10 Grading Tools to Make Teachers’ Lives Easier
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10 Grading Tools to Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

– What do teachers dislike
most about grading? – Doing it? – Yeah.
– Yeah. (upbeat music) (bell ringing) – Hey there cool teachers. We thought we would kick
off today by talking about some tools that make it easier
for you to do the grading that is necessary. Now, assessment that comes
in lots of different forms, but in almost every school, everywhere, you’ve got to be able
to put those numbers, those evaluations somewhere. So how can we make those easier? What’s out there that makes
it a little bit easier? We thought we’d talk about that today. – I think it’s a good topic to talk about. It’s something that’s
near and dear to my heart. Here’s my favorite tool. It doesn’t require any kind of app, just a grade book that you can enter. It’s called give everyone As. It’s a really great technique
where you just put A on every column and then nobody
ever complains or anything. – Oh, okay well. – Just kidding, just kidding. (laughs) We’re going to start with some real tools. – I want to take your class. – Yeah, okay so you start. – Okay, so GradeBook Pro is an app for the iPad and you’re
looking at it right now. If your teacher’s been
trying to get a hard copy grade book, this app
really helps you to be able to do that on a device. So you can walk around, you
can make assessments form and assessments as you’re going. It’s a really inexpensive app. It’s a $20 app, but it
can become your grade book on the IOS. – That sounds really good. How about this app called… And this is also an IOS app. It’s called Teacher’s Assistant Pro. It’s a way for you to track
your student behavior. This is something– – Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. – Some teachers really like because they can track
it, but then not only that they can kind of see if
there have been changes made, if a student’s having
some hard times in class, maybe tracking it will help the teacher. – Yeah, and not just punitively like, oh, you know, you did this and you’ve got six (mumbles). No, no, no. When someone says how is Amy doing? Well actually Amy’s been pretty good, but two weeks ago this
happened, this happened, this. So you’ve got that record. We’re all told that we
should always keep a notebook of what happens and just write things down and be as unemotional as we can about it. Just track it so that
we can talk about it. And this tool allows you to do that. So another one is called iAnnotate. The dreaded essay. We know about the dreaded essay and as teachers we’ve
kind of lost that joy. Well iAnnotate takes the pain out of it, letting you ink, highlight
a digital document, right? So you can go through and make
some suggestions, changes, add stamps to it, make notes, and all that on a PDF version of an essay. It’s a really nice tool. iAnnotate. And you can do it from– – [Together] On your iPad. – Which really makes it great, so you can use your finger
and some people prefer that. – And the voice to text feature. You can just start talking
and talk your comment in. – How about Essay Grader? This is an app designed
specifically for grading essays. And it has a lot of different
kinds of stock comments, which can be very helpful
if you find your students are having the same sorts of
mistakes, which tend to happen when you’re teaching them some sort of new writing technique. – And this tool allows you
to also add your own library of customized stock answers, so you can pull from a menu very quickly. – So it makes it personal,
but you don’t have to hand enter it each time. – Yeah, yeah. – So that sounds really good. I like that idea. – Easy Grader. There’s another one called
Easy Assessment, right? It says not every
assignment is easily graded with just a check or an X, right? Like oral presentations
and things like that. Well Easy Assessment, again, another app that allows you to take that in real time and apply it to a student’s
performance per se. – Well it allows you to
record what they’re doing too so you can review that later. – Yeah. – Which would be a great tool to use if you were having a
conference with a student after their presentation.
