2010 STIClassroom Companion

2010
STIClassroom Companion
User Manual
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This document was last modified on February 9, 2010. Any subsequent changes made to the STI applications described
herein will be discussed in the release notes that accompany each product’s update.
Contents
Overview
1
Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 1
Installation and Setup
2
Completing the Registration Form............................................................................................. 2
Downloading the Software ........................................................................................................ 2
Creating the Take Home Diskette.............................................................................................. 3
Installing the Program on the Home Computer ......................................................................... 3
Using STIClassroom Companion
5
Access........................................................................................................................................ 5
Opening the Program................................................................................................... 5
Registration ................................................................................................................. 5
Importing Data ............................................................................................................ 5
Signing On................................................................................................................... 5
Transferring Data....................................................................................................................... 6
Read School Diskette (Importing Data at Home)........................................................ 6
Create School Diskette (Exporting Data) .................................................................... 6
Read Take Home Diskette (Importing Data at School) ............................................... 7
A Note about Data Files .............................................................................................. 7
STIClassroom Companion Desktop .......................................................................................... 8
Drop-down Menus....................................................................................................... 9
Teacher Grade Book ................................................................................................................ 10
Using the Grade Book Menu ..................................................................................... 10
GradeBook Drop-down Menu ................................................................................... 18
Graphs Drop-down Menu.......................................................................................... 23
Reports Drop-down Menu......................................................................................... 23
Lesson Planner......................................................................................................................... 25
Viewing Lesson Plans ............................................................................................... 28
Printing Lesson Plans ................................................................................................ 29
Index
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Overview
Introduction
STIClassroom Companion, a supplement to the STIClassroom Win application, is
designed to enable classroom teachers to perform a wide range of required recordkeeping tasks at home, thereby freeing up more time to work with students at school.
The program offers the following features:
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Entering grades for activities such as tests, homework, projects, etc.
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Editing previously entered grades.
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Creating comments for progress reports.
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Creating/Editing Lesson Plans.
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Viewing student schedules, demographics, and discipline information.
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Updating school/home records via diskette.
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Downloading program updates from the Web.
Additionally, STIClassroom Companion offers the user the option to generate
diverse reports, such as lesson plans for a specified date range or individual student
progress reports. The Teacher Grade Book itself may also be printed from
STIClassroom Companion, for those wishing to keep an extra copy of the Grade
Book at home.
Whether a teacher needs to call a parent, view current averages for all students, or
update student averages, STIClassroom Companion can meet the need.
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Installation and Setup
Completing the Registration Form
After purchasing a license for the STIClassroom Companion, the teacher will receive
a form from STI requesting the following information:
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School Name;
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Teacher Name; and
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Teacher Number from the STIOffice application.
The completed form should be returned to STI. STI will then use that information to
assign a registration code to the teacher. Next the teacher will receive a Registration
Code and Password from STI. The teacher will need the following information to
install the Take Home software:
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Teacher Number from STIOffice;
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Registration Code (furnished by STI); and
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Installation Password (furnished by STI).
Downloading the Software
Important Note: Throughout these instructions you are asked to use 3 ½ floppy
diskettes. Be aware that newer computers may not have a 3 ½ floppy drive. You
have the option of using any media available to save the install software and the
Take Home data. You could use such media as USB jump drives, CD’s, etc. All
three diskettes that are mentioned may be placed on one jump drive or one CD.
Two blank formatted diskettes (or other media if desired) will be needed for
downloading the software installation files. Label the diskettes Companion Install
Disk 1 and Companion Install Disk 2. Then perform the following steps:
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Access the STIClassrom Companion software download page at the
STI Web site, http://www.sti-k12.com/takehome. The two install files
will be listed onscreen: CRM32TH.EXE and CRM32TH.W02.
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Click Download File for each install file, separately; save each file on
a separate floppy disk or other media.
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After both files have been downloaded, close the download page.
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Creating the Take Home Diskette
Before installing/using STIClassroom Companion at home, a third blank formatted
diskette is needed to create a Take Home diskette from the STIClassroom Win
program at school. Follow these steps to create the Take Home diskette:
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Label the diskette STIClassroom Companion or choose another
descriptive title. Insert the diskette in the floppy drive of a school
workstation that has STIClassroom Win installed.
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Log on to STIClassroom Win with the usual User Code and Password.
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In the opening screen, select the TakeHome menu item at the top of
the screen.
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Click Create Take Home Diskette. A warning screen will appear.
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Select the Target, which will generally be the letter designated for
your floppy drive, either A: or B:, then click OK. Make sure a
floppy diskette is inserted in the drive first!
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If you wish to send the Takehome data to a different location, such
as a USB jump drive or CD drive, select Other for the Target and
click the Ellipsis button to navigate the correct Path.
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You may Select a Specific Grading Period from which lesson plan
information will be drawn for exporting to disk. Leave this field blank
to use all grading periods.
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Enter a date to Export Plans From. Typically, the current date, which
appears by default, would be chosen here. Lesson plans will be
exported from this date forward.
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As the disk is being created, various process bars will appear onscreen.
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When the procedure has finished, remove the diskette (or other media).
This diskette will be used for any future transferal of data between the
home computer and the classroom computer. Take all three diskettes
home for installation of STIClassroom Companion.
Installing the Program on the Home Computer
Follow these steps to install STIClassroom Companion on the home computer:
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Insert the diskette labeled Companion Install Disk 1 in the floppy drive.
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Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
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Double-click the 3½ Floppy icon.
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The file CRM32TH.EXE should be displayed. Double-click that file.
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At the next screen, click OK.
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At the next screen, click OK to select the default Destination Directory
of C:\CRMTH.
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Enter the install password furnished by STI.
