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At the start of a school year, it is important for you to be prepared. In order to feel most prepared using MYcaert.com, we are sharing some recommended practices to ensure a smooth transition into the school year.
1) Create courses
2) Adding students
3) Assigning materials
1) Create Courses
If you are new to MYcaert.com, and are unfamiliar with the various ways of creating courses, review this previous blog on Creating Course Outlines. Perhaps you would like to reuse course outlines from last year, you will simply "Make a Copy of Course Outline".
Follow these simple steps:
Under My Courses, select the course outline you wish to duplicate. Upon the course outline page, select the “Make a Copy of this Course Outline”.
Upon the next screen you will rename the course outline for the second semester. In this example, I used “2nd Sem 16-17” after the original course name.
You can now make changes to this course outline. You can delete the lessons you’ve already taught, along the right edge of the course outline. You can also reorder the lessons by selecting “Reorder Lessons in Custom Outline”. On this screen you can move the lessons by clicking and holding on the lesson you want to move, and dragging it to the slot desired. At the bottom of the screen, you must select “Submit” for the changes to take place.
2) Adding Students
Once you have created all your courses, you can add students. We just made a major adjustments to the "Add Students" page that will help Google Education Schools. Review the single sign-on for Google users here.
Simply add new students underneath the "My Students" tab. You may add up to 15 at one time. "Manage course rosters" underneath "My Students" to review all your students are in the correct courses.
3) Assigning Work
Review the User’s Guide, pages 18-19.
- Assign/ Maintain E-Units and PowerPoints
It all starts with a course outline. You will need to build one in order to assign E-units and PowerPoints. For additional help, you can see a short video tutorial here. You can also add customized dates and assignments to student calendars. For example, you may have assigned a project for students in a specific course. The calendar will allow you to add important deadlines, and important documents for the student(s) to view, in the Custom Calendar. This option is also found underneath "Assign E-units/PPTs to Students".
Over the last year, we heard from several teachers who utilize Google Classroom. MYcaert.com has implemented a Google Single-Sign-On, SSO, option for students.
This is a secure authentication system that enables Google users to sign in with their Google account logins. Students will not have to remember their MYcaert.com logins and passwords. They will click the Google icon to log in.
When you add students to your account, you have an option to select Google Enable. Once you click "Yes" in that column, you will add the student's Google e-mail address. This can be their personal Gmail account, or their Google education account.
If students are already in your roster, you will select "Edit Students" underneath the "My Students" Tab. Click the student's name you wish to edit, and then you will have the option to enable the Google SSO.
Special Student Note:
When students login for the first time with this feature on a device they will have to click the Google G "Sign In" button. When returning to MYcaert.com, the browser will do a quick search to ensure they are logged in to their Google account.
The SSO will allow you to assign links to e-units and online assessments in Google Classroom. The students can click the links and be taken directly to those assignments. The SSO also removes inconvenient steps in assigning materials to students. Assessments and materials remain password protected, and you remain able to track student attainment via academic standards.
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