Teacher’s Grading Spreadsheet
For quite a few years there have been various versions of a grade book spreadsheet available. In the late 90’s Tim Litwiller made one and soon there where more teachers that needed similar spreadsheets. Then in mid-2000, there was one from Royce Holdeman and Scott Schultz that became quite popular. It is still a great program but designed primarily for desktops. It uses menu “buttons” to navigate the spreadsheet – which is accomplished with macros. Because of the macros, it is mostly limited to desktop spreadsheet programs and doesn’t work well – if at all, on tablets.
Now Russell Unruh has made another that does not contain macros, and it works well on tablets, laptops, and desktops. There is a trend toward teachers using tablets for school work. It makes it easier to take your grading with you when you leave school and grade your student’s work away from school. The Microsoft Excel app is free for tablets, but laptops and desktops need a licensed or paid version of Microsoft Excel.
NOW HERE – A spreadsheet designed to run on the free office suite called LibreOffice (https://www.libreoffice.org/) Download one of the free samples below and give it a try on your laptop or desktop. Open Office does not seem to be fully compatible, and LibreOffice is very similar to Open Office but has more capabilities.
Please get the free version of MS Excel — Microsoft Excel for Android (Free with in-app purchases), Microsoft Excel for iOS (Free with in-app purchases). When you have that installed, create a free Microsoft account if you don’t have one, or log in to your existing account, then download the sample or purchase and download the spreadsheet. When you open it, choose to open with Excel. Very important – after you open the downloaded spreadsheet, save it as a new file to your device documents or SD card before using it. I would suggest including the school year in the file name.
On iOS, due to their file handling, it may be difficult to download it and then open it in Excel. It is recommended to download and install Microsoft One Drive as well. Then when you download the file, it may open in a preview. At the top right corner should be an option to download the file to One Drive. Save it to your One Drive account. Then open Excel and find and run the downloaded file out of One Drive. It would be a good idea to save it as a new file to One Drive and name it to your choosing.
If you are not able to make this work, use the form below to send a message and I’ll email you the file. That may work better for iPads. If for some reason we can’t get it to work on your device, I will refund your payment.
Here’s a sample file that works for 1 student on Excel Grading Spreadsheet 2.0.3 Excel Sample
Here’s a sample file that works for 1 student on LibreOffice Grading Spreadsheet 2.0.3 LibreOffice Sample