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Introducing Gradeable Projects: Manage and Grade Projects through Gradeable’s Brand New Project-Based Learning Tool

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We were not satisfied with just making your grading go faster.  We weren’t even satisfied with giving teachers invaluable insights into your students’ thinking.  We wanted to give teachers more options to understand and engage students, and to that end, we are happy to announce our newest tool, Gradeable Projects. It is the perfect addition to starting and managing project-based learning in your classroom.

Gradeable Projects enables teachers to seamlessly integrate inquiry-based learning and measure standards and learning in a project format.  Project-based learning (PBL) has shown increased student engagement and motivation by encouraging students to constantly ask questions and re-evaluate what they have learned.  Research shows many important benefits of PBL: including higher student engagement, more self-reliance among students, better attendance, and a possible tool to close the achievement gap by engaging diverse students at all levels of achievement.  Check out this helpful compilation of research provided by the Buck Institute if you are interested in learning more.

How to get started with Gradeable Projects

Simply open up your Gradeable dashboard – and alongside, select a recent (or your favorite) project.  Click to create a “New Project.” (ProTip: Looking to create Gradeable’s original assessments? Just click on quiz/worksheet!)

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accessprojects_dashboardThis is your project creation page. You can modify the name, description, tagged Common Core standards, and classes here. Most importantly, you can create your project rubric which is important to maintain the rigor of your students’ projects. To create your rubric, you can copy and paste an existing rubric or use a free online tool like Rubistar to identify the correct language and criteria. You can adjust point levels up to 100.  The beauty of our rubric setup is that Gradeable will total up all of your project points at the end, when you’re done with evaluating students.

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After you’ve filled it out, you will be taken to your main project page. This is where you can add in different components (essays, lab write ups, posters, video, etc), print feedback you’ve left for students, and most importantly, view and grade student work.

mainpblpageOn this page, you can sort your view by components:

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Or sort by student:

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To add different components, click on Evidence Based. It will take you to your evidence creation page. Remember that evidence can be any part of your project that you would like to assess students on. The component will not show up on your main project page until you upload student work into that component. Don’t forget to add to your rubric if you add more components.

createevidenceTo upload student work, you can either 1) go to your main project page and click on Upload Evidence or 2) go to your dashboard and click on Upload. On this page, you will see that you can upload two types of documents: 1) Worksheets—these are your completed Gradeable quizzes and assessments or 2) Evidence—this is specifically for your student project components. After selecting the files to upload, don’t forget to click Submit.

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After the progress bar is finished, you will see your files populating the bottom field. Select which files you would like to organize first and fill in the correct fields on the right-side form. Save project.

Example: Upload all your project files but select only research papers. Navigate to the drop down menu and select the Research Paper component you created. Assign the work to the correct students.

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When you’re ready to grade your components (and you can save and grade later as well!), navigate back to your main project page. Click on any image in the component you’d like to start in. This is your grading panel and where you will see a picture of the student work as well as the corresponding rubric. The rubric will stay with the same student throughout all the components. Quickly scroll through student work by going left or right.

gradeevidenceTo grade using the rubric, find the correct component/criterion and click on the proficiency level. Gradeable will automatically total up the scores at the end of the project.

evidencerubricIf you choose to add comments, all feedback and rubrics can be printed out for students via your main project page.  Managing and grading projects never was so easy!  Now you can truly Grade Everything.  Are you as excited about PBL as we are?  Let us know in the comments below!

 Don’t let the project blues get you, get started with Gradeable Projects—now!

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New Feature: Import Existing Assessment and be Gradeable Ready!

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Why should I create quizzes now?

Imagine having your ducks in a row by the first day of school—for the entire year. Gradeable aims to give you peace of mind that your quizzes are Gradeable Ready. All you would need to do is print and go and your students will benefit from the question-by-question data analysis that you can use to re-teach with.

Instead of manually rebuilding existing assessments on the Gradeable platform yourselves, simply upload your documents and the Gradeable Robots will have it ready for you to just print and go.

How does it work?

1. Use any of your existing assessments (PDF, doc, docx, excel, csv, jpg).

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2. Go to Assessment

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3. Click on Import Existing

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4. Fill out the form and upload the document

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5. Within 24 hours, you will receive email notice that your assignment is Gradeable Ready!

And all you have to do is to press Submit!

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Friday Bulletin Board: Extra! Extra! We Launched Our Mobile App!

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On Wednesday, we launched our mobile app. Now it’s even easier for teachers to scan and upload paper-based student assignments without having to leave their desk. With our launch, came coverage from the press, and we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone involved in getting our name out there. Thank you for everyone’s support from retweets to feedback to just good, old fashion company—your support means so much to us. And as always, thank you to the teachers for getting up in the morning to help shape the future. There would be no Gradeable without teachers.

