Additional Languages Can Be Added to your Windows 10 Keyboard

Do you teach a foreign language? Are you looking for a special character that isn’t available on the English Keyboard? If you would like the ability to type special characters and letters, changing the configuration of your Windows 10 keyboard can help.

There are two ways to quickly get to your keyboard language settings: search for “Region & language settings” in your Windows 10 search bar, or select the Keyboard Icon on the lower right side of your taskbar.

Click on the on the plus sign within the Region & Language menu to add additional languages to your keyboard. There are over 60 languages available!

Once you’ve added new languages, you can toggle between different keyboards by selecting ENG from your taskbar.

Within the Region & Language Settings menu, you can also change your default language and remove languages you’ve previously added.

For a step by step guide to adding additional languages to your keyboard, use the links below.

Click here to access the VIDEO.

Click here to access the PDF.

 

 

Teacher & Staff Teams Can Improve the Workflow of Your PLC

In CTLS Assess, Teacher & Staff Teams are especially helpful for groups of teachers in a PLC that share a common subject, course, or grade within a school. Each teacher within the team can view their own class data as well as the data for the other teachers on their Teacher Team. Once the teams are created, teachers are able to access and analyze data across co-taught classrooms, grade level teams, and department teams.

Teacher & Staff teams must be created by school administrators within CTLS Assess in the Management Widget.  Click here to access directions on how to create Teacher and Staff Teams.

Comparing Results

In CTLS Assess, teachers can use the Compare Tab to view data on two different assessments that share at least one common standard. You can see in the example below, the Unit 4 Pre- and Post-tests assessed two common standards. Your questions on the assessments do not have to be identical because the data is derived from the standards.

Once you click on the Dtl for a standard, you can view comparison data on each student. Data found under the Compare Tab is not only useful for instructional groups, but also RTI and parent-teacher conferences.

Click on this link for a brief instructional video on using the Compare Tab in CTLS Assess.

iRespond Web App Session Properties to Limit Student Access to the Internet While Testing

Do you have concerns about students using internet resources to locate answers when running an iRespond Web App student-paced session?  Well these options might be for you!

When selecting session properties on the iRespond teacher dashboard, there are a few options to help with this issue.

Log user out if App is not visible: If selected, students will automatically be logged out of the test if they are viewing anything other than the test itself. Teachers receive a notification on the dashboard when this occurs. Note: Students are able to log back in unless Limit users to a single login is also selected.

Limit users to a single login: If selected, this will only allow students to login 1 time. If they lose connectivity or logout, they will not be able to log back in without teachers granting access by right clicking on the student name on the teacher dashboard to enable login.

Randomize Items: Select this feature if you would like items to be randomized for each student so they are each on a different question when testing.

Accessing & Printing District Created Touchstone Assessments

To locate and print a hard copy of a Touchstone Assessment, you will access the tests by using the Resources widget in CTLS Assess.  

While the Touchstone Assessments are pushed out to iRespond for administering the tests, CTLS Assess is where you should go to print the PDF of the Touchstone assessments. Follow the steps below to open and print Touchstone Assessments from CTLS Assess.

  1. Go to www.cobbk12.org 
  2. Under the Employees tab, select CTLS ASSESS 
  3. From the dashboard, locate the Resources widget. Using the “plus sign” to the left of each Touchstone folder, select the level (Elementary, Middle, High) you are looking for.
  4. Continue using the plus sign buttons to drill down by subject area, grade level, and quarter, and then select the assessment you wish to print.  
  5. Click on the name of the assessment to open a PDF document and you can print as you normally would.

Creating Customized Assessments Using Embedded Touchstone Questions

Creating a customized assessment is quick and easy. You can put Touchstone questions from related standards together, use the additional questions, or even add your own questions.

To do this, access the Touchstone Blueprints in the Resources widget to determine which Touchstone questions you would like to embed in your assessment. Then, navigate to the Assessment Builder widget to begin creating your assessment.  Enter the question IDs for the Touchstone questions and any other questions you would like to use on this assessment. Review and Publish your assessment as you normally would do.

Find just how flexible CTLS Assess can be for formative assessment by creating a custom assessment today!  Contact your TTIS for support.

Remember, Touchstone questions can only be used 1 time by a teacher (District Created Touchstone or embedded within a teacher created assessment).

Copying Teacher-Created Questions is Now Available!

Have you seen a question in CTLS Assess from another teacher that you wanted to use in your class, but needed to make a few changes?   Well you can now copy that question and save it as your own.  Now that the question is yours, you can edit the question and answer choices.  You can only copy and edit questions from another teacher, you cannot copy and edit district-level questions, such as Touchstone questions or vendor questions.  Just look for the teacher-created icon!

To Copy a Teacher-Created question, right click on the question you want to copy, then choose Copy Question.  Make changes to the question and answer choices, then click Save Question.

Math Type Now Available in CTLS for Middle/High School Teachers

Attention Middle School & High School Math Teachers

math-typeMiddle School and High School math teachers, are you tired of snipping every question and answer in CTLS Item Builder because of the lack of math symbols?  Have you ever wished that you could use MathType instead?  Great news for the New Year!  MathType in CTLS Item Builder is now available!  If you have MathType on your computer, you can now use it from directly within Item Builder.  If you are a middle or high school math teacher and do not have MathType on your computer, you can put in a work order to have it pushed to your teacher laptop.

The Following are 3 helpful videos:

  1. How to use MathType within Item BuilderFor those already familiar with MathType and simply need to use it with CTLS Item Builder
  2. How to copy MathType equations from a document that is already created – For those with pre-existing assessments in Word that have MathType equations in them
  3. How to use MathType in general – For those who are not already familiar with MathType

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The Following are MathType PDF Directions:

How To Use MathType 

                            MathType in Item Builder

 

Need more help with using MathType?  Please contact your TTIS for more assistance.

Printing in Test Management

Recently you may have noticed some minor changes to the printing tab in Test Management.  Now you will find a checkbox to print the assessment including the questions, answers and standard alignment for each question.  To do this, click the checkbox and then click “Print Test Document”.  This is a great option as a final check of your assessment including answers and alignment prior to Publishing.

printing-tab For those who would just like the answer key to an assessment, there is now an option to print an Answer Key only.  To print an Answer Key only, click on “Answer Key” at the bottom right.  This will give you an answer key similar to the one below.

answerkeyIn addition, If you would like to work with the assessment without the tables and other formatting that is in place, you can also choose “Preview and Print Test” option to open the assessment in a new browser tab.  Copy and paste the assessment into a new MS Word document so you can edit and customize as needed.

 

Selecting Items from Alternate Course Standards

Want to create a test with questions from a different grade level? Well, now we can in CTLS Test Management! For example, you may want to create a pre-assessment in math at the beginning of the year that contains items from more than one grade level to get baseline data.

Now when you create assessments, you can select from other grade level standards and elements. Check out the step-by-step directions for this exciting new enhancement.

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