Being an educator means spending a lot of time on administrative maintenance. Before COVID-19, these tasks included everything from setting up your classroom to grading papers and marking incorrect answers by hand.
Now, in a year that’s been rocked by a global pandemic and remote schooling for most of the world, teachers’ jobs have only gotten more complicated.
Responsibilities of educators in the current system include everything from regular tasks like grading to setting up Zoom calls and checking in with students who have been unable to access class material because of internet outages or device inaccessibility.
Although our day-to-day habits and responsibilities have changed, the reality is that school districts still rely on tried-and-true testing methods like exams to find out whether their students have fully absorbed the lesson material. Fortunately, using digital grading software like Crowdmark can help make this process easier, which it does by streamlining the design, implementation, and grading of exams.
Create your exam with Crowdmark: A step-by-step guide
In this article, we’re bringing you a step-by-step guide that will help show educators how easy it is to create an exam with Crowdmark. Going through these steps will highlight how Crowdmark can save instructors both time and effort when compared with traditional grading.
When educators create their exam and know that they want to use Crowdmark to grade it, the process looks just like traditional exam creation. Instructors can type content into Crowdmark directly, or they can attach a file containing a previously-created assignment. With remote assessments in Crowdmark, students are sent a link to submit assignments remotely in their accounts, from any device with a browser and internet connection. It’s that easy.
Assignment submissions on Crowdmark are much safer than email because it offers an organized space for teachers to conduct assignment submission instead of using a crowded email inbox. There’s no need to search for attachments to download or worry about a student’s email going into your junk or spam folder.
Crowdmark’s robust grading tools are a vital part of why it’s so useful for teachers and educators. Once students have submitted their assignments or exams online, it’s easy for teachers to grade them from anywhere, using any device.
They can use any text comments, annotations, or symbol features on the grading toolbar or click anywhere on the page to write in freeform corrections or annotations.
The keyboard shortcuts and comment library also allow teachers to copy and paste frequently used comments or notes, cutting down on the amount of time they spend grading.
Overall, Crowdmark helps reduce grading time by more than 25%!
Distribution of grades
Once grading is complete, educators can efficiently distribute grades using a one-click email feature. Once an instructor grades the exam or assignment, it’s available in the student portfolio for the student (or their parents) to find.
Creating a successful exam with Crowdmark
Most educators already know how to create a successful exam that will challenge their students while still ensuring it can be easily read and understood. Crowdmark simply takes your knowledge and expertise and makes it easier to reach your students.
With Crowdmark, creating a great exam, distributing it to your students, and receiving the completed work is easy—and the grading section is where educators will see even more meaningful time savings.
To learn more about how you can use Crowdmark in your classroom, reach out to us today to request a free trial.