Now, without further ado, here’s how our mobile app launch was covered this week:

BostInno: MIT-Spun Startup Puts the Power into Teachers’ Hands With New Mobile Grading App

Teachers can spend a third of their time just grading. Yet, with the free, new iPhone app, they can scan and upload quizzes, worksheets and tests, and allow Gradeable to do the work. Once assessments are in the system, the company can analyze how students are performing against Common Core standards and provide charts that help highlight individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. Once armed with the data, all it takes is one quick glance for educators to know what they need to reteach.

BetaBoston: Gradeable launches mobile grading app as ed tech heats up

The Greadeable app uses a mobile device’s camera to scan and instantly grade student assessments, whether they are fill-in-the-blank or short answer. Scores are then compiled, and data from the tests are analyzed to give immediate insight to classroom teacher’s on a student’s success or difficulty on a certain test or a specific type of assessment question.

EdSurge: Gradeable Adds Free Mobile App for Teachers

While the freestanding Gradeable website allows for educators to easily scan paper-based quizzes and work with a QR code, the app allows for students to directly submit assignments to a teacher’s Gradeable Inbox—without teachers touching physical paper or taking work home.

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“If we can score it automatically, we will,” Parul Singh, the company’s founder and CEO, said yesterday. “If it’s more in-depth, teachers can review it and grade it more quickly than they normally would by looking at all of the answers for each question one at a time and creating a comment bank to save their remarks about mistakes that are the same. Teachers should be able to go over to their iPad 10 minutes later and see exactly which areas they need to re-teach.”

Press release: Gradeable Launches Digital Grading Mobile App

Colin, a middle school reading teacher says, “The best thing about Gradeable is that it automatically grades, so that I don’t have to do that—but it also gives me data. I can actually click and look to see how my students did on each question and then use that data the next class—immediately.”

Current Gradeable users can download the free Gradeable app in the iTunes App Store at http://bit.ly/GradeableApp. New users can sign up for a free trial at http://www.gradeable.com.

Thanks for tuning in. Have a great weekend, folks!

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Gradeable User Testimonials

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We know that trying a new technology is intimidating. We decided to let our teachers do the talking— here’s what they have to say:

Click on our YouTube playlist to watch interviews with Debbie, a high school teacher and Colin, a middle school teacher.

 

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“[I am most excited about] Data collection and easy of grading – although it takes time to set up the test – the aftermath of grading becomes so simple.”

Kristopher, 7th & 8th grade

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“I have used Gradeable for five months. I teach math to 110 students; most of my time is spent grading problem sets. Gradeable has allowed me to spend more time preparing lessons and tutoring students. Additionally, it has provided instant feedback for my students. My students think the app is exciting, and they consider the instant feedback relevant and valuable. Gradeable is efficient and thoroughly informative for both teachers and students.”

Susanne, high school

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“I have stopped assigning exit slips at the end of each class, since even the briefest responses would take forever to grade, record, analyze, and then design mini-lessons to remediate. Gradeable seems to address so many of these concerns. It would allow me to reintroduce exit slips into my daily practice, and give me new opportunities to analyze and interpret data in a way that informs, rather than hinders, my teaching practices.”

  Justin, high school

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“I love my iPhone and would love to make that the way to do grades, collect data and give feedback. Beyond that, I get really excited about data collection and visualization. I want to find a student data visualization system that combines Edward-Tufte-style graphs and charts with an Ira Glass level of insight and laser focus into what’s actually important.”

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Gradeable Mobile App Now Available on iTunes App Store!

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We all know that current in-class standardized test data takes weeks or months to analyze before teachers and parents even see the results. That’s why we can’t wait to tell you about our newest feature: The Gradeable Mobile App. Now by using the Gradeable mobile app, teachers can optimize every minute of their classroom with actionable insights. But how is this different from the scanner method?

For starters, you don’t have to travel to the scanner in the central office anymore. The mobile app integrates with the free-standing Gradeable Inbox and is easy to assemble and can be placed anywhere in the classroom to be accessible to students. Follow the pictures for a visual walk-through of the app:

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Assemble the free-standing Gradeable Inbox. It acts as the paper collector and where your iPhone will sit to scan papers as they are handed in.

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Open your new Gradeable app. (It really is going to be amazing.)

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Login with your Gradeable account. Don’t have one? Go to Gradeable to get one!

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The mobile app is a more flexible replacement to the scanner. From the phone, you can scan and view your uploads.

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Grading will still be done from the web platform, but clicking on each class will show which uploads went through.

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Start the scanner by tapping “Start scanner” which will use your phone’s camera and flash.

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Place the iPhone on the top tray with the camera lens positioned through the specially-designed slit. Each time a student slips in a paper, the camera will recognize the QR code and snap a picture with a discernible “photo click.”

Once all students finish turning in assignments, tap on manage scans and tap on the upload option on the lower right corner. Upload all scans and in minutes, your Gradeable account will populate with results.

Once all students finish turning in assignments, tap on manage scans and tap on the upload option on the lower right corner. Upload all scans and in minutes, your Gradeable account will populate with results.