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After the first diskette has been installed, insert the second diskette
labeled Install Disk 2 when prompted and click OK.
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After the installation has been completed, a help file will appear
onscreen. Click on File and Print if you wish to print the help filewhich will require that you have a printer installed on your home. If
you do not have a printer at home, you may save this file to diskette,
then take it back to school and print a copy.
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Click the X in the top right corner to close the help screen. This
completes the installation of the program.
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Using STIClassroom Companion
Access
Opening the Program
Users familiar with STIClassroom Win will notice that STIClassroom Companion is
organized in a slightly different manner. To open the program, click the Windows
Start button in the lower left corner of the screen, choose Programs, and then
select SSTS2000 Classroom Module.
Note: A desktop shortcut to STIClassroom Companion may be created by rightclicking and dragging the Start menu item onto a blank section of the desktop, then
choosing Create Shortcut Here. This will eliminate the necessity of navigating
through the Windows Start menu in the future.
Registration
A one-time registration procedure must be performed before STIClassroom
Companion is ready for use.
The initial screen will ask for a Teacher Number. Enter the teacher number as
assigned in STIOffice and press the Tab key. Then enter the Registration Code
issued from STI and click Register.
If an error is displayed at this point, the teacher number or the registration code may
have been changed. If this is the case, the program cannot be accessed. Contact STI
support at 877-844-0884.
Importing Data
The next screen will display the prompt, Are You Ready To Import Data From Your
Diskette? Insert the diskette labeled Take Home (the diskette created in
STIClassroom Win at school) and click Yes.
On the next screen, enter the letter designating the floppy drive and click OK. A
warning screen will be displayed with the statement You are about to REPLACE
your home data with school data. Click OK. The data will begin importing.
When the import procedure has been completed, a message will prompt the user to
restart the program. Click OK and STIClassroom Companion will close.
See the section Transferring Data below for further details on importing/exporting.
Signing On
Subsequent to the registration procedure, the user will be required to sign on to
access the program.
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As with STIClassroom Win at school, simply enter the User Code and press the Tab
key. Then enter the Password, press the Tab key again and click OK. The User Code
and Password used in STIClassroom Companion are identical to the User Code and
Password used in STIClassroom Win at school.
Transferring Data
The Take Home diskette is used to transfer data back and forth from home to school;
that is, from STIClassroom Win to STIClassroom Companion and back again. In the
classroom, current data is copied from the school’s file server to a floppy diskette.
The diskette is then taken home so the data can be downloaded to the home
computer. After all work has been completed at home, the newly modified data is
copied back to the diskette to return to STIClassroom Companion for downloading.
Creating the Take Home diskette has been described above. Following are details of
the three other steps in the data transfer process.
Read School Diskette (Importing Data at Home)
This option, located under the TakeHome drop-down menu at the top of the
STIClassroom Companion screen, is essentially the same as Importing Data (see
above), a step that must be performed before the program will run at all. Once the
user is at the home computer with a current Take Home diskette inserted in the
floppy drive, the following steps should be performed:
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Open STIClassroom Companion. Select the TakeHome menu.
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Choose Read School Diskette.
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Select the letter of the floppy diskette drive and click OK. A warning
screen will be displayed with the statement, You are about to
REPLACE your home data with school data. Click OK. The data will
begin importing to the hard drive of the home computer.
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When the import procedure is complete, a message will prompt the user
to restart the program. Click OK and STIClassroom Companion will
close.
Create School Diskette (Exporting Data)
After all work has been completed in STIClassroom Companion, the data is ready to
be moved back to STIClassroom Win. To create the School Diskette, do the
following:
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Select the TakeHome menu and choose Create School Diskette.
Make sure the Take Home diskette is inserted in the floppy diskette
drive.
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Select the letter designating the floppy drive and click OK. A warning
screen will be displayed with the statement All Files On Diskette Will
Be Erased! Click OK. The data will be exported to the diskette.
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Read Take Home Diskette (Importing Data at
School)
Now the data modified in STIClassroom Companion is ready to be imported by
STIClassroom Win back at school. To import this data at school, do the following:
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Select the TakeHome menu item and choose Read Take Home
Diskette. Make sure the Take Home diskette is inserted in the floppy
drive.
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Select the letter designating the floppy drive and click OK. A warning
screen will be displayed with the statement You are about to REPLACE
your school data with home data. Click OK.
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When the import procedure is complete, a message will prompt the user
to restart the program. Click OK.
If a Take Home diskette is created in STIClassroom Win, the program will expect to
view the modified data on the diskette before any applications are run again. If
STIClassroom Win is opened and an attempt is made to edit data without importing
the Take Home diskette first, a warning screen will appear with the statement You
have created a Takehome diskette without reading it back in on this computer!
It is recommended that the user perform the Read Take Home Diskette process
as the very first step upon opening STIClassroom Win.
A Note about Data Files
Each time data is saved onto a diskette, a data file is created. Files created in
STIClassroom Win and STIClassroom Companion will have different extensions and
are NOT interchangeable.
Note: The file created in STIClassroom Win is constructed to be read by
STIClassroom Companion. The file created in STIClassroom Companion is
constructed to be read by STIClassroom Win. In other words, the data on the Take
Home diskette created in STIClassroom Win cannot be read in STIClassroom Win.
The data on the diskette created in STIClassroom Companion cannot be read in
STIClassroom Companion.
Once exported, the data on the Take Home diskette created in STIClassroom Win
will have a file name such as X####.zxh, with #### representing the user’s teacher
number. For example, if the teacher number is 1234, the file created will be named
X1234.zxh.
The file created in STIClassroom Companion for transferal to STIClassroom Win
will have a file name such as X####.zxs, with #### representing the user’s teacher
number.
