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    maryc927 is offline Member
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    Mar 2011

    Default Odyssey Writer

    Today and yesterday when my son had an Odyssey Writer assignment to turn in, it asked which teacher he wanted to give it to.

    Is this 'teacher' grading these assignments now? Or, do I still grade them?


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    PaulaT4L is offline T4L Support
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    Aug 2011


    The Odyssey Writer is a word processing component that students can access to respond to prompts within the program or to generate an original piece of writing. Within the Odyssey Writer, there are several tools for children to use for prewriting and editing strategies, from graphic organizers to note cards. Parents can access a rubric through the Odyssey Writer to assess student writing samples.
    How do I start an Odyssey Writer Assignment?
    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. Any teacher can be selected. The child will scroll down and click send at the bottom of the screen.
    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. 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 click in the circle to record the grade and can then print out the scores. The grades chosen will be bolded in the print-out version. Parents can also print out the corresponding writing sample.
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