How I Use It
This tool helps teachers think through lessons with the end goal in mind. This is best practice with backwards design around the standards and objectives. There are three over arching features of JumpRope: planning, grading, and reporting. When you first sign up for an account, there is a tutorial to walk through the process. Each feature has many layers.
When you plan a unit, it can be either a general unit or UBD. Units must have standards associated with them, which you can type in or search the Common Core. When you plan the assessments, they must be tied back to a specific standard connected to the unit. There are many assessment labels to choose from: project, paper, test, observation, performance, homework, classwork, quiz, lab, formative, final, or other. This provides a lot of flexibility in the types of student data you can record.
This would fit into a teacher category; it is not something that would excite students at all. If your district insists on data driven decision making and evidence of all growth, this could be exciting as an educator. There are many support features - from documents, forums, to talking to an actual person. This is a good thing, since the options and sub menus upon sub menus can be complicated.
There are many ways to analyze the data for mastery of the standards; however, the end results can only be printed or sent to a PDF. The information can not be imported into another online grade or tracking program. This makes using the tool redundant for me, since I would have to re-enter in our official system all the assignments.