ThinkWave Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

ThinkWave

Free Gradebook | School Management Software | Grades Online

4.27/5 (15 reviews)

ThinkWave overview

ThinkWave Educator 3.0 has an intutive, easy-to-use, interface that can be learned quickly. Multiple classes can be maintained in a single gradebook. There is no need to click multiple times to access different classes.

Teachers can use an all-points grading system or a flexible grading system that can include points, letter grades, check, check plus, and any other custom grading scheme. Teachers can use assignment type weighting, for example making Tests 30%, Homework 40%, Projects 15% and Participation 15%. Teachers can also create their own assignment types.

ThinkWave Administrator is web-based school admin software that collects grades and comments from teachers online. Data from multiple teachers is automatically combined to generate a full report card for every student.
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United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
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ThinkWave reviews

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George Christie

Some quirks but over all time saver

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-08-16
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Being able to show my students exactly what they need to do to pull them up to their desired grade is fantastic. Knowing instantly what a student's work has done for them and showing the student is a great motivator. Showing parents who complain about their student's grades is great too, there's no ambiguity, the numbers are there. The weighting and bonus grades allow some flexibility to reward students who make that extra effort.

Cons
The custom grade scale is an absolute nightmare. My board (and indeed education ministry) uses Levels, not letter grades. 1-, 1, 1+ etc. Because Thinkwave takes the average of the gap between the minimum grade needed to achieve a level and the minimum of the next one, to get a fair number takes a lot of math work, which hurts this English teacher's brain. Example. 3+ should be worth about 77.5. In order to get that, I have to make the minimum grade for it 76 and the max 80. When a student fails I don't want to necessarily just give a 0, sometimes 10 or 20% on the major assignment can make a huge difference. If I want to make a grade of 20, I need to create a grade called 20 with a minimum of twenty and then create a blank grade (___) with a grade of 20.000001. Doing this for 10, 20, 30, 40 and 45 is rather obnoxious and takes up a lot of room in the drop down menu. The same goes when you try and make a check grade. If a 0 is entered it actually gives the student a 25 because it's halfway between 0 and the next grade, a 50. Took me a while to figure out that you need to enter the grade as incomplete to get a 0. Missing discounts the grade from the averaging entirely but makes you aware it is missing, and excused does the same. Kinda strange. Be nice if there was some documentation to go with the custom grading so I didn't have to figure this all out via trial and error.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Victor Rodriguez

Thinkwave Gradebook Pros and Cons

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-05-14
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with thinkwave has been a very fun adventure

Pros
What I Loved about thinkwave was being able to organize all your assignments, Being able to create more than just ONE class I taught and I am teaching 5 different subjects and I've had a blasted unlike other gradebooks I'm able to show my students exactly were they are at grade wise I am able to show them EXACTLY what had caused them to drop from a 98 to a 65 in just seconds so Think wave can be very helpful to not just students but families as well.

Cons
All in all although thinkwave is great I questioned why it doesn't have its own discipline system because I mean personal experience I don't have time to stop a mini lesson to go through desk drawers and folders just to fill out a discipline referral Form. When if thinkwave were to have it I can A still teach and B it's not as difficult All i have to do is full it out on the grade book it self one last thing I really wish thinkwave allowed teachers to submit grades.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ms. Beth Fitzgerald

Great Product and Amazing Service.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-10-09
Review Source: Capterra

Never before has it been easier for students to know their grades and how they are performing in the class more so then it is now. Thinkwave makes it exceptionally easy for students to see what assignments they are missing, how they are performing, and their overall grade in the class.

Pros
Thinkwave also makes it very easy for us to lay out our 18-week course, which we separate into three six week course effortlessly.

Cons
Students have instant access to how they are doing in class. They have very professional customer service as well. Any questions we had were answered promptly; which was most appreciated.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Donnie Hale

Enhanced Our Ability To Communicate

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-10-20
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Thinkwave has been an outstanding addition to our summer program. Never before has communication with students and teacher been more seamless and effortless the with Thinkwave. Thinkwave improved enhanced our educational system in some ways. Such as: Thinkwave made it easy for parents and students to have access to how their kids were doing Students were able to monitor their assignment and grades There is a much smoother level of communication Student information is held for years

Cons
If you are looking for software that will improve your teaching experience and make it more transparent for teachers, students and parents then this is a program worth using.

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Curt Peterson

A truly immersive and user-friendly app

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-09-18
Review Source: Capterra

We found this program to be incredibly beneficial for not only our teachers and staff but also our students. Students can look into their grade book in real-time. Students can see what assignments they missed and take better control of their grades and education. This is a skill we believe will serve them very well in later grades.

Pros
streamlined dozens of records and task into one central location keeping track of grades and attendance has never been easier

Cons
Some students can hack their grades.....

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ThinkWave pricing

Pricing options
Free
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Free Gradebook - ThinkWave Educator Basic is great for individual teachers who want a basic free gradebook.

Premium Gradebook - $49.95 / year - ThinkWave Educator Premium is for teachers who want a full-featured gradebook.

School Admin Software Plus Gradebooks: Scaling from - 1  to 15 students: $14 / mo or $149 / year to 421  to 550 students $299 / mo or $2999 / year.

ThinkWave features

API (101 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (121 other apps)
Activity Tracking (70 other apps)
Assessment Management (104 other apps)
Attendance Management (82 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (75 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (89 other apps)
Calendar Management (72 other apps)
Communication Management (84 other apps)
Content Management (72 other apps)
Course Authoring (85 other apps)
Customizable Branding (79 other apps)
Data Import/Export (72 other apps)
Learning Management (131 other apps)
Progress Reports (71 other apps)
Progress Tracking (85 other apps)
Records Management (73 other apps)
Registration Management (75 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (113 other apps)
Self Service Portal (74 other apps)

Additional information for ThinkWave

Key features of ThinkWave

  • Free gradebook and premium gradebook
  • School and classroom blog
  • Grades Online for students and parents
  • Collect homework from students online
  • Upload assignments and handouts online
  • Powerful reports
  • Grades online for students and parents
  • Flexible grading options
  • Web-based gradebook for all teachers
  • Report cards and transcripts
  • Collect homework from students online
  • Manage grades for your school
  • Upload assignments and handouts online
  • Manage attendance for your school
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Benefits

Cloud-based School Administration Software
Automatic report cards and transcripts. Fast to deploy. Uniquely easy-to-use.

» For public, private and international schools including elementary, secondary, vocational, trade, and college.
» Print and email report cards and transcripts automatically.
» Integrated gradebooks for all teachers.
» Grades online for students and parents.
» Real-time access to schoolwide grades and attendance for staff.
» Upload handouts online. Collect homework online.
» School and classroom blogs with file upload.


Free Online Gradebook

» An intuitive interface makes it easy for teachers to get started.
» Flexible grading: letter, percentage, points and custom grades.
» Powerful .pdf reports include student summary, attendance and gradebook.
» Upload handouts online. Collect homework from students online.
» Classroom blog with file upload.
» Grades Online for students and parents.
» Use on MAC, PC or iPad using IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
» For multiple teachers see our multiple-teacher plans or school management software.
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Flexible grading engine. Powerful reporting. Access for students and parents.