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  1. #1
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    Aug 2015

    Default Issues with Oddysey

    My daughter's first entry into this program has been a disaster. The instructions were very vague so she didn't do the assignment correctly. So, she went in and did the essay correctly. However, during writing the essay, the website timed her out and then I never got the actual paper in the parent tools. How do I get the proper paper? She did the work and deserves the grade for it!

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    YennyT4L is offline Administrator
    Join Date
    May 2014


    Hi! Odyssey Writer activities are located throughout the language arts lessons. When opening the activity, the instructions/writing prompts will appear. Before you can begin you will need to hit the Close button located in the lower right hand corner of your screen. If, by chance, you cannot see the Close icon, hit F11 on your keyboard.

    "Optional" Tools Available
    Note Cards
    The Note Card tool allows students to type "notes" for their project on electronic note cards. The note cards form an outline for students to use when writing their projects. Students can add their own note cards, manipulating and deleting them as desired.

    Graphic Organizer
    A graphic organizer is a prewriting tool that students may use to link ideas together. Students create and position idea boxes in a manner that will help them determine the flow of ideas for their writing project. Its contents are synchronized with the Note Card tool and are displayed in the Outline tab.

    Saving a File:
    A child can begin writing a document and come back to it at a later point to finish. In order to save a piece of writing, the child must click on file and then click save. When the save box appears, the child must type in a title for the writing sample and then click okay.

    Note: Saving a document does not make it mark as complete in the reports section. Students must "hand in" writing samples in order for them to mark as complete in "My Portfolio."
    Opening a Saved File:
    To open a saved file, click on file. Then, click on open in the drop down menu. Click on the title of the project, which will highlight it in green. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click open. This will open the document so that the child can add or make changes to what they already have.

    Handing in a File:
    In order for a writing assignment to mark as complete, it must be handed in. Students can hand in finished projects by clicking on the last icon in the orange toolbar that indicates a hand holding a piece of paper. A screen will appear that asks which teacher the child would like to hand the assignment into, please select "Assignment to Parent Administration Page". The child will scroll down and click send at the bottom of the screen. Grading is the responsibility of the parent.

    To exit out of the Odyssey Writer activities correctly, click on the Exit icon located in the upper right hand corner. If the page appears as though it is loading and does not exit, try hitting your F5 key to refresh the page. This should bring you back to the launchpad. If that does not work, hit the Back Button. If all work was saved and handed in before exited, it will appear in the reports section as completed.

    Parents are responsible for the actual grading of a child's writing assignment. To access the finished, work go into the recent work of the progress reports and click on the hyper-linked N/A next to the name of the lesson. By clicking on the checkmark icon, a rubric will appear that gives descriptions of how to grade a sample, based on the areas of content, idea development, voice, and conventions.

    Parents can then print out the work and write the grade on it for keeping in your paper portfolio. Please note that you will not be able to save the grade in the online reports section.
    To see a video explanation of the above, please click here.
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