STI Web Classroom: Defining Grade Book Categories After Class Defaults are set for each class, the next step is to create Categories. Categories are broad headings for various groups of assignments or courses. For example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Quizzes, Algebra, 3rd Grade Reading, etc. NOTE: In order to create Activities (assignments), which is the next step in the process of setting-up your grade book, you must first have at least one Category. If you have a class that is only Third Grade Math and all of your assignments are subject related you might want only one Category called Math. On the other hand, you may want to create Categories for different types of assignments such as Tests, Quizzes, Daily Assignments, Homework, etc. To begin, Click the 2nd icon on the main grade book page. You can also get to this option by going to the Menu option located in the upper right corner of the screen. Category List NOTE: If you are using Points or Average to calculate student scores you will see this window. It will display Weight Multiplier and Weight Additive. NOTE: If you are using Category Points or Category Average to calculate student scores you will see this window. It will display Weight Additive and Percent. To create a new Category for Points or Averaging, Click Insert. This will bring up a Grade Book Category dialog box like the one shown above. 1. Category: The Category area is where you put the name of the category. For example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Math, 3rd Grade Reading, etc.). 2. Value: This is the Default Category Value and is set at 100.00. This number can be changed but it is typically set at 100.00. 3. Weight Multiplier: (if applicable) – This multiplies the score of every score under this category by whatever number is here or it will multiply the score and value of the activity if checked to do so in class defaults. It usually stays at 1. Adding 0 will prevent this category from calculating an average. Changing it to 2 would double the value. 4. Weight Add: This will add whatever number is here to every score in this category. To create a new Category for Category Points or Category Averaging, Click Insert. This will bring up a Grade Book Category dialog box like the one shown above. 1. Category: The Category area is where you put the name of the category. For example: Test, Homework, Daily Work, Math, 3rd Grade Reading, etc.). 2. Value: This is the Default Category Value and is set at 100.00. This number can be changed but it is typically set at 100.00. 3. Weight Add: This will add whatever number is here to every score in this category. 4. Percentage: This will weight the Category to whatever percentage is placed in this space and apply it to a student’s total score. For Example: If you have a Test Category and it is weighted to be 50% of the final grade, then all test scores accumulated for the term will combined to create a score 50% of the student’s final NOTE: If you are using either Category Points or Category Averages, each Category must be assigned a percent value and the value of all Categories must equal 100%. All grades for activities in a specific Category are inflated or reduced based upon the percentage assigned to grade. each specific category. For example: Test could be worth 50%, Homework worth 15%, Class Participation worth 10%, and Quizzes worth 25%. Fifty percent of a student’s total grade would come from scores earned in the Test Category. It is important to note, not to setup more Categories than necessary if you intend to calculate student scores based on Category Points or Category Average because it may be difficult to divide out percentages for a long list of Categories. Once finished, Click Save and the Category will be added. The sample below is for someone using Points or Averages to calculate scores and shows several activity related categories, including some with Weight Multipliers. The sample below is for someone using Category Points or Category Averages to calculate scores and shows several activity related categories, including each assigned Percentage. Changing a Category: Highlight the Category and Select the Change option. The category window will appear. Make the changes you want and Click Save. Deleting a Category: Highlight the Category and Select the Delete option. Copying Categories from one course to another. Once you have a set of Categories created for a course, you can copy the list to other courses. When you go into a new course and select Categories a dialog box will pop-up like the one displayed below. Click OK. This will bring up a window with a list of courses that have categories. Find and Click on the course you want to copy the categories from and then Click Copy. Once the list of Categories appears you can accept the list as seen or add, change, or delete categories from the list.
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