As a teacher, have you ever had students get frustrated when they didn’t get their grades in (what they felt) was a “timely” manner?
When I was a student, I was the worst case.
I wanted to know the results of all my hard work within an hour of delivering my extensive math formulas. Or, I hoped for immediate feedback on my 5 page transcription of what I thought were the most epic moments in history. Instant gratification at its finest.
I remember thinking that my teachers were “ill equipped” if the feedback took more than a day. I would hound them to get my answers back. Mostly, because I would go back after every quiz or test to find the right answer to all the questions I got wrong. I liked knowing the difference between what I knew because I understood, versus the answers I got right by guessing.
The best teachers were the ones who could tell when I was guessing and let me know it was OK to get the wrong answer sometimes.
You can bet that next time, that I listened to their lectures a bit more carefully.
But now, boy has my tone changed. I’m sure sometimes it can feel like there is nothing worse than coming home (exhausted!) to a pile of paper quizzes and hours of grading.
Grading (in a timely manner nonetheless) is a struggle every teacher faces. We’d love to hear how YOU simplify grading, or manage your time in order to give timely feedback. Leave your feedback in the comments below.
In the meantime, let’s hear some ideas from members of our Teacher Learning Community.
Tech Tools For Digital Grades
One way teachers simplify grading is by using digital tools for grading. Here are a few tools that members of our Teacher Learning Community have recommended:
- Edmodo – Edmodo has quiz features that post grades directly to the Edmodo grade portal. This way, students get the rapid responses they need so they can begin the self evaluation process. With digital grading, students have to work a little harder at artistically turning F’s into A’s.
- Google Drive – The Google Drive comments section makes for great on-demand feedback. You can give notes on the text, content organization and images that your students in the their projects. Additionally, for group projects you can assess what overall group participation was for each student and give the appropriate grades (this was another student /teacher pet peeve of mine… but we can save that for another time).
- Flubaroo – A free add-on for Google, teachers claim that Flubaroo can help grade assignments in under a minute. Tons of SimpleK12 members are amazed at just how easy it is. It also comes with reporting and analytics of student performance.
- Screen-Cast-O-Matic – This free tool allows teachers to record whatever is on their screen and add voice. If you are comfortable, you can even add video to your creations in Screen-Cast-O-Matic so students can see your face as well. A creative way teachers are using this tool is for grading. Instead of grading papers by hand, teachers pull the digital version up on the screen and talk the student through the feedback. This gives students an in-depth understanding of what they did wrong and areas for improvement. Best of all , students (and their parents!) can re-watch the video whenever they need as a learning opportunity.
Now that we have jump-started your brainstorming, please leave us your creative ideas on grading in the comments below.