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Setting Up Your First Class

Creating Your Class Using the “New” Command

Class Action  offers two ways to set up a new class. You can copy features of an existing class using the “New Grading Period” command in the “File” Menu, or you can create an entirely new class using the “New” command, also in the “File” Menu. In this section we will help you to create you first class using the “New” command.

Choose “New” from the File Menu.

 

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You may move from box to box by mouse clicking or using the “tab” key.

In the first four boxes enter information as you wish it to appear on reports (don't worry about mistakes - anything you enter from now on can be easily changed later).

Assignment categories are like the pages in your paper gradebook, except that each can hold an unlimited number of assignments. “A Sample Class” had three assignment categories: “Homework,” “Classwork,” and “Tests.”

When you are done filling in this dialog, you will get a chance to name your assignment categories.

Enter the number of students in the class in the next box. It isn't necessary to add extras to accommodate students who might enter later. You can add them as needed.

You may choose “weighted” or “unweighted” grades. Weighted grades give a fixed percentage weight to each category. Most teachers use unweighted points. If you are unsure about which to pick, see Weighted Vs. Unweighted Grades.

After you have made your choices, click “OK” and a new dialog will appear:

 

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(If you have chosen “Weighted Categories” the dialog will include boxes for category weights. Class Action will let you know if your weights don't add up to 100%.)

Enter the names of your assignment categories and the number of assignments you wish to start with in each category. There is no need to start with a large number. A good idea is to start with two or three week's worth and add assignments as you need them.

Each category has a “Character Limit,” the number of characters (including decimal points) you may type in a single assignment score. You may use any number up to 9. Your choice also determines the width of each cell in the category. If you are uncertain, use the default value of seven. You can change it later, if you need to by selecting "Category Information" from the Class menu.

When all the boxes are filled in, click “OK.” You will see a dialog which allows you to set up a grading scale for this class and, if you wish, for future classes.

 

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Remember that the number in the “Percent” box is the lowest percent that can receive a particular grade. You may enter any description you wish in the “Letter Grade” box as long as it doesn't exceed seven characters.

If you wish your grading scale to apply to future classes, click “Apply to Future Classes.” Even with this option in force you can still apply a different grading scale to new classes whenever you wish.

Finally, you will be given the option of placing "shortcut" icons for your class on the desktop or in the Start menu.

Creating Your Class Using the “New Grading Period” Command

Remember that if you want to create similar classes you will probably find it easier to use the “New Grading Period” command. For information on this command see How to Begin a New Grading Period.
 
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