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Enter Grades

Into the Gradebook

Class Action's "Student" columns on the left side of the window below, and the assignment categories to its left (such a "Homework" in the "Math" subject of A Sample Class), are examples of areas into which you can type information.

Information is displayed and entered in “cells,” represented by boxes and underlines in the gradebook window.

 

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Use the mouse to place the cursor over a cell and click your mouse.

The selected cell is enclosed in a box. Any typing you do will go into it.

Class Action offers two typing modes, Rapid Entry and Edit.

You will probably use Rapid entry for most typing. When you select a cell with a single click (or move the selection rectangle around with the “Tab,” “Enter,” “Return,” or arrow keys) you are in the Rapid Entry mode.

Rapid Entry supports limited editing. After you select a cell, the first key not only enters a character but also clears previous information. While you are typing, you can use the “backspace” key to eliminate the last character you entered. The “delete” key on the numeric keypad clears a cell completely.

The Edit typing mode offers a complete editing capability and is especially useful in editing longer passages such as student names.

To enter the Edit mode, right click on a cell and select “Edit Cell” from the pop-up menu or select "Edit Cell" from the Edit Menu. A vertical line (called an insertion point) will appear at the end of the text. You can place the insertion bar between any two characters with a mouse click. (If you click outside the cell, Class Action will leave the Edit mode.) Any text you type will appear at the insertion point.

Examples of typing in the two modes are presented in “Finding Your Way Around Class Action.”

You may undo typing by choosing the “Undo” command from the Edit Menu.

The number of characters you can type into a cell is determined by its character limit. When you set up your class you determined the character limit for each assignment category. The character limit for the upper two rows (“Assignment ID” and “Maximum Points”) is automatically set to the number of characters that can be displayed. You can change the character limit by choosing “Change Category Info…” from the Class Menu.

The width of an assignment cell is also determined by its character limit.

The character limit for the student name column is initially set at 25 characters for each class. Selecting "Change Student Column" from the Class Menu can change it. The width of the column can also be changed with this command, although it is easier to place the cursor over the right hand border (the cursor will change shape when it is correctly placed), hold down the mouse button, and drag the border where you want it.

Into the Seating Chart

In the Classroom View (seating chart), select the assignment's category from the Display Assignment pop-up menu. Then choose the assignment from the dialog box that appears.

 

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You can then enter assignments directly into student's seats by clicking on them or using the arrow, tab, or enter keys to select them.

You can enter letter grades instead of points. They must be identical to the letter grades you have entered in the second column of the grading scale dialog.

 

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Class Action will average the low and high of a grade's range. Using the grading scale above, if you enter a B- Class Action averages 79.5 and 83.0 to obtain an average of 81.25. Grade averages are calculated based on 81.25% times the number of points for the assignment.

If you enter a B- in an assignment worth 100 points, the student would receive 81.25 points. A B- in an assignment worth 25 points would give the student 20.3 points out of 25.

Class Action will make the lowest letter grade on your scale 10% below the lowest percent you have entered. In the scale above, an “F” would be valued at 49.5%. If you wish to achieve finer control over the lowest grade, you can enter a point value for your lowest score when you enter scores. You can mix letter and point grades in an assignment.


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