Entering and managing your grades has never been easier than with LiveGrades. Through a simple and intuitive interface, teachers can quickly input assignments and grades and have all of this information readily available at their fingertips
The LiveGrades system integrates seamlessly with the West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS), allowing teachers instant access to class rosters and student information. The system receives nightly downloads from WVEIS, making any updates or changes to student schedules and information. Teachers do not have to setup the students in their classes - this information will be available for them the first day of class. At the end of the term, no need to log directly into WVEIS, LiveGrades can publish your grades back into WVEIS, saving you time and reducing the potential of mistakes.
LiveGrades is a fully web based solution that gives teachers instant access to their gradebooks from anywhere - in the classroom, at home, even while traveling. As you enter grades, they are automatically saved to Citynet's servers, meaning there are no files to transfer or export - your grades are ready and available whenever and wherever you are!
Wondering how your students are doing in their other classes? Are they having problems just in your class, or with each of their classes? From the student view, you can see a quick list of each of the classes in which the student is currently enrolled, along with the period number, and their current grade in that class.
With grading information entered into the system, an important feature is the ability to produce up to date and accurate reports. LiveGrades features a full host of reporting options, such as progress reports, full gradebook printing, and parent/student login usage reports.
Once your school begins using LiveGrades, you'll have access to all of the grading information that you've ever entered. Each semester, the system will automatically create new classes containing each of your students so you can start fresh grading. There's no need to clear out the data or reset the system for the start of a new year. Grades and student information is automatically archived, but kept readily available through the system should you ever choose to go back to review the information again.
While the most common method of editing grades is simply to review the assignment and make any updates to students' grades through the assignment view, you also have the option to use Grid View Grading. With a layout similar to old style paper and pencil gradebooks, the system will layout any assignments you have entered across the screen, giving you the ability to quickly edit grades within the view.
LiveGrades is built to allow you to choose your exact grading style. When a class is first established, you'll have the option to select whether you use or percentage based grading. From that point forward, the grading engines and interfaces will customize themselves to your specific grading method according to this and other settings you select.
Is 91% an A or a B? As a teacher, you've developed your own scales for how you grade students. The system will allow your school or County to setup a default, system wide grading scale to determine what consistitutes an A, B, C, etc. As a teacher, you have the ability to setup a customized grading scale on a class by class basis. Simply define through an intuitive interface the ranges for each grade value, and then apply this grading scale to your classes. All reports, statistics, and the information uploaded to WVEIS will reflect grades based on your customized scale. LiveGrades is designed to customize itself to the exact needs of the teachers. The Custom Grading Marks feature allows a teacher to define special characters and marks to be used while grading. The school or county can define organization wide custom grading marks and how they are handled - such as "M" for missing, "E" for excused, etc. Teachers can then create their own additional custom grading marks to be used in addition to those on the organization level.
Ever have a student who works hard, has never missed class, behaves perfectly, always contributes, and ends up with a 92% at the end of the term? LiveGrades enables teachers to override grades at the end of any term, including the full class grade. The override feature will display all of the grades within the class and provide the ability to add (or subtract) points from the grade, or to simply change the grade to another value. The adjusted grade will be used for all reports, statistics, and for the upload to WVEIS.
Many teachers allow their students to drop their lowest grade at the end of the term. LiveGrades enables teachers to automatically drop the lowest grade for their students and automatically recalculates their grade without this value included.
When setting up an assignment, you may specify that the assignment is "Extra Credit". Setting an assignment as extra credit gives you the ability to specify the total point value possible of the extra credit assignment and the total number of points earned. This option allows the points earned to be included in the final grade, but does not include the possible points to count against students..
Do you have the same assignment in several different classes? LiveGrades is built to be lean and efficient, so, of course, you don't have to enter all of the assignment information more than once. The copy assignment feature displays recent assignments and allows copying of all information from the original.
To calculate a final grade, a specific point/percentage value is needed. As a teacher, you want to be able to use the custom grading marks and enter other relevant information into the grade field. Did you have a 10 point quiz with one bonus question? For that student who got all questions right, plus the bonus question, enter their grade as "10+1". Did someone loose two points on a 20 point homework assignment because it was late? Enter the grade as "20-2". Do you grade by points, but, want to enter your grades as a percentage? Enter a 20 point assignment, and give a student a "75%", or maybe they got bonus points and earned a "75%+2", or maybe even a "B+2". LiveGrades allows grade entry however you choose to enter the grades. As you enter the grades, LiveGrades will calculate and display the numerical equivalency of your grade off to the side, however it will also store the grade just as you've entered it. When a student/parent views their graDes from home, they will see it exactly how you've entered it. A comment field along with each grade allows you to put customized comments for that student to explain their grade and is visible to the student/parent.
LiveGrades features a seating chart function that allows arranging the students as needed within the classroom. Through a graphical interface, you can drag and drop an icon for each student where you want them in the room. The print feature on the seating chart makes it simple to show substitutes where student's should be sitting, or even to show parents where their children sit in the room.
LiveGrades was built to be easy to use and intuitive. If you need advise on how to do something within the system, the online tutorials are there to help with easy to follow directions to help you accomplish your goals.
The Message Center feature allows teachers to communicate with their students and parents through a secure, email like interface. While viewing a students profile, a teacher can select to send that student a message. By clicking the message center link and then choosing to create a new message, the teacher may select to send a message to a single student or parent, or all the students or parents within the class. Once a message is sent, if the individual has an email address setup, they will receive a notice telling them they have received a message with a link to retrieve the message. When they log into the system, they'll be able to see any new messages they may have received. Parents and students will be able to respond back to these messages, or create a new message to the teachers, at any point through the Parent and Student interface.
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