1) After you have entered students in the Students Window and created your assignments in the Assignments Window, enter each student's score in the Scores Window in the row associated with his/her name and in the column associated with the pertinent class assignment.
2) The Scores Window displays all scores for every student on each assignment.
3) When you choose Scores Window from the View menu, or press the Scores button on the Toolbar, you will see your class organized in much the same way as a traditional paper gradebook, with the students in rows and the assignments in columns.
4) For an overview on setting up Class files, see the Setting up Your Classes Help topic.
(1) The Scores Window only shows 60 assignments at a time.
(2) If you have more than 60 assignments, then you can view assignments before or after the current 60 assignments shown on the screen
5) To view the previous 60 assignments
a) Choose the Previous 60 Assignments command from the Edit menu, or
b) press the Move left to previous table button on the Toolbar
6) To view the next 60 assignments
a) choose the Next 60 Assignments command from the Edit menu, or
b) press the Move right to next table button on the Toolbar
7) Use the Jump To command to quickly jump to any assignment column in the Scores Window.
Entering/Editing Information in Grade Machine
1) In Normal mode, you can use the arrow keys, as well as the mouse or the Tab key, to move between cells.
2) To replace the contents of the active cell, simply move to that cell and begin typing.
3) You can double-click on any cell or press [F2] to enter Edit mode, which allows you to use the mouse or the keyboard, e.g., the Delete key, the Backspace key, etc., to edit part of a cell's contents.
4) To get back to Normal mode, press [Esc] or [Tab], or click on another cell with your mouse.
Here is information about the various parts of the Scores window:
Shows the names of all students in the class.
1) The Grade column shows the percentage and current grade for each student.
2) It is automatically updated as soon as you change or enter a score.
3) If you have defined colors for the grades in your grading scales, student grades will appear in those colors here.
4) With the Style menu command Screen Prefs, you can control what grade is displayed in this column. Overall Summary grades, Grading Peiod grades, or even a specific category within a specific Grading Period can all be displayed in this column.
NOTE: If you wish to override the calculated grade in the Grade column, please refer to the Alternate Grades topic.
5) For a more detailed summary of grades, print a report using the Summary command from the Report menu.
Show what score each student earned on each assignment.
You can control how assignment scores are displayed in the Scores Window:
1) The Grades command in the Style menu allows you to control whether scores are shown as decimals or whole numbers.
2) Using the Adjust Each Score option, located in the Style/Grades dialog, you can control
a) whether scores in the Scores Window are displayed in raw points
b) on the Adjusted points form
Some notes about entering scores in the Assignment columns:
1) You can enter numerical scores as whole numbers, or as decimals to the nearest tenth, within the range of -3000 to 3000
2) If you enter a score that is larger than the maximum number of points that you defined the assignment as being worth, a Safety Factor warning will appear.
3) Each score you type will replace any previously existing score.
4) However, if you precede the score with the + character, the value will be added to the existing score, which is a handy way of adding Extra Credit points. For example, typing +5 into a cell where a student had a score of 10 will result in the student getting a score of 15.
5) If you change your mind while typing a score, press [Esc] before leaving the cell, and the original score will be replaced.
6) You can edit any score you have previously entered. To do so, just double-click on the cell that contains the score. This places Grade Machine in Edit mode.
7) In Edit mode, the left and right arrow keys move you left and right through the cell, and the [Backspace] key deletes the character to the left of the cursor.
8) Enter any changes, then press [Enter] to finish editing a cell, or press [Esc] to finish editing without saving any changes to that cell.
9) Grade Machine allows you to do something you might not expect would be possible: to input grade descriptions for scores.
10) For example, you can type B into a score cell, and Grade Machine will check to see if that student's grading scale contains a grade description called B. If so, it will give the student the appropriate percentage of the points possible for that assignment, as determined by the middle of the B range.
11) When you create a class, all blank score cells are stored as a special score called Incomplete, which is normally evaluated as 0% of the points possible.
12) You can type the abbreviations for special scores directly into a score cell, or use keyboard shortcuts that you defined in the Special Scores section of the Class menu.
13) You can also click your right mouse button on the score cell where you want to enter the score. This brings up a list box
of Special Scores, such as Excused or Dropped, from which you can choose.
14) If you have designated a color for your special score, that color will be displayed in the assignment cell of the Scores Window.
Additional assignment information
As you move left and right, the Assignment information in the Status Bar will change to show the following:
1) adjusted points = points possible x weight—but the weight and adjusted points will be omitted if the weight is 1.000,
2) assignment description, and
3) category—unless there's only one category for the current grading period.
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