration Specialist




Skyward Tech Tip: Unlocking a Closed Grade Period

Have you recently attempted to change a grade from last quarter only to be met with the statement “This Grade Period is closed for Grade Entry“?


This occurs because the date for the end of a marking period or quarter has past and that grading period has been locked in the Skyward Gradebook. Below you will find the process for changing term grades, assignment scores, and other information from past grading periods.


Google Docs Version

Go to your gradebook

Let’s start with the gradebook for the class where you need to make a change.


In this example, we will be adding a score to a missing assignment and removing the incomplete grade from the quarter grade. (Note: The process to open or unlock the gradebook is the same regardless the change you need to make.)


This change will be made for marking period three, Q3. In that marking period column, click on the “Options” dropdown button.



From the Options dropdown, choose “Grade Posting Status for Term QX”, where X is the specific quarter. Again, here we are using Q3.



On the screen that appears, you will choose the button at the right, “Request Grade Changes”.



A popup window will appear prompting you for the reason for your Request to Change Grades. The reason you supply should include information that would be helpful for office staff to use in completing your request. Notice, in this example, that the office will be informed that the gradebook has been unlocked in order to “update missing assignments and remove [an] incomplete” score. Click “Yes” to proceed. (Note: After opening or unlocking the gradebook, you will have two (2) hours with which to make your changes before the gradebook will automatically lock again.)



Next...
Notice this student has a score of “0” for the assignment highlighted below. Click on the assignment score to be changed.




Now, the score has been updated to an 18 out of 20. Next, for this example, the “I” or incomplete grade must be removed from the Q3 column as this student has completed all work for the quarter. Click on the “I” for the incomplete. (Note: The “I” could represent any grade period score that you may wish to change.)



Once you have clicked on the “I”, the grade adjustment screen will appear showing both the grade override (Incomplete) at the right and, to the left, the Skyward calculated score. Removing the incomplete will allow the gradebook to use the Skyward calculated score as the new grade listed for the student. To remove the incomplete, click on the dropdown menu and choose the “-” (dash) as shown at the right. Click “Save”.


 



Once the grade change has been made an additional column will appear in your gradebook. There are now two Q3 columns. The Q3 column on the left represents the current grade that is being (will be) reported. The Q3 column on the right is the grade that was reported on the report card. You might think of it as left/new, right/old.




Now that all assignments have been updated and the incomplete quarter grade removed, we need to finalize these changes. In other words, “close”, “lock”, or “complete grade changes”. Click on Q3 Options. Choose Grade Posting Status for Term QX.



On the screen that appears, choose “Complete Grade Changes”. We are now done.