Monthly Archives: February 2012

Engrade – Free – Online Grade Book with bells and whistles

Would you like a free internet grade sheet that your students and/or parents can access to see their grades securely? Would you like to be able to email your students individually, in small groups or the whole class at the same time? How about online tests and quizzes that grade themselves? How about discussion topics so your students can interact with each other and you can assess just how much they really understand the material? Maybe you would like to create your own Wiki assignment with PPTs, Videos, quizzes and more or set up flash cards for the students to review either directly as flash cards as matching or as multiple choice questions. Do you want your syllabus, files, PowerPoints or other resources available for your students to download when THEY need them? Do you want to do more? How about a calendar your students can view with all assignments and due dates listed including. Do you use a weighted grading system, straight percentages, do you have a custom grading format? You can customize it to suit your purposes. Oh, yeah, Do you want it for free?

You can get it all and more for free at Engrade at

I’ve used engrade for about a year now. One of the things I like about it is when I am teaching a course I’ve taught before I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I can copy everything to the new class then all I have to do is update the dates that things are due. I can archive old classes and when I need them again I call them up duplicate the class then archive them again so I don’t clutter up my class list with those classes that are over.

There is a lot more to Engrade than I’ve listed here. Your school can set up accounts for all of the instructors and they can view your grades at any time and it can be set up so the registrar can access and download your grades in a CSV or excel file.

Are there drawbacks or problems. Sure there are always things that you might want that aren’t there but I’ve found the customer support folks are always willing to listen and they have in may cases made changes to meet our needs. The biggest drawback I’ve found is not with the program, my student drive me crazy if I haven’t posted their scores as quick as they think I should have. “Mr Williams, I took my test an hour ago, why isn’t my grade posted yet?” When they can see their grades in real time and get direct personalized feedback I find they are more interested in doing well and are more motivated.

I highly recommend this program.

Check out their first tutorial video. You can find more about engrade on you tube.





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Hello world!

You can teach on old dog new tricks.  I’m living proof.  I’m 62 years old and I taught for a long time in the military before moving to teaching college.  When I started teaching we did use handouts, but not many, we relied on students reading their assignments from their books and taking notes.  Our visual stimulation consisted of live demonstrations and a few 35mm slides that we show from our projector.  Everything else was on the instructor.  That may or may not have been a good thing.   Today however we have a plethora of software both free and $$$ not so free.  I’d like to use this blog to highlight online resources and applications instructors can use to help their students succeed.    Some will be free, some will not but I would like to discuss them all.  I encourage folks to send me the resources they have found useful in transferring their course objectives and knowledge into their students.  I’d like to hear the good and the bad and if necessary the ugly as well.

I don’t have all the answers because none of us are as smart as all of us, so please let me know what you have found, what works and what doesn’t work.  I appreciate your input and help in making all of us better instructors and in turn produce better prepared students.



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