Streamline Online Grading with Permanent Clipboard (English Teachers Rejoice!)
Type of technology: Permanent Clipboard—Chrome extension
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
I haven’t found the silver bullet to rid teachers of grading, but there is a tech tool that may save you some time. Do you give online assignments on platforms such as NEO and Google Drive? When you grade such assignments, do you find yourself giving similar feedback to several students? Do you wish you could save time by having an easy way to store this feedback for pasting, rather than retyping the same comment over and over? If you answered “yes” to this series of questions, I’m willing to bet that Permanent Clipboard will be your next new favorite tech tool.
Permanent Clipboard is a Chrome extension that allows you to store texts for later use. If you often use the copy/paste shortcut, consider this tool an unlimited extension of the paste function. But, instead of copying one single text at a time, you’re able to store multiple texts that you can paste any time, whenever you need it. You’ll never have to type anything twice again!
As an English teacher, I cannot tell you how much time this simple tool has saved me over the past three years. Here’s how I use it. My students write their assignments on Google Docs and submit the link on NEO. Now I have a choice of providing feedback on either platform. When I start grading a set of assignments, I pay attention to comments that I make often. These are the ones I store in Permanent Clipboard because I figure I’ll need them again for other student papers. For example, I might store the comment “Consider transitioning to a new paragraph here” under the simple, easily-identifiable description “New paragraph.” Now, when I want to give this feedback to a different student (or the same student at a different point in the assignment), I can simply right-click, choose it from my list on Permanent Clipboard, and paste it directly onto a comment box in Google Docs.
Moreover, I can direct students to online resources to help them understand their feedback. For example, rather than fixing an error for students, such as a capitalization error, I might highlight the error and comment, “Please review your Common Capitalization Confusions handout. This is in your notebook or you may click this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1W3kcpX27Era1eNTLfIRwzTtASpv2SarsVuL7RhshxDk.” Knowing that I will likely encounter more capitalization errors in the future, I would store that comment under the simple description “Common Capitalization Confusion” and have it to use the next time I need it. Back in the classroom, my students look over their errors, click the link, then respond to the comment by fixing the error and articulating what they changed or letting me know that they still have a question about my feedback.
Certain comments will only work for a particular assignment or unit, but storing these will be helpful in future years when you revisit the skill. Other comments, such as a reminder to capitalize, will be useful for the entire school year. Either way, your feedback is saved so that you only ever have to type each piece of feedback once. It may seem minuscule to save a few seconds of typing, but all teachers can agree that time is a precious commodity and that a few seconds here and there can easily amount to hours when you teach five (or more) classes.