7 Reasons to use MarkBook software to keep track of your student marks

bigstock-Stressed-teacher-28408682An 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.

Right now, I use MarkBook software to keep track of my marks. MarkBook is expensive. (A single user license costs $29.95 per year. You can purchase it online here.)

And even though MarkBook is expensive, I still heart MarkBook.

What is Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is voice recognition software for your PC computer. It’s pretty simple: you talk, it types for you.

You wear a USB headset or a wireless Bluetooth headset, you talk to your computer, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking writes down what you say in the program of your choice.

I used Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 premium to write this blog post with 98.2% accuracy. In fact, I’ve been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the last year and a half, and overall, the voice-recognition software gets around 97.2% of my words correct. (Here’s a list of all of the posts written on this blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 premium wireless.)

If you have a disability and you can’t use a keyboard, you can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to control your computer with your voice:

  • Open up programs,
  • move your mouse,
  • you can even click and drag using your voice alone.
  • If you have Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium, you can create your own custom voice commands to insert frequently used text (or graphics) by voice.
  • If you have Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Professional, you can create more advanced custom commands (macros) to automate routine tasks.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Uses

I first got speech recognition software because I was looking for a way to become more efficient. Here are some ways people use Dragon NaturallySpeaking:

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Adobe Canada Promotion Code: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Cheaper Than Student and Teacher Edition

save 50%Sometimes, there are some great deals on the internet. And usually, the deals don’t last very long.

If you’re thinking about buying Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (or Adobe Premiere Elements 10), now is a good time.

  • Adobe Photoshop and media literacy education go hand-in-hand. The classic Dove commercial, Evolution, really showcases the power of photo editinsoftware to manipulate our concept of beauty.
  • My free 30 day Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 trial just ended and I decided to buy it online.
  • After spending 20 minutes googling through Adobe Photoshop promotion codes that were either expired or for different country regions, I finally came across one that worked in Canada.

I just bought the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle (commercial version) for less than what the Student and Teacher Edition normally costs.


Here’s the Adobe Canada Promotion Code to save 50% off Adobe Element 10 products: ELEMENTS50

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Connecting your new iPad 3 to the 4G LTE Rogers network in Canada

One of the big reasons why I bought the new iPad 3 was because I wanted faster internet access on the road.

(After playing with the new iPad 3, and letting students use my old iPad 2, I still stand by my initial post: teachers shouldn’t bother upgrading to the new iPad 3, and the best part about the new ipad 3 is the price drop in the iPad 2.)

To be perfectly honest, I thought it would be a lot easier to connect my new iPad 3 to the 4GLTE network with Rogers. I thought it would just work.

If you have a data plan on the old iPad 2, it’s not as simple as simply plugging in your micro Sim card into your new iPad 3, and away you go. After an hour on the phone getting shuffled around to different departments with Rogers, and another hour at a Rogers plus store, here’s what I’ve discovered.

(After being with both Bell and Rogers, I’ve had the pleasure of having wonderful and horrible service from both companies. This post is simply about my most recent experience with Rogers. Your results may vary. Good luck!)

4G LTE Rogers Network and the New iPad 3

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