I like to find easy ways to do things and I think I’ve found one here. Using Google forms you can make self-grading tests and quizzes that will not only grade the quiz or test but it will send the student an email with their score.
I made a short video to show some of the basics necessary to do this. One of those necessities is an add on to Google Sheets called Flubaroo. This is the add on that will grade the work and send the students their scores.
So, Here is a video to give you the idea of what you can do. It’s not my best video but you will get the idea.
Let me know what you think.
You know, I think I’m addicted to apps. I have so many in my phone and my iPad that I can’t even take a picture of anything anymore. If there’s a 12 step program for beating this addiction, I probably better find it. In the meantime I found another app I really like. It’s called Adobe “Voice”, it is only for the iPad and it allows you to make short videos using icons, pictures, music, and your own voice to tell a story. You can send the story to others. You can embed it in your webpage. There are lots of things that you can do with this and the best part is it’s free. Your students can use it to create stories and projects and then they can share those with you as a teacher with their friends and their relatives and fellow students.
Some people believe their problems with this because you can’t load the videos onto YouTube and you can’t save them on your Google drive. But as I said, you can send a link to anybody you want to you can publish them to the public and you can also get a link so you can embed them into your webpage. So there are lots of ways to publish it other than utilizing YouTube and Google drive.
So if you’re addicted to new apps that can help you do your job better as a teacher in your students provide you with more creative ways to tell their stories and turn in their homework, then this is a good choice for you. As I said it only works on the iPad right now. I wish it worked for some of the android tablets. Maybe someday they will get it to that point. But right now if you got an iPad, download it is called voice, it’s free, it’s a lot of fun. And it is one of the easiest storytelling programs I’ve seen in a long time.
I found a new tool for teachers and students, Powtoon.com. Powtoon is a way to make short videos with voice-over and music to help sell products, sell individuals with video resume’s, as well as educational offerings and many other things. The program is free OR you can subscribe to get more bells and whistles. If your an educator or a student PowToon has special rates for teachers and students. http://powtoon.com is well worth looking at. I’ve made a few and you can make them as easy or as complex as you want.
For this assignment I used one of their templates http://www.powtoon.com/show/bpu76VOrSjY/clinical-mission-impossible/
This short tutorial for my students started with a blank slate http://www.powtoon.com/show/cUnVXpkSaQk/the-basic-formula/
This third example took a bit longer, no template, has both music and voice-over. the timing took a bit of time to do. http://www.powtoon.com/show/eUMHANMpGrx/ratio-and-proportion/
Enjoy trying PowToon at http://PowToon.com
Would you like a free internet grade sheet that your students and/or parents can access to see their grades securely? Would you like to be able to email your students individually, in small groups or the whole class at the same time? How about online tests and quizzes that grade themselves? How about discussion topics so your students can interact with each other and you can assess just how much they really understand the material? Maybe you would like to create your own Wiki assignment with PPTs, Videos, quizzes and more or set up flash cards for the students to review either directly as flash cards as matching or as multiple choice questions. Do you want your syllabus, files, PowerPoints or other resources available for your students to download when THEY need them? Do you want to do more? How about a calendar your students can view with all assignments and due dates listed including. Do you use a weighted grading system, straight percentages, do you have a custom grading format? You can customize it to suit your purposes. Oh, yeah, Do you want it for free?
You can get it all and more for free at Engrade at http://engrade.com.
I’ve used engrade for about a year now. One of the things I like about it is when I am teaching a course I’ve taught before I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I can copy everything to the new class then all I have to do is update the dates that things are due. I can archive old classes and when I need them again I call them up duplicate the class then archive them again so I don’t clutter up my class list with those classes that are over.
There is a lot more to Engrade than I’ve listed here. Your school can set up accounts for all of the instructors and they can view your grades at any time and it can be set up so the registrar can access and download your grades in a CSV or excel file.
Are there drawbacks or problems. Sure there are always things that you might want that aren’t there but I’ve found the customer support folks are always willing to listen and they have in may cases made changes to meet our needs. The biggest drawback I’ve found is not with the program, my student drive me crazy if I haven’t posted their scores as quick as they think I should have. “Mr Williams, I took my test an hour ago, why isn’t my grade posted yet?” When they can see their grades in real time and get direct personalized feedback I find they are more interested in doing well and are more motivated.
I highly recommend this program.
Check out their first tutorial video. You can find more about engrade on you tube.