Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grading Papers: Turnitin vs. Google Docs

Ahhhhh! That Zeal of September is wearing off quite fast as I look at my Google Classroom site and see there are 62 college essays that need grading and returning...many for November 1 deadlines.  I started wishing for an assistant who could help me....But alas I 'only' have my technology.....


Turnitin.com


My school subscribes to turnitin.com for all teachers and students.  The cost is about 1-2 dollars per student.  The administration sponsored an afternoon of PD on how it could service our grading needs.  The great piece about turnitin is that it will track when a student has used work from another source. So in terms of tracking academic integrity issues it is excellent.  (See the video below for a demo on using it for this purpose.)  Another feature of turnitin is the grading feature.  It allows you to create quick marks for common problems in student writing. If I notice a lot of issues with capitalization, for example, I can create a quickmark to click and drag onto the student's essay. Another great feature of turnitin is that a teacher can load a rubric or scoring guide to attach to each assignment.  It can make grading a lot easier.


Google Docs

As part of the Google Apps for Education suite (now called G-Suite) Docs is a cornerstone of any teacher's ability to assign, grade and return student writing assignments. The comment feature is a wonderful way to grade student writing.  (See below for a video on how easy this can be.)  Docs also allows a teacher to create quickmarks as well.  Click on tools then preferences to create tailor made remarks for common issues in a particular class or on a particular assignment.


I use both Turnitin.com and Google Docs to aide in my grading. They both have features that assist in making student learning more independent and at the same time collaborative.
Happy Grading!

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