If the wrong file is selected for import in either STIClassroom Companion or
STIClassroom Win, an import error message such as Import File Problem
A:\X1234.zxh File Not Found will be displayed.
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STIClassroom Companion Desktop
The opening screen of STIClassroom Companion gives the teacher a view of his/her
schedule and provides access to Teacher Grade Book
and the Lesson Planner
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Teacher Information: The teacher's Name, Home Room and Room
Number are displayed at the top of the menu. If any information is
incorrect, the office should be notified.
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Term: STIClassroom Companion defaults to the present term. Verify
that the term selected is the proper one. Uncheck the box next to the
term to display information for all terms. In the example shown above,
the current term is called 3rd Quarter; this could also appear as 3rd
Nine Weeks, Quarter Three, etc. This designation is drawn from the
STIOffice System File.
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Note: Be sure that all of the information in the window is correct. Contact STI
Support if there are discrepancies.
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If Day Codes are in use (for example, schools using Alternating Day
scheduling), the user may sort the display of courses according to day
code by clicking the appropriate tab above the course list. Note that the
room number and student count of each class is displayed.
Drop-down Menus
File
Here the user may exit the program or set up the printer. Click Print Setup to view
or change printer routes, paper sizes and sources, and the print orientation.
Edit Menu
These features are used for cutting, copying and pasting text. This menu is inactive
for most functions within STIClassroom Win/Companion.
TakeHome Menu
This drop-down menu is used to create or read school diskettes. See “Transferring
Data” on page 6 for more information.
Window
The Window menu item allows for opened windows to be displayed in cascade or tile
format and for icons to be arranged. It will also list each open window.
Help
The Help items provide access to online Help and offers instructions about using
Help.
The About item provides information about the application. Occasionally when
problems arise, STI Support will ask that the user check this window to verify the
location of the program or database, as well as the current file dates and versions for
key files. The Help | About window is resizable.
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Teacher Grade Book
The Teacher Grade Book utility is used to enter and track grades and class work
details for the students. The utility may also be used to print progress reports, check
on averages and mid-term grades, view student demographic data, etc. Read the
instructions below for the many capabilities of this feature.
Select a class in the list and click the Teacher Grade Book icon to view the Grade
Book for that class.
Using the Grade Book Menu
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The menu is resizable. To change the size, move the mouse to a
corner until the standard mouse pointer icon turns into a two-way arrow
icon. Click and hold down the mouse button, then drag the corner
inward or outward until the menu is the correct size. This setting will
be retained when Grade Book is opened in the future.
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All columns in the Grade Book work area are also resizable.
Click on any column separator line and drag as described above to
resize the column.
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Icons: Most of the Grade Book icons will remain inactive until the
user clicks in a data entry column in the student/grade browse box
below. Alternately, the user may right-click in any highlighted data
entry column to select any of the functions that are available via the
icons.
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Students who have Comments entered in their records will be
listed in blue font.
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Skills: If Skills have been linked to the selected class in STIOffice, a
field will appear in the middle of the Grade Book menu (just above the
student list) that will allow the user to select a specific Skill from the
drop-down list. Then the user may view students’ averages and scores
for any Activities that were linked to that Skill.
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Demographic information may be viewed for any student by
double-clicking on the student's name.
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Letter Grade Display: If the scale being used has decimal ranges,
the averages used to find letter grades will not be rounded.
Entering Scores/Grades for Activities
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Click in the column under the Activity for which grades are to be
entered. All the grayed-out icons should become active.
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Click the
(Enter Scores Down This Column) icon. The
Column Entry menu will appear, with a roster of the students in the
class. Make sure the correct Activity is listed onscreen.
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Place the cursor in the New column and enter the grade for the
corresponding student and click the Enter key.
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To assign the same grade to all the students, type the grade for one
student and click the Fill button, INSTEAD of clicking the Enter key.
If there are any grades already displayed below the one selected, the
user will be given the option to overwrite any of those values.
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To drop all scores that have been entered, click the Drop button. The
scores will continue to be displayed onscreen, but an asterisk will
indicate that they have been dropped.
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Click Undrop to undo the Drop procedure.
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Click Save when all grades have been entered.
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It is possible to edit grades that have been entered by performing all the
steps above; however, the scores will now be listed in the Current
column. Place the edited score in the New column and click Save.
Editing Grades for all Four Grading Methods
Double-clicking on a student's score will automatically take the teacher to Edit.
Clicking twice on the date of an Activity automatically edits that Activity. The date
is retained from the previous Activity edited. Clicking the CTRL key while in any
field will copy the value from the previous Activity edited.
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Highlight the name and score of the student's grade to be edited.
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Click the
(Edit Selected Score) icon. The Score Edit menu for
that student will appear.
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Enter the new grade in the window (Check to make sure this is the
correct student and correct Activity).
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Enter a comment about the edit, if desired.
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Click OK when all information has been entered.
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Print this Activity and others by selecting Print Grade Book under
the GradeBook drop-down menu.
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Cycle Student: Checking this option allows continuous entry of
Activities for that student.
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Cycle Activity: Checking this option will cycle through all students for
this Activity.
Entering Comments
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Highlight the name of the student who is to receive the comment.
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Click the
(Enter Comments) icon and the Comment menu for
the selected student will come into view.
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Type in the User Number if needed. This is an optional sorting tool that
may be used in Grade Book. The number can be changed here. This
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number may remain the same all term or it may be changed as the user
desires.
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Enter a Comment to be included for this student or click the Lookup
button to select a pre-entered Comment.
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When the Lookup button is clicked, the Teacher Notes menu will
appear. Choose a Comment and click Select, or click Insert to
add a new Comment to the list.
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Click the Assign to All Students box to give the selected Comment to
all students in the roster.
