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Barronsregents.com Teacher Tutorial




Welcome to Barronsregents.com! This tutorial will show you how to set up your classes, create exams and assign them to classes. It is a good idea, if you have not already, to print out this page and let us guide you through this site as you learn.

INDEX

Initial Setup
Logging into Website
Creating Your Profile

Creating Your Exams
Creating Your First Sample Exam
Selecting Questions From the Database
Editing Database Questions
English Exams: Special Instructions
Adding Questions of Your Own
Deleting Questions
Shuffling Question Order
Making a Copy of an Existing Exam
Renaming an Exam
Printing Your Exam
Deleting an Exam

Classroom Accounts
Creating Your Own Classes
Registering (and dropping) Students for a Class
Assigning Your Exam To Your Class(es)
Removing an Assigned Exam From Your Class
Dropping a Class
Reviewing Your Class's Performance
Logging Students in the First Time





SETUP

Open your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc. Note: America Online users who use AOL as their primary Internet connection should open either Internet Explorer or another web browser independently once they have connected to AOL to ensure proper operation of BarronsRegents.com) and enter the URL for our site - http://www.barronsregents.com. After you arrive at our homepage you are ready to begin.

It is a good idea to Bookmark the main page in your web browser so that you may quickly return to this site at any time.

For Internet Explorer, select Favorites-->Add to Favorites.
For Firefox, select Bookmarks-->Add Bookmarks.
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LOGGING INTO WEBSITE

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CREATE YOUR PROFILE

On your very first visit to the site, you are asked to complete your user profile. Click in each field and enter the appropriate data. Be sure to enter a new user name and password. Use something you will remember. When the profile form is complete, click "Create Profile" and your personal menu, or home page, will now appear

[Please note: Your personal information will never be given to anyone else. Barronsregents.com does NOT SELL LISTS! Your privacy is very important to us.]

Ok, you're logged in. Now what can you do?

A teacher subscription to Barronsregents.com allows you to do several powerful things. For example, you will be able to:
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CREATE YOUR FIRST SAMPLE QUIZ

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SELECTING QUESTIONS FROM THE DATABASE

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EDITING EXISTING QUESTIONS

You can also edit any question (except Math exams) by selecting questions from the " Custom Questions" list, and then making any changes to the text directly in the form fields. You can also remove or add choices. You cannot remove images. Math exams cannot be edited, since the questions are scanned images due to the complexity of formulas and special characters. Click " Submit Question" after making some changes to the first question.
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ENGLISH EXAMS: SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

The NYS Regents English exams are formatted somwhat differently than other Regents exams and therefore require a slightly different approach when creating practice tests for your students.

Teachers with Classroom subscriptions: The students who have taken your English practice exams online will have their essays stored in the online database along with their responses to the multiple-choice questions. These responses can be reviewed by you in the same manner as you would for their practice exams in other courses. For en explanation of this procedure, see Reviewing Your Class's Performance below. Or, if you prefer, your students have to ability to print their essays from their own computer to be submitted to you.
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ADDING QUESTIONS

Let's add a question of our own.

DELETING QUESTIONS

If you change your mind about a particular question in your custom exam and want to remove it, you can do so by clicking on the question in your "Custom Exam" list and then clicking on the "Delete Question" button below the displayed question
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SHUFFLING QUESTION ORDER

It is possible to take an existing practice exam from your Exam Library and randomly shuffle the question order, then save the questions as a new practice exam while keeping the original exam as is. This gives you two or more versions of the same exam. Remember that when practice exams are givien to the students online, as is possible with a Classroom account, each student is already given the questions in a random order to prevent them from checking answers over the phone when taking these exams at home.

MAKING A COPY OF AN EXISTING EXAM

You can also create a duplicate of one of your existing exams. This can be useful if you want to create an alternate version of an exam by adding or subtracting questions without changing the original exam. This is also the only way to change the name of an existing exam. You would do this by making a copy of an exam, giving it a new name, then deleting the original exam.

For Unassigned Exams: For Assigned Exams:

RENAMING AN EXAM

To rename an exam, make a copy of the exam as descibed above, give the duplicate a new name, then delete the original exam.


PRINTING YOUR EXAM


DELETING AN EXAM

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[The following applies mainly to classroom subscriptions]



CREATING YOUR OWN CLASSES

Now that you have mastered the ability to create exams, customize them, and print them out, you should become familiar with one of the most powerful features of Barronsregents.com...the ability to assign exams...online!

If you or your school has signed up for a classroom subscription, then your students should have been assigned user accounts and passwords to access Barronsregents.com. Or, any students that have their own Barronsregents.com account and attend your school can also access your virtual "classes!" Or course, for any of this to occur, you will need to create a Class.

This will allow you to assign Regents exams and any of your own custom exams to students to take online, be graded on, and saved in your very own progress report for each student. The only way to assign exams is to create a Class.
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ASSIGNING YOUR EXAM TO YOUR CLASS(ES)

(Please remember that while an assigned exam cannot be edited, you can make a copy and edit the new exam.)
When you are satisfied with your customized exam, click the "Assign" link in the red navigation bar (from the Test Creator screen), or, if you're back on your Home screen, click on the Class to which you want to assign the exam. On the next screen (Class Performance) scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the chalkboard icon with "Assignment" written on it. On the next screen you will see an "Exam List" and then ...
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REMOVING AN ASSIGNED EXAM FROM YOUR CLASS

If you change your mind about assigning an exam to a class, you may remove it from that class only if none of your students have selected it from their list of assigned exams.

REGISTERING (and dropping) STUDENTS FOR A CLASS

Once you have created a class, your students can then register for that class and take exams online that you've assigned to it.
The best method for registering students is to have the students register themselves.
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DROPPING A CLASS

At some point you may want to drop a class. While this is possible to do, you must give this action careful consideration before proceeding. Removing a class that students have registered for and to which you've already assigned exams will make a number of permanent changes to the database.

However, if you're beginning a new school year, dropping a Class is the best way to get ready for your new students. Once you drop a class, you may create a new class using the same name as the dropped class thereby clearing students and exams from a previous school term and starting the new term with a clean slate.

Before permanently dropping one of your classes, keep the following points in mind: Because any of the exams you create can be assigned to any of your classes, you can always re-assign an exam from a class you dropped to another of your classes or to a class created at a later time.

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REVIEWING YOUR CLASS'S PERFORMANCE

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NOW HAVE YOUR STUDENTS LOG IN FOR THE FIRST TIME

Distribute the student usernames and passwords (which were sent to you along with your username and password). Have them log in and create a profile just like you did before. Make sure that they (and to be on the safe side, YOU) record the new username and passwords that they create! Have your students refer to the student tutorial page for a walk through similar to this page. They will be able to register for your classes from their accounts and will then be able to take the exam(s) that you created for them.

Congratulations! You've just learned how to administer your own virtual classroom!

ANYTHING ELSE?

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