Anatomy of Application Exercises (AE)
Application Exercises give students an opportunity to apply concepts they have learned in previous instruction, specifically they will have the opportunity to use the skills they learned after completing Lessons. In Application Exercises, students are given a larger task or mini-project to complete in a real-world environment (spreadsheet, word processor, presentation software, etc…). Students complete the tasks in the appropriate software and submit their completed work online. Student work may include open-ended questions, correct/incorrect responses, a final product, and/or self-assessment.
Application Exercises are not automatically graded in the way that Lessons and many other EasyTech curriculum items are. Teachers have the ability to grade Application Exercises through a variety of scoring options including participation and teacher assessment via rubric to provide flexibility with the type of grade sent to the gradebook.
Navigating to the AE Dashboard
Teachers can find the Application Exercise Dashboard by selecting an Application Exercise from the Library and then selecting ‘View.’
The Dashboard can also be accessed by selecting the words ‘Turned In!’ or ‘In Progress’ from the gradebook.
All these selections will open the Dashboard in a new browser tab with three options at the top right of the window: Dashboard, Student Preview, and Lesson Plan.
This is where teachers can view, grade, and manage student work. Scores can be assigned from the ‘Teacher Dashboard’ and when viewing an individual student’s work. If no students have completed and submitted an Application Exercise yet, this message will be displayed:
If a student has started an Application Exercise then it will be marked as ‘In Progress’ on the Teacher Dashboard and in the gradebook. Teachers can select these and view how students have answered each question so far. Teachers are not able to assign a grade until the student has submitted the item. Once students have submitted an Application Exercise, the teacher will be able to both see the completed answers and assign a grade or reassign the item from the Dashboard.
If teachers have assigned multiple Application Exercises, they can use the drop-down menu to navigate between them:
To send the Application Exercise back to the student, select ‘Reassign’ to the right of the student name:
You’ll receive a message asking you to confirm you want to send the work back to the student for further work. No work will be deleted from the Application Exercise when it is reassigned to the student, but the student will have the ability to continue working:
Give a 100% Participation Score
If you are satisfied with a student’s work and don’t wish to provide any specific feedback, select the box under ‘Participation Score’ and select the orange ‘Send Scores’ button on the right.
Give a Rubric Score
To access the rubric, you will need to select a student’s name from the Dashboard (or select ‘Turned In!’ from the gradebook) and view their answers. The rubric will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Look for and select the little blue ‘Rubric’ tab if you don’t see it right away.
Teachers who want more information about each criterion on the rubric can select ‘View Rubric Detail.’ Note that all Application Exercises use the same rubric.
Teachers need to select a number between one and four for each criterion and select ‘Save Grade’ to calculate the percentage. If you would like to change the grade, select the desired score and save again. Note that saving does not automatically send the score to the student or gradebook; scores need to be sent using the ‘Send Scores’ button.
When in the Dashboard, selecting ‘Student Preview’ at the top right allows teachers to view an Application Exercise the way a student sees it. Teachers can print and adjust the settings the same way students can by using the icons at the top. However, teachers cannot save or submit their own work while previewing the assignment.
Note that the Application Exercises will have a slightly different look based on the grades that they were designed for. For example, the primary grades (K-2) will have more visual representations and less reading, while intermediate (3-5) and middle (6-8) grades are more likely to be asked to type words and even full-sentence answers.
Be sure to select ‘Return to Teacher Mode’ at the bottom of your screen to return to the main Dashboard.
While viewing the Dashboard, selecting ‘Lesson Plan’ at the top right allows teachers to view a full description of how to apply the curriculum item in a classroom. In addition to providing more details about the AE, Lesson Plans also include a full rubric, a list of standards covered by the curriculum, and instructions for the teacher to follow.
If you have other questions about Application Exercises, visit our AE FAQ page.