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Awesome new progress reports!

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The final feature that we planned to implement before the launch (!) at Bett 2017 is complete, and I am maybe even more excited about it than I was about moderation.

You now have access to a fully featured query engine that lets you drill down into specific student groups and track progress. You want to compare how Year 11 is performing compared to year 7 versus the whole school? Easy peasy, lemon etc:
 You want to compare how year 7 EAL history students are progressing against literacy objectives with how they are doing in science? You only need to think it and it is so! What's that you say? You want a nice line graph that maps it all out for you against a baseline? Why certainly! Your assistant head prefers raw data so she can make her own infographics? We have you covered.

The query engine means you can filter student progress by a whole range of student, subject and skill characteristics. So, if a key group for you is lower income white boys, or G&T bengali speakers in yea…

A guide to Department Administrator accounts

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If you are finding SmartRubric useful as an individual teacher, you might not realise how much more useful it can be if you use it with a department or school.

Broadly speaking, within a department or school, you can share student data and look at how students are progressing against key skills across the curriculum. It also gives you the ability to moderate work and communicate directly with your colleagues. This level is an area that we are excited to develop, and we are really interested to hear what you have to say about what would make SmartRubric most useful for you and your department.

All you need to do is upgrade your account by going to your Billing Area and select 'Administrator Subscription'. Decide how many members of your department you want, and create your subscription. You'll need to log out and back in again once you've done this.

Once you have administrator rights (you will know because your navigation bar will turn teal and you get some extra menu …

Moderation is here!

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I'm not going to lie, I think moderation might be the feature that I was most looking forward to including in SmartRubric. Like many KS4 and KS5 teachers, I have participated in many epic moderation sessions.

They all start the same way. The big table. The enormous stack of coursework files next to each seat. There is no kettle, but that is intentional. Fleeing to the staff room at regular intervals on the flimsy excuse of a cuppa is one of the only things that keeps you sane. The jovial, strained tones of your colleagues at the beginning of the session, the grim and aching silence at the end.

And the worst part -- the sheer volume of admin. There's keeping track of what everyone gave each piece, and why. There's recording your final mark and the justification for it. There's filling in pro forma after pro forma in snatched moments for days afterwards to prepare your sample. There's the horrifying realisation that Timmy's folder has been called and he hasn'…

New feature - override calculated scores

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SmartRubric is designed to help you make really really accurate, sensible rubrics. When you create a rubric, you can slice up and weight assessment objectives and level descriptors however you want. So really, if you are marking work and the calculated grades are coming out too high or too low, that's a problem with your rubric, and the assessment police say: "fix the rubric, not the mark!"

However.

In real life, there are times when that isn't going to work. Schools are not machines, students are not cogs, teachers are not automatons. You, the teachers, are the professionals, and your judgement is paramount. SmartRubric does not want to get in your way. If you need to edit a mark, just type over it like so:

Once you have edited the mark, a little pencil icon will show up next to it to indicate that the mark has been edited. It will no longer update when you click on the matrix. If you want to change it back to the calculated grade, click the little pencil.

Even if y…

SmartRubric at Bett 2017

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Great news!

Pinemarten Education will be showcasing SmartRubric at the Bett Exhibition in London!

It's a really exciting event, and I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the education sector, regardless of your role. It's so inspiring, and the speakers and exhibitors are wonderful. It's such a privilege to be involved!

If you would like to attend, you can register here to attend for free: http://www.bettshow.com

Hope to see you there!


New features!

Hi all!

We've just added some new features, and there are plenty more coming soon.
You may now start receiving alerts on your homepage either from us or from other teachers at your school. Soon you will be able to create alerts and link to classes, assessments or students as you will to loop in other members of staff. Ultimately, we would like to show you a feed of relevant information about your students and classes whenever you log in. This is the first (baby) step towards that!

Additionally, we've made some features available to department leads and school administrators. Now you can transfer responsibility for an assessment from one teacher to another (useful in case of temporary illness), or add additional teachers to a class.

This is all in preparation for the release of our biggest round of features between now and the full product launch in January. We are adding moderation to SmartRubric! This means that you will be able to request moderation for an assessment, and th…

Importing and exporting SmartRubric (.srm) files

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In order to help you make the most of SmartRubric, we've given you the ability to import and export the rubrics that you (and others!) have made.

If you would like to share a rubric:
It's easy! All you need to do is make sure you have got your rubric the way you want it (don't forget the grade boundaries!), and click 'export' in the library.


The file will automatically be saved in your downloads folder. It will have the file extension .srm, which just means that it's encoded and can only be opened by SmartRubric.

You can share .srm files by email, post them online or share them on a memory stick.

If you would like to import a rubric:
If someone has sent you an .srm file or you found one online that you would like to use, it's easy to import it into SmartRubric.
From anywhere in SmartRubric, just go to 'Rubrics' in the main menu and select 'Import'.

When the modal pops up, click 'select' and find the file you wish to import. Then, click…

New Feature - Templates

We are pleased to announce a new feature!

Now you have another way to add rubrics to your library. The template library is where you will find professionally created rubrics from assessment specialists and master teachers. It's pretty empty right now, because all of the hamsters are running on about fifteen different wheels each simultaneously, but we will be adding more rubrics as time goes by.

If you see one you like, just click 'Get', and it will be copied into your library where you can change it, adapt it and add to it to whatever extent you need in order to meet the needs of your students. If you do grab a copy of one of the templates, please give it a star rating to help others make good choices.

We will be looking for subject and assessment specialists to help us build a repository of quality rubrics to share with our users. If this sounds like you, and you would be interested in making a bit of cash, please send an email to info@pinemarteneducation.com.

For now, t…

Getting Started with SmartRubric

To get the most out of SmartRubric, here is quick start guide to help you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like some help.
Set up your school Important: Add the Year Groups that your school teaches (this will enable you to add classes). You can also set up pastoral groups, such as form groups/homerooms or houses. This is optional and not necessary for quick setup. Customise the type of data that your school stores about students by selecting from the list. Update the school's address and other details. Create a new classSpecify the subject and yearYou can even colour code it!Add students to your n…

How to create a new class in SmartRubric

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Creating a new class in SmartRubric couldn't be easier.


How to create a Smart Rubric!

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We're not gonna lie, creating effective rubrics is tough -- whether you do it the old fashioned way with pen and paper, or with SmartRubric.

SmartRubric is designed with assessment best practice in mind to help you create rubrics that are effective for both and your students.

Before you create a Smart Rubric, you should have a look through the slideshow. It will help you prepare your assessment materials. Once you have done that, check out the video to see how to turn your prepared assessment materials into a Smart Rubric.

Step 1: Prepare your rubric

Preparing a rubric from MissLesniak
Step 2: Create your Smart Rubric





New Features!

We have a lot of great features planned for SmartRubric. We will be updating continuously to ensure that you get the best possible service. Every now and then we will publish a list of what we have added as well as what we have in the pipeline, so check this feed!

The Beta is launching with a fully featured marking engine. You can create custom rubrics and use them to assess your students.

For those of you who have tried out the alpha version, here are the beta features we are most excited about.

Top new features:

Batch upload students to your classes (we have a disambiguation process to prevent duplicates!)Import and export rubric files so you can share them with your colleaguesThe ability to branch rubrics, so if you want to create two similar rubrics you can just copy one and modify the copy. Search functionalityAn improved teacher administrator workflowSignificant enhancements to the account registration and administration process
Coming soon:

Student accounts: students will have thei…