Taming the Fire Hose!

Some days, the information flow coming through email distribution lists is just overwhelming. A number of us have been experimenting with a different approach to receiving those emails, a so-called “digest” that we receive at 5pm (4pm in the winter) of all the emails of the previous 24 hours. The format of the digest is…

See an entire year of grades and comments

If, as you write your advisor letters, you’re looking to try to capture the arc of the year and want to support it with evidence from comments and grades over the course of the year: Go to FAWeb Under Students in the green toolbar, click your desired advisee In the resulting pop-up window, choose Progress…

Final Draft

The English and Drama teachers use Final Draft for scriptwriting and screenwriting. It is a standard word processing application optimized for use in writing scripts. The school has a number of licenses for Final Draft, which are distributed by priority to: Students and faculty currently teaching or enrolled in courses that involve scriptwriting. Other faculty…

How do I change which window I see in Canvas?

Canvas supports automatic grading periods — that is, assignments are automatically sorted into their proper window based on their due date. Aside: In fact, if you use differentiated assignments and an assignment is due in one window for one student and in another window for another student, I believe that Canvas is sharp enough to…

Improved CurricUplan Map Analyses

As we proceed through the curriculum review process, it has been mentioned that the default map analysis view in CurricUplan is… less than illuminating. In effort to address that, and to provide a clearer map of courses relative to specific sets of standards, we have constructed a small add-on tool. If you are interested in…

Cambridge Latin Curriculum 5th Edition

The Latin I and II courses make use of the Cambridge Latin Curriculum’s online tools. To add a user to the Cambridge Latin online tools, contact your Latin teacher or Mr. Battis. [embeddoc url=”https://drive.google.com/a/stmarksschool.org/file/d/0Bx1atGpuKjk9WTB2dFBFSlp0Z2s/preview” download=”all” viewer=”drive” ]

Peer Feedback with TEAMMATES

A number of us have been exploring ways to streamline peer feedback among students, and particularly within project teams. A tool that we have been using with good success in recent years is TEAMMATES, which is built using Google Apps APIs. TEAMMATES allows us to set up feedback flows so that students can give each…

Project Management: Asana

There are, of course, a wealth of tools to support project management in the world. At St. Mark’s, a number of us have been using Asana fairly heavily for the past year or two. Asana is, essentially, a collaborative to do list manager, tied into group timelines and deadlines, with features to support attaching files,…

MathType

The St. Mark’s math department has more or less standardized on MathType as our office equation editor of choice (except for when we’re using Mathematica, etc., etc.). Faculty who receive a document with embedded MathType equations should be able to view them with the standard Microsoft Office Equation Editor, however edits are not reverse-compatible and, let’s…

I’d like to put this on the website…

On occasion, each of us finds ourselves managing a resource or owning information to which we really need some significant portion of the school community to have access. At this moment, the question often springs to our lips… “How can I put this on the website?” Bear in mind that there is no the website. There…