MC² subscribes to a Digital Work Area and Portfolio software provided by Ideas Consulting Inc©.The purpose of having this program is to provide a structure that helps students navigate assignments, gives clarity of information to parents, and also collect timely feedback and assessments. All student work is expected to be documented in the Digital Portfolio Work Area and when a series of assignments or checklist items are ready to be collected into a Portfolio (Essential Knowledge, Gateway or other kinds) it is all ready to be found and gathered. Parents, Advisors and students all have ready access to a student's Digital Work Area, and additional "reader" access can be granted to outside panelists, mentors and other members of a student's assessment team.

Expectations
  • Students are responsible for checking their assignment lists, completing their work on time, and uploading their assignments into the Work Sample format, giving their perspective on their work in an honest reflection.
  • Teachers are responsible for uploading all assignments for their classes to the Digital Work Area. Additionally they must assess student work in a timely manner and give clear feedback if the work needs revision.
  • Parents are responsible for checking their student's Work Area regularly, and having a good idea of what assignments the student is completing. Parents should also be communicating with teachers if they have anyconcerns or questions.

How To:






Logging in
  1. Go to www.richerpicture.com/mc2.
  2. Enter your user name (first initial of the student's first name and then the full last name, no spaces).
  3. Enter your reader password.
    This will take you to your student's home page. These can be personalized by the student, so the colors and pictures may look different.
Tips: Each account has two passwords, a login password and a reader password. The login password is for students to upload assignments and complete work samples. The reader password is for parents to be able to see work. Students always have the option of changing their login passwords.
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www.richerpicture.com/mc2


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The home page of a generic Phase 1 Student.
This is a student view (using the login password). When a parent uses the reader password, some items are not shown, such as the "My Profile", "Personalize" and the "Edit" option.





Checking Assignments
  1. Click on the "Assignments" link at the top of the page.
  2. Select the appropriate year from the pull down menu (if it needs changing).
  3. To see the exact requirements of an assignment, click on the title of that Assignment (for example, the pictures below illustrate what pops up when "Adapt or Die! Goals" assignment is selected).
Tips: These assignments are typically done in class or for homework. Once the assignment has been completed and reviewed by the teacher, it will NOT AUTOMATICALLY be entered into the Digital Work Area. The student will have to complete a Work Sample to upload the artifacts of that assignment into the Digital Work Area. When the Work Sample is completed, then a teacher can assess the work and a "View" box will appear in the last column (notice, you can see if what you're viewing is a completed assignment or not).

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The assignment list. Anything not "completed" is considered a "to do" item. Students and parents should check the Due Date column regularly.


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The specifics of an assignment.





Viewing Work Samples
  1. From the Assignment list, click on the "View" selection for a particular assignment
    OR click on "Contents" in the left column and select a specific Entry. The Description Page of that Work Sample will appear.
  2. Click on "Artifacts" to see actual work the student completed.
  3. Click on "Reflection" to get the student's perspective on their work.
Tips: Check Work Samples regularly until they are "Locked". If a Work Sample is "Evaluated" but not "Locked", that means the teacher has given feedback and is awaiting revisions for final assessments. That window of opportunity is a time to improve habit assessments or document standards that were unclear. Take the opportunity to address feedback seriously.

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Click on "Contents" (top left) to see a list of completed Work Samples. This list is different from the "Assignments" list, which includes all outstanding work.


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When a Work Sample is selected, the Description page pops up first. All other pages of the Work Sample are listed in the left column (Description, Artifacts, Reflection and Teacher Evaluation).

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On the Artifacts page, a list of all uploaded artifacts for an assignment comes up. When selected, a window will pop up to download the artifact for viewing.

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The Reflection page is where the students account for the work they did, communicate what they learned and what they still need to learn, and reflect on their evidence of the habits. Often students will advocate for specific habit ratings within the reflection.





Reading Assessments
Teacher assessment of student work is actually an integrated part of the Work Samples now. Assessments are the final page of a Work Sample, and

  1. Follow the directions to get to a Work Sample (above)
  2. Click on "Teacher Evaluation" to see an Assessment of the Essential Knowledge content and/or Habits.
Tips: BE SURE TO READ THE EVALUATOR COMMENTS! Often there will be feedback to be addressed in this section. Additionally, any questions you could have about a rating should be answered in the comments. If the narrative is unclear, it is entirely appropriate to ask a teacher to explain how they came to a specific assessment. Also, make sure you're clear on why a particular Work Sample is "locked" or not. Ask questions!

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The Teacher Evaluation page is the actual assessment of the student work. Habit and Essential Knowledge competency rubrics are visible on this page, and at the bottom, the teacher makes clarification in the Evaluator Comments section.





Seeing Updated Habits
  1. Click on "View" (across the top menu).
  2. Click on "Habits" from the left-hand menu.
  3. A list of all 17 habits (and all indicators for each habit) will appear.
    Within each indicator row, any locked assessments that evaluated that habit will be listed, along with a letter representing the level of the rating. For example, in the picture below, the student has one locked assessment that rated Proficient for Ownership: Responsibility for Learning. If more than one Work Sample reported on a habit, then they'd all be listed in the appropriate row.
Tips: This page is an important one to visit regularly. Habits are the determining factor for a number of privileges (Athletic Eligibility, Good Student Driver Discount, Off Campus) as well as Gatewaying out of a Phase. The final averages of these Habit ratings are calculated at the end of every quarter.

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A Habit table. With 17 habits (and 4 - 5 indicators per habit), there are quite a few rows to this table, so make sure you scroll down!





Seeing Updated Checklists (Coming soon)
  1. Click on "View" (across the top menu).
  2. Click on "Essential Knowledge" from the left-hand menu.
  3. A list of most EK requirements (and the competency subcategories) will appear. This is still a work in progress.
    Within each competency row, any locked assessments that evaluated that competency will be listed, along with a letter representing the level of the rating. If more than one Work Sample reported on a competency, then they'd all be listed in the appropriate row.
Tips: This page is another important one to visit regularly. Essential Knowledge progress is required for many privileges (Athletic Eligibility, Good Student Driver Discount, Off Campus) as well as Gatewaying out of a Phase.

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