About xiousgeonz

I tutor people in assorted subjects at Parkland College. I'm trying to make Math less of a barrier between people and their academic and personal goals.

When I paint my masterpiece :)

So!   I found that you can call something a practice quiz and it won’t be graded or added to the syllabus.   (I’m not sure how I feel about the syllabus getting most things added to it automatically.  I know some peeps want the syllabus to just be stuff so you could use it w/ different sections and adapt.  We’ll see!)  Then there’s the “survey” which you get points for doing, regardless of your answers.

Per https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2889  :

  • A graded quiz is the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the Gradebook for any graded quizzes you build.
  • A practice quiz is ungraded and can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Practice quizzes do not appear in the syllabus or Gradebook.
  • A graded survey allows you to give students points for completing the survey; however, it is not graded based on right or wrong answers.
  • An ungraded survey allows you to obtain opinions or other information from students; however, students do not receive a grade for their responses. Ungraded surveys do not appear in the syllabus or Gradebook.

So in my ‘learning about this’ thing the next thing is to make a lesson around a ‘quiz’ like the guy does in the video about it.

Okay, let’s wake this up :)

Hello again, world!   I’m a little blog.   I don’t have a catchy name — mecacad.wordpress.com — it’s from Mary Ellen Carter Academy.

Seems a good place to stick the stuff I want to be able to find and share for my attempts at an adult ed math lesson.

http://www.learninglover.com/examples.php?id=84   has a primitve script for practicing the slope formula.   Alas, pretty much everything else on the site is ‘way over my guys’ heads and the ‘arithmetic’ has how to code arithmetic, not how to learn it ( both are nifty, of course) .

https://www.vrae.org/images/customer-files/CCRStandardsAdultEd.pdf  has the ‘college and career ready standards’. Yup!  Percents don’t show up ’til late.   Fascinating.



DId somebody say CONTEST???

  I won!!! I won!!! Microsoft has this initiative called “#WorkWonders”   and the contest was to tweet about something I was doing that day for education using a Microsoft OFfice product.   Welp, I really happened to be polishing the narration for my “how to find the perimeter of those L shaped ‘complex shapes’ when a side is missing” powerpoint, including using hte new callout features and animating a few things here and there. And while I tell myself that probably I won because all the other teachers are busy finishing up their school year… I actually rather like it.  

     This summer I’m going to divide my time between:   a.  Helping summer students and helping with orientation, b:   making more powerpoint supports for the Transitions course so that people can go back and review, and c:  *hopefully* making my “subtracting negative numbers” app work, and d:   making java lessons like that and e:  planning out an entire Transitions level “course” with more applications to life (like mentally making change) and f:  playing around with the … oops, I think I’m going to run out of summer or the alphabet so I’ll stop right here, but I want to make tools and pathways for everyday people to yes, actually, ***understand** math.   I am “sick up and fed” of hearing people talk about math as if it were a war they survived… with PTSD.   

Spring Semester Is Beginning!

Hello out there… I’m Sue Jones, and I’m adding things to this website “all the time” (when I have time :)).   I am at Parkland College in the Center for Academic Success, D120.  I’ll post my exact schedule soon — but in the meantime, WELCOME 🙂 🙂 

The “Mary Ellen Carter Academy” is called that because I needed a name for it, and “The Mary Ellen Carter” is one of my favorite songs about a ship that sank, but its crew would not let it stay down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-aEcPgkuA  includes the story of a man who kept from freezing to death by singing the chorus over and over until the Coast Guard rescued him…