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Provide excellent feedback and reduce your grading time with Essay Grader. By moving back and forth between a series of tabs and clicking appropriate checkboxes, a feedback document is created for each essay you grade. The final assessment document can be emailed to the student, emailed to yourself, or exported to your computer for printing, editing, and archival. Essay Grader allows you to grade much faster and better than ever before by eliminating the need to write the same comments over and over again with a red pen. Reclaim your weekends, provide highly targeted comprehensive feedback, and watch your students' writing improve with Essay Grader.
Essay Grader comes with an extensive library of pre-written comments in the areas of praise, organization, content, mechanics, style, and documentation. Each comment comes in six unique varieties in order to provide varied language on graded feedback documents. The first and last paragraphs of the grade document are optional free-write paragraphs where you can personalize each student’s feedback sheet. You can even write custom comments on the fly from within the interface. After you have chosen your comments, simply assign a holistic score on the “Grade” tab and that grade will appear at the bottom of the student’s feedback sheet.
From tab labels to comment text, every aspect of Essay Grader is fully editable. Customize the default comment database or create an entirely new database of your own. Essay Grader's content can be modified to conform to any discipline, rubric, or grading style.
Essay Grader is not just for grading papers and not just for English teachers. The app's flexibility makes it perfect to evaluate just about any project, performance, speech, product, assignment, or creation. Teachers and professors from middle school through college report that their students praise the thorough grading they provide with Essay Grader. Many departments are using Essay Grader to standardize grading procedures and language across vertical and horizontal teams. Teachers are even allowing students to use the app in class to improve classroom peer editing activities.
Dramatically decrease your grading time, provide praise, and give more thorough feedback than ever before with this highly effective assessment tool. Essay Grader was developed by a college English professor with extensive secondary experience and is appropriate for all levels from secondary through graduate-level university academics. Press the info button from within the interface for extensive support resources.
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What's New in Version 4.2.1
Repairs bug with email addressed in class list
This application (most recent download and install on January 5, 2013) is a great idea but nothing but frustration in trying to adapt it to one’s own set of assignments.
The “database” starts off in an Excel/Numbers document that is saved, and then imported as a very picky .CSV file. Cannot get it to import one that has been generated by Numbers (which one would think would be Macky enough for this application) even though the CSV file has no “errors” in it such as special characters or blank fields. The solution suggested on their support web site is to de-install the app, then re-install and it should reset everything to a pristine condition. It doesn’t. Even after MacKeeper has cleaned up after the de-install. So now, the re-installed version just hangs on opening. This process was lathered, rinsed and repeated multiple times.
The GUI is horrible. In the tutorial on how to use it, a big point is made on how simple and easy their design and workflow function was to be. They have totally missed the usability functionality of this app. The user is pretty much clueless as to what to do next or even how to do it.
For what it is worth, the iPad version is almost as picky. Blows up on that same custom CSV file. At least the iPad version will reload their default database. But that database doesn’t help me with the assignments I wanted to use this with.
My first reaction when I saw the name of the app was "there is no way this app can possibly grade essays". I was right, but once I understood what the app could do I was sold. This is a brilliant idea that is very well-executed. What made this particularly useful to me was the ability to modify the database for my needs. My students wrote a 5 paragraph essay that would have taken me many hours to grade. With Essay Grader I was able to tailor the database to match the rubric I use. The comments are now specific to the essay I'm grading and, instead of writing out the same comment dozens of times, I now just click on the button. In fact, I set it up so that each tab corresponds to a different paragraph in the essay and, in the feedback page students receive they show up as a different paragraph. This way students can read through my comments as they look over the essay from start to finish. Students then receive detailed comments related to various parts of the essay and rubric. Once you play around with the app and you understand how it works you'll realize just how powerful and useful it is for the teacher and students. Granted, there is a small learning curve and there is some work you will need to put in to modifying the database for each particular assignment, but the time spent is well worth it.
I did have a few questions early on that were not answered in the videos. I emailed Colin and he got right back to me with very useful, specific directions that got me back on track.
I highly recommend this app to teachers looking to save time while also giving detailed, specific and useful feedback to students. I've recommended the app to other teachers at my school in our Social Studies Department as well as those in the English Department. If you tinker with the database to make it work for your needs you’ll have a powerful feedback tool that will make your life a whole lot easier while providing detailed, targeted feedback to students so they can improve in areas where they currently struggle.