While I do not like giving multiple choice assessments, my school requires a specific benchmark assessment be given every month. These assessments are multiple choice and I HATE GRADING THEM!!! It is painful to sit down and spend my time trying to grade these assessments and even more painful knowing that there is something else more valuable that I could be doing with my time.
I recently spent some time finding a scantron type of app that I could use to eliminate this task from my grading ritual. I found two options available that I could use easily in my classroom. There are more and I know they exist, I just haven’t had a chance to explore their features yet.
Platform: Any device that connects to the internet.
Pricing: There are three options with Gradecam.
- Insight Basic – Free – limits teachers to 10 questions per assessment and does not include standard alignment or exporting options.
- Insight Plus – $15/month a teacher – Allows up to 100 questions per assignment. This version allows you to align to state standards or common core standards. You can also export to excel, csv, or into some gradebook software.
- Insight School/District – $2.50/year a student – All the features of Insight Plus and you can share assignments between teachers and create custom benchmarks.
I got a three month trial of Gradecam when I signed up and when I referred several other teachers my trial was extended. The feature that I like the most about Gradecam is that I can grade on every device I own. I can use my phone, my ipad, and I can use the camera on my computer.
Platform: You can only scan from a mobile device but you can access your results on the web.
Pricing: With Zipgrade you get access to the full range of features with the free demo. The demo allows you to scan up to 100 quizzes before being charged. Otherwise it is a paid app.
- 2 months for $1.99
- 1 year for $6.99
- Or the Zipgrade VPP app is $12.99 one time and vaild forever.
The advantage of Zipgrade is the ability to tag either an entire quiz or a single question as assessing a benchmark or standard. This then creates a record of everything that the benchmark is assessed and a student’s ongoing progress toward meeting that benchmark. I love this part of the program. It is a bit clumsy right now but the data is some of my favorite data that I can access. I was in the process of creating a spreadsheet that I could use to track this information and I found the program that did it for me!