Regarding ClassRoom Windows/Portals
The all-new (and still free) Version
8--designed with Windows Vista in mind and
updated for Windows 7--has now been released! And it
still supports previous Windows versions (e.g., XP and later flavors
of 9x). To learn more about the new Vista / Windows 7 compatible
version of the program, ClassRoom GradeBook, please
ClassRoom GradeBook ™ (version
8) is a Windows 9x/XP/Vista and Windows 7 Freeware grade book program for
teachers. It is designed to
make your record keeping and grading much easier. It's yours for
free from our Download page.
ClassRoom GradeBook is the culmination of many years of work on a free Gradebook Program aimed at making the difficult working life of teachers everywhere an easier one. This is the eighth version of the program--and its third metamorphosis.
Over a decade ago, in the early days of Windows 9x, "ClassRoom
Windows" appeared on the scene. Each new version introduced new and improved features. When Windows exited the 9x world and entered the
NT-based XP environment, the program--in Version 7--evolved into "ClassRoom
Portals." In preparing for the Vista / Win 7 era, the program reaches Version 8, and emerges--with a new data-file format and a multitude of new, more powerful features--as "ClassRoom GradeBook."
ClassRoom GradeBook was created by two urban public
school teachers with decades of real-world classroom
experience. The program has one basic premise. You,
the teacher, are entering a huge, enchanted "ClassRoom"
filled with many portals through which you must pass as the
term progresses. But you are not alone; your computerized "GradeBook"
will guide you through these doorways at different times during the
school year to make your record keeping and grading much more
ClassRoom GradeBook freeware, you can
- create your class or subject files [a wizard is
included to assist new users]
- edit your class roster, including ID, home-contact information
- enter and edit grades and attendance
- classify each grade according to type, e.g., test, quiz,
- view and print students' records in many different and useful
- compute and print student averages and final grades by using
many options supplied by the program
- make up grades using "types"
- use the Total Points System of Grading
- view and print statistics
- follow a "roadmap" designed to help you navigate
through the program
- view or print ClassRoom GradeBook's User's Guide [in PDF
- use context-sensitive help
- enter additional optional Supplementary Information into your
ClassRoom GradeBook data file
- print your "roll book" by Name or ID
- view and print a student's grades on your "One Student
Printouts" with different sort options, and choose to print
only certain types of grades
ClassRoom GradeBook version 8 freeware includes a number of new
features and enhancements:
- The TOTAL length of a name you can enter has now been
increased to 30 characters. This 30 character total is for
combined last and first names, divided up as needed.
- The ID field has now been increased to accommodate values up
to 12 characters.
- When you open a class file, you will now see a new main screen
on which you can directly perform many functions which were
previously accessible only through the pull-down menu or
- On the Main menu's Roster tab, you could decide to sort your
files by Name or ID. Now you have a viewing option based on your
- If your school (or you) keep your records only by ID and not
by name, you no longer have to enter a first and last name for
students. Just enter a dash (-) or another symbol when you're
prompted for first or last name.
- There is now a new option if you use points to
make up grades. You can choose to make up grades using points
and weighted types. First you choose which testing instruments
you want to include in your average and then you can give each
type category a weight.
- Once you make up a grade, the options you chose
in computing the average (method selected, drop lowest grade
option, rounding option, etc.) will be saved and can be viewed
on a summary form; therefore, you won't have to go through the
preliminary make up grades screens again unless you change
values that will affect your choices.
- You can now make up to three sets of your own rounding values
and save each of them.
- The Extra Credit option has been strengthened.
When calculating averages using Individual Items or Types, the
total weights WITHOUT extra credit will equal 100. The extra
credit item or type can then be given its own additional weight.
- When entering testing instruments, if a
majority of the class received a certain grade, or just a few
papers came in early and you have some "missing"
grades, you can now use the "fill button" to fill in
any "missing" grade.
- You can now enter the number of times late (tardiness) for all
- Changes in printing
(1) All print forms can now be printed by Name and/or ID.
(2) You can now print out all attendance periods entered.
(3) An individual testing instruments can now by printed in Rank
(4) When you print out grades for individual students, you can
now include a summary of the grades showing how the student did
in each type category.
(5) On individual student printouts, you can now ask for a
parent signature. You can also print summary attendance.
- In revision 8.1, the following features have been
(1) You can now save your computed numerical average in "letter grade" form.
(2) In the Distribution/Graph Portal, statistics for any testing
instrument(s) can be shown using number grades or their equivalent letter grades.
(3) Update 8.1.1 corrects a problem where maximum "points" were sometimes not displayed.
- In revision 8.2, the program has been updated to make
it Windows 7 compatible.
PRO Edition: Also included within the
Freeware package of version 8 is an optional resource
for those seeking some additional bells and whistles:
a 45-day evaluation of ClassRoom GradeBook's "Pro"
edition. This edition, among other things, makes it possible for you
- enter and append student information from a variety of text
- save to a text file
- transfer names automatically from an existing file to a new
- open more than one file at a time
- set up various printer and font options
- view and print color graphs of student performance
- produce multiple seating charts
- use a built-in word processor/mail merge to communicate with
- view and print your students' grades in "roll book"
format with different sort options; you can also choose to print
only certain types of grades
- use ClassRoom GradeBook to keep a full record of your Daily
- compare grades among several classes/files and produce
- save forms/reports created by ClassRoom GradeBook to text
files; these files may then be edited by you and
printed or e-mailed to parents
- use a routine in ClassRoom GradeBook to send emails to
students and parents
- edit grades by student
- make up grades by assigning weights to
individual items while observing the cumulative effect of those
weights in relevant type categories
- change the order of your grade titles from the order in
which they were originally entered
- drop the lowest grade in any or all type categories when
making up grades
In addition, Version 8 adds a number of new features and
enhancements to the Pro Edition:
- A full testing instrument can now be transferred between
classes. This is especially useful for teachers who keep more
than one file for each class.
- You can now set margins for your printouts.
- At the print preview portal, you can not only e-mail your
data, but you can now save most forms in HTML format for
possible posting on a web site you might have.
- You can now print your rollbook with full titles instead of
only the 3 letter codes which identify each title.
- You can now edit the names of modifiable type categories. So
now, for example, the category wouldn't have to read S1 -
Subject 1; you could change it to MA - Math.
- When entering daily attendance, you now have the option to
view--by day and/or by student--a summary of Abs., Cut, Late,
Note, and Excused.
- In addition to importing and exporting names, ID's and
supplementary information as text files, you can now import and
export testing instruments (i.e., grades).
- Beginning with revision 8.1, you can now print records for students who are enrolled in several classes in a single "Combined Classes" report.
- Revision 8.2 brings Windows 7 compatibility, and
includes the following features:
(1) The program now provides a "Port" field where you can specify the Port number your Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server uses for the sending of e-mails.
(2) A problem where
the attendance grid would sometimes not print has been
- Revision 8.2.1 corrects a problem which occasionally
appeared when printing a seating chart on pages larger than
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