I'm an instructor who teaches at multiple campuses so I need to be mobile. In the past, I kept my grade sheets and other student information on my MacBook, but lugging it around and keeping everything up to date became more and more difficult. I needed a more mobile solution that was easier to use.
It turns out that the solution was right in my pocket. I discovered that there were a lot of classroom administration apps available for my iPhone. I tried out a number of these; here are the ones that I use on a daily basis.
iPhone apps have made my life easier
Keeping track of students, classes, and grades used to be a chore. These iPhone apps have taken away a lot of the hassle and made my life as a teacher a bit easier.
Pocket Grade lets you grade tests quickly and easily. After you score the tests, simply enter the number of questions on the test and then enter in the number of incorrect answers. Pocket Grade automatically gives you the grade percentage. It won't record the score in your grade sheet, but it does make grading quizzes a snap.
This app was created by a group of teachers and has many features that a teacher needs. Associated with each student entry are Grades, Notes, and Info pages. The Info section lets you enter the student's name, a photo of the student, and contact information, including an e-mail address. You can add comments and miscellaneous information in the Notes section. When you are finished entering in the basic information, you can assign each student to the class (or classes) you teach from a list in the Settings screen. The classes are displayed under the Statistics listing when the student's name is brought up.
The Grades section allows you to enter in a subject, assignment category, and class name along with the date the assignment was created. All graded assignments are tracked in this section. They can be dated and categorized (quizzes, homework, subject matter, etc.). You can select numerical grades, letter grades, or pass/fail. You can also assign the percentage of the total score that the grade is worth. After your grades are entered, you can select Summary for the student, and the final grade is calculated.
iGrade for Teachers has a search function to help you find a student or students in a particular class. It also has options for importing and exporting students' grades and e-mailing multiple students. The only problem I had with this app is that there is a big learning curve to it. But once you get the hang of it, it becomes an.
iGrade for Teachers
This app is a great way to access educational resources on the Web. It gives you links to many sites and Web tools and provides accurate information on how the information can be used in your classroom. Simply click on a subject and select the "Open in Safari" option. There are even links to videos that are posted on YouTube. In the More area, you have a search function and additional areas of interest that are not posted on the main page. It even has a link to Twitter. It also lets you contribute links and Web tools via the contact form.
It's hard to keep up with all the new educational resources available on the Web, but this app helps teachers stay current. It's an invaluable resource for me.
This simple app is a great way to keep track of attendance. I use it when I have training classes and to track meeting attendance. It lets you import names and export the attendance data to a spreadsheet. You can also use it to e-mail attendance and homework information to students' parents. I also find it to be a handy way to e-mail make-up assignments to absent students so they don't get behind in the class.
The full version of this app is expensive so I tried the free version, which only allows you to track one course. TeacherTool allows you create, edit, and track student contact information quickly and easily. You can also use it to track attendance, oral and written lessons, and save comments about the student. You can also track grades and calculate mid-term and end-of-term grades. In addition, it has a timetable function which tracks where you are teaching and shows you an overview of that day.
Finally, you can export your grade sheet to Excel, or you can create a backup copy of all your data. To restore takes just a click of the mouse. I assume that the full version of this program will work as great as the free version did. However, with a $30.99 price tag, I will not be purchasing it anytime soon.