Showing posts with label attendance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label attendance. Show all posts

Saturday, April 18, 2020

EZCheck.me - A Convenient Way to Take Attendance for Large Classes

EZCheck.me is a new service that could be helpful whenever we return to having classes in-person instead of virtually. EZCheck.me is a system that lets students check themselves in for your class.

With the EZCheck.me system you simply project a QR code and your students scan it with their phones to check themselves in. Students who don't have a smartphone can check in by using a corresponding check-in code that is displayed next to the QR code. The QR code and check-in codes are dynamic which means they change from class to class so that students have to be there in class to get the correct code.


Applications for Education
I tested EZCheck.me and found it to be a easy to use. I can see it being helpful to those who teach large classes.

There are some issues that will keep me from using it with my classes. First, I know all of my students by name and face so I can take attendance in less time than it would take to project the QR code and get students to scan it. Second, even if students use use the numeric check-in code they still have to verify their phone numbers. For those two reasons I don't see it being a tool that K-12 teachers will use, but it could be a solution for taking attendance in university classes and for conducting check-ins for large conferences.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Class Charts Adds Support for Reporting In Multiple Languages

Class Charts, a free behavior and attendance recording service, has recently added support for translations in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Dutch and German. The service previously and still does support French and Spanish translations.

Class Charts also recently added the option to back-date attendance. This could be handy for those times when you forget to take attendance at the beginning of the day (we've all done it).

A third recent enhancement to Class Charts is the option to create custom reporting fields for each of your individual classes.

Class Charts is a free service designed by a teacher for teachers. The service is best described as one part seating chart and one part behavior chart. In Class Charts you can create and arrange as many seating charts as you like. You can create charts in a "seating" format that shows seat placement or you can use a list view. You can use students' real pictures in your charts or you can use one of the avatar images in your charts.

Class Charts seating charts double as behavior tracking charts. To document a student's attendance and behavior just select his name from the chart and tap the appropriate icon for attendance or behavior. You can record positive and negative behaviors. Students and parents can see their reports by accessing Class Charts through an invitation code that you send to them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Class Charts Adds Handy New Features

Class Charts, a free service for creating online seating charts and behavior charts and reports, has recently added some handy new features. As before you can create charts in a "seating" format that shows seat placement or you can use a list view. You can use students' real pictures in your charts or you can use one of the avatar images in your charts. Now you can flip the charts to display the students' perspective on a whiteboard.

Class Charts already allowed sharing of attendance and behavior data with parents and students, now you can share your narrative comments too.

The last update is an option to select all students with one click and assign attendance date to all with one click. This means that if all students are present, you don't have to individually mark them present because you can do it in bulk.

You can read more about Class Charts here.

Disclosure: Class Charts is advertising on Free Technology for Teachers this month. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Class Charts Is Now Available As a Free Edmodo App

Two weeks ago I reviewed a new free student attendance and behavior recording tool called Class Charts. Class Charts is a service that is best described as one part seating chart and one part behavior chart. This evening I discovered that Class Charts has a free Edmodo app too. So if you're an Edmodo user looking for an easy way to add a great student behavior recording tool, take a look at the Class Charts Edmodo app.

In Class Charts you can create and arrange as many seating charts as you like. You can create charts in a "seating" format that shows seat placement or you can use a list view. You can use students' real pictures in your charts or you can use one of the avatar images in your charts. Class Charts seating charts double as behavior tracking charts. To document a student's attendance and behavior just select his name from the chart and tap the appropriate icon for attendance or behavior. You can record positive and negative behaviors. Students and parents can see their reports by accessing Class Charts through an invitation code that you send to them. 

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.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Free Student Management Tool - Engrade

Many schools are moving to student management systems that allow parents and students to view their grades and upcoming assignments online. These systems are generally expensive and time consuming to install and maintain, therefore there are still a lot of schools that don't have student management systems allowing parent and student access. For teachers working in school districts that don't have a student management system that parents and students can view online there are some free web-based options available to you. One of these options is Engrade.

Engrade is a very streamlined, easy-to-use, student management system. A teacher can establish a grade book and an attendance register in a matter of minutes on Engrade. The user interface is very intuitive, perhaps the most intuitive grade book interface that I've seen on any student management system. Students and their parents can view current grades, future due dates, and student attendance records. The only shortcoming of the Engrade service is that teachers have to manually input an identification number for each student. Students need a unique identification number in order to login to their accounts.

Click here to view the Engrade demonstration video.