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Click OK when finished.
Printing Selected Student’s Progress Report
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Select a student and click the
Report) icon.
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Report Options: Select the information to include in the report.
(Print Selected Student’s
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Select Picture to include the student’s picture on the report.
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Select Teacher Note to include teacher notes on each report. A
Select a Note menu will appear after Print has been selected. The
teacher may then enter a new comment or select from a previously
entered note.
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Select Parent Signature to include a line on which a parent can
sign.
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Select Course Comment to print a comment that was entered via
the Edit Selected Score utility.
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Select Average Only to print the course average only- no Activity
grades will be included.
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Select Total Points to display the total points earned as well as the
total points possible.
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Select HR Teacher Name to include the name of the student's home
room teacher.
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Select Student Address to include the student’s address on the
report.
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Select Class Average to include the student’s overall class average
on the report.
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Select Category Averages to display Category Averages, if
applicable.
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Select Letter Grade to include the average letter grade in the
report.
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Average Filter: This option should not be used when printing the
progress report for a single student. Fields are provided here to allow
the user to print progress reports for groups of students whose averages
fall within a specified range.
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Attendance Codes: Select the attendance codes to include in the
report. Use the drop-down arrow to choose All, None, Excused or
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Unexcused; individual code types may be clicked to include or exclude
them from the report.
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Daily Attendance Included: Check Yearly to include daily
attendance for the academic year. Check Grading Period to include
daily attendance for the grading period.
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Period Attendance: Check this box to include period attendance in
the report.
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ID to Print: Use the drop-list to select the type of student ID to print
on the report.
Printing Gradebook Information
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Click the
report.
(Print Gradebook) icon to generate a Grade Book
Note: When printing the Grade Book, the user may restrict the report to selected
students by choosing a range of names in the student list and using the Ctrl or Shift
keys along with a mouse click (the student names will appear faintly highlighted).
Then click the Print Gradebook icon. Click Yes when prompted to print the grade
report for the selected students only.
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View the Print Preview.
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Click the Printer icon to print or click the
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Exporting Reports: In the Grade Book Print Preview, the user will see a
Globe icon in the toolbar.
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Click this icon to export the report to an HTML or RTF file. The user
may name the report, select the directory in which the report is to be
saved, and indicate whether he/she would like to launch the registered
viewer for the file type.
icon to cancel printing.
Printing Progress Reports for the Entire Class
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While in Grade Book, select the Reports drop-down menu.
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Select Print Class Progress Reports. The Class Progress Report
menu will appear.
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Report Options: Select the information to include in the report.
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Select Picture to include student pictures on the report.
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Select Teacher Note to include teacher notes on each report. A
Select a Note menu will appear after Print has been selected. The
teacher may then enter a new comment or select from a previously
entered note.
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Select Parent Signature to include a line on which a parent can
sign.
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Select Course Comment to print a comment that was entered via
the Edit Selected Score utility.
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Select Average Only to print the course average only- no Activity
grades will be included.
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Select Total Points to display the total points earned as well as the
total points possible.
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Select HR Teacher Name to include the name of each student's
home room teacher.
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Select Student Address to include the address of each student on
the report.
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Select Class Average to include the overall class average on the
report.
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Select Category Averages to display Category Averages, if
applicable.
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Select Letter Grade to include the average letter grade in the
report.
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Average Filter: Check this box to restrict the report to include only
students whose averages fall within a specified range. Then enter the
low and high ranges in the fields provided.
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Attendance Codes: Select the attendance codes to include in the
report. Use the drop-down arrow to choose All, None, Excused or
Unexcused; individual code types may be clicked to include or exclude
them from the report.
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Daily Attendance Included: Check Yearly to include daily
attendance for the academic year. Check Grading Period to include
daily attendance for the grading period.
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Period Attendance: Check this box to include period attendance in
the report.
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ID to Print: Use the drop-list to select the type of student ID to print
on the report.
Printing Class Worksheet
Select this option to print a class worksheet in grid format.
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Select up to eight Activities to include in the worksheet. Then choose
the Report Options to include. Right-click anywhere in the Activities
list to Select All Activities.
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Student ID: Choose whether to print students’ Names, student
Numbers or Both.
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Print Lines: Select whether to print Vertical lines, Horizontal lines, or
Both.
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Single Line per Student: Check this box to print one line per
student.
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Landscape: Check this box to print in Landscape format (left-right,
as opposed to the default format, Portrait, which is orientated up-anddown).
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No Lines: Check this box to remove all separating lines from the
report. This will make the report look less like a grid.
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Check the respective box(es) to print Student Averages, average Letter
Grade, Student Scores, Blank scores only or course Comments.
Printing Missing Grades
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While in Grade Book, select this option under the Reports drop-down
menu to generate a list of missing grades in order by Student or
Activity.
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Count 0's as Missing: Check this option to count any score of zero
as a missing grade.
Printing Problems
Some printers print in the normal size and some print in a very small size. There are
two probable solutions:
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Go to the Properties of the printer and select the Graphic tab. Verify
that the DPI is either 300 or 600.
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Go to the computer desktop and right-click, then select Properties
and check Screen Resolution. If it is 600\480, change it to 800\600
or vice versa.
If the gray lines print from some printers and do not print from others: This is not an
STIClassroom problem. If one computer prints the lines, the program is working.
Check the individual computer and verify that all information is in sync under
Properties.
Viewing a Student's Schedule
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Select the student whose schedule is to be viewed.
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Click the
will appear.
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Click the Roster button to view a roster for any class in the student’s
schedule. Additional information is available for all other students in
the roster.
(Student Schedule) icon. The student's schedule
Viewing a Student's Demographic Information
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Select the student whose demographic information is to be viewed.
