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Gradebook

After your students have submitted their assignments, you can review and score them in the gradebook. Log in to SmartMusic and click on the class name to open the Class screen. Now click Gradebook at the top of the screen. Use the links to navigate back to your Class screen.

Gradebook features

 

In general, the students are the rows and the assignments are the columns. Let's look at the specific gradebook features from left to right and top to bottom.

Academic year, class, and grading period

Use the drop-down lists to select your academic year, class, and grading period.

Legend

The legend provides a quick explanation of the gradebook icons. Click the Show Legend link to display it. Click Hide Legend if you want to see more students on the screen.

 

 

Assignments that have not yet been submitted have blue icons. Assignments that have been submitted have green icons. Late assignments have yellow icons. An assessment assignment has a note icon, and a recording assignment has a speaker icon.

Print/Export

Click Print/Export to print reports or export the data from your gradebook.

 

See the article Print reports and export data for more information.

View

There are four drop-down lists that allow you to view your gradebook data in different ways. The four items read like a sentence: You can view the [assignment type] sorted by [earliest or latest first] for [instrument sections] by [student name or student ID].

 

The assignment types include: All, Late, Ungraded, Unsubmittable, Past, Current, and Future.

 

You can sort the assignments either by the earliest dates first or the latest first.

 

View all of the students in the class, or view the students by their instrument sections: Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Vocal, or Percussion.

 

View the students by name or by their student ID. Viewing the students by ID may be useful during a parent conference when you want to share the student's grades discretely. Teachers can enter the student ID on the Class Roster screen. Students can enter the student ID on their My Account screen.

Paging

By default, the paging feature is turned off. With paging off, all of your assignments are displayed in one long horizontal scrolling list. If you check the box next to the word "Page", you can view your assignments in groups of 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 at a time. Turning on paging improves the performance of your gradebook, especially for classes with a large number of assignments.

 

With paging turned on, several new controls are available. Click on a page number to display the assignments on that page. Click the arrows from left to right to display the assignments: from the beginning of the grading period, on the previous page, on the page that includes today, on the next page, or at the end of the grading period.

 

Note that the paging controls work together with the view options. For example, if you are sorting your assignments by the latest date first, the "previous" arrow moves forward in time and the "next" arrow moves backward in time.

Sort Students

Click any of the three column headers on the left to sort the students by name, instrument, or grade.

 

Click on a student name to open the Class Roster entry for that student. The instrument list is sorted in score order. As you score your student's assignments, their cumulative grade is updated dynamically.

Assignment details

The number of possible points and the due date appears below each assignment name.

 

If you click on the assignment name, you can see the assignment details. Here you can edit the assignment name, instructions, points, and dates. You cannot edit the assignment settings – you will need to create a new assignment to do that. Click Remove to delete this assignment from your gradebook and from your student's assignment lists. See the article named Assignment details for more information.

Remove or add individual assignments

If you click on the icon for an unsubmitted assignment, you can remove that assignment just for that student. The icon is replaced by a “plus” sign. Click on the “plus” sign to send this assignment to a particular student.

Scoring assignments

See the article named Submission details for more information about scoring assignments.

SmartMusic assignment

When a student submits an assignment that includes assessment, the assessment score is automatically entered in your gradebook. The note icon is replaced by the student's numeric score. A green speaker icon indicates that the recording is ready for your review. You can always click on a numeric score if you want to change the assignment scores or comments.

Response assignment

Click on a green pencil icon to score a Response assignment. A response assignment may include links to open or save an attachment from a student, and it may include your student's answer to a question you asked when you sent out the assignment.

Practice report

When you open a Practice report assignment, you can see the titles the student played and the number of minutes that each title was practiced. The practice report assignment is scored automatically after the due date. The software calculates the number of points based on the total number of minutes the student spent playing.

Gradebook entry

When you schedule a Gradebook entry, it does not appear in your student's assignment list, but is available for you to record miscellaneous classroom information. When you score a gradebook entry, you can add comments that your students will see when they check their grades.

Open the gradebook in a browser

In addition to accessing your gradebook from inside the SmartMusic software, you can also access the gradebook from any browser on any computer that is connected to the Internet, even if the SmartMusic software is not installed.

 

Here is the URL to access the stand-alone SmartMusic web portal:

https://gradebook.smartmusic.com

 

The SmartMusic web portal is a fast and convenient way to grade assignments submitted by your students. It is not possible to create or schedule new assignments from the SmartMusic web portal. You must be logged in to the SmartMusic application to do that.

 

See the article named Web portal for more information.

 


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