|MyGradeBook Help Menu|
The Class screen defines overall aspects of a class. For example, you define the default percentages needed for an A+, A, A-, B+ etcetera. in the class screen.
If you have not created any classes, or want to add a new class, click on the add button.
Copy Grading Scale
Related information: Grading Periods Screen
Required Fields are indicated by red type
Class Title (required field)
Descriptive name of the class (especially useful in determining which class it is when you have more than one).
Start Date and End Date (required fields)
When you add assignments, the system checks to make sure that the date assigned and date due are not outside the bounds defined by the class start and end dates.
Use the date format specified in the bubble help shown when you hold your mouse pointer over a date input field. If you do not like the date format, you can change it by going to the My Account screen and changing the country you are in.
Start Time and End Time
These fields are for your reference only. Enter using the hh:mm format.
Each class needs to have a unique password that is not being used by any other class. If you are having difficulty finding a unique password, try adding numbers or letters to the front or the end of the password you are trying to use.
You can use the Sort Order field to change the order in which your classes are displayed in the "Class:" menu. In order to take advantage of the sort feature all your classes must be assigned a sort order. If you decide to use the Sort Order field, enter 1 for the first class you want listed, followed by 2 for the second class, 3 for the third class etcetera.
Suppress Grades In Viewer
Most college professors check this box and then uncheck it after final grades have been determined. We recommend that you do not check this box if your class is using the Elementary Grading Format.
You can check this box to suppress the display of overall grades and percentages in the Student/Parent viewer. When you check this box, assignment scores and percentages are still shown in the screens students and parents see when they login but overall grades and percentages for grading periods and the overall grades and percentages for the entire class are not shown. Please note that if anyone is logged into the student/parent viewer while you change this setting, they will not be affected by your change until they logout and back in again.
Related setting in the My Account screen: College Format
If you are not part of a Group Account that is using MyGradeBook integration to create and manage your class lists, you can enter a course number for your class.
Entering the course number your school has assigned to your class will mean that the course number is included in files you export via the Export Screen. Having the course number in exported files is useful in schools that are using custom programs that automatically update grades and attendance in your schools computer systems based on data exported from MyGradeBook.
The Elementary Format box in the Class screen should be checked if you are teaching an elementary class so you can make the system report grades by specific categories/subjects. Secondary teachers should not check the Elementary Format box. We define a secondary teacher as a person that teaches multiple classes where each class covers a specific subject and has different students. An Elementary teacher teaches multiple subjects in a single class.
Many Elementary Teachers also use the Preferences section of the My Account screen to uncheck the box labeled "Show percentages and weights to students and parents when they log in". In addition, many Elementary Teachers score by code instead of by points so they use the Non-Numeric Scores screen to alter the default percentages assigned to the "+", "OK, and "-" scoring codes or they create their own non-numeric codes that use the Percentage Of Max Points column. Furthermore, Elementary teachers often make greater use of the sub category abilities in the Categories screen than secondary school teachers.
You can check and uncheck the Elementary Format box in the class screen at any time. When the Elementary Format box is checked, the following changes occur:
All grading calculations for the class refer to the grade defaults in the Class screen when assigning grades to students. There are three columns in the grading scale and they are described below:
When you add a new class, the defaults placed in the grading scale are derived from the My Account Screen.
You can change your grading scale at any time and grades will be automatically recomputed.
Related Grading Information: Category Weights; Grading Period Weights; Extra Credit; Non-Numeric scores
When you click the Add button, a new empty Class screen appears. Enter all pertinent information in the various fields. To make entries in the other fields, you can navigate to them with the Tab key. To move backwards to a field, press the Shift and the Tab keys simultaneously.
If you decide you do not want to keep this new class, click the Cancel button and you will return to the previous screen. If this is the only class you want to add, either press the Enter key or click the Save button.
If you want to delete (drop) a class for your schedule, select the class from the pull-down menu at the top of the page, then click the drop button. You will be taken to a screen that asks you if you want to keep the class or drop the class. This is a safety feature to help you avoid inadvertently dropping a class. If you delete your class by mistake, you can use the Undelete screen up to 60 days later to recover your class.
The Copy button copies the currently selected class and all of its categories and assignments to a new class. Rather than re-entering the same information into a new class or using the copy buttons in the category and assignment screens, you can use the Copy button to quickly replicate a class. After you click the Copy button, the new class is created and the Class screen displays the copied class.
Each class has an ID automatically assigned by MyGradeBook. The Class ID,Student ID and password are all included in the automatic email notifications to students and parents that are sent when you log off.
Copy Grading Scale
If you have more than one class that uses the same grading scale and you need to modify the grading scale, you can modify one of the classes and then copy the grading scale to all of the other classes that should use it.