Calculating grade averages is a standard practice for most teachers. Overall it involves fairly simple math and can be done using a four function calculator and a pencil. Teachers have been using paper gradebooks successfully for a long time so how can switching to gradebook software benefit me?
Software is well suited for repetitive, well defined tasks. When designed properly, software can reduce the amount of time necessary to accomplish a manual task as well as minimize the chances of human error. Software can also consolidate multiple tools into a single tool specifically suited for a particular task. For example, gradebook software becomes both the gradebook and the calculator.
So maybe you’re already convinced that a software grading solution is the way to go. The next question is likely, “which gradebook software should I use?” For some, a spreadsheet application like Excel may suffice for your grading needs. For others, the idea of learning formulas might seem a bit overwhelming. A software product that already has the formulas built in may be the way to go.
If you rule out the spreadsheet, and decide to go with actual grading software, you still have some decision making to do. If you do a google search on “gradebook software”, you will be met with many different options to choose from. One thing you will have to decide is whether you want to install the software on your computer or whether you want to use a completely online option. Other factors such as price (some gradebook software is actually free), available features and ease of use come in to play when making your decision.
If you decide you would like to purchase some sort of gradebook software that is affordable and easy to use, please consider GradeGrid as an option. GradeGrid is able to track and calculate student grades. It supports grade categories and weighted average calculation, but is also simple to use.