Welcome to Gradeway Teacher's Suite!
Released December 2007, Gradeway Gradebook and Teacher's Suite version 2.2 is again the product of user feedback guiding the way to the most-wanted features for Teachers! These new features are numerous, and many are behind-the-scenes, but the more visible ones include:
||The long-awaited "Weighted Grades!" Gradeway Gradebook and Teacher's Suite now allows you to assign percent weights to categories of assignments to produce a single overall grade. You can now make Participation worth 10% of the final grade, Homework worth 10%, Tests worth 20%, Labs 15%, Quizzes 15%, and on and on and on! (More details)
||When updating a student's grades, only that student has their grade recalculated, rather than the entire class being recalculated. This will be especially noticable on large classes, a large number of assignments, and the "Grade by Subjects" grading mode.
||When an existing grade is updated to an invalid grade, the grade gets wiped out but the overall grade remains. Prior, unless the grade is recalculated prior to adding the real (correct) grade, an error would occur. This was especially problematic when the overall grade(s) were not computed, the invalid grade remained (but "hidden") and the program was closed.
||For the crazy-fast typists out there, the Gradebook has been improved to allow you to continue entering grades, even if a students' grades are calculating. That is, you can enter 8/10, press enter, and even if the grade is still calculating, you can type the next grade and press enter, and your keystrokes will make it into the Gradebook (and all grades calculating) as the software (and your computer) catches up to your semi-automatic grade entry.
||Various spelling and grammatical corrections. We even got some emails regarding these - some clever; some...less than pleasant (and ironically, grammatical errors themselves.) Rest assured, Gradeway believes proper use of words, spelling, and grammar is vary-verrie important. Smile!
||Browser Navigation, another frequently requested feature. You can now go Forward. And Back. With a single click of a mouse, rather than one of our not-very-short shortcuts!
||Error Messages. We'll come clean with this one - nobody wants to see an error message. But what's worse than an error message? And error message that doesn't say what caused the error. (Most people have probably seen the all-too-familiar Windows error "This application has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.") Point being...those errors are useless to the user who just wants to make sure it doesn't happen again, but it's nearly impossible for any software to anticipate every possible error from happening. In Gradeway Gradebook and Teacher's Suite, this error is in a big box that starts with "Gradeway has encountered an internal error," and then allows users to automatically report the error. To try to make this long story end - we've added additional error messages for errors that have been automatically reported. For example, if you're trying to print a report, but your computer security prevents you from changing printing settings, it'll now let you know, and ask if you'd like to print without changing some print settings to make it "optimal," but should make it work. Note: Many of these fixes are in various places within the software, and were found via the automatic error report system within Gradeway. While we apologize that we do not directly email users back with each error reported (and we have further clarified this in the reporting option), these changes are the result of the errors being reported. Thank you!
||Installation - Originally, we intended to include all required components (all free from Microsoft), but Gradeway Gradebook and Teacher's Suite is less than 2 megs. Including everything (which most people already have) would've increased the size to around 30 megs. So, taking the next best action - the installation routine now does additional checks for versions and components, displays more detailed instructions, and, if you want, whisks you off to the Microsoft page to download the component.
||Added additional classroom settings to the grades being updated to Gradeway.com - this information (such as the number of digits to round to in grades) will be used to make Gradeway.com better match data that is contained within Gradeway Teacher's Suite.
This is in addition to features added in version 2.1, which included:
- Custom Reporting - Ability to create and edit any type of report with any text that you'd like; fully editable via standard HTML tags.
- Optimized several student grade lookup tasks.
- Class and Student Notes - Now allows to quickly jot down notes at any time and retrieve them later. History of notes is displayed when entering new notes; ability to print full set of notes.
- Corrected grading flaw that prevent overall grades from being displayed when using the Grade By Subjects mode and multiple classes contain the same subjects.
- Resolved issue with accurate report totals from classes that have been copied from other classes/terms.
- Fixed grammar in two dialogs.
Gradeway Teacher's Suite version 2.0 is the result of feedback from Educators like yourself who have provided constructive criticism, feedback, suggestions, and ideas! Version 2 makes use of the same familiar interface as Version 1, with many expanded capabilities, including:
Multiple Grading Modes
Optimized Gradeway Online Synchronization
Additional reports and letters
Update-as-you-go Gradebook and Attendance
Ability to change program colors
Enhanced Subject and Grade Level Managers
Ability to Customize Reports
More powerful Assignment and Subject Management
Capability to use many international addresses
Automatic classroom backup restoring
Classroom data file optimizations
Import/Export classroom data functionality
Ability to copy students from class to class (without re-entering data!)
Many additional features and customizations!
As always, your feedback is very important to us, and to the future of Gradeway Teacher's Suite! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas. A real person always reads the emails, and usually, the actual developers of Gradeway are the ones responding to any technical issues or requests, rather than uninformed front-line technical support.
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