The Pioneer Press reports that the technology staff of District 211 in suburban Chicago created an electronic gradebook to help meet district needs. Using the gradebook, parents and students can get real-time updates on classroom progress. As a teacher marks a grade, that grade is then automatically updated on the web. Assistant superintendent of curriculum Jeff Butzen said: “This is absolutely unique; there is nothing like this on the market.” Two years ago, staff met with the technology department to pick out a commercial program. However, during discussions, the technology department determined they could make a custom program, integrating the districts wants and needs. School officials say that commercial programs that have all of the features that their custom program possesses cost around $200,000, and that they are moving in the direction of making this program proprietary, as two other school districts seem to be interested as well…