Alycia Jones

Grading with a Camera

Grading with a Camera


Technology can be frustrating at times, but it can also be used to our benefit. Here is a real time-saving phenomenon that's happening in classrooms today; grading with a camera. Let's face it, by the time you grade one hundred papers you are not only completely tired, but you then have to assess it all. Grading with a camera allows you to grade with a click of a button and provides statistics for assessment analysis. This course will overview a few of the apps out there already which provide this instant feedback for teachers' on-going assessments.

Needs Assessment

Intent Statement:

Instructional Problem: Teachers spend too much time grading and not enough time analyzing the grades.

Intended setting: Distance Education

Participants: Educators and Colleagues

Intended Change I am expecting or desiring: To get teachers to grade formative assessments with a camera

Asked colleagues to complete a needs assessment survey :

Survey Results:

Learners are curious to know...

  • What is grading with a camera?
  • What's the process of grading with a camera?
  • What's the price?
  • How easy is it to use?
  • How does it work?
  • What kind of camera do you mean? -Does it require special software?
  • Does it generate a report?
  • How long does it take?

Why would one need this? There is a need for this new technology in the classroom as it serves to save time for teachers, provide instant feedback for students, and analyze question results for teachers. I have used Grade Cam in the classroom before and found it to be very helpful, especially with the analysis reports. When students take a quiz and all of your students are getting the same question wrong, with this app you can instantly see this trend, and can go back over the material right then and there with them.

Some things these apps will help you with:

  • Automate Grade Input: instant grading within seconds, teach more and grade less, don’t bring grading home, transfer scores into gradebook
  • Go Beyond Scorekeeping: see trends and patterns, help students better from test analysis, link questions to state standards and generate standard-based reports
  • Instant Feedback: Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish, use the feedback to redirect differentiated learning quickly
  • More Practice: Use practice quizzes as a study tool for students, with analysis focus on student’s weaknesses better, monitor students’ progress

These links will provide you with further purpose, description, and actual reviews:

  • ZipGrade:

  • GradeCam:

  • QuickKey:

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Intended Audience - This course is intended for teachers who enjoy using technology to enhance their lessons. It is mostly targeted for secondary education teachers, but can work for elementary teachers as well. It is designed to make short multiple choice question assessments quicker to grade and analyze and also to provide instant feedback to students.

Prerequisites for this course - general teaching knowledge, assessment making knowledge, computer use knowledge, smartphone use knowledge, tablet use knowledge, camera/scanning application for smartphones and tablets, webcam use information, chart/statistical interpretation.

Performance Objectives

For all three apps (ZipGrade, GradeCam, and QuickKey):

  • Learners will sign up for a free account.
  • Learners will create classes and Student IDs appropriate for their classroom schedules.
  • Learners will create an assessment and answer key.
  • Learners will print appropriate blank answer forms for their assessment needs.
  • Learners will give their assessment with blank answer form, scan each student's completed form, and analyze individual and whole group reports.
  • Within discussion forums, learners will discuss pros and cons for each application for grading with a camera. They will also discuss successes with the app and creative implementations for the app.

Course-level objectives


Unit 1: ZipGrade

Learners will understand how to use the app ZipGrade.

Unit 2: GradeCam

Learners will understand how to use the app GradeCam.

Unit 3: QuickKey

Learners will understand how to use the app QuickKey.

Task Analysis

Tasks in this course are written out in each section of each unit.

Everything learned here is learned task by task.

Curriculum Map


References and Resources