An old friend from teacher’s college recently found my class website on Google. I wrote about sending home progress reports to parents and she was looking for other ways to keep parents of intermediate students (grades seven and eight) informed.
When I first started teaching, I used to keep track of student marks on paper. At report card time, I would calculate the averages, eyeball the most consistent, most recent marks, and then go from there. Pulling out the calculator and doing everything by hand is a headache.
Later on, I used Excel and created a few custom spreadsheets to keep track of my class marks. I found this was better than the paper approach because you could look at averages and pretty graphs the spot student trends. But I found I spent a good chunk of time tweaking the formulas and the layouts just to get things the way I wanted them.
A teacher at my school turned me onto Gradekeeper, which was a step up from Excel because I didn’t have to create my own custom spreadsheets to track my marks. You can quickly add students, assignments, and grades and it would calculate the average. I haven’t used Gradekeeper in a few years, but checking out their website now, I see that they have an iOS app as well. (I remember walking around class with my Pocket PC and entering marks on that. That was back in the day before the first iPhone came out.)
The nice thing about Gradekeeper is that the individual license only cost 20 bucks and you don’t have to renew your license every year. Having said that, now that I’ve started using MarkBook, I wouldn’t go back to Gradekeeper.
And even though MarkBook is expensive, I still heart MarkBook.
- Here’s why I like MarkBook softwareâ€¦
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