Gradebook Tools for Teachers

If you’re using the QuickSchools Gradebook, here are some tools available to you as a teacher. Just click on the paper icon on the top right corner of the screen:

Tools for Teachers on the QuickSchools Gradebook

This will bring up the following screen:

Available Functions for the QuickSchools Gradebook

Print Gradebook

This feature is useful if you want to print and post grades outside the classroom. When using this function, there are several option to configure the layout as well as what information is displayed:

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Copying Grades from one Gradebook to another

QuickSchools allows teachers to copy grades from one of their gradebooks into another existing gradebook. This could be helpful if the teacher needs to merge gradebooks, or if a student moves to another class.

First, go to the Gradebook where the grades are to be copied into (i.e. the destination gradebook) and click any student name. This will bring up a window that lists all the subjects the student is enrolled in. Click the Copy button to start the copy of grades:

The ‘Copy grades’ window appears where you can add students whose grades need to be copied. You can also map the columns accordingly:

Click the Copy Grades button to initiate the copy. A popup window will appear to confirm the copy:

Review the grades then click Save to complete the process.

For more information, please click our support article here: Copy Grades From One Gradebook To Another

QuickSchools Gradebook

The QuickSchools Gradebook is one of our core modules and we spend a lot of time making sure teachers have the best possible experience when working with it. We’ve been taking teachers’ feedback and have made a lot of improvements over time.

We’ve organized different articles, and tailored them for admins and teachers. Please see the list of articles below.

Gradebook Setup for Admin

Administrators can easily and conveniently configure Gradebook Settings for the entire school via the Grading Setup menu. These settings will be reflected in every teacher’s Gradebook. Check out the article here: Gradebook Setup For Admins

Gradebook Setup for Teachers

Teachers can set up their own grading scales and categories if permitted by the school admin. Otherwise, they have to use what the admins have centrally set up for the school. But teachers can configure other Gradebook settings based on their preference. Learn more from the article: Gradebook Setup for Teachers

Gradebook Basics – How to use the Gradebook

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Advanced Gradebook Features

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Teacher Portal

School is back! We wanted to make sure teachers are all set as you start the new school year. If you have new teachers going onboard, this article would be very helpful. For existing teachers, this is a good refresher!

Teachers need to effectively use Quickschools. So we are hoping teachers can maximize using the system to make their tasks simpler and to promote streamlined communication and collaboration with parents and students.

Our Teacher Portal video tutorial shows you how to get started with Quickschools and what are the things you can do using different modules (e.g. Gradebook, Attendance, Report Cards, Homework, etc.).

Aside from video tutorial, we also have a Getting Started article that you can read through: Getting Started As A Teacher

As you get the hang of using our system, we’d like to introduce how you can engage parents to help them track their student’s progress, or better yet, involve them in their student’s progress in school: Engaging Parents

And of course we are here for you if you have any question. Looking forward to hear from you, please chat with us!

Engaging Parents (for Teachers)

There are various modules and features within QuickSchools that allow teachers to share information with parents who have access to the Parent Portal. Here we discuss a few of those features:

Gradebook

In additional to sharing all gradebook information with parents, teachers can also add public comments on individual assignments, that will then be shared with parents.

QuickSchools Gradebook
QuickSchools Gradebook

Class Discussions

Class Discussions allow teachers to interact with parents (and students) for a specific class via a chat-like timeline, including sharing pictures and files. There are various scenarios that can take advantage of this feature. You can even use it to send emails to parents (instead of using the Parent Messaging feature).

Class Discussions Emails
Class Discussions Emails

Private Messaging

If the Teacher Directory is enable for the Parent Portal, teachers can communicate one-to-one with parents, without ever having to leave the Teacher Portal. All communications can be kept centralized in one place. Private Messages include email notifications, so you don’t have to be logged in to receive messages. In some cases, Private Messaging is a great alternative to Mass Parent Messaging.Read More »

Announcing the New Support Site!

For many years, this blog has functioned as our living and breathing support documentation site- with each new feature we roll out, we’ve always done a blog post with a quick tutorial on how to configure things and get started. However, because of our constant development and improvements, at times valuable information gets buried in the stacks. Not ideal.

