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Application Exercise (AE) FAQ

So your students have done some EasyTech Lessons. Now what? Give your students an opportunity to test out their new knowledge by assigning an Application Exercise (AE).

What is an Application Exercise?

There are different types of Application Exercises. Some reinforce concepts and vocabulary, while others provide an activity or project for students to apply new technology skills.

Application Exercises can be assigned along with EasyTech Lessons and Quizzes. While some curriculum items are auto-scored and self-contained, Application Exercises are introduced and facilitated by a teacher.

We recommend that units start with a Discussion, move to Lessons to teach concepts, follow with Application Exercises for students to apply what was learned, and finish with a Quiz.

What is included in an Application Exercise?

Resources tabs:

Details – Estimated Time, Keywords, Primary/Secondary Objectives

Lesson Plan – Instructional strategies that may include a warm-up activity, group activities, and extension ideas

Rubric – Four criteria to help teachers evaluate student work and generate a score

Categories – Subject areas/concepts that align with this curriculum item

Standards – Alignment to applicable national, state, ISTE, Common Core, CSTA K-12 standards, as well as E-rate required objectives

When should I use Application Exercises?

If you look in the grade level pacing calendars, you will see Application Exercises throughout each grade level sequence.

Towards the beginning of the unit, the Application Exercise usually reinforces discrete skills or concepts taught in the preceding Lessons and teacher-led Discussions. Later in the unit, the Application Exercise may be a more complex project which requires students to apply a comprehensive set of skills.

Depending on how much time you have with students, you may want to start out by choosing just one Application Exercise to assign per unit or grading period. If you are a regular classroom teacher, looking at the Application Exercises may give you ideas for infusing technology application into assignments and learning activities you already do with students.

How do I monitor student progress?

Once a student has turned in an Application Exercise, the Learning.com teacher gradebook will display the words ‘Turned In!’ Selecting ‘Turned In!’ opens the AE Teacher Dashboard. Once there, any AE marked ‘Turned In!’ or ‘In Progress’ can be viewed by the teacher.

How do students get a grade for Application Exercises?

Application Exercises have a Teacher Dashboard that allows you to review completed work and send scores to the gradebook. To access your Dashboard and review student work, click on the ‘Turned In!’ or ‘In Progress’ text that is visible in the gradebook after a student has turned in the assignment.

Your Dashboard will open in a new tab and you will have access to the student’s work:

After you have reviewed the student’s answers, you have three options. Teachers can:

  • Reassign the work, sending it back to the student for further review
  • Give a participation score of 100%
  • Give a rubric score, using the criteria provided

Can completed Application Exercises be reassigned? 

Yes! 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 that you want to send the work back to the student for further work:

How do I give all students credit for completing an Application Exercise? 

If you don’t require that the student do any more work in the Application Exercise, the next step is to give the student a score. One option is to send a 100% score for participation back to your gradebook. You can do this for individual students or for the class as a whole.

To assign the score individually, select ‘Turned In!’ from the gradebook to launch your AE Dashboard and see the student’s submitted assignment. If you select ‘Participation Score,’ you will then have the option to select ‘Send Scores.’ This will send the 100% score back to the gradebook:

If you prefer to give all students who have completed an Application Exercise a participation score of 100% at once, navigate to ‘Teacher Dashboard’ in the upper left corner of the screen. From there, you can choose to select ‘Participation Score’ for all students at once and then send the scores back in one go:

Note: you can also access the Dashboard pictured above by selecting ‘View’ from the Application Exercise item description page:

If you wish to see submitted scores for another completed Application Exercise, select the dropdown where the name of the Application Exercise is visible. To send scores, choose the orange ‘Send Scores’ button.

The ‘i’ icon to the right of ‘How are scores sent?’ provides the following information:

If you choose to proceed, you will see the Application Exercise score reflected in your Learning.com gradebook:

Participation scores can only be 100%; there is not the option to edit this percentage. Participation scores are especially useful for ensuring that Discussion Reflections have a score reflected in the gradebook.

Can I give students detailed feedback about completed Application Exercises? 

You can! To give a student a score based on the rubric provided, select the ‘Turned In!’ text in the gradebook or select the student’s name from the Dashboard. Both options will allow you to see the student’s work.

The rubric will appear on the right side of the browser window. If you don’t see the rubric right away, select the little blue ‘Rubric’ tab to expand the rubric.

Teachers need to select a number between one and four for each criterion and then select ‘Save Grade’ to calculate the percentage. If you need to change the grade, select the desired score and save again. Note that saving does not automatically send the score to the student.

As with the participation score, you can send your saved rubric score to your gradebook by selecting ‘Send Scores.’ Once the score is sent it cannot be changed unless you choose to reassign the Application Exercise.

Any other tips on using Application Exercises?

  • You can choose to grade the Application Exercise for the whole class by having the students click on the assignment after they’ve turned it in and follow along with you as you explain or lead a class discussion about the correct responses
  • Partner work is a good practice at any grade level
    • When partnering students, try to mix it up so they aren’t always working with the same person; students are more likely to work well with a partner when they know it is temporary
    • Try not to pair students who are at complete opposite ends of their ability level
  • For some Application Exercises, especially ones that are more complex or if the concepts are new, modeling the Application Exercise for the whole class is a great option. To do this, have the students move away from their computers to gather around and take turns being the “driver.”
    • The students can then go back to their computers to complete the Application Exercise in partners or on their own
  • Remember to think ahead as to where students will be storing their work (internal server, etc.) and how they will turn it in; will they be attaching a product or copying and pasting a link?
  • Use the “Ask 3 and Then Me” rule
  • Try having students use another signal that they need help besides raising their hands
    • Something visual like putting a sticky note on their computers works well; that way students can continue to troubleshoot while still waiting for help
  • If the Application Exercise instructions recommend going through it as a whole class, but you have advanced students who could do it independently, give those students the option of working silently with headphones while you work with the rest of the class
  • If students have previously been assigned Lessons, make sure students know they can go back through earlier EasyTech Lessons as a reference guide!

Note: Applications Exercises are exempt from Forced Sequence. If you have chosen Forced Sequence in your class Settings, incomplete AE assignments will not block student progress to the next assignment.

Final Thoughts

Application Exercises do take more teacher planning and input than do automatically scored items, but they play an important part in EasyTech curriculum and learning process. Your students will find more relevance in the auto-scored Lessons when they know they will be using what they learn. Application Exercises are a bridge from work within a simulated environment to creating authentic materials with programs and apps. Once they have completed an Application Exercise, students should get feedback — whether it be teacher-to-whole class or peer-to-peer. It’s okay to start small and work within your time constraints—any application as a student-creator is better than none.