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Simply review and grade uploads from the web platform and reteach students with the data immediately!

There you have it – let students into the grading fun by introducing the mobile app into your classroom. You’ll have all the information you need to their learning success before the last student leaves the classroom.

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New Feature: Item-by-Item Breakdowns

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The keyword is breakdown. Let’s breakdown all of the numerical barriers between you and understanding what your student truly needs. Our new, versatile, and extremely powerful data charts breakdown data—from quiz-by-quiz, to student-by-student, to question-by-question. Let’s dive in to how this works and what it all means for you.

Quiz-by-quiz breakdown and at-a-glance analysis

SS1Starting on our Student page, graphs changed to a clearer idea the average score students earned on any Gradeable quizzes. The color coding gives an at-a-glance view of which students need immediate attention.

SS2The new Assessments page show charts that breakdown quiz-by-quiz data. These charts tell you that, for example, students are struggling more with Word Problems 3, than with the Perimeter Quiz.

SS4On each individual quiz, the chart will be further detailed by breakdown how many students in your classes was proficient (green), near proficient (yellow), or needs more attention (red). In addition to individual standards tagging breakdown, you will have the added tool of an overhead and item-by-item view.


Student-by-student and question-by-question data breakdowns for quick, informed re-teaching

Click on the Results page and scroll down — these three charts will be the secret to student achievement. We listened to your requests and we made the data analysis function a lot more robust. Now, you’ll be able to breakdown data by student, by question, and even by short answer!

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These overview charts will give you quick data on which questions or which students need attention. With a quick glance, a row with mostly green signifies a proficient student, while a row with mostly red shows a struggling student. On the other hand, a column with mostly green shows a proficient question, while a column with mostly red shows a struggling question. With data like this, re-teaching the next day or even the next period is simple and easy.

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Toggling between the three chart options brings the Multiple Choice view. This chart shows the frequency students chose different, incorrect or correct answers. In the chart above, question #3’s correct answer is A (grey), but B was a more common incorrect answer. Understanding their misunderstanding guides better teaching!

SS7Toggle between the options again and you’re now on the Short Answers option. After grading your students’ short answers or essay questions, this chart displays full, partial, and zero credit answers. Simply click on the bar and the system will bring up their recorded answers!


Increased user control on uploaded scans

SS3Psst…Secret Power User feature! Our users asked to know how and what scans were being uploaded into our system. We’ve developed the option for users to see how we see each scan that is uploaded. Not sure why one student’s scan isn’t in your grading panel? Check your view all scans!

How to get to View All Scans: Settings —> View All Scans

And of course we’re not done! We make it our responsibility to listen to our teachers’ needs so we can’t wait to hear your feedback on how useful these data charts are in your classroom. How do you use data in the classroom? Sound off in the comments!

Have more questions? Email Kattie to learn more on using data in the classroom!

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Say Goodbye to Excel; Say Hello to Common Core Tagging

Time to part with the spreadsheets because WE’VE GOT COMMON CORE TAGGING!


For those of you who feel like you have a part-time job entering data, Common Core tagging with Gradeable is another solution to all the manual labor. We’re taking out the tedious part of quizzing so you can focus on teaching. Our newest feature is Common Core tagging and analytics, as Kattie introduced the other day. It is designed for you to track student mastery as you teach. As you create your assessment, you can tag each question with the corresponding Common Core standards, which all come pre-loaded.

So let’s say you’re a 5th grade math teacher and you just completed a lesson on fractions, or 5.NF. The first question of your quiz asks students to add and subtract unlike fractions by finding a common denominator (standard 5.NF.1). Your second question asks students to solve a fraction addition/subtraction word problem (5.NF.2). Since it’s Christmas Eve, you’re only giving a two-question quiz. 

Now, as you create the quiz on Gradeable, you tag each question with the corresponding standard(s). The quizzes come back to you; you scan them; you upload them to Gradeable. With the extra time you have, you can work on your fractions music video for the new year. You’re going to blow their minds with how cool fractions really are.

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So the quizzes come back from Gradeable and the results are all there in front of you. You can tell, via a beautiful chart, how well your students fared. Some stuff you can see…

  • standard mastery by quiz
  • individual student mastery of standard
  • assessment mastery (quiz overall performance)
  • class performance (across multiple classes)
  • frequency of standard (how many times you’ve tagged that standard)

Instead of designing an assessment, grading the results, then lining that up in terms of the Common Core, Gradeable does that for you. Come the end of the grading period, you’ll have portfolios for the students which tell you where their grade came from. And even before the end of the grading period, using Gradeable will give you faster, smarter feedback so you know where to apply the pressure. And you will know in time to do something about it—not after the test is done and students have closed the chapter.

The beauty of Common Core tagging is that it gives you more control to do what you do best. Gradeable grading does the number crunching for you so you can make the teaching decisions that only real, human teachers can do.