By Jessica Sanders
The hosts of the Cool Teacher Show said it best:
“What do teachers hate most about grading?”
Luckily, technology makes it easier than ever to not just grade student work, but also organize and manage the data and information in one easy-to-access place. Each of the following tools makes grading easier in one of three ways:
- Improved organization
- Simple automation
- Streamlined management
Consider what area you need the most help with and then find the tool that’s right for you.
1. Engrade Pro – Automation
Grades for quizzes that are created and assigned within Engrade Pro are immediately placed in the grade book, saving you the time it takes to track down each quiz and log the grades.
2. Gradebook Pro – Automation and organization
With Gradebook Pro, an iOS app, you can use built-in weighted and standard point-based scales, or customize your own. You can also reward extra credit, take points away, view average student grade, and categorize assignments.
3. Haiku Learning – Organization
Keep all your grades in one place, with Haiku Learning. With this tool you can also access valuable reporting metrics to improve your teaching.
4. iAnnotate – Organization
Use iAnnotate to grade essays or any written assignments. With this tool, you can organize all written comments in a single doc beautifully. Use various tools to emphasize points and elaborate with “pop-up comments.”
5. ThinkWave – Automation, management, and organization
This all-in-one tool is one of the most extensive free options available to teachers. Manage homework assignments, save time with automated grading, and keep multiple classes organized.
6. Gradekeeper – Automation and organization
After adding student names, assignments and scores, Gradekeeper automatically calculates grades and allows you to curve assignments. Its simple interface makes it easy to organize and get glance-and-go data.
7. LearnBoost – Automation, management and organization
Simply input student data and watch grades get calculated automatically. Add Common Core State Standards to your assignments, create grading scales and change assignment weights. If you use GAFE, LearnBoost integrates seamlessly.
8. CrowdMark – Management
CrowdMark provides teachers with a tool to give extensive student feedback with both traditional text comments and hyperlinks to explanations. Teachers can also collaborate with educators in other schools and districts. All student work, grades and comments can be found in their digital portfolio.
9. QuickGrade – Automation
Sometimes, all you need is to make simple calculations quickly. QuickGrade allows you to do just that. Enter the number of questions on the assignment or quiz along with the number of questions the student got wrong to get an automated grade.
10. JumpRope – Automation and management
If you or your school has moved past grades, or is looking to make the switch, JumpRope will help you do it. This tool helps teachers and schools implement and manage a standards-based grading system. Automated data makes acessing reports and assessing progress quick and easy.
11. MyGradeBook – Automation and management
Use MyGradeBook’s flexible grading tools and assignment categories to fit your style and preferences. Download automated reports to perform quick assessments with minimal preparation.
12. Flubaroo – Automation
This is one of the most hands-off, quiz-grading tools available to teachers. However, you do need to be using Google—you don’t need to be using Google Classroom just Sheets. With Flubaroo you create quizzes, add an answer key, and Flubaroo grades responses as they come in.
13. Easy Assessment – Management and organization
Use Easy Assessment to manage and organize all assessments for one or multiple classes. The streamlined interface makes it easy to add important data, your own rubric and student notes.