Sunday, August 21, 2011

Get a Boost for Learning #edtech

With many schools already in session, others starting tomorrow and at bare minimum in the next few weeks, now is the time to start thinking about organizing your classroom life (O.K., that probably should be done by now).  But, if you are still using a paper gradebook you ar misssing out on some great opportunities.  Many schools have online gradebooks that intertwine with their student information systems.  If you are not in that situation you may want to check out LearnBoost.  Because, I am not in the classroom, it is difficult for me to judge it as an application.  However, I am impressed with all the bells and whistles LearnBoost seems to have.  You can setup gradebooks and calendars for all your teachers.  Students and parents can also receive accounts.  The accounts can be created simply by importing a CSV file to LearnBoost.  In addition to setting up gradebooks, you can maintain attendance records, create and share lesson plans and use it to communicate.  The best part about this is it's free and this is the one time free concerns me.  When you are dealing with sensitive information how secure can a fee system really be.  On the upside the have a fantastic help section that may help you decide if LearnBoost fits your needs. Finally, there are features that not only sync to Google but also to many existing SIS systems.
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