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## Calendar Drag & Drop

The new school year comes with new features!

Teachers love having a calendar full of assignments, but did you know that changing the assignment due date on our new calendar is just a “Click, Drag and Drop” away?!

Changing the assignment due date has never been simpler – it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Select the assignment you want to change the due date of

Drag the selected assignment to the desired day on the calendar

Release the mouse click to see the assignment in the newly selected date

Using the drag and drop features will automatically update the assignments due date for you. No more going to the assignment settings to change the due date!

Wait, there is more…

You can change the due time by accessing the day view on your calendar!

Stay tuned for more back to school updates coming soon…

## eBackpack + Gradebook, We Have it All!

While you were all away for Spring Break, enjoying your much needed R and R, we were plugging away at a much needed addition to the eBackpack LMS. We have added a gradebook to our program! With the eBackpack gradebook addition, teachers are able to do it all in one program.

The introduction of the eBackpack gradebook means that teachers are now able to create assignments and assessments, distribute the work, grade the completed product, and store the accumulation of student grades all in one secure place! Like the many other offerings from eBackpack’s LMS, the gradebook is of highest quality, and has been built for the users to access easily and smoothly. Currently we are only set up for teachers to have access to the eBackpack gradebook functionality.

It gets even better – did you know we integrate with Skyward and Powerschool too?  Grades are automatically pushed to their gradebooks!

Want to check it out?  Click on one of your classes on the website and then choose the “Gradebook & Standards Report”.  Gradebook is right at the top!  You can even add assignments that aren’t in eBackpack to the gradebook!

Please join us for a brief webinar, Friday, March 25th at 3 pm CST. We will be navigating through the new gradebook, and offering tips and tricks!

## Assessments with eBackpack

In today’s educational environment of standardized testing it is vital that schools and districts be capable of giving assessments that are flexible and effective to ensure that students are progressing towards their academic goals. eBackpack offers a world of possibilities for quizzes and tests for every subject, class, and unit.

The ability to tag the appropriate state or academic standards to the assessment allows instructors to determine how students are progressing towards specific learning objectives. Regardless of the subject matter (even foreign language courses!), eBackpack is sure to have related state or academic standards available to you.

eBackpack makes it simple to create tests and quizzes with multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, completion/ fill in the blank, and essay/free form responses. You can create your own questions or import them from Examview as well as utilize rubrics to ensure that students know the criteria they have been graded upon.

• the number of allowed attempts
• whether to shuffle the order of the questions
• whether to revisit previous questions
• whether students can skip questions without answering
• when to provide grades and feedback

Tests and quizzes can be challenging, but they should never be difficult to administer. eBackpack is making it quick, simple, and effective to assess the areas that your students are struggling or excelling in – try it out!

P.S. Share your favorite assessment function or tool on Twitter and you just might win a t-shirt or stylus!

## Math + eBackpack = Awesome

eBackpack has added support for math equations! If you add TeX or ASCII Math strings into the assignment or assessment instructions box, or into assessment questions, answers, or feedback, they will be rendered as math equations when saved.

English please? TeX and ASCII are document markup languages. TeX takes plain text and turns it into formatted text (i.e., a few letters and symbols transform into a math symbol). Most math textbooks include the text needed to create the correct math equations; eBackpack can now support those symbols on assignments & assessments on the web as well as assessments on iOS. Mobile support for equations in assignment instructions will be coming soon.

For TeX support, surround text with $$• Example equation:$${x = \frac{{ – b \pm \sqrt {b^2 – 4ac} }}{{2a}}}

For ASCII Math support, surround text with “

• Example equation: “x = (-b +- sqrt(b^2 – 4ac)) / (2a)“

## eBackpack Partnership with Turnitin

In case you missed it…

One of eBackpack’s big summer announcements is our new partnership with Turnitin! Our LTI certifications have given us the opportunity to utilize third- party tools such as Turnitin’s plagiarism detector within the eBackpack program; this partnership opens a world of possibilities for our customers and we’re thrilled to be able to offer so much functionality within eBackpack. As always, our enhancements are aimed at making teaching easier and learning more engaging and we believe this is a meaningful step towards that goal. View the press release to read more about it!

Instructions for enabling the Turnitin integration can be found here.

Instructions for creating and submitting assignments using Turnitin inside of eBackpack can be found here.

## Assignment Archiving & Visibility Controls

In late June, the eBackpack team released our Visibility Controls feature! Visibility Controls enable teachers to pre-stage assignments and to create opportunities for personalized learning by determining student access to assignments by date, time, and roster. Visibility Controls are found when creating or editing an assignment.

Visibility Controls for date and time will appear at at the bottom of the ‘Add Assignment’ page after you’ve chosen a location for the assignment. Rosters are tied to each particular class and therefore, you must edit the assignment within the class to utilize roster visibility controls.

This week, the eBackpack team went live with Assignment Archiving! This works similarly to the ‘Delete’ feature. Teachers can archive assignments by choosing the assignment and clicking ‘Archive’ from the drop-down box. Additionally, teachers can archive assignments and view previously archived assignments in the ‘Assignments’ tile or in the folder tree. Assignment Archiving is particularly beneficial for teachers wanting to “clean up” their students’ and their own folder trees. The assignment will remain in the class and assignments page but won’t appear in the folder tree.

These two features help to ensure that students’ and teachers’ eBackpack accounts stay organized! The following Knowledge Base article is available if you’re looking for further instruction on how to implement Assignment Archiving: https://support.ebackpack.com/kb/a108/assignment-archiving.aspx