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Google Classroom: Guardian Email Summaries

In the two years since Google Classroom originally launched, the ability to provide information about what was taking place in Classroom to parents and guardians has been a highly requested feature from teachers and administrators. For the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Google has rolled out this feature. Continue reading “Google Classroom: Guardian Email Summaries”

Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher

One of the most highly requested features following the initial roll-out of Google Classroom was the ability to add a co-teacher. Since Google added this feature, it has been used to great effect both in Maine 207 and in classrooms near and far. Continue reading “Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher”

Google Classroom: Student Enrollment

Enrolling students in a class in Google Classroom is very simple. Follow these steps: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Student Enrollment”

Google Classroom: Basics

Google Classroom logoSince Google released Classroom for teachers and students two years ago, it has been widely used in Maine Township High School District 207 and around the world. Over that time, Google has continued to take feedback directly from teachers to make improvements and changes to Classroom.

What is Google Classroom?
While Google created this video to provide an overview of Classroom when it was originally announced in May, we’ve described Classroom in the following terms: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Basics”

Publishing in New Google Sites

Since it was publicly released, Maine 207 students and staff members have had the ability to try and use the New Google Sites, which can be accessed at or via the red “Create” button within Google Drive. With the advent of Google Classroom, which cannot currently be viewed by parents unless they login with their children’s accounts, many Maine 207 teachers have expressed that Sites is a positive and efficient way to provide an always-available overview of the class for parents.


Google has, of course, produced its own brief overview video about New Sites.

Maine 207 teachers have already begun to create new Sites–for students and for parents, and some questions have been raised about the “correct” settings for publishing New Sites.

Continue reading “Publishing in New Google Sites”

Entering grades with the New Grade Scale

Once an assignment has been correctly set-up, the entry of student assessment scores is more-or-less the same as it has been previously in Aspen with a few important differences.


No manual entry below a 40

There is nothing that the Gradebook does technically in order to prevent a teacher from entering a score below the equivalent of 40%. Rather, as they are entering scores, teachers need to ensure that they do not enter anything below that threshold. In lieu of being able to enter a score below 40%, teachers should enter either NO, NY, or Z as appropriate depending upon the circumstances. Continue reading “Entering grades with the New Grade Scale”

Setting up assignments in the Aspen Gradebook

Setting up assignments in Aspen in order to enter grades is more-or-less the same as it has always been. There are a few critical menu options that, when set correctly, will ensure that teachers are entering student assessment data accurately in accordance the Maine 207 Grade Scale.

Course Default Grade Scale

Prior to beginning to enter assignments, teachers should check the default settings for their courses at the beginning of each semester to ensure that the District Default Grade Scale is selected as pictured below. Continue reading “Setting up assignments in the Aspen Gradebook”

Grade scale changes for 2016-2017

Meaningful assessment data surrounds us in the modern world. From our cars to our wrists to our always-available online financial statements, there is assessment data that is designed to help us naturally adjust our actions and continuously improve. Assessment data in schools in the form of student grades has not traditionally provided students or teachers with the same type of continuous feedback to make adjustments and improvements to what they are doing in order to increase and deepen student learning. Continue reading “Grade scale changes for 2016-2017”

Protect students & staff – Avoid phishing scams

Throughout history, scam artists have used the culture and technology of the day to do their work, and the 21st Century is no different. Today, email is often used, and much of the world’s problem with viruses and identity theft is the result, not of computer or technological issues, but of us actually clicking on something that we should not.

While Gmail is incredibly successful at identifying spam and preventing it from reaching the inboxes of users, it is still fairly easy in most cases to detect spam. In any case in which an email may be spam, it should simply be deleted.

Protecting the data of students and staff members is a critical responsibility of all District 207 staff members. Continue reading “Protect students & staff – Avoid phishing scams”

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