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Districts and Charter Schools,Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
February 27, 2015 – In This Issue:
February 26 – Progress reports posted in the registration system.March 6 – End of early calendar 1st 9-Weeks.March 9 – Beginning of early calendar 2nd 9-Weeks.March 12 – 1st 9-week grades for early calendar posted in the registration system.March 12 – Progress reports for traditional calendar and yearlong courses posted in the registration system.
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NCVPS 2015 Teacher of the Year
Progress Reports Posted Feb. 26
See how your students are progressing!
A progress report was posted in the registration system on Feb. 26. The report is titled “Spring 2015 Traditional, EC, Block, YL, CR Progress Report Due Feb. 24th, 2015″ This is an unweighted progress report.
The following fields are on this report:
Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
Status = This field is used for CR only.
Sample Progress Report
Progress Report Details:
1. All standard classes will report a progress grade, and teachers will leave a comment for each student.
2. We do not report grades for OCS classes. Classroom teachers determine OCS grades.
3. We do not report grades for credit recovery classes. See the comments section to determine if the student is on pace or not.
4. Even if a student is supposed to be dropped, we will report a grade until the school withdraws the student.
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.
Supporting Students – Intervention Time
Be sure to check the latest progress report to see how your students are progressing. If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to help.
Follow this link to see our intervention strategies.
AP Test for NCVPS Courses
Please forward this message to your school’s AP testing coordinator.
Be sure to input the NCVPS code (045) into the “Online Provider Code” found on page 1, item G of the student’s AP answer sheet during administration of the exam.
This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of the student’s May 2015 test scores for our records.
These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.
School data managers will find the NCVPS SAR data in the NCVPS enrollment reports and grade reports. E-learning advisors at the school will be able to help the data managers access the enrollment reports.
Data managers will need to manually enter the NCVPS teacher SAR data into PowerSchool.
Schools will use the PowerSchool UID for NCVPS teachers instead of their social security numbers.
Enrollment reports and grade reports will open into an Excel spreadsheet. Scroll to the right of the spreadsheet to access the SAR data (see below).
Please note that most HQ errors are due to a data input error or a spreadsheet sorting error on the school’s end. Please confirm that the correct UID has been used. In addition, sometimes a school will misread the spreadsheet and enter the wrong teacher for a course. If you accidentally enter the Latin teacher’s data for an English course, it will naturally come back as non-HQ.
NCVPS leadership would like to remind school-based technologists that Chromebooks are not on our list of supported hardware specifications. Students will struggle to successfully complete NCVPS courses with a Chromebook as their primary technology resource. The collaborative tools, java content, pull down menus and submission of assessments can all be problematic and/or non-functional in NCVPS courses.
While we realize it can be a challenge for districts to supply technology resources for students, allowing students to attempt their coursework on a Chromebook will have a major impact on student success. This negative impact is seen by NCVPS on a regular basis.
Please take a look at NCVPS technology requirements (see below) to gain further information on system resources students will need to be successful in NCVPS courses.
Below are some tips and reminders to help you have a wonderful school year!
Opening a Ticket
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
- Students first & last name
- ID number (This will help to insure we have the correct student)
- Course name – including specific section ex: CourseSec01Spring15.Replying to a Support Center Ticket
Reply back to a ticket by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of a help reply email will keep all students information secure and will attach your information directly to the ticket.
See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
- Navigate to Administration
- My Profile settings
- Edit Profile
- Verify or update e-mail
- Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
- Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
- Click on setting
- Click on Personal Information
- Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
- Scroll to bottom and Submit
Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages
Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Registration System: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/
Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket in your email account to access the new password or click “Forgot Password” on the Moodle or Blackboard login pages.Tech Requirements
For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS CoursesNCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.Check out our 150+ list of courses here.Vendor Approved Courses
In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.
Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)
- AP FrenchMiddlebury – Interactive Languages
- Biology – Apex Learning
- Biology – OdysseyWare
NCVPS Professional Learning
Shattering the Myths of Online and Blended Learning, a 6 Week, facilitator-led, professional learning course, is now available through North Carolina Virtual Public School.
Have you ever questioned the relevance and rigor of online and blended courses in comparison to brick-and-mortar courses? Do you believe that online courses create an environment where learners simply read content and click “next”? Do you believe that online courses produce an environment where relationships cannot be developed and connected to the learning? Then, you will not want to miss out on this learning experience.
Join North Carolina Virtual Public School as we shatter nine myths of online and blended learning, in this newly launched 6-week professional learning course.
The cost is $165.00/individual.
For registration details, visit http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-professional-learning/.
Contact Don Lourcey for questions or comments: email@example.com
Middle School Art Adventures
NCVPS is pleased to announce that it will offer an arts course specifically designed for middle school students in the Spring 2015 semester. Please check out our Middle School Art Adventures course below!
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See more details about the Middle School Art Adventures course here.
View our full course catalog here.
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