• Pre-assigning Tests to Students in MAP

    Posted by David Moyer on 5/8/2018

    As we approach another testing window, I thought I'd make a quick post about assigning the test to students ahead of time.  This ensures that they are taking the right test, and will hopefully help reduce the number of students that take a second test due to an incorrect choice the first time.

    I have included both step-by-step instructions, and a quick GIF illustrating the process.  Before that, it is important to note that we reduced the tests in the drop-down menu so that only the four we currently administer at Pottsgrove are displayed.  The GIF was created before this change, so the image below shows what it will look like when you log in during this session.


    View of Test Drop-Down Menu

    Step-by-Step Instructions:

    1. Click on "Select Status" and choose "All"
    2. Click on "Assign Test" and select the test you want to administer, be sure to click "assign".
    3. The test should appear in the "Test Assignment" column - if it does, you have successfully preassigned the test, if not, repeat the steps.

    Video Illustration

    Assigning Test to Students in MAP

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  • Hiding Parent and Student Names (SignUpGenius)

    Posted by David Moyer on 2/27/2018

    Sometimes things change - after we think we are done.

    After the walkthrough was created for SignUpGenius, it was discovered that a checkbox was missed in the instructions that would hide the names of those signing up.  As a practice, we do not want our parents seeing the names of those who have signed up, so there are instructions below on how to set your sign up so that names are hidden.  If you have any questions, email me or Melissa Grubbs.


    Keeping names hidden from others who sign up for conferences

    1. Go to SignUpGenius and log in to your account.
    2. Once logged in, you should see your sign-up, if not, click on the "created" tab.  Click on the pencil icon to edit your sign-up.
    3. You'll see a bunch of numbered tabs across the top.  Click on the "settings" tab.  Underneath the box we created for 'student name', you will see a small blurb with a gear icon - click on that gear icon and check the box.
    4. Scroll down and click "update".
    5. Your done!  Log out!

    Here's a 45 second video walkthrough.  It may help you 'see' what you should experience as you go through the steps.

    Video Walkthrough


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  • Prompting Students to "Copy" Google items

    Posted by David Moyer on 3/2/2017


    In my classroom, I would create my own documents using Google that I wanted students to complete.  This was awesome because I could focus on specifics for my classroom - where do they need the most guidance, etc.  Also, because I created the document, and since I taught science, I could easily adapt it to hold relevant events as they happened in the world.  Since I wasn't printing 130 copies for students, I also could include color pictures, graphs, charts, tables - pretty much anything that helped illustrate a point.  Once I had my masterpiece created I needed to get it into the hands of the students. 

    Normally, I would set permissions to "view only" and give the students the link to the document (usually through our LMS - Schoology).  Students would then follow the link to the document.  At this point, they need to make a copy of the document.  I have spent what feels like hours trying to get every student to make this process automatic, yet it seems I fail every time.  What I have found through, some internet searching, is that you can simply change the URL of the Google Doc you are sharing and it will prompt the kids to make a copy of it before they can do anything else with the document.  


    Once you have the document that you want to share with students created, you can click on the blue "Share" button in the upper right hand corner of the document.  You will want to choose "Get Shareable Link" at the top, and you should end up with a screen like this one:

    Visual of Sharing Link

    From here, you can just copy and paste the URL into a new tab - this is where you modify it.  You will delete everything after the last backslash and replace it with the word copy. 

    What to delete in the URL

     Modified URL look


    What this does is present students with a screen that looks like this:

    Student view screenshot

    Take that URL and drop it where you want the kids to grab it - I generally put this as a link on an assignment in Schoology because I want students to fill it out and turn it back into me.  This is what that screen would look like:

    Where to link to assignment


    You can change the display name of the document when you add your link:

    Changing the title

    If you have any questions - feel free to email me!  Happy linking!

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