Update–NCWise Training and Gradebooks

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been neck deep in training and a trip to Europe over the holidays.

I was overwhelmed with training and was very worried about training others on something I felt like I barely knew.  What a relief to have an awesome group of core trainers to work with and learn from!  By the time, our lead teacher and I trained our staff yesterday, training was like a well-oiled machine.

Our staff walked out with positive attitudes and smiles.  Many said it was painless and I think their fears about NCWise were alleviated for the most part.  I think it also helps that we are going to be using the program in steps and not all at once.  (We won’t be using the gradebook until next fall.)  The training materials created by the core training group helped to make things clear and concise.

So, today, I am heaving a huge sigh of relief and look forward to the actual conversion process and hope it will go as smoothly as our training did.  We have already planned for a little refresher course just before the week of conversion so hopefully things on the teacher’s side will run nicely.

As far as the parent access question and the NCWise gradebook are concerned, we are still undecided at the moment.  However, if we don’t use the NCWise gradebook, the full potential of having shared access to student data will not be realized.  Also, other online gradebook possibilities will cost money.  These are all factors to be discussed but at least the future looks bright!

2 thoughts on “Update–NCWise Training and Gradebooks

  1. We, too, are training our faculties in NC Wise. I’m glad to see your staff was positive about the experience. Hopefully, ours will embrace NC Wise as well as your faculty did.

    Good luck!
    Danita

  2. I ran the technology department for a K-8 parochial school in Lexington, KY for 5 years, and I can tell you from my own experience that online grades with student and parent access can be problematic. The only time that it is assured that these gradebooks are accurate is at the end of the term. Staff consistency in entering grades is the biggest problem. There needs to be a policy for this interally so that when a parent/student/administrator opens the gradebook it is “reasonably” current.

    It would be good to know at the first of the year (when syllabus data comes home from the various teachers) ,how frequently each instructor will commit to maintaining these gradebooks-weekly, daily, bi-weekly, etc. Obviously, parents will focus their attention on the Core Courses and will be somewhat less concerned about the Encore Classes. If there is no policy on staff maintenance of the gradebooks, the tool will be of little use to administrators, students or parent communities, and may have a negative, rather than positive, effect.

    Lou Ann Taylor

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