Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday: Zip Grade

This week's Tech Tip will make your grading process SO. MUCH. EASIER. I really can't believe I ever lived without ZipGrade. This tool can be especially useful during test-prep season. You'll be able to get feedback to students faster and be able to collect data for planning purposes without the hassle of "marking" individual papers. You and your students will know exactly which areas to focus on to be ready for the big test!

ZipGrade is available for iPhone and Android devices, and is used in conjunction with their web interface. You add students to classes and assign them numbers (or use student numbers provided by your district). When you're about to give a multiple-choice assessment, you create an answer key on ZipGrade, download and print answer sheets. Students answer on the answer sheets (they can even use a marker!).

Once you've collected answer sheets, you'll scan them with your phone. You'll have instant data available on your phone, as well as synced into your web interface. Here's what it looks like when you scan a sheet:

You can instantly see which questions were missed.  The app only provides answer sheets for 20, 50 and 100 questions, but the app will only "grade" questions that have answers in the key. You can see that I put in answers for 11, 12, 13, and 14, but since those were not in my answer key, the app didn't grade them, just highlighted them in blue. You could use the same answer sheet for a week's worth of quizzes- #1-10 for the first day of questions, #11-20 for the second day, and so on. Simply add each day's answers to the same key on your phone as you go.

How it can be used:

  • Daily Warm-up
  • Pop Quiz
  • Test Prep
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Pre-assessment
  • Post-assessment
Why this is great for ELLs:
The faster we can get feedback to our ELL students, the faster they know what they need to work on. This makes grading an assessment so fast, you can tell students which questions they missed, and they can take time to go back and rework or rethink those questions. With less time spent grading, more time can be spent actually practicing and improving.

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