Easing the Burden of Scoring Tests

The multiple choice assessment is something that every student encounters sooner or later. As one of the most common kinds of testing items, students routinely see them on standardized tests, like the SAT or AP exams.

Teachers commonly make use of multiple choice for well-defined assessment of content knowledge with students, as well as preparation for the kinds of stanardized tests they will see in other contexts.

Gradecam is a tool that allows teachers to instantly score assessments with a network connected camera. It is a hi-tech version of the old bubble sheets with far more digital advantages.

Here is an introductory overview from the company about the product.

It is a digital tool that eases the burden of scoring and grading of specific types of assessments for teachers, such as multiple choice items.

There is immediate efficiency for grading multiple choice assessments through machine scoring. Teachers can flexibly create answer sheets for easy for scanning, scoring, and sharing results. Answer sheets can include a combination of numbers or letters, which are instantly scannable with a laptop camera.

Being a digital solution increases the data collection and reporting features available. Reports automatically generated include a summary, item analysis, student scores, among others. These reports are readily sharable by the teacher.

Image: Gradecam Summary Report

Example Summary report from Gradecam

There is a free version available with the creation of an account, but there are a number of advantages gained when using a premium account.

Extra digital advantages allow teachers to share common assessments with teaching partners, create of multiple exam versions, and easily align items with state standards.

Image: Gradecam Item Analysis

Example of Gradecam Item Analysis

If used well, it can prove a powerful tool for instant feedback for students in controlled circumstances.

It also provides a simple and easy means for teachers to collect and use data for improving both their student assessments and teaching practice.

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