Computer Grading

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  1. awaxler

    awaxler Comrade

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    Hi everyone,

    There is another thread running right now about what color to correct in and using a computer vs. written gradebook.

    I am a huge proponent of computerized grading and was surprised to see how many teachers are still using a written grade book.

    So I was thinking about putting some type of resource together on various computer grading systems, with some of their advantages and disdavantages, so people can research which is best for them and/or their school.

    I was hoping people on this forum could help me with this.

    For those of you who are using a computer grade system, could you please tell me which software you use and why or why not you like the program.

    For example,

    I use PowerGrade (developed by Apple) and love it. Despite a few gliches now and then, it saves me coutnless hours. It's easy for me to access real-time grades, print up reports whenever I choose, parents can access these grades from home, I can take attendance etc. Also, it makes automatic backups to the main server so I never have to worry about losing information.

    Any feedback on the computer grading system that you use would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Adam Waxler
    www.teaching-teacher.com
     
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  3. TiffanyL

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    Hi Adam,

    Two I like are: mygradebook.com and gradewizard.com. I just started using these and am trying to determine which one I like better (I have free trials for both). So far, they are both great and seem to offer about the same.

    mygradebook.com allows teachers to input grades, send out mass e-mails to parents with one click, give a link to your class website, print out multiple reports, assign student passwords so that parents can check progress of student, and more.

    gradewizard.com seems to offer the same things. It also gives you five pages (I think it is five) to develop a website within the gradebook. This would be great if you did not have a website for your class and wanted a quick and easy one.

    Anyway, I love them both and find them to be extremely helpful. At a glance, you can see whole class results and/or individual results. I plan on inputing the assessments that correlate with my report card. Then, when the dreaded report card time comes, I can glance at a students overall report and plug in grades much quicker. Last year, I had to bring home a large folder for each child that had assessment scores, writing samples, running record levels, etc. (that was probably the hardest way to do it). Anyway, this seems much easier!
     
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    I also use Grade Machine and love it. It is even more convenient now that I have a laptop. I can work on my grades both at school and at home. The thing that I love most about computer grading is that I don't have to figure the grades--it does it for me! I can also put in the different categories and weight them however I choose! Grade Machine also lets you print out the title of missing assignments for any child--a big help when parents suddenly ask for what their child is missing. Grade Machine also has a place for you to take attendance as well. Hope this helps! :)
     
  5. awaxler

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    Thanks Tiffany and Andrea,

    I appreciate your feedback and will look into those programs.

    Are than others out there?

    I would love here what computer grading software you are all using.

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  6. ChristyF

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    Hi, Adam. Actually I don't use any particular software. I use excel. Simple table. I am required to have a written gradebook so I print out the results and staple them in the gradebook.
    Christy
     
  7. Sheree

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    I use Excel too! I been using my spreadsheet for about two years. It works great! I love it when it is time for report cards. I have formatted the cells, so that I have to do is plug in the numbers and the program averages everything out for me. I still keep a grade book for the school but using the computer is so much easier for me! Sheree
     
  8. october

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    I use the Pretty Good Grading Program (PGGP) software. I found it on the internet. It does not have the capabilities an online program has. I cannot send emails with it, but can send letters, print out midterm grades, etc. This works better for me. Only about four students each year have computers in their homes. My parents would not benefit from the emails. Although I would love it. It would be much easier to make sure they received them! I think the best part of this program as opposed to others I have tried is attendance is also included. Parents see how many tardies and/or absences their student has so far. As mentioned above, I also print each six weeks to turn in at the end of the year. You can download a 30 day trial period of this program online. I have used it in 3rd and 5th grade. A colleague uses it for 8th grade. She loves it, too. Hope this helps. (I have used excel in teh past, but have more options with PGGP)
     
  9. johny25

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    elearning Specialist

    Gradebook is what u should look for.

    The main advantage is that u can assign ID for each student to check marks online/anytime.

    Excel is a Basic software for a Teacher to manage marks internally (within your pc) . However Gradebook is an advanced software to manage marks internally/externally in a click where u can post them on internet/intranet at ease.

    for any quests: Email: johny25@canada.com

    download my free e-Book on:
    http://exalearn.org/elearn/

    bye
     
  11. emccoy

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    Adam,

    My school requires teachers to use Jackson Grade Quick. I was the guinea pig when we were trying out the software. I liked it then, and with some of the newer features, I think it is easier to use than ever. It was feartures that allow the teacher to keep attendance and write lesson plans as well as calculates the grades. It has an option to that allows teachers to post their grades online so that students can access their grade, but I can't say to much about it since our school did not go with this option.

    Overall, I am quite impressed with it. I am posting a link below to the website for the company that produces it.

    Ed

    http://www.jacksoncorp.com/
     
  12. Sam Aye M

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    I use "Making The Grade" from Jay Klein (I think). It was recommended to me by a fellow teacher who used it at his old place of employment. We have used it for about 3 years now, and it does everything that we want it to, included weighing grades, taking role, and making a seating chart. It will also pick students at random, or pick groups at random at whatever size you choose. It will allow you to use numbers, codes, or names for the gradebook, and will hide all names but the active one on the screen, which is useful when you call students over to show them their grade, and don't want them to see everyone else's grades.

    It will also print out grade reports for the students, with a signature for their parents to sign and return, and will also print out all missing assignments, which is also helpful.

    I used to use an Excel spreadsheet too for a few years, but using this program is a lot easier, and can so much more than Excel could do as a gradebook.
     

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