LOVE this site. I have been using it for a few years now. I was super upset when the site closed down for a while. So yeah, I have 2 suggestions. The first one isn’t really a big deal, but still thought I’d mention it: the default letter grading is weird. Before, it was perfect. A 90 was an A, and an 80 was a B and so on. Now there is A+at 90, and an A- at 80, and so on as default. It’s no big deal. One can easily change it, but I’d still like to bring it up. Second, I would LOVE it if one was able to add decimal places to both the grades and the percentages of grade. For ex, a class w only 3 tests, all weighted equally, each are worth %, and not the 33% that I’m able to enter. An on a test is different than an 84, or an 85, and each are different in 33% of the grade average, or 34% of the grade average. Whether you change these things or not, thanks for making this site. It has saved me from countless hours of worrying.
Clarify all parts of the assignment: include both the steps leading into the presentation as well as the required components of the speech itself. One can require students to have their topic approved by you and hand in a working outline of the presentation, as well as a bibliography, several periods before they speak. On the day of the presentation, have the students turn in a formal, full-sentence outline along with the notes they use to speak from. You can ask them to bring a cassette tape to record their presentation and then hand in a self-evaluation during the next class period. They receive points for all of these parts.