When I first released CheckMark back in October of 2017, I did so with the hopes that it would be beneficial in helping teachers give students feedback on their writing more quickly and efficiently than they had previously experienced. The response has been overwhelming, and I’ve heard from teachers all around the globe saying that they are spending less time giving feedback and more time helping shape writing. This was precisely the goal of CheckMark, and I feel like we’ve hit that mark.
But we’re nowhere near done, and today marks a significant milestone for CheckMark.
Today, I present CheckMark version 1.0, which includes customizable comments!
As of today, you can change the existing comments and add your own. You can even add another row of comments if you like. And the cherry on top of this sundae? We’ve added Google Drive sync. Once you authenticate, CheckMark will save your comments to your Google Drive. If and when you use a different computer to give students feedback, you can simply authenticate on the new computer and your customized comments will load to the new machine!
Thank you to the many, many teachers that asked for this feature. Be rest assured, I heard your cries loud and clear and I hope this version proves even more useful than it was when first released.
Here’s a walkthrough of the new features:
For current users of CheckMark, you should see the upgrade soon. If you want it now, uninstall your old version and then simply head over to www.checkmarkclass.com to get the new one.
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New Google Chrome extension streamlines digital grading for teachers
IRVINE, CA. – EdTechTeam, the global leader in Google for Education training and innovative professional development, today announced a new version of their popular Google Chrome extension, CheckMark. The extension is used by 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 “Check spelling”, “Check punctuation”, or “Evidence needed”. CheckMark has comments related to grammar, concepts, citations, and more.
“At EdTechTeam, we love listening to teachers,” says Dr. Chris Craft, Director of Partnerships at EdTechTeam. “We’ve found the more we listen, the more we 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 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 document. The trouble came when she needed to help 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 eliminates the need to spend so much time typing the same comments over and over again, making educators more efficient and freeing them up to work with students more quickly. Through a library of canned comments, teachers simply highlight text in a student document and the CheckMark popup appears above the cursor. The teacher selects any one of the convenient abbreviations and a comment is inserted automatically into the document. CheckMark keeps track of just how many of each issue a teacher has found in the document to help determine areas students may need more help.
Future versions will incorporate additional languages and comment feedback formats. Discover more about CheckMark by EdTechTeam at http://www.checkmarkclass.com
EdTechTeam, a California Benefit Corporation, is a global network of educational technologists with a mission to inspire and empower educators to create powerful learning experiences for students is to improve the world’s education systems using the best learning principles and technology available. With 36 employees and more than 250 contractors, most of which are practicing or former educators, EdTechTeam operates in 32 states and 23 countries on 6 continents with local subsidiaries in Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the UK), producing professional development experiences in 9 languages for over 50 thousand educators face-to-face per year.
The core team of world-class instructional leaders works closely with schools and districts around the globe to effectively and appropriately implement positive school change. EdTechTeam aims to inspire and empower educators to design the best possible personalized learning experience for students.
EdTechTeam is an official Google for Education Professional Development Partner. Having been involved in producing the Google Teacher Academy from its inception in 2006 through the most recent iteration of the Innovation Academy the team is best known for their series of Summits featuring Google for Education, with over 350 conference-style events produced to date since July 2012. Through a Custom Learning program, more than 500 smaller (mostly workshop style) events will be delivered in 2018 as well.
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