How Teachers Assess Student Docs

            In this article we show teachers how to use JoeZoo to assess student docs.

            4 Assessment Tools

            JoeZoo comes with 4 assessment tools, all of which can be accessed by opening the JoeZoo Express add-on while viewing student docs in Google Docs.
            1. Monkey Checker - our writing checker that highlights and auto-comments writing errors so teachers have more time for higher order feedback
            2. Voice Commenting Tool - both teachers and students can add personalized Voice Comments to docs
            3. Text-to-Speech Commenting Tool - a faster and better alternative to using Google or hand written comments that any student can listen to as well as read
            4. Grading Tool  - the fastest way to grade student docs from inside Google apps



            Assessment Process

            Here is our recommended way to use JoeZoo to assess student docs.

            Step #1 - Check Doc Insights

            Regardless of the course or grade level, teachers should start each round of assessment by running our Doc Insights feature.

            In seconds, we use Artificial Intelligence to analyze the entire doc and provide teachers with important measurements to help them better assess student docs.


            1. Doc Length - instant measurement of a doc's length in words, sentences and paragraphs and comparison to writing goals set by teachers
            2. Doc Readability   - instant measurement of a doc's ease of reading and comparison to writing standards based on a student's Grade Level
            3. Doc Originality   - instant scanning of all student docs in a class and highlighting of docs that have a high probability of being copied from other docs in the class (only available to schools in the JoeZoo Pilot Program)
            4. Feedback Engagement   - instant analysis of student engagement and reporting of how many comments were engaged and how much time each student spent engaged in using teacher feedback



            Step #2 - Run Monkey Checker

            Next we recommend they run their Monkey Checker.

            In seconds, it scans an entire student doc, highlights detected writing errors and automatically adds comments so teacher time is freed for giving higher order feedback.

            We keep track of each student's writing errors from assignment to assignment and across classes so everyone can be sure they have the written communication skills they'll need for life.

            Here you can see how it scans an entire document and in 5 seconds it highlights 25 writing errors in the doc, and auto-comments on each with a fix tip that a student can listen to as well as read.

            To learn more about our Teacher and Student Monkey Checkers, read these articles .



            Step #3a - Add Voice Comments

            After you've run the Monkey Checker, we recommend using JoeZoo comments instead of Google comments.

            Like Google comments, teachers must first select text in a doc.

            But unlike Google comments, JoeZoo Voice Comments are:
            • Faster - no need to type feedback when you can record Voice Comments with JoeZoo
            • Automatically Colour Coded - to increase student understanding all your comments will be automatically colour coded
            • Engagement Analytics  - stop wondering if students even read your Google comments, with JoeZoo you'll know if they listened to yours and how much time they spent engaged for each
            To add JoeZoo comments, follow these steps:
            1. Click the "Add Voice Comment" button
            2. Select text in doc (just like Google comments)
            3. Click the "microphone" icon to start recording a Voice Comment, then "stop" and "play" to replay it
            4. Click "Save" to add it to the doc



            Step #3b - Add Text-to-Speech Comments

            Like Google comments, teachers must first select text in a doc.

            But unlike Google comments, JoeZoo comments are:
            • Faster - forget repetitively typing or copying and pasting into Google comments, just lookup and save with JoeZoo
            • Frequently Used Comments - we automatically track your most frequently used comments so they are faster to give
            • Auto-save New Comments - we automatically save new comments you create to your Comment Set so you can re-use them
            • Audio Comments - all JoeZoo comments are automatically converted to audio so students can listen to as well as read them
            • Automatically Colour Coded - to increase student understanding all your comments will be automatically colour coded
            • Engagement Analytics  - stop wondering if students even read your Google comments, with JoeZoo you'll know if they did and how much time they spent engaged for each
            • Comment Clouds - you'll have no clue how many comments you give with Google comments and to whom, but with JoeZoo you'll see them all in interactive Comment Clouds so you can track class and student competencies
            To add JoeZoo comments, follow these steps:
            1. Click the "Add Text Comment" button
            2. Select text in doc (just like Google comments)
            3. Type a letter or word to look up a comment in your set
            4. Save and done



            Step #3 - Grade Doc

            If you've used JoeZoo to give students rounds of formative feedback, your last assessment step will likely be grading the doc.

