Creating classes for the new school year is a time consuming task that teachers are asked to complete each year. Many schools offer their students the opportunity to request friends to accompany them into the new year. The task of trying to balance class size with student academic ability, behavior, classroom participation and gender while ensuring that everyone has a friend is considerable.
Class Maker is an innovative software solution, developed to streamline this process and provide a number of balanced grade alternatives for teachers to choose from. Class groups can be sorted according to the following criteria:
• Friend Requests
Students have the opportunity to nominate up to 5 friends who they would like to be with the following year. Class Maker uses advanced matching algorithms to satisfy these requests. The program also offers the option to relax these requirements by allowing some friend requests to remain unfulfilled.
• Student Separation
Class Maker provides teachers the ability to separate students, even if the student has requested a particular friend. The teacher’s condition overrides the student’s request.
• Essential Student Grouping
There are times when students need to be kept together. Class Maker allows teachers to fix any number of student pairs or multiple groups of students into the same class.
• Manual Class Size
By default, Class Maker creates grades of equal or near-equal size. However, it also offers the ability to create classes of any size to suit the requirements of the school.
• Gender Ratio
It can be important to maintain a mix of male and female students in a particular grade. Class Maker provides the teacher the ability to produce class sets with any gender ratio required.
• File Compatibility
Class Maker provides an easy to use Microsoft Excel template for student data input, which includes internal checking to ensure correct spelling of students' names. Class Maker outputs the sorted class data in Excel compatible format for easy viewing, manipulation and printing.
The Standard version can sort up to 100 students per year level into up to 4 classes. The Extended version can sort up to 200 students per year level into 8 classes. The annual license fee is valid for the whole school and can used by all staff at the school