To help solve this, we built a new solution  – a comprehensive, consolidated site designed to do one thing only: make it easy to find and access information about everything QuickSchools & Apps.

So, without further ado,  we’re unveiling the new Support Site….

support.quickschools.com

Go check it out! In addition, you can find a link to it located in your account:

Support Site

Now, here are some tips on using this new platform …

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New Self-Paced Gradebook

We’ve introduced a new way for entering grades into your Gradebook on QuickSchools. This new style of data entry is by student instead of by subject, and should prove useful for schools that provide self-paced learning for students that are on a similar curriculum. It should also help one-on-one tutoring programs where multiple students undergo the same lessons, but at different times. We’re calling it the new Self-Paced Gradebook.

Here’s what the new screen looks like:

Self-Paced Gradebook
Self-Paced Gradebook

You can now maintain a single Gradebook for all your students undergoing the same curriculum in the same subject/course. After completing a lesson with a student, instead of selecting the subject you teach, you can now instead select the student, and update the grades accordingly. You can also maintain a different set of gradebook dates that is specific to the student. Everything else works pretty much the same.

To turn on the Self-Paced Gradebook, you’ll need to access the “Features” page and click on “Configure” next to the “Report Cards / Gradebook” Module. The Configuration pop-up now has an option to enable the Self-Paced Gradebook:Read More »

Summer Has Arrived!

I can’t believe the school year is already coming to a close. It may have ended for you already, but here in Eugene, Oregon, tomorrow is the last day for our public schools. And with that, summer has arrived!

Last week, we posted this amazing infographic on our Facebook page (like us for more cool links and resources, if you haven’t already!). The wonderful team at Teach.com compiled 101 books for the high school level and organized it into a handy, visually appealing graphic. Now this is what I call a summer reading list! Let’s hope they make similar flowcharts for other reading levels too. These could easily attract eyeballs and attention sitting on classroom walls throughout the year.

So here’s to a wonderful summer break. I hope it is both relaxing and productive for everyone. Leave a comment and let us know what you plan on accomplishing during your vacation.

Congratulations on another successful year!

Summer Reading Flowchart

Via Teach.com and USC Rossier Online

Weekly Link Round-up #1: Magnets, Horses, and Star Wars!

Hi, everyone! My name is Charmaine Ng, and I’m the Community Advocate for QuickSchools. I’ve been hopping around educational forums and blogs, trying to keep up with all the cool stuff you guys are doing. It’s easy to be overloaded by information, so we thought we would start a weekly link round-up of fascinating articles and resources to save everyone some time. I hope these round-ups will be useful to you, and please let us know if you use any of the ideas in your classroom or if you have links to share – we’re all ears! Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Are littleBits the 21st Century Lego Blocks? (by Erin Klein)

littleBits are the next hot thing to get your students thinking deeper about the design process that goes into creating everyday objects. Each color-coded “bit” snaps together with tiny magnets and has a different function, from dimmer and pulse to LED and vibration, creating a tiny circuit board. Although the bits aren’t cheap (the starter kit retails at $89), the idea certainly gives you food for thought. What if your student turned out to be a budding engineer?

 

American Born Chinese Cover
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (by Allison Tran)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. So to encourage diversity in our literature and curriculum, I thought I would share this great booklist from Allison, a teen services librarian who wrote this guest blog for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The titles are both realistic and dramatic and work to offset Asian stereotypes. I actually finished reading American Born Chinese (shown here) earlier this week, and it is perfect for both middle and high school discussions. The graphic novel grapples with the topic of being discriminated against in school due to your ethnicity, but it also includes common rituals of growing up, like asking a girl out for the first time and fighting among best friends.

 

Derby Day Horse Label
Horse Labeling Activity by Babbling Abby

Derby Days! Horses! (by Dabbling Amy)

Isn’t this labeling activity just adorable? The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 5, so this post is a little too late to capture the timeliness of the event. But you can use Amy’s unit anytime, really, because who doesn’t like horses? The activity is designed for first graders and pushes students to flex their research and artistic skills.

 

Not sure if something is protected by copyright? Consult this handy slider tool created by Michael Brewer and the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (via Darin Johnston and Kathy Kaldenberg).

 

Lastly, Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you – and while you’re at it, battle it out with some sheep jedi. Have a great weekend 🙂