Economics- Ms. Goodman

Monthly Course Updates - March, 2015

Big image

Use the resources on your course home page!

  • When viewing Course News, do be sure to go to the end and Show All. You do not want to miss helpful posts. New items are released frequently. Do not dismiss course news items you have read. You will need them again for study, review, and remediation work.
  • Check out the Links widget in the narrow column of your course home page. View misses synchronous sessions and use the resources provided.
Big image

Check your grade reports frequently!

Check your dropbox, discussion, and quiz feedback!

Please be sure to take the time to read all feedback for your assignments, exams, and discussions. They provide valuable information about the assignment and also the content. Sometimes you may be asked to resubmit an assignment. Feedback can be found in the gradebook. Click on the Assessments drop down menu then choose grades. To view feedback on exams follow the instructions below.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A GRADE AFTER YOU VIEW YOUR FEEDBACK?

Big image

Next Due Dates


Follow Your Course Schedule:


“The most helpful tool for succeeding in Georgia Virtual School is for students to follow their course schedule. In the course schedule students will find the assignments for which they should be completing daily and each assignment’s corresponding due date. There is a direct correlation to following the schedule daily and being successful in the class. In fact, it is impossible to pass the course without following the course schedule. Course schedules can be found in your syllabus that can be downloaded from the course information widget on the right side of the course homepage. Establishing good habits in the course will in help having a successful semester. Please your check email and news announcements daily, read feedback on all assignments, and follow the daily schedule of completing and turning in assignments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.”



See course news for a schedule snapshot.

Big image
Big image
USATESTPREP GAVS Economics Video

Email Protocol

You must set up your gavirtualschool email as instructed in the classroom bulletin board. Instructors send all communications to this secure and internal email address.
Set up your email signature. Your instructors will be able to answer your questions quickly.
Big image

Weekly Synchronous Class

Tuesday, March 29th, 5:45pm

This is an online event.

Discussion Tips for Students

1. Firstly, be sure to read all the submissions by your classmates. Most learning platforms, like Blackboard, give your instructor and option to see which students have read what. However, please don’t approach an online forum with the reduced mindset that you HAVE to participate and that I am checking up on your level of engagement, because then in reality you will lose sight of the point of the exercise. For example, if you were in a brick and mortar classroom you would “hear’ all the comments, so why wouldn’t you read all the comments in an online class? The more you participate in the forum the more you will get out of it.

2. Despite what I just said please recognize that an online forum does not translate exactly to a discussion in a traditional class. Because the discussion board is asynchronous the responsibility is on all the members of the class to make sure that the conversation flows, and this only happens if students buy into the assessment and do the work. I promise it will pay dividends.

3. When you are commenting on the posts of your classmates, stay away from the “That’s a good point, Joe.” Or “I agree, Sue.” Those types of comments good places to start but please do not end there. Give your fellow classmates feedback and tell them why it is a good point or how it resonated with you. Put yourself in the role of your teacher and critically evaluate the post of your classmate by providing substantive feedback in the form of a detailed and well thought out response. Peer feedback is the most powerful kind! In addition to assisting your classmates it will help you learn how to critically evaluate a piece of writing. This is a life skill that will serve you long after you leave the classroom.

4. Remember that an online forum is meant to be a discussion, so always respond to those classmates that respond to your original posts. This develops community and rapport and quite frankly it is the polite thing to do. You wouldn’t ignore someone if they spoke to you, would you?

5. Finally, feel free to discuss your opinions on the topic, but always remember to be respectful of different positions that maybe voiced. If your opinion is backed up by facts, be sure to reference your sources appropriately. Some discussion boards are designed to not have a right or wrong answer whereas others ask for research to support a position. Be sure to recognize the difference and respond accordingly.

I hope you have found these tips to be helpful!

Big image

Please set up your parent auditor account.

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 NOT create 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

Big image

GAVS Academic Dishonesty Policy (From Student Handbook)

Students in a "virtual building" need to follow certain rules. As a Georgia Virtual School student, you must conduct yourself with the highest standards of honesty.


Documents submitted for AP Psychology receive an originality check by Turnitin. Students can view their results in the dropbox area.


Any attempt to cheat, plagiarize, falsify information, or receive credit for work you did not do will be considered dishonest behavior and will be dealt with accordingly by the instructor, facilitator, and the Georgia Virtual School Program administration. Unless your teacher expressly states otherwise, all work must be original and entirely the student's own work without any outside help, which includes other students, parents, textbooks, internet or any other outside source. Assignments that require documentation and/or references must adhere to guidelines presented by the teacher. When in doubt, clarify with your teacher before beginning an assignment or submitting it.


Academic dishonesty and the sending/creating/posting of any inappropriate material will result in one or more of the following actions:

● Loss of grade points

● Disciplinary action via local school in accordance with local school or district policy

● Removal from the course

● Failure to receive credit for the course

● Loss of eligibility to take future Georgia Virtual School courses.


Academic honesty is very important to your success as an online learner.

Contact Me

Freda Goodman, M.Ed.

Social Studies Department Coordinator



(678) 249-0936

freda.goodman@gavirtualschool.org

Follow me on Twitter:
MsG_GAVS_SSTeacher@MsG_GAVS