Sep 262012

Although there is not an Item Pool to draw questions from in 1st  and 2nd grades, you are not out of options as far as using UTIPS Core for benchmark exams and assessing how your students are doing. A year or so ago, the State Office released some no longer used versions of the CRT exams in Mathematics and Language Arts for 1st and 2nd Grades. I’ve taken those exams, and put them into the old UTIPS.

The good news is that you can import these exams into your new UTIPS Core acccount to use with your students – just follow the directions below:

First, log into UTIPS with your respective district or charter address. Once you have logged in, click on the ‘Settings’ link – it’s the bottom link on the left side of the page. Just beneath your email address (if it’s not in there, add it now for password recovery later!), find and click the button labeled ‘Import Folders/Tests from UTIPS’. A new pane of options will appear to the right. See the image below.


If you’d like to add your old UTIPS tests, you can choose your local UTIPS Server, add your own account credentials, and import away. For the 1st and 2nd Grade CRT’s, here’s what you need to do:

  • 1st Grade Assessments
    • Server: SEDC
    • Username: crt1st
    • password: sedc
  • 2nd Grade Assessments
    • Server: SEDC
    • Username: crt2nd
    • password: sedc

Once you’ve entered in that information, click the ‘Import Data’ button. UTIPS Core will think for a minute, and if/when it’s successful you’ll see a green message letting you know that it was successful and that you need to log out of your account and log back in to see the new exams. The logout link is on the top right of the page.

That’s it! You should now have some new folders in ‘My Tests/Assessments’ with the three sub-tests of each subject for the grade(s) imported. To administer the tests to your students, make the test available to them in the ‘Overview’ options of the test, and add the students as participants in the ‘Participants’ tab.

Sep 182012

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Thanks for joining me today to learn more about some great ways to integrate the iPad into classroom education, and for general productivity. I’ve attached a PDF and PPT version of the presentation below – the links are active there as well as listed below. You can also get back to this post anytime by using the permalink above or the barcode to the right. You can also access the iPad or SUU tags on my site to learn more.

Sep 102012

First of all, thank you all for your patience during the migration from your old school site management software to the new Concrete5 based system. Concrete5 should be MUCH easier for you to use – no more sections and categories! Just go to the page you’d like to update, and edit!

Your new school site is located at – it’s linked from the district site as well. If you need to access anything from your old site to bring it to your new page, you can find that at

To log in, your username is your first name and last name combined with no spaces – firstlast. Your password is pes1234, and the first thing that we’ll need to do is to change that password!

If you have questions about how to make changes to your site after today, you can always refer to the Concrete5 Documentation Page where you’ll find instructionsl and videos on about any topic you’ll need.