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Planning for New Gradebook
I've been looking through the info available now on the upcoming PowerTeacher Pro. Looks like the new gradebook will be VERY different. Has anyone seen a demo yet? Are you planning to roll it out next fall for all teachers to use? Are you planning training yet for your teachers? I can't wait to get rid of the Java-based app, but I'm leery of springing an all-new grade book on the teachers next fall. Just wondering what you are all planning to do.

Jane :-)
Marian High School
Tags: PowerTeacher  Training  Gradebook
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6 Responses to "Planning for New Gradebook"

   
Will we have a choice? I have not read alot and not really got into it BUT sounds like we will not have a choice if we update our systems. 
 Get out the aspirin.. 

   
From what I'm seeing, you will not be required to go to PowerTeacher Pro with an update. Some teachers can use the old Gradebook app while some use the new option. So you don't need that aspirin ... yet. ;-D

   
From what I'm seeing, you will not be required to go to PowerTeacher Pro with an update. Some teachers can use the old Gradebook app while some use the new option. So you don't need that aspirin ... yet. ;-D

   
From what little I read, you will initially at least have a choice (if running PS 9.x) to stay with the existing PowerTeacher Gradebook or moving to the new HTML gradebook; sounds like that choice can be exercised on a teacher-by-teacher basis.

When migrating from the old to the new, PowerSchool indicates all data will be carried over (I think I've heard that before), BUT if a change of heart occurs after the migration, the data from the HTML version won't move back to the PowerTeacher Gradebook version (even though you can apparently go back to the old way if you want).

All of which makes me glad I am still running PS 8.x in order to make everything work with some of my older Macs.  By the time I have replaced those and am ready to move on up to 9.x, the rest of you will have discovered all the bugs.

   
We will have a presentation by  PowerSchool at out NEPSUG conference in March.  They are covering the new gradebook.


   
From what I have read, if your teachers email directly from their gradebook you will want to stay with the current gradebook.  I'm not sure why this feature wouldn't be incorporated into the newest version.  It makes email a parent very easy. 
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