What kinds of ed tech tools and capabilities do teachers most want in their classrooms? Through its participation in industry events like the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit and ongoing conversations with customers, Kickboard is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to help teachers positively impact students’ academic performance and behavior. In direct response to teachers’ suggestions, this month Kickboard releases the latest enhancement to its award-winning instructional management solution — seamless integration with GradeCam.
Using Kickboard’s new bubble sheet grading feature, powered by GradeCam, teachers can now instantly grade multiple-choice assessments using their computer’s web camera and the scores are immediately available in Kickboard. This not only saves time but makes it easy for teachers to assess students more frequently, give them immediate feedback, and adjust their instruction to address students’ needs. It also eliminates the need to purchase separate scanning hardware, saving schools money as well.
In addition, teachers can link the assessment questions to pre-loaded standards to generate standards-based reports and share assessments with other educators in real-time. Teachers can also view student skill mastery and responses by question to identify areas of difficulty and improve the quality of their assessments. Within Kickboard, the assessment data can then be viewed alongside non-academic indicators, such as student behavior, to provide a global, holistic view of each child.
“I am very excited about the integration of the GradeCam technology into Kickboard,” said Dawn Love, principal of Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville, La. “This is going to support our efforts to capture assessment data and be able to use the analysis immediately. My teachers are going to love how easy it will be to get the scores into the Kickboard platform.”
Known in the industry as a company that continuously solicits and incorporates educator feedback into its solutions, Kickboard last week participated in the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit: Nashville 2014. It was one of 31 companies selected by a panel of educator judges to participate in the summit, which creates a place for a meaningful dialogue between the developers of ed tech products and those who use them in their classrooms.
“As a former teacher myself, I love talking with educators about how we can turn the daily challenges they face into opportunities to create environments that are more productive and conducive to learning,” said Kickboard CEO Jennifer Medbery. “Participating in events like EdSurge is a great way to hear first-hand what teachers and students need, and have a two-way conversation about how our instructional management solution can better help them achieve their goals.”
The Kickboard instructional management solution gives K-12 educators the tools to quickly establish consistent practices for effective classroom management school- and district-wide. Using the highly configurable, web-based platform, educators can create a performance-based culture that leads to sustainable school improvement and long-term student success. For information, visit www.kickboardforteachers.com.