Roundup: What You Need to Know About Engaging Students and Parents via QuickSchools

QuickSchools offers various ways for Teachers to share information and engage with Students and Parents. In this post, we’ll be presenting a roundup of these features to give you an overview of what we have to offer. 

Listed below is a collection of the most relevant blog posts:

Gradebook

Class Discussions

Mass Messaging

Private Messaging

App Store

QuickSchools offers a variety of add-on Apps via our App Store. A few of the most in-demand communication apps include:

Online Assignments App

Miscellaneous Apps

If you’re interested in learning more about the aforementioned features, join us in our upcoming Engaging Students and Parents webinar. You’ll have the chance to see a live demo and ask questions.

Please note that this webinar is geared towards teachers. In addition, all users levels (from beginners to advanced) are welcome. Book a slot for yourself by logging on to your QuickSchools account and signing up from the Teachers’ Lounge page.

We look forward to seeing you!

FREE WEBINAR: Mastering the Gradebook

Classes are underway. Things are (finally) settling down…

First and foremost, if you’re a part of the QuickSchools community, we’d like to thank you for your trust in us. We’re honored to be given the opportunity to partner with you.

Teaching is hard, and we like to think of ways to help out as best we can. As part of this effort, we’re continuing with our monthly webinar series. The September webinar will focus on the Gradebook module. We’ll show you how to leverage the Gradebook so you can easily monitor student progress and provide optimal feedback.

QuickSchools’ Mastering the Gradebook webinar was developed with teachers in mind. It is suitable for all levels of users. We’ll go through a brief overview of basic Gradebook activities, before moving on to intermediate and advanced topics. Key discussion points include:

  • Gradebook basics: adding columns and formulas, and grading (re-normalizing and weighted grades)
  • Configuring the Gradebook settings: icons and optional tools
  • Communicating with students and parents: sharing feedback, and private vs public comments
  • Transferring grades from the Gradebook to the Report Cards
  • Alternative grading: Standards-based and Self-paced

This webinar is interactive. Post questions and answer polls during the 30-minute presentation session, and discuss topic further during the follow-up, 30-minute Q&A session.

QuickSchools’ Mastering the Gradebook webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd at 11 AM (PDT) / 2 PM (EDT). Register by logging onto your QuickSchools account. You’ll see the registration link on the Teachers’ Lounge page.

See you there!

New Feature – Gradebook Autofill

This nifty new feature should help make grading go a bit quicker: now, you can now autofill empty grades. Whether the entire gradebook column is empty, or just a few students are missing grades, or you need to override all students’ grades, with a new value,Gradebook autofill smartly updates students’ grades with a value that you chose. Let’s take a quick look:

Gradebook autofill is available in the first row of any Gradebook column
Gradebook autofill is available in the first row of any Gradebook column

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New Feature – Custom Grading Categories

We’re excited to announce a nifty new feature – Custom Grading Categories in Gradebook! With this feature, teachers can make their own categories in their own subjects, in addition to the ones already setup in school. Let’s take a look at how it works.

First, administrators will need to enable this feature by going to Turn Features On/Off –> Gradebook / Report Cards “Configure” menu, and select “Teachers can create their own grading categories”. Now, teachers can begin to create their own categories from the Gradebook.

Gradebook
Grading categories are used in the Gradebook, so teachers are able to setup their own custom categories within the Gradebook.

Within a Gradebook, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Change Grading Scale”. This brings up the Gradebook configuration page.

Change Grading Scale
Use the “Edit your own categories” link to setup your courses’ grading categories.

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Standards-Based Gradebook

We’re really excited to announce the QuickSchools system for Standards-Based Grading, which is now available in the App Store! After receiving requests from teachers and schools, we decided to build out this brand-new module to make it easier for everyone to keep track of standards and grades within the classroom. Whether your school has adopted Common Core or uses another standards system, the SBG-enabled setup and gradebook makes it simple to track students’ progress in many different learning areas.

Standards-Based Gradebook

The SB Gradebook is designed to give teachers and administrators an at-a-glance view of students’ performance for each standard taught in class. Not only does it automatically average students’ grades for a standard by using a formula that schools can choose and configure, but it also has a colorful display that is great for highlighting notable standards or students’ grades. Here’s a look at a sample Gradebook.

SB Gradebook

There’s a lot going on in this concise gradebook view! Not only can any class be configured to use custom standards, but each and every gradebook has lots of powerful features. Here are some of the highlights….

  • Customizable Choice of Standards
  • Unlimited assessments
  • Customizable Grading Category Weighting
  • Automatic averages grades for each standard
  • Configurable Overall Average formula
  • Automatic Overall Average Calculation
  • Color Coding
  • Analytics of Student & Class Success

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