Mrs. Barbour's Updates & News

September 29th* Fall 2015

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Grades Updated ~ For All Schedules

Happy Fall -students & parents!

I have updated the 18, 16, 14, & 12 week grade book to reflect assignments that have NOT been turned in by the September 24th due date. Items that have been submitted have been graded. Don't worry, if you submitted a dropbox, posted a discussion, or took a quiz, then I will get those graded. Items that HAVE been submitted did not receive a 0. Only items that were due on September 24th and were NOT submitted received a 0.

Students have three school days to submit late work for a reduced grade. Please see the late work policy image below. We have had a great two weeks. Keep up the good work and contact me with any questions.

~ Mrs. Barbour

Look for this in the gradebook...

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If you do not see the image above in the gradebook, then you have submitted what is due.

Grading Your Work

It can take up to 72 hours (3 school days) for instructors to grade your work. Please be patient while teachers are grading. Work may take longer to grade after the due date, but I will notify you of the delay.

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ADOBE CONNECT SESSIONS

Each week, I will hold a synchronous session. These are not mandatory, but a time for you to log in and ask questions to me in a "live" setting. I will be available for one hour per week in my virtual classroom.


I will, from time to time, host a specific session that includes a lesson. The recorded sessions will be posted in the user links section of the course.


You are encouraged to attend all sessions, but not required to do so.


*Remember, you can also email me with questions as well!!


See the instructions below of the steps to signing in your help session.

You must log in as a Guest.

Important Parent Information - How to Check Your Child's Grade


The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their course. If your child’s grade drops below a 75, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.


If you already have a parent account please do NOTcreate a new one.

1) Please check to see that your parent account is linked to your student’s account.

2) For more information click Help on the Log in page or click the following link.http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info





If you are uncertain about whether you have a parent account or not,

1) Log in to GAVS at www.gavirtualschool.org and at the Log In page type in your username and password.

2) For more information click Help at the top of the Log In page or click the following link.http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info


*Information for parents who have NEVER created a parent account.

1) Login to our website www.gavirtualschool.org

2) Click the “Log In To GAVS” icon

3) Click “Create An Account” from the navigation bar.

4) You will need to know your child’s GTID and date of birth.

5) Please follow the directions on the screen.

6) Be sure you have linked your parent account to your student’s account.

7) For more information simply click HELP at the top of the Log In page or click the following link.http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

Peer Tutoring Available!


Parents: Did you know that GaVS has a Peer Tutoring Center that offers free tutoring in this course? Click here for a brief PowerPoint presentation that provides a little more information about the GAVS Peer Tutoring Center.

Please send me an email if you are interested in peer tutoring and I will help to facilitate a connection.

Phone Calls & Reminders


My phone number is 678-801-6307. You can text me, but please include your full name and course. Parents, you will need to include your name, student's name, and the course.


If you would like to receive a call back, please leave a detailed message with your name and course.

Emailing Me - A Few Tips


First, parents, please email me (victoria.barbour@gavirtualschool.org) with a valid, working email address.

Students,

Be sure that you email me from your GAVS address only.
Be sure that you have followed the directions for Google Mail, located on the GaVS Homepage. This will ensure that you receive all of my emails and updates.


Students & Parents,

Please include your full name (parent & student) AND the course of enrollment, as well as a good contact number. This is small detail, but a very important one! This is the best way to ensure speedy answers and communication. Watch the demo below. Thanks!


Example Signature:


Parent Smith

AMDM

Student Smith

Questions about Discussion Grades??

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Whether your goal is to increase or to maintain your current grade, all of these strategies boost student learning potential. If you are unhappy with your grade, challenge yourself with one (or many) of the following to establish some good student habits for success.

Strategy 1: Follow That Schedule!


The biggest mistake students make is not completing assignments on time.

Print out your schedule and use it as a daily checklist. The expectation is that students stick to the schedule and work in the course each day for at least one hour or more. Turn in all your assignments on time. If you have a late assignment - turn it in by Monday so that you only lose a meager 10%!

Strategy 2: Read Your Feedback!



Did you know that every assignment you submit gets a personal response from your teacher for you to view?Feedback helps you focus on your study needs.Discussion feedback is viewed in the Gradebook. Quiz and Dropbox feedback is viewed where you submit those assignments. When you are notified of a graded assignment - immediately look at the feedback!

Strategy 3: Communicate!


Students are expected to read email and News Announcements in the course daily. Email or call your teacher with questions as they arise. Participate fully in class discussions and chat sessions where you can.

Strategy 4: Interact with the Course Content!


The content (our course textbook) contains all the information for the course. The assignment schedule is taken from the content. The content explains the assignments, how they are graded and where to submit them. Print out pictures or other important information from the content. Print the rubrics for projects and use them! When you are taking an online course, the content is your textbook and guide for independent learning.

STRATEGY 5: USE EXTRA STUDY MATERIALS PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR!


You have a number of study materials at your disposal in theUser Links Widget within the course:

  • Weekly Chat Recordings (by topic): watch teacher/student interaction, download supplemental materials


Coming Soon

  • Topic Pinboards: resources related to our content compiled by your instructor (games, practice quizzes, videos, etc.)
  • USA Test Prep/Shmoop: Take practice tests for each topic and earn bonus points on the test

Follow Your Teacher on Twitter for Updates, Shout Outs and More!


@GaVSBarbourMath - follow me
#BarbourMath - follow course tweets with this hashtag

A Note About Accommodations

Many students receive accommodations through GaVS. Please note that these newsletters (and grade update emails) go to all students. Likewise, failing phone calls go out to all students, regardless of accommodations. If you have a due date extension due to accommodations, zeros are entered and your grade replaces the zero when the work is submitted.

Need Help?????

STUDENT HELP & RESOURCES

Your course home page has two course navigation videos, located at the top of the page. These include demonstrations of how to do various things in your course. You can also use the "Help" icon (on the top of your page). Click on the "FAQ" link on the left side of the help menu to find video demonstrations of tasks like: submitting dropbox assignments, completing quizzes, and participating in discussions. Please contact me if you have questions.
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Parent Auditor Accounts

Parents,

If you have a parent auditor account, please connect it to your student's account in order to see the most up to date grade. If you have not yet created an account, please do that as soon as possible. The link below explains all of those procedures.


http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info


Please note my contact information above.


Keep my phone number & email address in a place that is easy to reach. If you have a special circumstance, please let me know. Here are some situations that might merit an immediate contact:


* Medical situation (hospitalization, extreme sickness, injury): Contact me BEFORE a due date if you have been too sick to complete work. Please note that a note from the doctor may be required to authorize any extensions for sickness.


* Technology emergency: Please notify me BEFORE a due date if you experience a technology issue. If you lose power, get kicked out of a test, have a computer crash, or other extreme situation, please let me know immediately. We understand that these things happen, but also expect students to have a back-up plan for technology issues. Plan to use a computer at school, the library, a friend or family member's computer, etc.


* General Assignment/Course Questions: These are best answered by email, but feel free to call me as well.


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