Note: Teachers must be granted access to demographic information in the Principal’s
Module in order for this data to be available.
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Click the
(Student Demographics) icon and the student's
demographic data will appear. Alternately, you may double-click on the
student’s name.
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Click on any tab to view the desired information (Personal Info, School
Info, Guardian, etc.).
Viewing a Student’s Discipline Information
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Select the student whose discipline information is to be viewed.
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Click the
(Student Discipline) icon. Any infraction details,
notes, supplemental dispositions and/or actions will be listed onscreen.
Viewing Student Test Information
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Select the student whose test information is to be viewed.
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Click the
onscreen.
(Student Tests) icon and any test details will appear
User Records
Select a student in the roster and click the
(User Records) icon to enter
customized student information that has no standard collection method in
STIClassroom.
Note: Before any data is entered in User Records, certain setup steps must be
performed in Principal's Module. For more information, see the STIClassroom Win
User Manual.
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The user may select to access user records created in either Classroom
or Office.
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In the User Records menu, use the drop-down arrow to select a Topic.
Then click Insert to enter a new record or select an existing record and
click Change to modify it.
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An Update Records menu will appear. Enter the appropriate
information in the fields provided and then click OK to save.
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To print a User Records report, click the Printer icon and set the
applicable report parameters:
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Since the student has already been selected, the Select Filter and
Order fields will be inactive.
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ID to Print: Select the type of student ID to include in the report.
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Topic: Be sure to select the correct Topic from the drop-down list.
This must be done regardless of which topic is shown onscreen in
the User Records menu.
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Student Name Order: Select the order in which student names
are to appear on the report.
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Nickname: Check this box to substitute students' nicknames (as
entered in the system) for their first names, where applicable.
Students who have no nicknames entered will not be affected.
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Unlisted Info: Check this box to include phone and address
information that has been designated as Unlisted on the report.
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Heading: By default, the heading for the report will include the
Topic name and the word Report. However, the user may enter a
new heading as desired.
Print: Click this button to generate the report.
Student Attendance
Select a student and click the
student.
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icon to view an attendance profile for that
Click the Sort Ascending by Date button to reverse the order in
which the attendance records are listed.
To print this information in report form, click the printer icon in the bottom right
corner of the screen and enter the following report parameters:
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Select Filter and Order: Leave these fields blank. The report will be
generated for the selected student only.
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Report Options
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ID To Print: Click the drop-down list button at right to select a
student ID for use with this report.
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Include: Select the types of information to be printed on this
report. For a fuller description of each option, rest the mouse
cursor over the text (for example, anywhere in the line that reads
Daily Attendance) until the popup caption appears.
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Show Scheduled Period: If Partial Day codes are in use and this
option is selected, the students’ absences by scheduled periods (classes)
will be shown, rather than the students’ attendance periods.
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Terms: Check all the terms to include on the report.
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Summer School: Check this box to include the summer school term
on the report.
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Codes To Print
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Select: Use the drop-down arrow to select the types of codes to
include in this report.
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Manual Selection: To customize the report, leave the Select
field blank and highlight individual codes by clicking each one.
Only highlighted codes will be included.
When all options have been entered, click Print to generate the report.
Seating Chart
Click the
(Seating Chart) icon to view a seating chart grid for the selected
class. By default, students are arranged in alphabetical order from left to right.
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Use the scroll bar on the right side of the Seating Chart menu to
navigate up and down the seating chart, if applicable. The scroll bar
will not appear if the entire seating chart fits in the menu.
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To move any student, click on the student and drag him/her to another
box in the seating chart grid. Click the Save Changes button to save
any modifications.
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To print the seating chart, click the Printer icon.
Viewing the Teacher Planner
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Click the
(Teacher Planner) icon to enter the Lesson Planner.
See “Lesson Planner” on page 25 for details.
GradeBook Drop-down Menu
The GradeBook drop-down menu is displayed at the top of the screen whenever
Grade Book is open.
The following options are available here:
Class Defaults
Select this option from the drop-down menu to view the Course Default Edit menu.
Note: When entering class defaults for the first grading period of a class, the user is
given the option of copying those class defaults to all other grading periods in the
selected term.
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Grading Period: Grade Book displays the most recent grading period
here.
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Course # - The course and section number for the selected course is
displayed here.
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Average Scale Weight: To add points to the final averages of all of
the students in the selected course, insert the number of points here.
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Activity Sort Order: Select whether to sort Activities in Date
Ascending or Date Descending order. Check the Group by Category
box to group the Activities by Category.
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Average Method
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Points: To use the Points method for calculating the final course
grade in the selected course, check this item. The Points method
controls the weighting of Activities based upon the number of
points each Activity is worth. Activities with greater weight have a
higher point value. The final course average is calculated by
totaling the total number of points for a student, and dividing that
total by the number of Activities possible.
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Average: To use the Average method for calculating the final
course grade in the selected course, check this item. The Average
method assigns equal weighting to all Activities by assigning a
value to each Activity of 100 percentage points. The final course
grade is calculated by totaling all averages and dividing by the
total number of averages possible.
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Category: To assign weighting to Categories, check Category
(Pts) or Category (Av) as appropriate. All grades in Activities are
inflated or reduced based upon the weighting assigned to each
Activity category.
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Include Previous Grading Periods: Check this box to include
selected Activities from all previous grading periods in the current
running average. This will allow the user to keep a cumulative
average without keeping all Activities in one grading period. When
this option is selected, the relevant averaging details (the Method
and Weights) from the current grading period are used. If this
option is not selected, only Activities from the current grading
period will be included.
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Include Withdrawn Students: Check this box to continue to
display withdrawn students in the list.
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Auto Display Current Grading Period: Check this box to set
Grade Book to automatically display the most current grading period
on startup.
