• Comment database files are created and maintained in the Assessment Writer, but they are separate files to teachers' class files. Each comment database is given a name and a .cdb extension, eg Maths.cdb.
  • You can have multiple comment databases open simultaneously, in the Assessment Writer, switching between files via the Window menu.
  • You can have as many different comment databases as you wish, eg one for English, Maths, a general work habits one, etc. Different users can have whatever combination of comment databases that are appropriate for them to use.
  • Each teacher may set up their own comment databases, or a group of teachers, a faculty or curriculum area may create comment databases for use by several teachers. Or a combination of approaches may be used.
  • Comment databases are completely portable and may be created and/or copied to any location you wish. For example, if a group of teachers create a common comment database, it can be copied into the appropriate folder on each teacher's Notebook computer.
  • Comment databases are designed to allow comment snippets, phrases or sentences to be set up, with these then being selected and combined, as required, in teacher's class files. Therefore, if well-constructed, comment databases aid in the formulation of interesting and varied comments on reports.
  • The format of each comment database is hierarchical. For example:

 

Category

Values

Comments

Writing

High

{He/She/Name} has submitted an excellent folio
   

{His/Her/Name's} writing folio showed an ability to express complex ideas in fluent pieces of writing.

 

Medium

Appropriate comments

 

Low

Appropriate comments

Reading

High

Appropriate comments

 

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