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Pearson Launches PowerTeacher 1.5 Web-Based Grade Book for K-12 Educators

Posted Jan 5, 2009
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Pearson has announced the release of PowerTeacher 1.5, the latest version of its web-based grade book for K-12 educators. With the launch of PowerTeacher 1.5, the software is now available for integrated use with Chancery SMS - Pearson's SIS solution designed specifically to meet the needs of larger K-12 districts - in addition to use with PowerSchool Premier.

As a core component of Pearson's SIS solutions, PowerTeacher 1.5 connects the teacher web portal with a web-based grade book that enables teachers to instantly access and report key student data such as attendance, student logs, demographic information, daily bulletins, communication tools, and classroom/individual assignments.

The upgraded version of PowerTeacher blends functionality with a focus on user adoption and experience, according to the announcement. PowerTeacher 1.5 introduces more than 30 unique features and usability enhancements suggested by teachers and administrators, including:

-- PowerTeacher Administrator: A new application for distributing content links (web applications, web site links, .pdf files, etc.) to teachers and managing other grade book features.
-- "What If?" final grade calculation: Now teachers can calculate a "what if" scenario without losing actual grades. Students can see how they can raise their GPA without modifying existing assignment scores or exposing data of other students in the class.
-- Customized grade scale: Teachers can customize the grade scale for special needs and other students.
-- Off-line capabilities: PowerTeacher intuitively switches into a "running-in-state" mode if your Internet or server goes down.
-- Import scores: Teachers can now export AND import scores.
-- Group filtering: Users can filter data and profile various student groups. This supports differentiated instruction and allows for quick updates with less time spent searching for individual students in specific groups.

Source: Pearson,

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