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Use Weight Mult on Score Only: Check this box to force the
multiplier to be applied to the score only, rather than to both the score
and the value.
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Print Class Averages On Progress Reports: Check this box to
display the class average for each Activity on student progress reports.
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Use Grade Translation Table: Check this box to use the grade
translation table when entering grades.
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Show Nickname Instead of Formal Name: Check this box to
substitute students' nicknames (as entered in the system) for their first
names, whenever applicable, in Grade Book, Skills and Manual Grade
Entry. Students who have no nicknames entered will not be affected.
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Display Previous Grading Period Grades: Check this box to
display student averages posted from previous grading periods for the
selected course.
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*Display Total Points: Check this box to display each student’s total
points and the number of points possible.
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Round Displayed Average: Check this box to display each
student’s numeric average as a whole number.
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*Display Letter Grade for Average: Check this box to display
corresponding letter grades next to each student’s current average.
Note: *The Display Total Points setting is inherited by reports. For example, if the
user chooses to display letter grades and possible points in Grade Book, these values
will display when the Grade Book, Class Progress and other reports are printed.
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Skills Scale: This scale, which is used to calculate marks from
activities, will only be displayed if Skills are used. Select the scale that
is to be used to calculate skills marks. To view the scale, click the
Ellipsis button to the right of the drop-down arrow.
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Comment Entry By: Select a comment entry preference to use in
manual grade entry, if applicable. Choose either comment Number or
comment Description.
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Averages Updated: This field displays the most recent date and time
on which student averages in the selected class were updated.
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Grade Posting: Select up to three grades that will be posted at the
end of the current grading period, along with the heading for each
grade.
Define Categories
This feature is described in the section “Categories” on page 27.
Copy Activities
Use this utility to copy Activities that have already been entered into one class over
to another.
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In the opening Gradebook screen, select the course with no Activities
and click the
(Grade Book) icon. In the GradeBook drop-down
menu, select Copy Activities. The Copy Activities menu will appear,
with the selected course listed in the Copy To field.
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In the Copy From field, use the drop-down arrow to select the class
from which the Activities are to be copied. All Activities entered for
that class will be listed in the lower right window.
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Highlight each Activity that is to be copied and click the Copy
Activity button, located between the Copy To and Copy From
windows. This button consists of an arrow pointing to the left. All
selected Activities should appear in the Copy To window, in red font.
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To copy ALL Activities from one class to another, click the All button
and then click the Copy Activity button.
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To undo the All selection, click the None button- but this must be
done before the Copy Activity button is clicked; otherwise the user
must remove Activities from the Copy To field by selecting them and
clicking the Remove Copied Activity button.
Note: Once Activities have been copied from a class, the user may then select Auto
when copying Activities from that class to any other class. All the previously copied
Activities will become highlighted. The user may then choose to copy all the
selected Activities; some of them; or none of them, by using the instructions above.
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Check the Copy Categories box to copy categories along with
Activities.
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Click the Save button to complete the copy procedure.
Define Notes
This utility allows the user to enter notes or comments that may be stored and used
over and over again by pasting to a record.
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Go to the drop-down menu and select Define Notes under
GradeBook. The Define Notes menu will appear.
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Click the Insert button and the Grade Book Note Edit menu will
appear. Type in the desired comments and click OK.
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Repeat the instructions above for each note. The comments will be
stored where the teacher may access them for placing on individual
records.
Hide Names
Select this option to toggle on/off the display of student names in the Grade Book
work area. The user must enter the administrator password to perform this function.
Note: If the Print Gradebook command is selected when names are hidden, the
Grade Book will be printed with no student names listed.
Drop Scores
This utility allows the user to drop certain scores without having to search through
the grade book manually.
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Go to the GradeBook drop-down menu and select Drop Scores.
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Click on one, two, or all three of the options and STIClassroom will
perform the procedure for the class/student that was selected.
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Number of Scores: Select the number of these scores, per student,
which are to be dropped.
Sort
This utility gives the user the option of arranging the student names in the class
roster in any of the formats listed.
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If By Random Numbers is chosen, the names will be displayed in a
different order every time the teacher enters the Grade Book.
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If By Selected Activity is chosen, the names will be listed in descending
order by result of selected activity.
Teacher Planner
This feature is described in the section “Lesson Planner” on page 25.
Compute Final Average
Use this read-only feature (no student data is actually modified) to calculate the
grade average that a selected student must maintain to earn a specific final grade.
The utility will draw posted grades from previous grading periods while displaying
the student's current running Final Average. The user would then adjust the Weight
that is to be given to the previous grades, which will in turn cause the student's Final
Average to raise or lower. Once the correct Weight is set, the Current Average may
be raised or lowered to view the resulting Final Average.
Note: Compute Final Average cannot be used until grades have been posted for a
grading period prior to the current grading period.
Following are step-by-step instructions for this feature:
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Select a student in Grade Book and then click Compute Final
Average in the GradeBook drop-down menu. The Calculate Course
Average menu will appear.
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The student's average (Score) for the previous grading period will be
displayed in the browse box. The weight to be applied to this figure
will default to 1.00; this value may be changed if necessary by clicking
in the Weight field and manually changing the number. The Weight
here refers to the weight that will be used when applying the average
for this grading period to the Final Average for the year.
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Use the spin box to select the correct Weight to use for the student's
Current Average when applying it to the Final Average for the year. If
a 0 (zero) is entered as the weight for a grade, the averaging formula
will be limited to the specific term or semester.
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Exempt Students: A different formula may be created for exempt
students. Enter an exempt weight in the If Exempt box(es) if desired.
Space is also provided to enter Exempt Marks, which will indicate
when a student is exempt from a grade.
