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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

GradeBook Portal - Free Online Gradebook

GradeBook Portal is a free online gradebook system that allows parents and students to view attendance records and grades. Teachers can use GradeBook Portal to easily generate progress reports and send other messages to parents and students. GradeBook Portal has an integrated calendar system to which teachers can post assignment due dates for students and parents to see. GradeBook Portal gives teachers the option of using two different grading scales or created a custom grading scale.

Overall, GradeBook Portal is a simple system that covers all of the basics that a teacher needs. GradeBook Portal provides some how-to videos to help get teachers started.

Applications for Education
GradeBook Portal could be a good option for anyone that teaches in a school where an online gradebook system is not provided. That said, if you choose to use GradeBook Portal, be sure to back-up all of your data locally so that you don't run into a bad situation like some teachers did with another system last fall.

Win $2500 Worth of Classroom Supplies

eNasco, a mail-order company that offering school supplies and lesson materials, is hosting a $2500 give-away contest. The contest is being held in conjunction with Catalogs.com. To enter, write a 400 word persuasive essay explaining why your classroom is deserving and how you will use the gift certificates from eNasco. Five prizes ranging in value from $500 to $2500 will be awarded. The entry deadline is September 30. Click here for all of the contest details.

I Need My Teachers to Learn - Great New Edu Video

I saw a few people post this on Twitter then I saw it on Wesley Fryer's blog. Kevin Honeycutt with the help of some friends has put together a new song and video about the need to teachers to change their methods to meet the needs of today's students. The video is well-worth 3.5 minutes of your time.


Applications for Education
I can see this video becoming a good companion to Did You Know for use at the opening of the school year or at the opening of a professional development day.

August's Ten Most Popular Posts

In the month of August I published 126 blog posts. In August, Free Technology for Teachers received more page views than ever before. In fact, there was close to 17,000 more page views in August than in any other month since I started this blog. A huge thank you to everyone that has subscribed, Tweeted links from this blog, or otherwise shared Free Technology for Teachers with a colleague.

Here are the ten most popular posts in the month of August, 2009.
1. Visual Representation of Bloom's for the 21st Century
2. 21 Must-Read RSS Feeds
3. Free Teacher Training Videos - Including Moodle
4. How to Build a PLN
5. Create an Online Quiz Using Google Forms
6. Ten Grammar Games and Lesson Resources
7. Snag Films Now Offers More Than 800 Free Films
8. 20,000+ Historical Maps - Many On Google Maps/Earth
9. The Science of Motivation
10. Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies

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Values.com Offers Printable Signs and Widgets

Through a Tweet by Kevin Jarrett I recently learned about Values.com offering free PDFs of more than fifty quotable, inspirational posters. In addition to the PDFs Values.com offers a daily quotation widget that you can put in your blog or website.

Applications for Education
The free PDF posters from Values.com could be useful for posting on your classroom wall or door. The quotation widget may be something that you want to embed in your classroom blog.

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