If you’ve been exploring our website and reading our blog, hopefully you’ve noticed how useful, convenient, and efficient Extempore is for both students and teachers. There’s a reason for that–the founders of Extempore are full-time classroom teachers, so we’re always thinking of practical ways to make our app the best that it can be for everyone. We recognize from our own classroom experience that an educational app has to meet student needs above anything else. However, we also recognize that a successful educational app must benefit the teacher as well in order for it to be a worthwhile investment. Extempore certainly does that by making assessment and feedback a streamlined process that can be completed all on one screen. Here’s how:
Let’s say I’ve assigned my students a speaking assessment. The due date has passed and I’m now ready to start grading their submissions. I’ll grab my iPhone (since I’m going to grade outside!). I click on a student’s submission and everything I need is right there on one screen.
- At the top of the grading screen, in the blue bar, I see the assessment title (which I’ve chosen), the question number (i.e. question 2 out of 5), and the instructions that I’ve provided for my students. This information reminds me of what I’m expecting from my students and in what light I should assess their work.
- In the blue box, I also can easily click on the submission itself to hear or view it right away.
- Notice that I also have the trash can icon right there which allows me to delete their attempt for whatever reason (i.e. perhaps the student accidentally submitted a partial response) and allow a retry.
- Immediately beneath the blue box is Extempore’s easy-to-use customizable rubric which I designed myself when I created the assessment. It too reminds me of what I should be looking for: is it a formative assessment designed for practice, or a summative assessment meant to synthesize communicative abilities? To grade the response, I simply need to tap on the buttons and the grade is calculated automatically right there for me.
- Underneath the rubric is where I can start providing personalized feedback for each student. The text field allows me to type a word of encouragement or a comment that calls their attention to an area that needs improvement.
- Finally, below that, I can click on “Add Audio…”, which allows me to take advantage of Extempore’s unique audio feedback feature. Instead of typing out a comment, I can opt to record an individual message to each student, thus providing personalized feedback quite effectively. For a world language class, in particular, actually hearing the feedback can truly benefit the student.
- And, of course, Extempore saves all student scores for me in a grade book and I can export them whenever I’m ready!
There you have it! I did everything–reviewing the assignment, viewing/listening to the submission, grading it, providing feedback–all on one screen with total economy.
With other educational technology, you’d have to compile student submissions, place them in a computer file somewhere, rename them, etc. You might also have to write up a unique rubric, print it out, fill it out, and distribute them in class the next day, or spend all sorts of time sending a digital rubric to each individual student. Not so with Extempore! Everything you need is right there on one screen.
Extempore is great for your students’ learning goals, but it will also make your experience grading online a total breeze!