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Archive for January, 2011

Multiple Student Accounts

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Perhaps this has happened to you: you’ve created an assignment for a class but a student will tell you, even SHOW you, that it hasn’t shown up on her homepage. One of the most likely reasons for this is that the student has multiple accounts. A student will forget the password, so instead of getting it from you- or us- she’ll just create a new account. This means that the original account- the one you have in your online class roster- is getting the assignments, but the one the student uses- the new account- isn’t showing anything. Fixing this is pretty easy.

- Password Card. Be sure the student prints out a Password Card, found in the “Student Resources” box on the student Home Page. It can be printed multiple times and placed in multiple locations.

- Student Email Address. If a student supplies their valid email address, they can be sent an automated email reminder of their password. Remember: USATestprep does not sell or exchange any student or teacher email addresses. Supplying a student email address remains optional.

- Merge Accounts. If a student has multiple accounts anyone with Account Admin privileges can merge them into a single account. No data is lost in this process. (If you are not sure if you have Account Admin privileges, look for the “Admin” tab in the top right of your page. You can also check under Account Preferences from your home page.)

- Join a Class. If a student DOES create a new account, he/she can add themselves to your class. Yes, they’ll show up twice, but then 1) they will continue to get their assignments and/or 2) you can always merge the multiple accounts into a single account.

These processes can help ease any confusion regarding missing assignments related to multiple accounts. If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to call or email.

Placebo and the Power of Suggestion

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

We posted this on our Facebook page but it was too good not to share on our blog, as well.

Radiolab offered up a look at the power of suggestion, “white lies”, and placebo on this show that originally aired in 2007. They examined not just the “Placebo Effect” but the use of hypnotism on patients and the power of white doctor’s coat. We thought some of this might be useful in a science or psychology class, but it is definitely enthralling stuff regardless of your area of expertise. This episode turned out to be one of those shows that you listen to even after you’ve reached your destination. Click this link to go to the episode’s home page.

Technology in the ELA Classroom

Friday, January 21st, 2011

We ran across this article in “Student Pulse Online:” Incorporating Technology into the Modern English Language Arts Classroom by Steven A. Carbone II. Carbone’s paper examines the classroom in the wake of the Facebook/Myspace/YouTube era in which your students revel. Particularly interesting- to us, anyway- is his investigation of how technology can be used in family history or oral history projects, something that could be of use also to history teachers.

Give a look at what this student’s take on a topic that is, understanably, near and dear to us.

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