EssayTagger Feature Requests

  1. See grades in one place

    It would be great to be able to view all of the grades you've given for an assignment in one place.

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  2. Show assignment codes on the assignment page

    Show the assignment code on the assignment page. It can be difficult to find the code after you've created the assignment.

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  3. Copy & Paste parts of essay to easily check for plagiarism

    Copy and Paste parts of student work to easily check for plagiarism. It would great if we could highlight and copy a suspicious sentence/s and paste them in google or whichever site to check for plagiarism. As it stands, we have to close out of the grading app, and retrieve it from a different page.

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  4. Store Rubric Free Comments

    It would be nice to be able to store my rubric free comments and have access to them for every writing assignment I grade. For example, lately I've been using comments such as "Provide context for this quote: when and where does this occur" or "transition needed".

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  5. More Report Ideas for Errors

    This is a related suggestion to the "Customizable drop and drag comments for common mistakes" and the one wanting reports/counts of errors. If there were reusable error comments (drag-drop or maybe a drop down list in the existing error pop-up dialog with an option to add new), then reports would be possible. I would love a report similar to the "aggregate rubric results" that would group students and their text by error. I would then be able to quickly grab the "run-on sentence group" for a quick mini-lesson in the corner.

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  6. Batch upload of student roster with Student ID field

    The ability to upload student rosters with email addresses and student IDs. If I could upload student rosters (.csv format?), then I could include student IDs. If I could include student IDs, then it would be nice to include those in downloads of student scores. Then I would be able to upload to my online gradebook.

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  7. Distributions and excerpts by SECTION

    I would love to have the distributions & excerpts report to be able to be filtered by section. That way I have ready made groups for remediation for each class. And exemplars that are specific to each class.

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  8. PDFs of reports

    Hello,

    I am really excited about the possibility of this program. Are the reports available as PDF's, or will this feature be available in the next version? I printed out the reports, but they look like printed out webpages...

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  9. Copy CC Rubrics to Different Grade Levels

    It would be nice to be able to copy a common core rubric to another grade level. Obviously I would need to change the descriptors for each grade level, but it is common for me to have a similar assignment for each grade level that would have the same rubric elements attached to the same standard just at different grade levels.

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  10. Format

    Ability to see the original format of the paper

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  11. Pre and Post Assessment

    Is there a feature in the data reports which allows teachers to do a side-by-side comparison of a pre and post assessment? Thinking for SLO's...

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    Sort of.

    If you use Common Core-aligned rubrics, you can view progression charts across all CC-aligned assignments for the year for individual students and whole sections.

    You can also download data into Excel, but it’s still very complicated to run the pre/post comparison yourself in a spreadsheet.

    But we don’t currently support data comparisons between non-CC-aligned rubrics.

    The problem with non-CC-aligned rubrics is that I’ve built in complete flexibility—which is great for the instructor—but creates all sorts of problems if the code is asked to compare results.

    Imagine all the possible comparison challenges: this rubric element was removed, this element was added, this one was renamed, this one was split into two elements, etc.

    Even if 95% of all comparisons will use an identical rubric, the code has to account for ALL possible scenarios. And it’s those last 5% of cases that makes the whole thing way more complicated than…

  12. Customizable drop and drag comments for common mistakes

    I would like to have a place to store common feedback so I could drop and drag. For example, "Do not begin with a pronoun," "Run-on sentence," "Comma splice," etc. I could grade lightning fast if I didn't have to type feedback for the common mistakes. Could we get a little window on left side to customize these types of comments?

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    I’ve gone back and forth on this one. The Error Mark feature was designed to partially resolve this.

    As I say in the blog post about it (http://blog.essaytagger.com/2013/01/latest-update-error-marking.html): In most cases I recommend not entering a comment about the error. Instead hold the student responsible for reviewing her errors and thinking through them herself to figure out and learn from her own mistakes. She can seek out help if she needs it, but we shouldn’t take on the responsibility of making corrections for the students when it really doesn’t do them any good.

    I’d much rather have students submit corrections to earn back some mechanics points rather than having me write endless “subject-verb agreement” or “you’re/your” comments that the students won’t even read.

    There’s also the possibility of using Kevin Brookhouser’s shorthand for his grmr.me resource:
    http://blog.essaytagger.com/2013/02/check-out-grmrme-and-stop-endlessly-re.html

    Regardless, I’ll follow the demands of EssayTagger’s instructors! If lots of…

  13. Food for thought

    -- A spell check option for comments.
    -- Email reminder for students for new assignments or approaching due dates
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  14. Student login/dashboard to review graded essays using Google Apps account

    Allow students to identify themselves via their school-provided Google Apps accounts. They would then be able to view their full essay history. Could even add some new data reports to show students how they performed relative to their peers on each assignment.

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  15. Display which students have viewed their graded work

    The system will email out graded results to students, but currently there's no way to track which students actually clicked on the email and viewed their graded work.

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    I’m envisioning this as an addition to the “grading” tab of the Assignment Details page which lists all of the essays submitted for an assignment. An additional column would show a checkmark if the student has viewed their graded results.

    I think this would be nice to have but I’m not sure it’s a crucial feature. Let me know!

  16. Strike-Out Feature

    Often students will be too wordy, repeat ideas and examples, or accidentally repeat two of the same words in a row. Rather than marking this as an error and writing 'delete' or 'redundant', a strike-out tool would be much easier.

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    Interesting. I definitely see the use-case here. I’m always concerned about adding too many options to the interface. EssayTagger is initially intimidating to most teachers and if there are too many options it will be totally overwhelming.

    I’ll wait to see how teachers respond to this. If it bubbles up the top, I’ll find a way to make it work.

  17. Include the full CCSS text in rubric download/print options

    Currently only the CCSS identifier is included in the rubric element label (e.g. W.9-10.1a) when downloading or printing a rubric. Offer an option to include the full text of the standard for each rubric element.

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  18. Display total number of Error Marks per essay in the data reports

    The data reporting system does not currently report any Error Mark data. At least add the number of errors marked per essay. Average/Median number of errors marked for a particular assignment would be nice, too.

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  19. Essay Docs for Collaboration

    Make essays sharable (word?) so that multiple teachers can grade portions of the essays. For example, a Social Studies teacher might grade for content, and the English teacher might grade for grammar.

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    Oof. That’s a pretty cool idea, but also fairly difficult. I love the idea of encouraging more cross-department coordination and common assignments, but I think I’ll need to see more momentum swing this way before undertaking the big effort this would require. There just aren’t enough teachers out there that would take advantage of this kind of collaborative feature.

    So, you know, just change teaching culture and curriculum in America and then this one will become a no-brainer!

  20. Moving documents to another assignment

    Be able to move a student document to a new assignment if they accidentally upload a document to the wrong assignment.

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    Ah, this is a great suggestion!

    I think this feature makes sense. I don’t want teachers to have to go through extra hassle if a kid screws up the assignment upload.

    However, part of our job in the 21st-century is to develop competent digital citizens.

    Turning in the assignment to the wrong link should be viewed as being equivalent to not turning it in at all. That kid blew it, the paper is now late, there are consequences. In fact, I think there’s value in making the kid go back and do the submit correctly, even if it’s after the due date.

    So even if this feature is implemented, I’d still recommend that teachers make their kids jump through that hoop to get it right.

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