Thoughts and updates from our staff and community.

April 28, 2012

Did I ever tell you that I used to coach double dutch while I was teaching high school?  In fact, it's one of the reasons that we changed our name to JumpRope last summer!  We are excited to announce we've chosen to sponsor the Bathgate Double Dutch team in the Bronx by helping them purchase the uniforms and shoes that they need to compete in this year's...

April 27, 2012

JumpRope is excited to share with you a fun and intoxicating educational tool produced by new friends of ours, Joe Ballou and Jonathan Ng of Fate of Civilizations, a history-based board game – Glory. Glory allows students to learn about world history in a playful and engaging way, and aligns with universal standards so teachers can gather mastery data and tr...

April 19, 2012

It's exciting to sit down with a teacher or administrator who has never heard about JumpRope's standards-based grading technology and watch their nods quicken and grins widen as they learn that we are exactly what they've been looking for their entire career. So the opportunity to see this revelation many times over the course of an entire day fuels my effor...

April 14, 2012

Think back to your old gradebook.  What did the numbers mean?  What were they used for?  If you're anything like me, grades were essentially an ongoing way to motivate and penalize students.  They sometimes worked, and sometimes didn't, but one thing was very clear: grades depended heavily on what students had done, and less heavily on what students had show...

March 29, 2012

Recently, the Urban Assembly School for Music and Art (UAMA), a high school in Brooklyn, NY, contacted us with a fascinating request: their annual Quality Review - a day-long inquiry and audit of the school's overall quality - was approaching, and they needed our help.

As a truly innovative school, UAMA has been working for years to implement the Ke...

February 2, 2012

Because we know that mastery-based grading inherently brings its own challenges, we have had worked hard to make grade entry as easy and intuitive as possible.  We built in auto-saving into the gradebook from day one, behaving much like Google Docs.  As you enter scores, JumpRope will save your scores every few seconds in the background (typically every 10 s...

December 30, 2011

The JumpRope team would like to wish all of our users and supporters a very Happy New Year.  2011 has been a busy one at JumpRope, though many of the changes have been behind the scenes. Much of what we've done is gearing up for some exciting new products and features in 2012. Let's take a look at some of our bigger accomplishments in 2011:

1) We re...

August 25, 2011


 

JumpRope provides solutions for teachers, schools, and other educational organizations. Though you could call us a bootstrapped web-based startup (we are), we've stayed pretty far from the startup world as our business has grown. Instead, we've been deeply embedded in the education world working with dozens of schools and networks to learn as much as possi...

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