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October 3rd, 2014 – Release Notes

New SIMnet Content & Features

 New In Practice Questions and Mappings

Office Level Word

  • Word Chapter 1 (3 assessment/3 practice)
  • Word Chapter 3 (4 assessment/4 practice)

Complete Level Word 2013

  • Chapter 1 (3 assessment/3 practice)
  • Chapter 3 (4 assessment/4 practice)
  • Chapter 5 (1 assessment/1 practice)
  • Chapter 10 (4 assessment/4 practice)
  • Chapter 11 (4 assessment/4 practice)
  • Chapter 12 (5 assessment/5 practice)

Access Projects

  • Access 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 1.4 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 2.1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 3.1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 4.3 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-4 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 2-2 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 3-1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 4-3 (Upload .accdb)

PowerPoint Projects

  • PowerPoint 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 5.1
  • PowerPoint 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 5.4
  • PowerPoint 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 6-4
  • PowerPoint 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 6-6

Capstone Projects

  • Excel 2013 Capstone – Level 1 Working with Sales Data
  • Excel 2013 Capstone – Level 2 Working with Sales Data
  • PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 1 Creating a Sales Presentation
  • PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 2 Creating a Sales Presentation
  • Word 2013 Capstone – Level 1 Writing a Research Paper
  • Word 2013 Capstone – Level 2 Writing a Research Paper

Projects Updated for Macintosh Users

Word

  • Word 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 3.4
  • Word 2013 Skills Approach – Fix It 4.6
  • Word 2013 Skills Approach – Fix it 5.6
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Improve It Project 3-7
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 4-5

Excel

  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 4.3
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 5.1
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 4-5

PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 1.4
  • PowerPoint 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-6

New/Improved Grading Features

Access

Tables

  • Determine if a field with a Date/Time data type has the correct date
  • Added grading capability for field validation rule and validation text
  • Improved grading functionality for records in a table

Reports

  • Determine if a control is in a specific location within a report
  • Determine whether a control within a report has correct conditional formatting applied

Minor Misspellings

  • Allow minor misspellings of table names, field names, form names, report names, and query names. For example, if the table name should be “Members” and the student enters “Member”, the student table name “Member” will be used for subsequent grading
  • Allow minor misspellings when grading whether data has been entered correctly.  This allowance is not applied when it is critical that the data is entered correctly such as primary key values

Excel

  • Cell Number Format Style – improved grading currency number format using no decimal places and improved feedback messages
  • Sparklines – Improved grading to check the Sparkline range is in the correct format
  • For projects with only one worksheet, grade all project instructions regardless of worksheet name with the exception of worksheet name grading

PowerPoint

  • Transitions – Added grading capability for using a transition
  • Pictures – Improved functionality for grading picture borders
  • Slide Background – Added grading capability for slide background properties
  • Hyperlinks
    • Added grading capability determining font properties of a hyperlink
    • Added grading capability for embedded objects linking to a Custom Show
    • Determine whether a hyperlink on a slide is linked to a specific location, custom show, file, document or email
  • Shapes
    • Determines what Shape Style option has been applied
    • Determines if text within a shape has a specific text alignment
  • Action buttons
    • Determine whether or not a specific action button on a slide has link to a specific destination
    • Determine whether or not a slide has the selected type of Action Button
  • Custom Show
  • Determine whether or not a Custom Show is present
  • Determine if Custom Show contains the correct number of slides in the correct order
  • Determine if a shape on a slide has a hyperlink to a Custom Show

Mac Specific

PowerPoint

  • Provide the ability to grade different fill colors and different themes for Mac files vs. Windows files

Word

  • Provide the ability to grade different themes, styles, table styles, and header/footer themes for Mac files vs. Windows files

Excel

  • Provide the ability to grade different workbook themes, chart styles, tab colors and tab colors for Mac files vs. Windows files
  • Provide alternate grading in place of Pivot Charts for Mac files

Bug Fixes

Excel

  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Fix It 1.6 – Added alternate date format strings to grading
  • Excel 2013 GA State Standards – Work It Out 1B-E1 – Corrected the project instructions, solution images and pdfs
  • Excel 2013 GA State Standards – Work It Out 3B-E1  – Updated grading for headers and footers
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 2-4 – Updated instructions for students to change the font to Calibri from Gills Sans MT. Updated grading on borders
  • Excel 2013 Project Learn – Work It Out 1B-E1 – Corrected the project instructions, solution images and pdfs

PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 3 Creating a Sales Presentation – Changed instruction text to step 20.a

Word

  • Word 2013 Skills Approach – Fix It 1.6 – Corrected text error in project document
  • Word 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 4.1 – Added a note to project about unzipping resources folder
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-4 – Added note and corrected visual feedback
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-6 – Updated project excluding line breaks
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 3-4 – Updated grading for footnote
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 4-2 – Improved grading for caption of pictures
  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 8-4 – Revised grading for Index and Subentry