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Use the spin box to adjust the Current Average as necessary. The Final
Average will either raise or lower until it reaches the desired result.
Once the Final Average has the correct value, the user will know that
the grade listed in the Current Average field is the minimum grade
necessary for the student to achieve the selected Final Average for the
year.
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When finished, click the Exit icon to return to Grade Book.
Get Scores from Other Class
This utility is used to move Activities for a selected student from one section of a
class to another section, in the event that the student moves (via a schedule change in
STIOffice) from one section to the other.
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Note: Get Scores from Other Class only functions when the selected student
has scores in more than one section of the same course.
Perform the following steps to use this feature:
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Select a student in Grade Book and then click Get Scores from
Other Class in the GradeBook drop-down menu. The Move Scores
from Dropped Class menu will appear.
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Activities from the prior section will appear in the upper browse box of
the menu. There are two ways to copy Activities to the new section:
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To move one Activity at a time, select it in the list and click the
Down Arrow icon.
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To move all Activities with matching Date and Category
descriptions, click the Auto Move button.
Exit when finished.
Graphs Drop-down Menu
The user may print a graph of students' grades while in Grade Book by selecting the
Graphs drop-down menu and choosing the type of graph to print.
Reports Drop-down Menu
The following reports may be generated here:
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Print Gradebook: See the section “Printing Gradebook Information”
on page 13 for information about this report.
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Print Class Progress Reports: See the section “Printing Progress
Reports for the Entire Class” on page 13 for information about this
report.
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Print Class Worksheet: Select this option to print a class worksheet
in grid format.
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Select up to eight Activities to include in the worksheet. Then
choose the Report Options to include. Right-click anywhere in the
Activities list to Select All Activities.
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Student ID: Choose whether to print students’ Names, student
Numbers or Both.
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Print Lines: Select whether to print Vertical lines, Horizontal lines,
or Both.
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Single Line per Student: Check this box to print one line per
student.
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Landscape: Check this box to print in Landscape format (left-right,
as opposed to the default format, Portrait, which is orientated upand-down).
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No Lines: Check this box to remove all separating lines from the
report. This will make the report look less like a grid.
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Check the respective box(es) to print Student Averages, average
Letter Grade, Student Scores, Blank scores only or course
Comments.
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Print Missing Grades: Select this option to generate a list of missing
grades by student or activity.
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Print Student Lesson Plan: See the section “Printing Lesson
Plans” on page 29 for information about this report.
Note: When this report option is chosen here, the lesson plan report will be printed
for a selected student only. When the option is chosen via the Printer icon in the
Lesson Planner menu, the report will include the teacher’s entire lesson plan (within
the parameters of the report options selected).
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Print User Records: See the section “User Records” on page 16 for
information about this report.
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Lesson Planner
This utility provides a fast, efficient means for creating and maintaining lesson plans.
The plans are easily entered and accessed.
There are five main sections of the Lesson Planner menu:
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The Lesson Plan Calendar, in the upper left corner, allows the user to
click on any day of the month to view the planner menu for that day.
The current date and month is selected by default when the lesson
planner is opened, but the user may scroll backward or forward
throughout the year. The date selected here will determine other
information that the user will see onscreen.
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The Lesson Plan browse box, which is the large white field on the
upper right side of the menu, displays any lesson plans that have been
entered for the selected day. Check the Weekly box above this field to
display all lesson plans for the week in which the selected day occurs.
This setting will be retained between STIClassroom sessions.
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The Lesson Plan Detail browse box is located directly below the
Lesson Plan browse box. Here the user may click on any tab to view
details of the selected plan.
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The Unit or Chapter browse box, located on the middle left side of the
screen below the Lesson Plan Calendar, displays the unit or chapter
that corresponds with the selected date.
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The Terms browse box, located at the bottom left side of the screen
below the Unit or Chapter browse box, displays the date ranges for all
terms comprising the current year. Click on any range to move to the
month of the starting date of the term.
Entering Lesson Plan Data
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In the STIClassroom Companion main screen, select the class for
which the lesson plans are to be made.
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Click the Lesson Planner icon. The Lesson Planner screen will
appear. This utility may be also accessed within Grade Book.
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Note that the Course and Section appears in the title bar at the top of
the screen. Make sure this information is correct before proceeding.
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Click on the desired day of the month for the lesson plan.
STIClassroom defaults to the current date, but plans may be created for
any days ahead or for days in the past.
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Click the Insert button.
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Check to make sure that the course and date are correct.
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Enter the title of the chapter, unit, or lesson plan in the Unit window.
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Use the cursor and select the tab for the part of the lesson plan that
needs input, such as Objective.
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After Objective has been entered, go to any other tabs as desired. It is
not necessary to enter information for all tabs.
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Click OK when all data for the lesson plan has been entered and the
lesson plan will appear in the screen to the right. Plans are displayed by
the week or day, depending on the user's selection.
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Enter other lesson plans for other dates by repeating the above
procedures.
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After teaching this lesson, if the objectives have been met, check
Objectives Completed, and this plan will become grayed out (to
indicate that the lesson was completed) in the window that lists all of
the daily plans.
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Change or Delete a lesson plan by selecting the proper button or
either highlighting the lesson plan in the window and right-clicking.
Renaming Tabs in the Lesson Plan Detail Browse Box
Tabs in the Lesson Plan Detail browse box may be renamed by the administrator,
within the STIClassroom Principal’s Module.
Resources Tab
The Resources tab was added in the 9.0 update to STIClassroom. This tab is
provided to allow teachers to include links to documents or Web sites that involve
other resources used in the plan. To use this feature, do the following:
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Click Insert and select the Resources tab.
