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Prezi and Adobe join Obama’s ConnectED initiative Prezi, the cloud-based presentation software, and Adobe are the latest technology companies to join President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Initiative to help the US education system better prepare students for technology-centered world. Prezi’s commitment will provide $100 million in Edu Pro licenses to hundreds of thousands of high schools and educators. Adobe is making over…

New Feature: Item-by-Item Breakdowns

The keyword is breakdown. Let’s breakdown all of the numerical barriers between you and understanding what your student truly needs. Our new, versatile, and extremely powerful data charts breakdown data—from quiz-by-quiz, to student-by-student, to question-by-question. Let’s dive in to how this works and what it all means for you. Quiz-by-quiz breakdown and at-a-glance analysis Starting…

Free eBook: 10 Steps to Get Started with Standards-Based Grading

Looking to dive into standards-based grading? Here’s a Gradeable-created resource that shows 10 easy steps to get started and links to SBG experts. Here’s an overview: Download your free eBook today! Don’t forget to share! Spread the SBG love.

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Ways to Assess Student Understanding

We’ve all been there—you just gave a test and after receiving the results, you bury your head in your hands and ask yourself the big question: “Why didn’t they get it?” The “Getting It” process (also known as learning/achieving/mastering) is a teacher’s main goal —in addition to the other ten thousand other skills you want…

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Easy Standards-Based Grading Hacks

You’re taken the dive and are now swimming in the murky waters of standards-based grading. You might have seen this picture, which starkly illustrates how much more student transparency a teacher receives when using SBG: (via “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading” by Patricia L. Scriffiny) You know that you want to do it, but the…

ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to SBG with Gradeable

Overview: 6 steps to SBG with Gradeable Why I SBG-ed Gradeable vs. Excel Closer look into Excel Tracker How to standards-based grade (SBG) with Gradeable So the Excel-perts say they have a system – and yes, it’s a pretty jazzy system. But for those of us (ie. first year teacher me) who couldn’t trudge around…

Friday Bulletin Board

Three principals fired in cheating probe Crazy story from Philly about the pressures of standardized testing. Three Philadelphia principals were fired this week in connection to a cheating scandal involving about 140 other teachers and administrators. This is the result of an investigation of standardized math and english tests taken between 2009 and 2011. Pennsylvania…

Standards-Based Grading: Beyond the Common Core

For most of the month, we’ve been talking about standards-based grading in terms of the Common Core’s set of standards. But the Common Core State Standards are only one set of standards to be graded to. To illustrate another take on standards-based grading, I talked to our customer success manager Sheri. Sheri taught science at…

Say Goodbye to Excel; Say Hello to Common Core Tagging

Time to part with the spreadsheets because WE’VE GOT COMMON CORE TAGGING! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0245xP_HVk&w=560&h=315] For those of you who feel like you have a part-time job entering data, Common Core tagging with Gradeable is another solution to all the manual labor. We’re taking out the tedious part of quizzing so you can focus on teaching. Our…

Friday Bulletin Board: The Post Pizza Party Edition

So last night was our pizza party. It was the first real event that we Gradeable girls put on together and we had an inordinate amount of fun coordinating logistics, reaching out to teachers, moving furniture, and everything in between. In addition, we met some great teachers to remind us why Gradeable exists in the…