CES TAC Startup

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Welcome to your first of several videos to help you become familiar with 

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CCPS new gradebook known as Teacher Access Center or TAC.

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This first video will cover how to login and create settings that might benefit you.  

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Please note that TAC will only be able to be accessed through the browsers of Internet Explorer 9.1 version or higher, 

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Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
On the staff page of the Calvertnet site, You will see 2 links on this screen for TAC.  

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TAC @ CCPS will be the link you will use to access the system while at school and 

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TAC @Home will be the link you will use while not on CCPS premises.

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For this training please use the link most appropriate whether you are at home or at school.

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Once on the login screen, you will now use the same login as you do for your computer/email etc.   

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If you do not remember the username and password please see your buildings tech coordinator.

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Then a Set Environment box will come up. For today’s training we will go into test mode, 

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so please click the drop down arrow next to the database cell and click CCPS Test DB.  

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On a regular day in your class or if you choose to use it now you will want the live database.  

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Please just remember that what you put in the live database will be out there for people to see.

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Click ok and it will take you to your classes.  

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This should be a familiar screen as it was used for attendance last year.  

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Please not that you may see some additional courses that are not currently on your live database or vice versa – 

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that is because certain courses only show at certain times of the year, 

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but may or may not be on the test site.

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On your screen you will see the period, the course title, 

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attendance icons, 

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and then grading icons.  

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Pre K and K may look slightly different depending on how their eschool secretaries set them up.  

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Just to give you a brief overview:  in the attendance column the first icon (the paper with the check marks) 

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is to mark all students present, 

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the second icon (the chair) is where you mark students absent tardy etc.  

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In the grading column the first icon (book with pencil) is your gradebook, 

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the second icon (green paper) is for interims, 

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the third icon (A+ sheet) for for Report Cards 

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and then the last icon is to enter competencies for report cards.  

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All of these can also be entered through the tool bar above.  

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Each of these will be addressed in future training.

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Now let me show you how to do some settings you might find helpful.

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You may notice in some cases that you may have some classes listed more than once 

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depending on how your eschool secretary arranged the periods or courses.  

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You can narrow down the courses  to just your classes by using the drop down menu next to the view cell.  

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Select the My classes options.

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Next to that you will see the apple icon which is for your lunch count and then the gear icon which is for settings.  

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If you click the gear icon you can then click save current settings so that My classes will come up every time you enter the program.  

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Anytime you make setting changes you will want to save them so they are there the next time you login.

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Now lets look at some other settings you may want to adjust.  

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By hovering over your name in the top right of your screen a menu will appear, 

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select settings.  

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Here you will see several options to review.  

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There are a few settings you will want to pay particular attention to.  

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Scroll down to the gradebook section: you will want to select auto save scores, 

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otherwise you could loose data.  

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If you choose to leave it as manual save it will prompt you to save before you close the page, 

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but again you could loose data if power suddenly goes or in other scenarios if it is not saved yet.  

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Then under the Email section you will want to check the click to have emails sent to your email account so you have a 

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record of the emails you might send to parents through the TAC program.

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You can then click the Home tab to get back to the course page.

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I hope you have found this training to be helpful in getting started using TAC.  

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Future training videos will entail taking attendance, entering grades, Interims, Report Cards, and Bells and Whistles of TAC.