Why would I want to use Performance Gradebook instead of a paper gradebook?
Paper gradebooks are portable and you don’t need a computer or internet connection to use them. However, they have disadvantages that are overcome via electronic gradebooks. Electronic gradebooks do all the grade calculations for you, they make it easy to sort and rank students, mistakes or grade changes are trivial to fix, it’s easy to create neatly done reports, and it’s also easy to use the same grading scheme from semester to semester. Electronic gradebook file storage has the same advantages as electronic word processor file storage.
Why would I want to use Performance Gradebook instead of a spreadsheet, like Microsoft Excel?
Performance Gradebook (PG) and spreadsheet programs both have the advantages that come from computer-based grading. The most important difference between PG and spreadsheet programs is that PG includes the ability to make and use rubric-based feedback forms, and to create, print, or e-mail detailed individual feedback to students (or parents). With a spreadsheet you’re probably still writing all your feedback by hand, repeating the same comments over and over, etc. You don’t have to do that with PG. It’s easier to setup a class using Performance Gradebook than a spreadsheet; PG does some of the work for you. In addition, once a gradebook has been set up, it’s very easy to save it as a template for future use. PG will save all the written feedback you give students. This is handy for monitoring how students are doing over the long term. Finally, PG provides useful tools to analyze your class’s overall performance on an assignment, including specialized information about each part of a rubric-based assignment.
Why would I want to use Performance Gradebook if I am already using an electronic gradebook program?
I used electronic gradebook programs for many years. I recognize their advantages to busy educators. Even if you already have a gradebook you like, you can still find Performance Gradebook (PG) helpful. Teachers can set up and provide feedback to students on rubric-based assignments, even if grades are ultimately stored elsewhere. You can import your class list (from a text file) into PG and setup a single rubric-based assignment, without creating a full- fledged grading scheme. In other words, you can use PG for nothing beyond rubric-based assignment feedback. You’ll still save time compared to grading the same assignment(s) by hand, have the benefit of comment snippets, and an easy way to email grade info to students or their parents. And you’ll still have access to class-level analysis about how students performed on each section of the assignment.
Why doesn’t Performance Gradebook work on the web?
Performance Gradebook (PG) is designed as a desktop application. You have complete control over your grading information. You know where the files are, you know if there are copies of the files, so no unauthorized people will have access to the files. In addition, you won’t be at the mercy of slow or non-existent internet connections. Sometimes it takes a little while to start a web browser, navigate to a particular site, login, and find your work. PG, on the other hand, starts quickly; you’ll be working in seconds.
Can I use Performance Gradebook at home and at school?
Yes, you may use Performance Gradebook anywhere you like. The license is for you, not a particular computer. When you register the program, you will enter your name, which will then appear on all reports you create.
Will I have to pay for upgrades? Add-ons? Other features?
No. Once you’ve paid for the program, you are entitled to all updates, upgrades, etc. Forever.