Dear ActiveGrade Customers and SBG enthusiasts,
It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we announce that Michal, Riley, and Dan are moving on from Haiku Learning to start a new project. While we are sad to lose them as champions of ActiveGrade, you can rest assured that the continuance of SBG will remain a top priority for Haiku Learning. Our community team, Jbid & Justin, have deep knowledge about SBG and are dedicated to supporting you, and our product team is committed to the further development of even better and more powerful standards-based grading inside Haiku Learning. While we are sad to see Dan, Riley, and Michal go, we are also excited for them as they embark on a new adventure!
Founder and CEO, Haiku Learning
We, Dan, Riley, and Michal, have enjoyed our time at Haiku Learning very much. We are sorry to say goodbye and are excited to tell you about our new adventure.
Sorry to be so silent these last few months. As you hopefully know, we have been working on integrating ActiveGrade with the Haiku LMS. We’ve just released the latest version to a closed test group . Now any gradeable activity you make in Haiku (whether it’s an assignment, a test, a wikiproject, a discussion) can be mapped to standards and graded with the ActiveGrade gradebook you know and love.
Make a new assignment and map it to related standards
Once students have handed in an assignment or submitted a test, enter a score that represents their current level of understanding
View Scores in the Gradebook
Link from the gradebook to the activity to see details and everyone student’s score at once
This week Riley and Dan are down in San Antonio at ISTE with the Haiku team. If you are there, stop by the Haiku booth and say hi! We have a great line up of presenters at our booth. Or you can follow the twitter feed @haikulearning. Dan is sending out updates and pictures.
We hope to see you or hear from you soon!
It’s been a very busy few months for us. We’re working on getting our visualization of SBG integrated with Haiku so that it’s easier to use SBG across a larger group. Our current group accounts will know what I’m talking about when I say that major improvement is possible in that dimension ;)
Speaking of dimensions, I’ve got an exciting new view for your gradebooks today. We already have the Mastery view (the default red/yellow/green number) that shows you the strengths and weaknesses in your class (as you’ve measured them). The Frequency and Recency views can help you plan your assessment strategy by showing you which standards you haven’t measured often or recently. Today you’ll find an extra mode: Improvement. We highlight the areas on your gradebook that your students have shown growth or regression in. This is regardless of score - it’s just improvement.
So here’s what your normal gradebook might look like:
We’ve always been proud of this view. It shows you strengths and weaknesses. Now, by choosing the Improvement mode at the top of the window, you can see the changes in scores!
In this case I can see areas where certain students or certain standards are changing in my class (due to my instruction? Due to reassessment? Now you can evaluate what’s happening in your class).
This gets even more useful when you sort the gradebook on your class average:
Kablam! The standards your students are improving in are on the right, and the ones they’re regressing in are on the left. Now you can think about what you’re doing differently for these groups of standards and what types of remediation you might want to take.
You can also sort on a standard to find the student that’s improved the most, or sort on a student to find the standard in which he’s improved the most. I hope you can use this to find positive nuggets for those students that think they’re bad at everything. For those students that think they know everything already, I hope you can use this to identify places that they improved and reinforce the idea that it’s their work and tenacity that makes them good students, not some innate gift (did you know that students who think their success is innate have been shown to get more frustrated and lose interest faster when they actually do face a challenge?).
Let us know what you think!
We’re very excited to announce that we have signed an agreement to be acquired by Haiku Learning Systems, the incredible company behind the excellent learning management system Haiku LMS.
Riley, Michal, I and our team have poured our hearts into building ActiveGrade for the last two and a half years and are incredibly proud of what we’ve created so far. Looking to the future, we saw an immediate need for additional resources to continue growing ActiveGrade.
Similarly, the team at Haiku have poured their hearts into Haiku LMS for nearly seven years and have created a product that teachers, students, and administrators genuinely enjoy using (a rare feat in the EdTech industry). A pressing need for a partner in standards-based grading started the conversation with ActiveGrade, and that conversation blossomed into a fantastic relationship.
With the incredible talent behind Haiku, we’ll be able to take standards-based grading to new places that we simply didn’t have the resources for until now.
What does this mean for your ActiveGrade gradebook?
ActiveGrade will remain online and supported with all of your data as safe and sound as you’ve come to expect from our team. Our team structure may look a bit different on the inside, but the product you know will continue on into the foreseeable future. We promise ample notice of any planned changes to the service in the long term.
The future of ActiveGrade with Haiku looks amazing. We’re continuing our mission of making the best standards-based grading experience for educators and students. This means new features, new technologies, and new insights into your classroom data.
And the ActiveGrade team?
We’ll be joining the Haiku team virtually, keeping our Iowa City office open and fully operational. We recently spent five days with the whole Haiku team in person and can say without any hesitation that they’re a wonderful group who share a passion for education and learning like no other. We had so much fun and gained so much insight that we’re already scheming ways to get them all to gather here in the midwest.
We wanted to say thank you to all of our customers. Without passionate educators like yourselves, ActiveGrade couldn’t have gotten as far as we are today. Your feedback–both positive and negative–over the last 2 years has been incredible and we truly appreciate that you’ve been on this journey with us. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best standards-based grading experience on the web.
More info available in our faq.