Computer Gradebooks

Written by Diane Sievert
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Computer gradebooks, the newest in educational technology, make grade recording and grade calculating a breeze. These programs are much more than simple recording systems. Computer gradebooks offer all the same options as regular gradebooks and then some.

Capabilities of Computer Gradebooks

To start with, computer gradebooks offer all the conveniences you associate with your traditional, paper gradebook. You'll have plenty of spreadsheets (as opposed to chart paper) in which to record your student grades. You will also be able to designate different spreadsheets for different classes, the same way you can divide conventional gradebooks into different sections.

And that's about all traditional gradebooks can do for you. Computer gradebooks, on the other, can then analyze all that data you've entered in any way, shape or form you please. These programs can calculate the grades of a student, a class, or a particular assignment--the choice is up to you.

Needless to say, computer gradebooks are a godsend when it comes time to calculate final grades. If all the data has been entered, all you have to do is press a button to get a complete printout of every single student's final grade. And it should go without saying that you can always go back and easily alter information that might have been recorded wrong; if you're working with a paper gradebook, using white-out or trying to erase one grade in one tiny box can be a real pain.

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