Troubleshooting 2

Posted July 26, 2010 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

Last year our district implimented a new online grading system.  It was supposed to solve all our problems.  All grades were going to be online and accesible by parents, and at the end of the semester we didn’t have to go through any lengthy submission process we just had to click on one button that inputted all our grades.

There were a few problems.  Many of them were just getting used to the interface.  Some users missed the old grading program and preferred to stick with that style of system.  One of the difficult changes was setting up different categories for grades and then setting up the weighting for those different categories.

In one case a teacher wanted to add an extra credit assignment that increased on category but not another.  He was having trouble adding this.  It seemed like everytime he added extra credit to a student their grade went up way to far.  After trying to figure out what category was being used, and how many points were being added, we could not figure out why the score was skyrocketing.  We had to take a step back and really go through some examining of the environment.

As it turned out the extra credit was adding percentage point and not just regular points.  So instead of adding 10 point to a category that had 300 total point, he was adding 10 percent at the end.  This inflated all the grades much more than he wanted.  We spent some time at first messing around with different numbers but it really took time at the beginning of the DESCAR method of knowing the environment to get to the root of this problem.


Troubleshooting 1

Posted July 26, 2010 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

As the “clicker” guru in our school I get a lot of questions about how to run the systems.  Last year a teacher approached me with a question.  Without really knowing, I went through the DESCAR method.  I first found out what was going, what needed to happen, when it was happinging, what could have been wrong, then I came down to her room and tried a few things.  When we figured out what was wrong I went over the whole thing to sum it up.

It turned out to be a real simple situation.  There is a USB receiver that needs to be in the computer for the responses to be counted.  Everything was working fine but when the students were clicking, nothing was being recorded.  The solution was to put he USB receiver in the computer.  This was a simple as forgetting to put the keys in the car and trying to start it.  However it could have taking a long time to figure out if she had just left it as a “problem” and then had me try to figure out what was going on.

Hi CTER 457!

Posted July 17, 2010 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized


Posted April 8, 2009 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

Sharing files

Posted January 27, 2009 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

Tags: , , ,

Need to share some files?  Piece of cake:

This site allows you to create an account in the amount of time it takes to type in your email address.  You instantly have 5 Gb of online storage. 

The best part about this is that they give you the URL to hand out to others if you want to share your files.

Think the URL is to long?  Visit and shorten it up.

Final EPSY

Posted December 8, 2008 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

I have to admit it took a while for me to appreciate appreciative inquiry. If the semester had ended halfway through I think I would have though that this was a weird course. After designing an evaluation using AI and thinking about the results and thinking about what can be done with the results I am now a big fan of AI.

I enjoyed the way this course continually built up our project and gave us so many ways to reflect on things. Luke was a great help in week 8 when we talked about the interview questions. The whole class was helpful with comments all semester. Even just being able to read through a bunch of papers helps see different angles taken on the various readings and assignments and that was a big help for me. I look forward to continuing my education through moodles and online courses.

Thanks everyone for a great semester!

Math Cartoons

Posted November 26, 2008 by hohmanprovement
Categories: Uncategorized

Tags: ,


I’m writing some math cartoons and checking out how they look in wordpress.