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September 17, 2017


Jennifer Gonzalez

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We all know assessment is a key component of good teaching. And it’s most valuable when we can apply what we learn from it right away: Getting results back quickly is essential for helping us make instructional decisions based on student understanding. But scoring assessments takes time, and we’re all short on that. So we probably aren’t assessing students as often as we should.

GradeCam is a tool that can help. It allows teachers to create assessments that can be scored in seconds using a smartphone, a tablet, a document camera, or a webcam. So instead of spending hours hand-grading simple assessments, teachers can finish the job quickly and get to what really matters: actually doing something with the results.

Here’s an overview of how GradeCam works:

 

Not Just Multiple Choice

Because GradeCam operates by visually scanning bubbled-in responses, teachers might assume it only works with multiple-choice assessments, but it actually does a lot more than that. It can score true/false questions, numeric grid questions (where students bubble in the numbers themselves: great for math questions), and rubric-based questions, which teachers would bubble in themselves before scanning with GradeCam.

The sample assessment below starts with two true/false questions, followed by three multiple choice questions, and ending with a short response question. Students would use the form in the upper right corner to fill out the bubbles for questions 1-5, but as their teacher, I would score question 6, then bubble in that score before scanning.

With a Plus account, teachers can also print forms for manually scored assignments—ideal for things like hands-on projects, presentations, and other tasks that don’t have answer keys—and credit assignments, where students get a set number of points for simply doing a task. This teacher placed one of these forms on every student’s notebook, so that for every credit-based assignment, she could quickly walk through the room and scan the forms of all students who completed the assignment; everyone who is scanned gets the full amount of points possible for that assignment.

With all of these options, teachers have the flexibility to create a wide range of assessments to get a good measurement of student understanding and performance, while saving all the time it would take to record these things.

How to Use it Well

Anything that can be graded by a machine runs the risk of being a low-level task, so a tool like GradeCam will be most effective if you use it as part of a balanced mix of assessment practices.

What’s Included

GradeCam is available at three different levels:

Basic

This free plan is best for simple formative assessment.

 

All plans include basic reports, which allow the teacher to assess student mastery at a glance. With the Class by Question report (above), you can see which questions gave students the most trouble overall.

 

All basic users automatically start with a free 60-day trial of the Plus plan, outlined below.

Plus

This level offers more features that can save you a ton of time and make GradeCam a powerful player in your overall grading system. Here are a few of the added features in this plan:

Using the rubric with capture feature, the teacher can capture an image of this student’s response and store the image in GradeCam, where it can be viewed later without the paper copy.

 

School/District

If your whole school or district gets a plan, these other features are added:

Aita, GradCam’s artificial intelligence assistant, can read handwritten numeric characters.

 

Regardless of which plan you use, GradeCam is a powerful tool that will help you free up more time to teach well. To learn more about GradeCam and sign up for a free trial of the Plus plan, click here. ♦

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rosaline Bumber says:

    This looks interesting. Please add me to your email list!

  2. Andy Mitchell says:

    Yes, GradeCam is amazing!

    Students love the instant feedback and I appreciate how easy it is to use.

  3. Lucy Hsu says:

    Also check out Zipgrade. It’s even more practical because it’s an app that you can download onto your phone or tablet. It changed my life as far as grading long multiple-choice tests goes.

  4. Christopher Joung says:

    Thank you for this info! I think this would be a great means to keep track of formative assessments in a more consistent manner. it’s interesting because in my assessment course right now we just went over how often we ought to be doing formative assessments and i believe this tool would be very useful when teachers are on a time constraint when it comes to assessing.

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