Archive for March, 2013

Grade Cam

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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One of my new favorite teaching tools is GradeCam. Through the use of their webpage, teachers can create multiple choice question tests and then with the use of a document camera, students can scan their forms and instantly know how their score and what questions they missed. I’ve been using it for the past week, and I’ve found that it’s something that I can incorporate into my classroom everyday.

Getting started is easy, as signing up only requires a valid email address.Once an account has been set up, the next thing that you should do is create a class roster. The way that I did this, was by going to the “Setup” tab, and then selecting “Add Class”. After you have named the class, it next has you add students to your class roster. While you could do it manually for each student (which might take a while), you can also import a class roster from a CSV file. I found the latter to be very easy, especially since the walk through they provide, makes the process so easy. A couple important notes when importing students using this method: make sure each student has a unique student number (Mine are given numbers 1-32, with either a 1, 2, 3, or 4 in front of this previous number…ie 229 is assigned to a student in second block with their last name being toward the end of the alphabet), make sure that students first name and last name are in their own individual column, and give titles to each of the columns (as this allows the site to identify what each column represents).

So far this service is free, with options to buy plans that get you more features. I am currently using the free plan and I love it. It has everything that I can use, although, if my district had the money, I would highly recommend a paid version as there are some key features that could be useful for lesson planning and grading.

At the start of the week I have students pick up a sheet that includes 5 multiple choice answer forms of 10 questions each. Then using my projector, I display 3-5 warm-up questions for them to answer. Some days I do more and some days I do less, it really depends on how tough the content is in which we are learning. I like for the answer forms to have 10 questions just to be safe. The cool part about this site is that even though your answer form might have 10 questions and the actual test/worksheet/problems that you assign are less than this number, it will still score the test accurately without marking blank answers as wrong.