– Yeah. – Just look at their
recording and talk about well here’s what I think
you did really well, here’s where you need to improve. – In any class. It doesn’t have to be
just speech specific. – Now we’re going to talk
about a couple of tools. I’ll talk about one and then
Chris can talk about the other. I’m going to talk about Google Classroom and you talk about the other one because I know a little bit
more about Google Classroom. It’s just a great app. It’s free. It’s a software tool,
well I guess it’s an app. I don’t know, it works in your browser. – Part of the Google. – Yeah, it’s part of the Google thing. It’s their Google learning
management system. It works seamlessly with
all your Google Docs and within that, you can
do a lot of, of course, it has a grade book, duh. And so it’s a great tool
and I was just reviewing, that they also have a mobile app. And the students really like it because what it does, that mobile app, when the students have it on their device, it will alert them to
assignments that are due. It sounds like a really great tool. We use Moodle, so we
were using a very robust learning management system,
but for a free tool, you almost can’t beat Google Classroom. – And there’s a Chrome
extension, which will add a popup and you can do all sorts of cool stuff. The other one is Edmodo which– – A lot of elementary teachers use Edmodo. and the middle school. – Yeah, I mean, it’s a really popular tool because it allows for a number of plugins, not the least of which
is a badging plugin, which is how I came to understand it, but think of a social network– – A social network that’s
actually like (mumbles). – It’s got all of those things. – It’s safe, it’s closed to the students. – It’s closed, it pushes
feeds to different people. – Can parents get in there too? I think they can. Let us know if you’re using it. – If you’re using Edmodo tell
us more about how parents connect with it. I don’t know because we don’t use it here, so it’s hard to know. So another one that I really like and we’ll kind of jump around here is Socrative Teacher, right? The Socrative app is one that allows you to basically create assessments
that people can access on their smartphones. Very simple assessments
and those can be just how do you feel temperature
taking assessments or they can be those
that you drop directly into the grade book. What’s nice is that they
can take place anywhere because you send them out to folks. They can be done on computer. They can be done on a mobile device. They’re really, really nice. – It can be done in classroom
and during the class. I like that. – And there’s an app
specifically associated with it – as well. – That sounds great. Another thing that works with Google Docs, if you’re using Google
Classroom, you’ll automatically be using Google Drive and
you’re probably already a Google apps for education school and it’s this tool that we found out from our researcher,
Joanna, called Goobric. I know it sounds kind of yucky. – It sounds like something that
might fall out of your nose. – Right, it’s Goobric. But it’s really neat. What it is, it’s a rubric
tool that works in conjunction with Google Docs. So you set up your
assignment in Google Docs. You attach, make sure that Goobric works and attach your rubric. You have to use this other little tool, but supposedly it’s really simple, so that when your students
submit the document in Google Docs, then that
rubric automatically is there, you can grade right within
Google Docs using the rubric. Your students can see it. It works great. – Right. – It’d be neat if the grades
then popped in the grade book in Google Classroom, which I
don’t know if it does or not. – Yeah, I would have to check. I don’t know. Alright, the next one is,
the name just blows me away, it’s called Grade. Leave it to an Android
developer to come up with such a cleaver name as Grade, but it’s a really popular grading tool. So the user guide, you ought to check out, is really, really funny. I’m not going to tell you about it here, but check it out. So if you’re an Android
user, this can help you with a grading system. – In hopes you create a
grade point system I guess. – Grade point system, right. But again, specifically
from your Android app. And then the last one, we
didn’t account for this one. I love it. We have to say again, Grammarly. A student sends you a piece of writing, you copy that writing
directly into Grammarly. It will tell you everything
that’s going on there. Not just spelling, cause
Word can pick up that stuff. There are a lot of spelling check tools, but this one will say that
you’re using passive voice right here, or in this case, you should always include the comment. It makes suggestions as, you know, our writing as professionals, it’s good to throw it in there. But the best thing about it, if there are a number of mistakes, they’re missing words or mixing tenses, all of these different
dangling participles, you can click the report
button and it will create a PDF that you can send back to the students, which not only says make these changes, but why this is this way. – It’s really very good
and I encourage you having your students use it
before they submit their papers, because it’s free to a student. I’m pretty sure they can use it. I think so, they can
use the basic features. – Yeah, the basic features. – So anyhow, it’s really a worthwhile tool and you’ve used it quite a bit. – Yeah, I love it (bell ringing). There it is.
– The bell. – It’s time to go. Thanks for hanging out with us. As always, we hope this was meaningful. Let us know in the comments
if there’s any other wonderful grading tools you
would love to hear us talk about or we missed. Or if you just want to
argue with the stuff that Barbara says. – Yeah, I’m going to grade you on it. – I’m fine with that. – Yeah, that’s right. And I’m a tough grader. – Yeah, you are, no you’re not. See ya next time. (upbeat music)

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