There are a lot of grading apps out there and I have used most of them. All of them have some ‘stock’ features - usually dealing with analytics and data mining. One app has risen over the years to be my ‘go to’ grading app - despite being the most expensive choice.
That app is Gradecam.
Gradecam has been around for a while and was one of the first companies to try to harness the power of your cell phone camera to make the Scan-tron obsolete. Like many pioneers, they had their hiccups, but I was an early adopter and liked their platform. I stopped using it when my school district had an issue with Gradecam’s servers. If you can’t access the server, grading is an issue.
So, I tried other apps - Quick-key and ZipGrade were my favorites. And they were pretty cheap. They also were solid, reliable grading apps But I missed the flexibility of Gradecam and was excited when a change in the regime at our CO tech department ended the Gradecam server exile.
So why am I happy to pay $15 of my hard-earned money a month for these guys?
Three words. Features. Features. Features.
Gradecam is easily the most flexible and powerful grading app I’ve used. In my time away from it, the team put in some serious work. While it is the most expensive - $15 a month - the reliability and the features have saved me countless hours of manual grading.
Creating an assignment is pretty easy. Gradecam does require a little extra front-loading but the time saved on the grading side more than makes up for the time invested.
You have the choice of a full-out multiple question assignment, a simple scoring box, or a credit assignment. The first gives you powerful options for laying out an answer sheet - everything from simple bubbles (up to ten letters), rubrics (up to 10), rubric scoring with a capture area, and number grids. If your district adopts a district plan, there are even more powerful tools available.