Up until this year, I carried around a clipboard of class record sheets to check homework. Given that the IPad is a bit smaller than a clipboard, it occurred to me that – just maybe – I could find a better way to do my quick homework scores as I walk around a room. I searched for the right app and, after hunting through five different ones, lo and behold, I ended up right next door to where I started: PowerSchool.
It turns out that Pearson, the makers of PowerSchool, have a couple different apps with different purposes — we all have the basic Powerschool one on our systems, and use it to take attendance each morning. The second one, however, is great for checking homework, making comments, and having student info / pictures at our fingertips when we need them. Interested? Read on!
Pearson PowerTeacher Mobile syncs right with your regular powerschool account. Once you download it, you simply tell it your district, and then select your school. From there, you log in like you do from any other computer. (Note that, if you’re logged in to PowerSchool on your laptop, it’ll warn you that another session is running on the same account, and you need to terminate that before starting a new one).
So, what can you do with this that you can’t do with the other app?
- Once you’re in the master list, click the little orange people icon (“groups”) and you can create a set (for a class) and then groups (sub sections in the class – for times when you have your class in smaller groups, if you wish. To add kids to a set or group, you just click their names, and they’re in.
Have student photos, home phone numbers, and other information at your fingertips! Click on a student, and get the information then and there.
- Click the comment tab and you can put in a note – left in locker, left 2 qs blank, excellent overall, etc.
- Click attributes and you can check for late / missing / exempt / collected. For example, if you just want to record that something is in, “collected” places a check mark in the box instead of a score.