October 4, 2010

LearnBoost – The Ultimate Teacher’s Gradebook

With kids heading back to school across the country and teacher’s preparing lesson plans for the year ahead, there is no better time than the present to discover LearnBoost. Created specifically for teachers, LearnBoost offers a way for educators to keep track of their gradebooks, lesson plans, attendance sheets, and calendars online. Instead of using a clunky paper gradebook that could easily get lost or keeping records in a series of confusing spreadsheets saved on a school server, LearnBoost allows teachers to review their plans and update grades from any computer with Internet access.

To start tracking your students’ progress with LearnBoost, sign up for a free account online. Create separate gradebooks for each of your classes, and include information like the course number, student names, and grade level. Once the administrative information has been put in, you can get to work on the gradebook. LearnBoost’s gradebooks are set up in a way that is easy to recognize and understand, with students’ names listed in the left column and their scores for various assignments listed on the right. LearnBoost will automatically calculate the average grade of each student’s assignments, making it easy to create progress reports and updated grade estimates for any student at any time.

Beyond the basic gradebook tools, LearnBoost also features tools for creating seating charts, lesson plans, and attendance records. The application will integrate with Google Calendar to make scheduling appointments easier, which can be especially useful when it comes time for parent-teacher conferences. The entire site is set up in an online cloud that is much more secure than a computer desktop or even a school server, which means you have a better chance at keeping student data locked away from any prying eyes that happen to get into your computer. For teachers of all grade levels, LearnBoost is an application that could make the school year ahead go a whole lot more smoothly.

Practical Uses:

  • Input your students’ grades while working from home
  • Create lesson plans for your class
  • Make a class seating chart
  • Let your students know what their grades are at any time

Insider Tips:

  • Input administrative information for each class
  • Import your Google Calendar
  • Export grading data to your desktop at any time
  • Include attachments like videos and photos with lesson plans

What we liked:

  • LearnBoost lets teachers work from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Lesson plans can be created with Common Core Standards in mind
  • Website is easy to navigate and use
  • Teachers can use the online gradebook for free

What we didn’t like:

  • LearnBoost plans to implement a handful of interesting features that haven’t yet launched


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Rafael Corrales, Thianh Lu, and Guillermo Rauch
  • Web site:


  • Free

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