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Re: [teacherartexchange] Praise for Edline


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 09:50:43 PDT

Sounds pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
Quoting Amanda Linn <>:
> My school piloted Edline in our district last year. I
> teach in a very racially and economically diverse high
> school. I really like Edline and based on feedback we
> have received, our families do as well. For the
> parents, it gives them a chance to access their childs
> grades anytime of the day or night from any computer-
> which I've been told is quite handy when a student
> wants to go out on the weekend and there is a question
> about homework and grades. It also allows parents to
> check their child's progress BEFORE they make a call
> to the teacher or the administrator. I think
> oftentimes we forget that some parents who are
> difficult to contact and communicate with had bad
> experiences when they were in school therefore they
> are sometimes reluctant to contact the school about
> their child. Students can check their grades as well.
> We've made it a priority to get the information and
> access codes into the hands of every parent this year.
> Critics of Edline will argue that not all parents have
> access to the internet and often the students who are
> the most at risk are hampered by economic situations
> preventing them from computer access. We have worked
> with our local libraries, contacted local employers
> and keep our parent center open at the school in the
> evenings to provide access to Edline. It's not a
> perfect solution to parental contact problems- but
> we've found it to be a good place to start.
> From a teacher's point of view, I have a link for each
> class. I post information, class notes, homework lists
> for the 9 weeks, etc. so if students lose their art
> history notes for instance, they can print a copy from
> Edline- or if a parent is concerned about a child's
> homework grade, they can see the missed assignments
> and the upcoming assignments for the 9 weeks. Our
> Edline and Gradequick programs are linked so I can
> send grade reports from Gradequick to Edline very
> easily. Before I came to this district, I had never
> used a computer grade book. I like Gradequick very
> much as well. I think I am just exploring the surface
> as far as potential uses for Edline- programs like
> this are here to stay...I think we should embrace them
> and figure out how they can help us meet the needs of
> our students and families.
> One person's opinion-
> Amanda Linn
> Arkansas
> What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free,
> meandering brook.
> Henry David Thoreau
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