April 23, 2014 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Chicago, Illinois - Since ZipGrade was released at the start of the school year, it has graded over 1,000,000 papers. At 18,021 papers, the busiest day was April 21, 2014. ZipGrade has saved teachers countless hours of hand grading while offering immediate feedback to students in the classroom.
To use ZipGrade, a teacher chooses from a 20, 50 or 100 question form on the website. All forms are free to download, print, and customize. Within the app, the teacher defines a key for each test or scans a known good paper. From there, to grade a paper a teacher merely aligns the paper in the viewfinder. ZipGrade will autofocus and let the teacher know when the paper has been graded-- all in a few seconds. The results and item analysis are available within the app and synchronized to the website when an internet connection is present. An internet connection is not required to grade papers.
ZipGrade was developed by John Viebach, whose wife was teaching an SAT prep class in a borrowed classroom. With no access to an OMR machine, she was hand grading sample tests in order to assign homework to students. Now an adjunct professor, she uses ZipGrade to give her college students immediate feedback on tests and quizzes.
* "I've used it for a week and I still think it's magic that waving my iPhone over a paper will grade it." - Kimberly
* "It's midterms and someone forgot to order Scantron forms for the school. We copied enough ZipGrade forms for each student and bought enough licenses for those that have iPhones. It worked so well, we're doing this for all tests now." - Leah
* "I use ZipGrade for an exit ticket in every class, every day and for chapter tests. My students love the immediate results." - Rob
Many teacher requested features have been added since ZipGrade's first release at the beginning of the school year. "One hundred question answer sheets and more export options have been the biggest request throughout the year," says John. ZipGrade has also added iPad support, multi-device sync, and a central secure website where teachers may use any web browser to access quiz reports. John adds, "And no classroom is the same." This is why John answers all emails directly. It has proven to be the best way to learn what configuration options to add to best meet each classroom's need.
What's next? "Android, android, android. The demand has been overwhelming," says John, who is busy developing this next version. Teachers that are interested in hearing more about ZipGrade or hearing when the Android version is available should sign up at ZipGrade online.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 22.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
ZipGrade 1.13 is currently available as a free demo in the Apple App Store. After using it to grade 100 papers, teachers may choose to purchase ZipGrade for $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 for a year. For schools, there is a special version, ZipGrade VPP, that is eligible for Apple's Education Volume Purchase Program and a bulk discount.
ZipGrade LLC was founded in 2013 to build a cost effective assessment tools for teachers. The primary focus has been on innovative uses of computer vision and machine learning to give teachers tools that they can use easily within a classroom. ZipGrade LLC was founded by John Viebach, who is always looking for teacher input in what to build next. All Material and Software (C) 2014 ZipGrade LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.