Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014


Novel tool for quick feedback; assessment limited to multiple-choice
Visit Website
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Create and print custom forms with student ID numbers.
  • Grade multiple choice assessments with any web or document camera.
  • Extensive support and tutorials provided to teachers and school sites.
  • A user-friendly teacher dashboard.
It's a real time-saver for grading paper multiple-choice tests, offers built-in reports and data-transfer compatibility with other grading programs.
Assessment here is limited to multiple-choice only, and many features are available only with school or district accounts.
Bottom Line
Immediate feedback on tests and quizzes can help boost students' learning, but advanced reporting features come only with paid plans.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Immediate feedback on assessments may increase student effort and interest in content. Students will enjoy scanning their own tests, which can also serve as an opportunity for a one-on-one check-in.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Grading is faster and easier. Multiple-choice assessments can be limited in depth, but the opportunity to capitalize on immediate feedback has great value. Less time grading means more time to create and teach meaningful curriculum.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

There's a support page with multiple tutorials to help teachers with all aspects of the program. Users can post questions and responses in a community forum that's monitored by the GradeCam staff.

About our ratings and privacy evaluation.
How Can Teachers Use It?

The best use for GradeCam will likely involve accessing all of the paid features through a subscription. The various components of the program make a teacher’s job easier in addition to providing valuable feedback. For example, an entire academic department could create common assessments. Teachers can link questions to custom or Common Core standards and share assessments with other teachers.

The tests are easy to scan, and the results are easy to transfer into an online gradebook. Teachers or administrators could share and analyze the data to inform future instruction or evaluate how well students might be meeting standards. However, if you use only the free plan, there are still benefits. Use the 10-question assessments as daily exit tickets or polls to get some great ongoing assessment. Kids will enjoy scanning their papers as they finish class.

Read More Read Less
What's It Like?

GradeCam uses Web-based software that allows teachers to instantly scan and grade multiple-choice assessments using a document camera (or other Web-based cameras). In short, it's a more efficient and technologically advanced version of a Scantron machine. Along with this advancement, GradeCam comes with a number of other features.

With a free account, teachers can make 10-question answer keys, upload classes to create personalized test forms, scan tests, and get instant reports and data analysis. Additional features are available through paid accounts, for individual teachers as well as for school and district-wide accounts. With the paid plans, the number of test items expands to 100. Additionally, teachers can transfer data to nearly any online gradebook and create standards-based evaluations. The site walks users through set-up and offers numerous tutorials and a community support page.

Read More Read Less
Is It Good For Learning?

GradeCam is a great way to quickly grade multiple-choice assessments and get instant reports to monitor student progress. The ability for teachers and students to see test results immediately provides a built-in method to check for understanding. This type of instant feedback is very useful in helping students master certain concepts. Teachers will also have the opportunity to modify their curriculum accordingly. And when students score their own assessments, they can ask questions to clarify their understanding of difficult content.

It's important to note, however, that while GradeCam can be a big time-saver, it promotes the use of multiple-choice assessments, wherein the depth of learning may be limited. Nevertheless, having students score their own tests may increase buy-in as well as effort. And GradeCam can save teachers time in scoring basic assessments -- one of the more tedious parts of the job. This can mean more time developing curriculum, collaborating, and working directly with students to promote deeper learning.

Read More Read Less

See how teachers are using GradeCam

Teacher Reviews

Write Your Own Review