New Google Chrome Extension Streamlines Digital Grading for Teachers

Press Release updated: Oct 24, 2017 13:00 PDT

​EdTechTeam, the global leader in Google for Education training and innovative professional development, today announced a new product offering. CheckMark by EdTechTeam is a brand new Google Chrome browser 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 “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.

“At EdTechTeam, we love listening to teachers. We’ve found the more we listen, the more we hear about certain pain points teachers encounter in the classroom.”

Dr. Chris Craft, Director of Partnerships

Future versions will incorporate additional languages and comment feedback formats. Discover  more about CheckMark by EdTechTeam at http://www.checkmarkclass.com

About EdTechTeam

EdTechTeam, a California Benefit Corporation, is a global network of educational technologists with a mission is to improve the world’s education systems using the best learning principles and technology available. With 35 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, Mexico, South Africa, UK and Australia, 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 so that they 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 in 2016, 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, and well over 100 events scheduled around the globe in 2017 alone. Through a Custom Learning program, more than 500 smaller events will be delivered in 2017.

Source: EdTechTeam, Inc.

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