Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2018

ClassMax

Affordable classroom management system tracks student data

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K–12
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Pros: All-in-one tool for seating charts, progress tracking, behavior, and more.

Cons: Teachers will likely still need to use district systems for attendance and grading outside of ClassMax.

Bottom Line: If teachers invest some time in setting up the system, they can save time, paper, and hassles.

With ClassMax, teachers can organize seating charts and make notes for specific students. They can record accommodations and track specific learning objectives per student. They can track behavior -- with both positive and negative notes -- as well as hall passes. Teachers can upload standards from a CSV file or use the preloaded Common Core standards. When setting up classes, teachers can input student files individually or upload a file. Student files can be customized to include a photo, too.

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ClassMax was created by a classroom teacher, so it really covers all the bases of student data and organization. Organize classes with customized names -- subject area or class period or whatever works for you. Then keep track of any information you need for a given student, from accommodations and hall passes to performance and behavior. Teachers can create groups within the tool, integrating with Marzano standards too. Teachers can add notes for students to cover any details not already addressed, and they can create reports to easily review the data collected.

If an organized teacher is an effective teacher, then ClassMax can be good for learning. Teachers can easily make notes and track student progress. The blog, written by experienced teachers, shares ideas for how to effectively use ClassMax for a variety of best practices, like student conferencing and reflective teaching. While it will take some time to set up and some practice to put into regular use, ClassMax gives teachers a tool to organize data in a way that can make them more efficient in classroom management and data-driven instruction.

Depending on how teachers currently manage hall passes, digital hall pass tracking might actually create more work for teachers during essential instruction time. And if they're already using a learning management system (LMS) that has some of the same features as ClassMax, there might be redundancy in teachers' workload. 

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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

ClassMax was designed by a teacher so it's set up to manage what teachers need to track -- from the big concepts like standards and modifications to the minutiae of hall passes and seating charts. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

More affordable than a customized planner, ClassMax gives teachers digital options for organizing and managing their classrooms. Some options might overlap with a teacher's existing LMS.  

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Step-by-step guides prompt teachers through the setup process, and occasional emails highlight features. Customer service is responsive, and an in-tool FAQ and blog offer further ideas and help.


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