IN THIS ARTICLE:
Checking Student Progress
You can monitor student progress on investigations through the Investigation Progress Page. To get to this page, navigate to your Dashboard and click on the BrainPOP Science assignment under the Assignments section:
Selecting the assignment will take you to the Investigations Progress Page:
There are a few relevant elements to note here:
The Submitted/Not Submitted counter on the right counts the number of assignments that have been submitted. Please note that students must submit their assignment for it to show as submitted. You may also see assignments that have been submitted, but where some parts are incomplete.
- The student table shows the students' progress through the various sections of the investigation (Activate, Observe, Check, Explain) and also whether the student has submitted or not (Submitted).
Students receive check marks if they have completed all the assigned resources in the section. Completion rules vary per resource. For example, a Required Reading is marked “complete” if the student has stayed on the page for longer than 30 seconds, whereas a Movie must be watched until the end.
Checkpoints are Challenges, so they will only be marked with a score when the student finishes the Challenge.
Explain contains the Claims, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) form, which is the one part of the investigation that must be complete before a student can submit.
Student Lesson Reflection is an average of the reflection scores that all the students in the class have indicated in their investigation. Note: Students are NOT required to complete this step in order to submit their investigation.
View Investigation Report In Detail: Click this link to see details of each students' work, and to comment on and grade them.
Note: If you click through to the class instead, you will see BP Science assignments marked with a custom icon that says “Sci”:
While many of the features of Investigations are graded automatically, you as the teacher will need to grade each student's 'Explain' (CER) submission.
Fortunately, we have tools to help, and several ways you can go about this process!
First, you must click 'View Work' next to the student whose work you want to grade. Once you begin, you can simply click to the next student, rather than returning to this page.
From this point, you have a few options to choose from:
The default option for grading CER submissions is our interactive grading rubric. This will come up right away when you click 'View Work.'
Before you begin, you can download our examples of student work, for your reference while grading:
When you're ready, continue down to the rubric section. On the lefthand side, you will see your student's submission, and on the right, you can select the most fitting evaluation of their work based on the given factors for grading. The number in the bottom right will update based on your selections.
You can also choose to leave a comment in the 'write feedback' section below the student's work, which your student will be able to view on their dashboard after the assignment is graded.
After grading the Claim section, you will do the same with the Evidence and Reasoning, also with the option to add written feedback.
When you're done, all points will add up, out of a maximum of 20 points. At this time, you may write feedback for the full CER submission if you like, and then click 'Submit to Student' to submit the student's grade.
Once you've submitted one student's grade, you may move on to the next!
Entering Your Own Grade
You may prefer to choose your own score, rather than using our rubric. To do this, skip the rubric portion of the page and scroll down to the bottom, where you would write a comment for the full CER submission.
Here, you'll see a button reading 'I want to enter my own grade instead.' Click it to enter your own score, out of a possible 20 points. This will override any rubric options you may have selected already.
NOTE: If you select any rubric options after entering your own score, the scoring will switch back to automatic, so if you want to keep your custom score, please do not select any rubric options afterward!
Again, you may leave written feedback if you choose to, and then click 'Submit to Student.'
Printing CER Submissions
If you are choosing to enter your own grade, or if you just prefer working on paper, you may want to print out students' CER submissions. You can do this by selecting 'Export CER PDF' near the top of the page.
From here, you can choose to export all students' work, or just one or a few.
Check the students whose work you want to print, and click OK.
Once the PDF file(s) have downloaded, open them and print them from your printer.
After grading your printed submissions, you may return to the grading pages on BrainPOP and either select the rubric options you want to choose, or enter your own grade as shown above.