iPad or other tablet-based evaluation system?
June 12, 2012 at 8:46 am #6525
One of my professional goals for next school year will be to develop a more efficient method of keeping track of performance rubric evaluations and tabulating grade/assessment data. Currently I use my seating chart to keep track of performance assessments–I carry it around on a clipboard and mark down rubric assessment numbers on the chart when I’m assessing the students on an activity. This works great during lessons, but when I have to transfer the assessments to my gradebook to tabulate marking period grades–and now we’re going to have to start keeping track of assessment data for the state–it can be very tedious. I’ve looked into some iPad or android tablet apps that can be used for grading, and some of them include a seating chart function, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to input grades directly from the seating chart. The part of the app where you enter grades is in a list format, which isn’t very practical when you have to enter grades on the fly. I found an app/software that I can set up to enter grades from the seating chart called Easy Grade Pro, and you can also use it to keep track of standards-based assessments, which is ideal, but it’s not available for tablet computer, just Mac or PC (so you’d end up having to write down the grades down on the chart and transferring them anyway, because you can’t really carry a laptop around the room while you’re teaching like you can an iPad or clipboard)–I contacted them and they said they don’t have a version of it that’s compatible with the iPad. Is anybody aware of an app that would work with iPad or android tablet which allows you to enter grades from a seating chart arrangement? Or, do you have some kind of a template (Excel, maybe) which would automatically tabulate grades for each student when you enter them on the seating chart? I’m sure there’s a way to do this, but I’m not well-versed enough in using Excel functions to be able to figure it out. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!June 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm #6650
Look at gradebook pro or TeacherPal. TeacherPal is free and you set up with a seating chart. Gradebook pro is about$10. To be able to have your gradebook reflect your seating chart simply put a letter in alphabetical order in there name. That does it. Incidentally both of these programs allow you to have an indivual picture for each student as part of the gradebook.June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm #6652
Thanks, I will look into them. I don’t have an iPad yet to mess around with, so it’s hard to figure out from the descriptions what will work for my purposes. Has anyone tried Score Quick? That seems like it might work too.June 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm #6659
It would work, but the two I mentioned have an advantage that they have real pictures of the students.
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