Online Gradebooks

Need some suggestions for online gradebooks?  Here are a few suggestions that I tried out briefly.  They all have the following features:

  • Free version
  • Allow you to weight grades
  • Customize grading scale and grade types (can use S,P,N as well as A,B,C,D,F)
  • Access from anywhere with internet access (including iPad)
  • Optional parent and/or student access

Engrade

  • wizard steps you through gradebook setup.

Thinkwave

  • wizard you through gradebook setup.
  • does say free version has ads (though I didn’t see where in my short visit)

LearnBoost

  • a little less user friendly at setup
  • Does have google apps interface
  • Can import a list of students from a spreadsheet (CSV file) so you don’t have to enter each one.

If you have ever used these (or any other online software with similar features), please leave a comment and tell me about it.  And if you decide to try one of these out, I would love to know that too!

 

 

 

 

Roanoke County Typing Program

Elementary students in Roanoke County now have a web based typing program called Typing Instructor.  Students will be able to login and practice keyboarding both at school and at home. The links to the web site will be available on the instruction section of the Roanoke County Public Schools website and are also linked below. 

http://rcps.typinginstructorkids.com   Recommended for younger kids as it is narrated with step by step instructions.

http://rcps.typinginstructor.com   Recommended for ages 8 and up as it is more self paced.

At the moment, we are waiting for the newest upload of students to be completed.  Some students, though, may have already logged in over the summer and explored the programs since letters were sent to parents on the last day of school with logins and passwords.  We will be sending you an updated list of student information just as soon as it’s ready.

Meanwhile, if you would like to explore the programs and you are a Roanoke County Teacher, there are test logins available.  Let me know if you need one.