Iceberg - a Gradebook

Your gradebook is something you use several times a day as a teacher. It contains the core of the data that you use to do your job. It has all of your students' grades, it is your canonical record if you are questioned or challenged, it offers you at-a-glance clues about what's too difficult for your students and what has been too easy. Some of the newer gradebooks also include standards-based integration, and you can tag assignments to specific standards and keep track of your progress there. Some even allow you to see a little graph next to your students' names to chart their scores over the course of the semester.

That's it?

It seems like in this day and age, you could get instant information about all of your students' work and progress. The problem is that the gradebook doesn't allow you to chart specific parts of assignments, or skills, or other data points. For an assignment that contains many parts, that has several graded components, and that spans many dimensions of the subject you're teaching, all you get in your gradebook is this:

Assignment Grade
Large Project 93%

If you think that this is a terrible representation of your students' achievement, you're correct. How many different skills went into the creation of that project? What else could you be recording?

Iceberg is an intensely customizeable data analytics framework - the more data you feed it, the better. Each assignment can have multiple grades, some counted, and some not - tie that back to our course planning system, and you have rubrics that automatically populate your gradebook. Then you can record each separate grade on that rubric rather than a sum total, no calculator required.

These are just a few of the innovations that Iceberg will be offering teachers. Imagine what else Far North can do.

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