            Even if you are used to printing Google Docs to grade them by hand, grading with JoeZoo is much faster overall.

            Here are the advantages with JoeZoo:
            • Click to Grade - forget filling in rubrics by hand, with JoeZoo you click to grade
            • Grade Multiple Times - with JoeZoo you, the student, their peer and co-teachers can all grade each student doc
            • Auto-calculation - to save you time, JoeZoo will auto-calculate the Final Grade and Final Score but you are free to override it 
            • Voice with Rubric - now you and your students can record personalized Voice Messages with each graded rubric
            • Graded Rubric Insertion - to give students a complete record of their assignment and their grade, JoeZoo automatically inserts all graded rubrics in student docs so you don't have to
            • Grading Queue - if you select a folder that contains all your student submissions, JoeZoo will create a grading queue so you can grade one doc after another without having to go back and forth to Google Drive or Google Classroom
            • Grade Tracking - tracking progress from assignment to assignment is important, so JoeZoo automatically does that for you and generates informative charts in our app so you can see how a student or entire class is doing
            • Export for Grade Book - forget manually inputting each student's grades, with JoeZoo that is done automatically and saved to a Google Sheets file in your Google Drive
            Here you can see how easy it is to grade a student doc. 



            Step #4 - Viewing & Resolving Comments

            If you added comments, students simply open their JoeZoo Express add-on and click on the "View Comments" button.

            Clicking on any comment record opens it and students can read your feedback or they can click the "Listen" button to have the entire comment read back to them through the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

            Audio Comments are a free feature of our Tools package , but need to be turned on for a school by a Google Administrator.

            To resolve a comment and remove its highlight from their doc, students simply click the "Remove" button inside each comment.

            Here you can see how students view a comment, can click to listen to it, can click to remove it and its highlight from their doc and can click the "Next" button to advance through all of their comments quickly.



            Step #5 - Viewing Graded Rubrics

            To view their graded rubrics, they simply click the "View Grades" button on the home screen of their add-on and can click on each graded rubric record. 

            As soon as they do, that graded rubric is inserted perfectly at the bottom of their doc.

            Here you can see how a graded rubric is instantly inserted in a student's doc as soon as they open their JoeZoo Express add-on.




            Faster Grading

            To help teachers assess student docs faster, JoeZoo has created two features to make it easier to assess student docs sequentially without having to go back and forth to Google Classroom or Google Drive.

            Doc Queue

            In the JoeZoo Express add-on, teachers will find a button labelled "Doc Queue" located in the bottom left of the home screen.


            Submissions

            In the JoeZoo app, teachers will find a tab labelled "Submissions" on each Assignment page.

            Doc Versions

            If a student has been subscribed to our Improvement package , they, their teacher and their parents can access all of the captured Doc Versions from all their assignments and classes.

            To access Doc Versions, a teacher can click the "Doc Versions" icon on the Submissions tab of each Assignment page. Instantly they'll be logged in to the JoeZoo app and taken to the Versions tab of that student's submission.

            There teachers can see each captured version of the student's doc, including all of the comments - Voice or Text-to-Speech - and proof of whether the student engaged and used the feedback.

            To learn more about the Doc Versions, read this article .




            Exporting Grading Data

            Once you have finished assessing all student docs, you can export all the data, itemized by student to your Google Drive as a formatted Google Sheets file.

            To do that simply go to an Assignment page in our app and click the "Download Grading Data" icon, it looks like a cloud with a down arrow.  Your Google Drive will open and you can save the formatted Google Sheets file.

            To learn more about how data is organized in your exported Google Sheets file, read this article .




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