Receiving feedback from department PLC’s this past Wednesday morning, there was a lot of interest in learning ZipGrade. Personally, I have not used ZipGrade, but I am going to blog my experience with setting it all up.
- Cost: Free for 100 scans per month, $6.99 yearly for unlimited scans
- Answer Keys: 20, 50 and 100 question forms, multiple key versions
- Item analysis provided
- Immediate feedback to the teacher
- Cheaper than Scantron sheets
- Don’t have to hear annoying buzzing sounds with incorrect answers on the machine
- Can grade anywhere
- Students can’t Google the answers on another tab when using their Chromebooks
- Can use pen or pencil on the answer sheet.
- Entering student roster manually (unless you can figure out a CSV file)
- It’s on paper
- Does not provide immediate feedback to students like on Google Forms/Schoology
- You HAVE to use an iPhone, iPad or Android device to scan answer sheet
1. Go to http://www.zipgrade.com and create an account.
2. On a CB, PC, Mac, or whatevs, create a class.
3. Enter your class roster. You’ll notice that each student is assigned a ZipGrade ID necessary to match up the name and results.
4. I now have 4 students in my practice class. If you choose the “Answer Sheet Packets”, you can print an answer sheet for each student in that class with their name and ZipGrade ID filled in. Ingenious! The left answer sheet is filled in, the one on the right is not.
5. Entering the answer key is on your device’s ZipGrade app. You cannot access it from your CB, PC or Mac. Here were the instructions for your iPad/iPhone/Android:
- Left Panel: I added a new quiz.
- Middle Panel: Editing the key meant either manually entering answers or scan for a key.
- Right Panel: The quiz menu is very straightforward.
According to the instructions above, I could start grading! Check out these YouTube videos on ZipGrade and what it offers:
Some helpful hints from Jake Teske in Social Studies, whose department uses ZipGrade:
Make sure the grade sheet is completely flat. When you are done scanning, close the program on your phone or it will drain the battery.
Mark Little in Science also has some suggestions:
Mark doesn’t assign a ZipGrade ID number or handout prefilled answer sheets. “I have students write forms by name”. He also records scores by hand going through the tests or writes it directly on the answer sheet.
Hopefully, your next experience with grading multiple choice assessments will be easier thanks to ZipGrade. Many teachers in our building use it, so ask around…..I know they will help you!