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In situations where teachers don't have to use mandated recording systems, TeacherKit is a good option for keeping track of grades and attendance, as well as managing behavior issues and seating charts. To maximize the benefit to students, it would be best to set up regular distribution of reports, as these are not available on-demand. Also, given that the built-in reporting is purely quantitative, this should be coupled with some kind of narrative feedback.
Teachers can also use this to follow class and individual trends to make meaningful decisions about lesson planning, pacing, and review. This does require a decent amount of work to keep the gradebook current and good discipline to enter attendance every day, but these are necessary chores even without technological aides.Continue reading Show less
TeacherKit aims to be the cure for classroom-organization challenges, from maintaining a gradebook and taking attendance to behavior management and progress reports. The intuitive interface allows all this to be done with quick taps and swipes, generating data visualizations on the fly, both for whole classes and individual students. The student-profile system makes contacting students and their parents a breeze, and the premium version adds the ability to send detailed progress reports, complete with behavior and attendance breakdowns.
The interface itself follows the trend of clean, crisp minimalism, making it a joy to use, and features take only a tiny bit of trial and error to figure out (in-app tutorials help). A few crashes, freezes, and missing features result in a headache or two, but overall things work as they should.
It’s tough to assess the effect TeacherKit can have on learning without getting into deep conversations about the virtues of grades, but it's certainly true that any time students can see their own progress they will be in a better position to grow than when that data is sealed off in a gradebook. This enables teachers to present that data in an easily digestible way, but there’s no way for students to access their data on their own, a feature present on most modern gradebook applications. Further, grades are limited to numerical or letter versions, and the option to give qualitative feedback is notably absent.
Is it better for learning than traditional progress reports? Undoubtedly. But it's still only a very nice replacement for antiquated attendance systems, spreadsheets, and grade ledgers. It's worth keeping an eye on TeacherKit to see how it evolves over time, and for those teachers just looking to dip a toe into using apps to replace traditional classroom management, it's worth a look.
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