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To add a file (such as a Word document, spreadsheet, etc.) as a
resource, click the Search button and then navigate to the file location
on your hard drive or network. Click OK and the datapath and file
name will appear in the browse box.
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To add another type of resource, such as a Web site address, type it into
the Add Resource field and click the Ellipsis button.
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Resources will be viewable in the Lesson Planner screen. Double-click
on the item to open it as a file or Web site.
Terms
This box defaults to the selected term. Selecting a different one will take the user to
the month of the starting date of the term.
Selection
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Select a lesson plan from the list and click Copy to copy the plan to
other classes.
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Select each course to which the plan is to be copied, then click Apply
when ready to continue.
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The user may also move a lesson plan altogether. Select the plan and
click Move, then choose the date to which the plan is to be transferred.
Categories
This allows the user to define items within a pre-set Category for inclusion in a
lesson plan. The user should highlight the category and insert/define any Activities
that fall into its realm. For example, there may be a category called Assessment that
contains a list of items to use to assess a student's progress, such as Check
Homework, Oral Responses or Classwork. When the teacher builds the lesson plan,
she/he can drag the items to the lesson plan being created.
Actions
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Copy: This button allows the teacher to copy or move lesson plans
from one course to another in any term or from one set of dates to
another within the same course.
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Copy From (term displayed): Check the term displayed here to
restrict the list of classes displayed to the current term only.
Uncheck the box and all classes for all terms will be displayed.
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Procedure: This can be either Copy or Move, whichever the
teacher desires. Move will completely transfer a plan from one
course to another; Copy will leave the plan where it is.
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Course: Highlight the course that is to be copied.
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Dates: The dates default to the starting and ending dates for the
selected term; these may be changed to move one week to another.
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Set Dates to Selected Week: Check this box to automatically set
the date parameters to the current week.
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Copy To: Select the term to get starting and ending dates or type
them in. From and To dates may not overlap. If the number of days
in the From and To range differs, the user will be warned and the
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procedure will copy/move what it can, either not copying or
leaving some dates without plans.
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Export: Lesson plans may be exported for the selected date(s) to a text
file. The file may be imported into STIClassroom at a later date, which
will allow teachers to re-use a plan from year to year. This file may be
saved for archiving and may be viewed with any editor; however,
altering the file in any way may cause the file to be unimportable. The
filename defaults to an extension of .LPX for easy location when
importing. Any special characters added to the filename will be
removed when the file is exported.
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Copy: When ready to copy/move, select this button.
The Export menu will show the file that the plans will be exported
to; the term is for the term of the course from which the plans will
be copied; the dates are the dates of the lesson plans that will be
copied.
Import: The Import menu will show the file from which the plans will
be exported; the Term refers to the term of the plans; the Dates are the
dates of the plans. If the number of days in the imported file differs
from the date range selected, the teacher will be warned and the utility
will import what it can. It will either fail to import all plans or leave
some dates without plans.
Editing Lesson Plans
To move a plan, the teacher will only need to change the date on the Record Will Be
Changed screen that comes up after the Change button has been selected. If
information exists in any one of the tabs, the tab description will appear in red font.
Right-clicking under any tab will give the teacher a list of options to use to build a
plan. Options include Skills, Activities, and any Categories that have been defined. If
Activities is chosen, for example, the user will get a list of Activities that have been
defined for the class in the current term. The user may click-and-drag any item
displayed in the list onto any tab of the plan. More than one of these options may be
active at one time; the user may leave them open while working on plans.
Note: When Activities are dragged into a lesson plan, the user has the option of
including any Skills linked to the Activities.
Viewing Lesson Plans
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Click on the day of the week that lesson plans are needed. The plans for
that entire week will be displayed.
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Click on the lesson plan desired, and that plan's Edit menu will appear.
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Make any corrections or simply review and click OK to return to the
main screen.
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Delete the single daily plan by clicking on the Delete button.
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Delete all the plans for this course by clicking on the Delete Plan
button.
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Note: Even though a lesson plan for another day or week has been retrieved, only the
Unit Title for the current day’s lesson plan will be displayed in the bottom-left
window.
Printing Lesson Plans
Click the Printer icon in the Lesson Planner menu to generate a lesson plan report.
Then choose from the following report options:
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Enter the Starting and Ending dates of the date range for the report.
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Detail Selections and Order: Each lesson planner tab (Objectives,
Activities, etc.) is listed here, along with a corresponding number. The
number determines the order in which the various tabs are to be printed,
with 1 being first and 6 being last. Set the value to 0 (zero) to exclude
the tab from the report altogether.
Note: Once the order has been defined, it will be retained from session to session on
the workstation.
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Arrange in Columns: Check this box to print each tab of
information (Objectives, Activities, etc.) in the plan in its own separate
column, rather than together down the page.
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Portrait: Select this box to print in Portrait format rather than
Landscape format. This determines how the width and length of the
text on the report will appear on paper.
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Click Print to generate the report.
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Index
Read School Diskette (Importing Data at Home) 6
Read Take Home Diskette (Importing Data at School) 7
Registration 5
Reports Drop-down Menu 23
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Signing On 5
STIClassroom Companion Desktop 8
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Teacher Grade Book 10
Transferring Data 6
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A Note About Data Files 7
Access 5
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Using the Grade Book Menu 10
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Completing the Registration Form 2
Create School Diskette (Exporting Data) 6
Creating the Take Home Diskette 3
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Viewing Lesson Plans 28
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Downloading the Software 2
Drop-down Menus 9
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GradeBook Drop-down Menu 18
Graphs Drop-down Menu 23
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Importing Data 5
Installation and Setup 2
Installing the Program on the Home Computer 3
Introduction 1
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Lesson Planner 25
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Opening the Program 5
Overview 1
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Printing Lesson Plans 29
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