As educators across the country settle in for hours and hours of grading papers, projects, presentations and exams, let’s take a moment to learn what tools are out there and how they stack up.
An LMS By Any Other Name
Utilitarian and uncompelling, spreadsheets are the grading workhorse.
MS Word – Track Changes
I wish my professors did this when I was a student. Why write on the print copy of a paper when you can use track changes and comments in Word? It’s how writing takes place in the workplace and it’s a timesaver.
Suppose you don’t want to comment on a paper. Why not record commentary and send an MP3? It’s simple to do on an iPhone (and probably on other devices as well).
GradeAssist is software that ties into MS Word and is available only on Windows computers. It’s billed as substantially reducing the time it takes to grade. Have you used it?
Google forms are a great way to grade student presentations. You can create a form in a matter of minutes and use it for yourself or open it up to students in your class. It’s a quick, easy solution to sorting through paper responses.
Just Give Me a Pencil and Notebook
Why go digital when analog works for you?
Here’s Where You Come In
What tools do you use for grading and what have your experiences been? If you use one of the tools mentioned above, how do you rate it?