Initial Training Follow Up
Posted by Brad Kamradt on 8/18/2011 3:00:00 PM
Hello, everyone. I hope your first day with the kiddos is going well!
First of all, thank you for your patience and attention at Tuesday afternoon's Genesis trainings. If you haven't done so already, please fill out and submit our online Training Evaluation Form.
Second, I need to address a few important points related to Genesis teacher training and support:
1. TEACHER SUPPORT ONLINE => https://www.fusd1.org/genesis4teachers
This section of the district Website will include news and announcements, documentation and screencasts, a calendar with trainings and other important dates, and additional resources as they are developed.
2. WHOM TO CONTACT FOR HELP
Genesis support inquiries should typically start with on-site secretaries and teacher trainers, all listed on the Genesis Contacts page. (Inquiries will be escalated by those individuals as necessary.) A few other general guidelines for whom to contact and when:
If you are locked out of your account or assigned to the wrong building in Genesis, you may contact Gwyn Marquez directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-527-6151, or via IM
If you have an issue related to classes or rosters as they appear in your account, please start with your on-site secretary in charge of Genesis
For questions about how to the set up, use, and access Genesis grade book and attendance features, please submit our Request Help form so an on-site trainer can follow up
To report pop-up or other error messages, please submit a detailed description and screenshot to the FUSD HelpDesk
3. POP-UP ERROR MESSAGES
If you receive pop-up error messages while using Genesis, there are three preventative measures you can take in your Web browser's Tools and/or Preferences settings:
Enable pop-ups for http://fusd1.apscc.org or disable pop-up blockers entirely
Disable or delete extra browser toolbars from companies like Google, Yahoo, and Bing
These steps may or may not solve your problem, and we hope the Genesis folks will resolve several issues on their end soon. Though annoying, most of the errors we're seeing at this point do not impede functionality.
4. GRADEBOOK SETUP AND DEFAULT POINTS
If you have concerns about the new Gradebook guidelines for secondary teachers, please discuss them in your collaborative teams this year and raise them with your building principals.
Beyond that, please keep in mind that:
Default points are required by the Genesis Gradebook system for any given Assignment Type. If you leave default points blank or set them to zero in your Gradebook Setup, the program will set the number of points to 1 at the assignment level.
Teachers are able to override the prescribed default points -- 100 for Measurement items, 50 for Performance items, and 10 for Practice items -- IF they understand the math and can clearly explain what they're doing and why to parents, students, and site administrators.
At the assignment level, "Max. Score" is the number of raw points for your actual assignment. "Points" is the number of default points the assignment will be scaled to by the Gradebook system.
To override default points, simply change the "Points" value for a given assignment. If you don't want the Gradebook to do any scaling at all, you can set the "Points" value to match your "Max. Score."
Thanks, all. Stay in touch and have a great year!
'Til next time,