Editing the Question Type Preference
Who can do this with standard capabilities?
School Network/Program Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers
Note: School network staff and school staff can view the setting, but they cannot change it.
The Question Type preference allows you to choose the type of question your students answer during practices and tests.
If you are logged in as a teacher, you will only be able to edit the preferences for classes assigned to you.
All classroom preferences are copied (Mandatory Practice, Authorisation Password, Problem Format, Question Type, Time Targets, Time-Out and TOPS Report).
Exceptions to preferences are not copied.
What is an exception to a preference? Two preferences (Problem Format and Question Type) allow you to set the preference for all of the pupils in a class and also set it individually for one or more pupils. When you set one or both of these preferences for an individual pupil, it is known as an exception.
When copying classes, your school can also choose to copy the assigned teachers, assigned products and enrolled pupils.
For details, see Copying Classes from the Previous School Year in the Renaissance Place help, or see the Renaissance Place Software Manual.
The default is Multiple Choice. The choices are Free Response (Open-Ended Questions) and Multiple Choice.
This is also known as Open-Ended. The program will not display any answers for your students to choose from. Students will need to type their answer using the keyboard. After students type the answer, they press the Enter or return key to go to the next problem.
Some levels can't use Free Response. For a list of the levels, see Levels That Use Only Multiple Choice. Levels that cannot use Free Response always use Multiple Choice (even if Free Response is set as the question type). See How Students Answer Questions.
Your students will be shown three answers to choose from. They will use the appropriate input method to make their selection.
See How Students Answer Questions.
Your students will be shown three answers to choose from. You can define which keys on the keyboard will correspond to the left, middle and right answer choices. The defaults are A, S, and D.
Your students will press the key that corresponds to the answer they want. After they have selected an answer, they press the Enter or return key to go to the next problem.
This preference affects
MathsFacts in a Flash Renaissance Place (computer or tablet)
NEO 2 using the MathsFacts in a Flash RP SmartApplet
Renaissance Home Connect (computer or tablet)
This preference does not affect
NEO 2 using the MathsFacts in a Flash (offline) SmartApplet
Editing the Preference
On the Home page, select MathsFacts in a Flash, then Preferences. The Preferences page opens.
If necessary, use the School and Class drop-down lists to choose the school and class.
Under the Classroom Preferences, select Question Type.
The Question Type Preference page opens.
To change the setting for an entire class, select Free Response (Open-Ended Questions) or Multiple Choice to change the format you want the program to use for practices and tests.
This preference affects what students see using MathsFacts in a Flash RP, NEO 2s using the MathsFacts in a Flash RP SmartApplet and Renaissance Home Connect.
This preference does not affect what students see using Responders or NEO 2s using the MathsFacts in a Flash (offline) SmartApplet.
To define shortcut keys, you must select the Multiple Choice Shortcut Keys option.
To change the keys, use the drop-down in each distractor to pick the desired letter.
You must define all three distractors.
The default choices are A, S and D.
You can use only letters, not numbers or symbols.
To change settings for individual students, go to step 5.
If you do not want to change settings for individual students, go to step 8.
To change the setting for an individual student or students, select Add Students.
Use the list of students on the right. Tick the box in front of the desired student's name(s). When you have finished selecting the student(s), select < Add.
The students you selected are listed on the left, under Exceptions to Class Setting.
For each student in the Exceptions table, choose either Free Response or Multiple Choice (in the Question Type column).
Review your selections. Make any desired changes.
To exit without saving your changes, select Cancel.
To return the class setting to the default setting (Multiple Choice), select Default. This will return the class setting to the default; it does not change any exceptions (individual students).
When you are finished, select Save.