Engrade Help #3

by Mrs. Nilsen on October 30th, 2012

There's no need to fear...Engrade Help is here!!

As I mentioned last week, I'm doing a series of blog posts to help parents and students know how to better use Engrade.  This week's blog post will cover the following topics:

- I see the list of assignments, but I don't know what you are asking my student to do for the assignment.  How can I see the assignment instructions and details?
- My student lost his/her paper?  How can I print another copy of it off Engrade?
- If I write you a message, Mrs. Nilsen, that message is private, right?

Note: Other topics have been expanded on in past posts.  See notes at the bottom of this entry for what those blog posts covered.

Assignment Details

When you see the list of assignments on Engrade, you will notice that every assignment is also a link.  
Click on the link and you will get a screen like the one below.  
I am trying to put LOTS of information in each new assignment that I create so that both parents and students can use this screen to do better on homework.  I try to list all the steps the student needs to follow and explain exactly what I'm wanting.  If you are still confused, you can write a comment or email me.  (Comments in this area will be PUBLIC and are great for clarifying assignment questions.)

Extra Copies of Assignments

On that same screen that gives you details about the assignment, you will also see any links I have added.  The link button looks like this:
You'll find it here:
For any assignment that I have created a document for (a rubric, more detailed instructions, a page to fill out, etc.) I will link that paper to the assignment on Engrade.  You can download the attachment by clicking directly on the link.
You can also access extra copies of assignments from the Calendar menu.  Click on the Calendar link on the left hand side of the page:
This is another handy way of looking at the assignments.  They appear on the day they are due, not on the day they are assigned.  You will also see the "link" symbol for any documents I have linked to a day or to an assignment.

Private vs. Public Messaging

Engrade has both private and public messaging options.  Students and parents can comment on assignments, like I explained above.  Those messages are PUBLIC.

Private messages can be sent to me using the "Messages" link on the top menu.  This is useful to students who may not yet have email accounts.  Parents can use it to, or you can just use email to contact me.  Whichever works for you.  I check both daily during the school week.

Past Engrade Blog Posts

I've already written two blog posts about Engrade.  They covered the following:

Engrade Tech Support
- What is Engrade and how will it help students be successful this year?
- How do I sign up?  Is it for Parents or Students?
- Ok, I have an account, but only one of my classes show up. How do I add other classes to my account? 

and Reading Mrs. Nilsen's Engrade
- How do I read the "code" of scores on Mrs. Nilsen's Engrade?
- What's the deal with the "Homework Club" assignments?
- How do I see the comments Mrs. Nilsen left on my student's assignments?

Follow the links above to see the full posts.



Thank you for checking in and continue to learn about Engrade.  It can be a powerful tool to help all of us keep better track of student progress and assignments.  If you have other ideas of questions you'd like answered, comment on this post or shoot me an email.  Looking forward to future posts and helping us all use Engrade a little more effectively.  


Posted in 6th Grade ELA Updates, Homeroom Updates, Science Updates, Engrade    Tagged with Engrade


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