Creation of work groups:
Students can be part of more than one subgroup, according to the project or activity you're working on, so it can be necessary to create work groups to assess a group of students together or in peer assessment.
To create a work group you just need to double-click on the students that will be part of the group, once they're all selected left-click and Create group option.
When you click on Create group, you need to name the work group and you can do any modification.
Students can be included in more than one work group, when you filter to find the groups you want to work with, you can choose more than one work group.
You can edit work groups anytime, you just need to go to the three vertical dots > Students > Work groups.
NOTE: Work groups are a really useful tool to use in students assessment and peer assessment.
Assess a group of students:
In the group, at the top, there's Others. If you click on Others there's the Magic Box. This option allows you to assess a group of students all at once, you won't need to assess each student individually, but you can choose several students and assess them with the same grade.
This is perfect for work in groups or work on projects, it gets really easy to assess a group of students.
To activate this functionality, you can go to Others > Magic Box. When you click on the Magic Box a window will emerge, this is where you can introduce the grade. You can drag this window through the screen and place it where it doesn't annoys you. At any time, you can hide this window on the cross icon or by clicking again on the item at the top of the screen.
To assess a specific group of students you need to select the ones that will share the same grade. In order to do this, you can double-click on the name of the student, you'll notice it's selected as a green background will appear in the selected row.
Once the students are selected, you can introduce the grade in the window and drag it to the cell of one of the selected students. Automatically, the same grade will be applied to the corresponding cell of all the selected students.
Not only the grade but you can also add an icon, comment or resource to drag to the all the selected students.
You can drag the grade to an individual student, no need to previously select them.
If you click on the gear, you'll find 2 options: Set up evaluation type and Rest:
- Set up evaluation type: You can choose the type of evaluation or rubric you want to choose to assess your students.
- Reset: You can decide to work with an empty cell. To erase any information previously introduced: grade, comments, resources, icons.
NOTE: If a grade cannot be introduced in the cell it will be displayed in red. It is important to take into account that the type of evaluation set has to be the same than the one on the column, it won't be possible otherwise.
Create subgroups and filter them with the searcher
You can find the searcher, represented with the magnifying glass icon, at the top of each group.
First, you need to classify your students in subgroups to activate the filter option. It is important to use an specific code for classification, this is, never use characters that may appear in student data.
An example for a classifying system could be a combination of graphic symbols with text: #1#, G01, *1…
We're using a Maths group as an example on how to classify students in 2 subgroups: G01 and G02.
Click on the name of the student to access the personal data. There you'll find a field Subgroup where you must introduce the name of the subgroup the student belongs to. In this example, Elvis Presley is part of AB subgroup, so we introduce the mentioned code and click on Save to save the changes.
You can do this process as many times as students you want to add to a subgroup.
After that, press on the magnifying glass icon and introduce the name of the subgroup to start the search, in our example, AB subgroup.
Only the students of the AB subgroup will be displayed.
The searcher option allows you to find the name of a specific student. Introduce the name in the searcher and only the data of this student will be displayed.
NOTE: If only some students are displayed with the filter option, modifications will only be applied to the subgroup visible in the screen. This is how the filter option allows you to work on your gradebook but only with some students, making it quicker to read and introduce data. If you want all the students to be displayed again, you only need to delete the field introduced in the searcher.