EchoGrade Launches in App Store
Did you hear that? Teachers now have the ability to not only leave behind the stacks of paper they bring home with them every evening to grade, but reduce the time it takes to give their students precious feedback as well - all using a tablet or mobile device. EchoGrade promises to deliver both of these solutions with its launch in the App store this week.
Echoes of this idea began when Lean Lab Fellow and high school math teacher, Connor Nowalk, found himself deeply frustrated by the physical act of grading - red pen marks, long hours pouring over the same test for hundreds of students, class time spent handing back and utilizing that feedback, and repeating this laborious cycle day-in and day-out were all important, but draining. Surely, we can do better, he thought.
So in June 2014, Connor joined the inaugural class of The Lean Lab's Incubator Fellowship and brought his idea to life. He is now the founder and creative behind EchoGrade, an app that allows students to take pictures of their formative quizzes, problems, or classwork using their phone's camera and send it directly to their teacher. Then, the teacher can grade the students' work directly on their own tablet or mobile device, sending the feedback directly to the student. This creates not only a shorter feedback loop for the teacher and student, but archives the material for the student to reference later, right there on their phone. No more stacks of paper. No more "my dog ate my homework" excuses. No more lost feedback or time.
Connor will be presenting at Narrative: Lean Lab's Demo Day on April 16 with his cofounder, Nick Schulte, along with the other Lean Lab Fellows and select education innovators. To learn more about Connor and the other fellows' stories and innovations, get your ticket here.