One of my favorite things to do at an EdTechTeam Summit is listening to teachers. I’ve found that the more I listen the more I hear about certain pain points teachers encounter in the classroom. Several months ago, a teacher mentioned having difficulties creating an efficient workflow to provide students feedback on their writing in Google Docs. This teacher uses Google Classroom heavily and provides students writing prompts by way of Classroom’s ability to send students their own copy of a doc.
The trouble came in when she needed to help her students through the process by providing rich feedback. She spent hours highlighting text, clicking the comment button, and entering feedback. She sheepishly told me she had reverted to having students print and turn in their work because marking with a red pen was simply way more efficient. I appreciated her honesty and at the same time, knew there had to be a better way.
CheckMark by EdTechTeam is a brand new Chrome extension designed to give teachers the ability to provide students feedback quickly and easily. When a teacher highlights text in Google Docs, an overlay pops up with quick shortcuts to frequently-added comments such as “Spelling” or “Check Punctuation”, or “Evidence needed”. CheckMark has both comments related to grammar as well as concepts, citations, and more.
Find out more (and install!) CheckMark at http://www.checkmarkclass.com
CheckMark is one of several new extensions that are on tap, so keep your eyes on this blog and on my Twitter account (@crafty184). Do you have the next idea for an extension we should build? Reach out and let me know, and maybe your idea will be our next one.
Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina and the Executive Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam. As a classroom teacher, he has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. Most recently he won the Belk Service Learning Challenge Grand Prize for his work with 3D-printed prosthetics for children. Dr. Craft was also asked to visit the White House and meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden for a dialogue on the current state and future of education. He was named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” and one of the prestigious “20 under 40” in South Carolina. He has a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina, and is Nationally Board Certified. Chris is a Google Certified Innovator, a Google in Education Trainer, and was recently accepted to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. Find out more about Dr. Craft at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184.
For more relevant tools and extensions, you should check out my new book, The Top 50 Chrome Extensions for the Classroom, now available on Amazon!