What does Essay Grader do?
Click checkboxes to create a feedback document. Essay Grader is not automatic grading software. By moving back and forth between a series of tabs and clicking appropriate checkboxes, a feedback document is created for each essay you grade. The final assessment document can be emailed to the student, emailed to yourself, or exported to your computer for printing, editing, and archival. Essay Grader allows you to grade much faster and better than ever before by illuminating the need to write the same comments over and over again with a red pen. Reclaim your weekends, provide highly targeted comprehensive feedback, and watch your students' writing improve with Essay Grader.
Essay Grader comes with an extensive library of pre-written comments in the areas of praise, organization, content, mechanics, style, and documentation. Each comment comes in six unique varieties in order to provide varied language on graded feedback documents. The first and last paragraphs of the grade document are optional free-write paragraphs where you can personalize each student's feedback sheet. You can even write custom comments on the fly from within the interface. After you have chosen your comments, simply assign a holistic score on the "Grade" tab and that grade will appear at the bottom of the student's feedback sheet.
From tab labels to comment text, every aspect of Essay Grader is fully editable. Customize the default comment database or create an entirely new database of your own. Essay Grader's content can be modified to conform to any discipline, rubric, or grading style.
Essay Grader is not just for grading papers and not just for English teachers. The app's flexibility makes it perfect to evaluate just about any project, performance, speech, product, assignment, or creation. There is no stigma involved with using Essay Grader. Quite the opposite. Teachers and professors from middle school through college report that their students actually praise the thorough grading they provide with Essay Grader. Many departments are using Essay Grader to standardize grading procedures and language across vertical and horizontal teams. Teachers are even allowing students to use the app in class to improve classroom peer editing activities.
Dramatically decrease your grading time, provide praise, and give more thorough feedback than ever before with this highly effective assessment tool. Essay Grader was developed by a college English professor with extensive secondary experience and is appropriate for all levels from secondary through graduate-level university academics. Press the info button from within the interface for extensive support resources.
**Visit our YouTube tutorials to see Essay Grader in action.**
What else can I do with Essay Grader?
- Essay Grader can generate any type of report. All one needs to do is modify the comment database.
- 1. grade speeches
- 2. assess the performance of a band, drill team, or cheerleading squad
- 3. evaluate projects in real-time as they are presented
- 4. judge eatable products (who made the best dish)
- 5. judge artistic sporting performances such as diving, gymnastics, and dance
- 6. quickly provide feedback to large numbers of students
- 7. judge the acting ability of various characters in a dramatic production (play)
- 8. compile regular reports for special education students
- 9. evaluate student behavior while you are teaching or lecturing
- 10. instantly e-mail feedback to parents regarding the performance and behavior of their child
- 11. keep detailed notes on student performance in preparation for an upcoming assessment meeting
- 12. evaluate a new technology resource for your IT department
- 13. judge the science fare
- 14. judge a debate
- 15. write routine reports of any kind
- 16. keep track of your various differentiation methods for students with special needs
- 17. record what modifications (accommodations) have been used by each special education student
- 18. quickly write up a student for a disciplinary infraction and email the assistant principal
- 19. report on a student's competency levels for a standardized test
- 20. write an ROTC uniform inspection report
Can Essay Grader insert comments directly into the student's paper?
No. While we may include this option at some point, the purpose of Essay Grader is to make grading faster and easier. We have found that inserting comments directly into the student's essay actually takes much more time for only a limited benefit. With Essay Grader, many users have been able to effectively grade an essay in under five minutes. Entering the comments directly in to the essay necessitates many additional steps and increases grading time to as much as fifteen minutes per essay. Yes, it seems logical, but in practice use I might be technology for technology's sake. We go with Henry David Thoreau, "Simplify, Simplify." Try Essay Grader as in, and you will be surprised how your students hang on your every word and then go back into their papers to find the places where they made their mistakes. Alternatively, you can make proofreader's marks in conjunction with Essay Grader.
Is Essay Grader automatic grading software?
No. Essay Grader is not automatic grading software and this is the biggest misconception about our product. Essay Grader uses pre-written comments to compile a feedback sheet to be given to the student. The feedback sheet is a list of comments that amounts to a mini-tutorial. The feedback sheet can either be stapled to the back of the student's paper or emailed directly to him or her.
How do I grade an essay with Essay Grader?
- 1. Press + at the top right of the interface.
- 2. Press "Start New Project."
Enter the student writer's name, the assignment name, and the student writer's e-mail address. (E-mail is optional here.)
- 4. Read the student writer's essay and add proofreader marks if desired.
- 5. Type your opening paragraph in the text box beneath the "Opening" tab. You may leave this tab blank if desired.
- 6. Select appropriate comments to be compiled into the final feedback document and assign a grade on the "Grade" tab.
- 7. Press Save.
- 8. Click on the name of the file you just created to export, preview, edit, print, or delete.
**See our YouTube tutorials above form detailed instructions.
How do I add an additional comment to a student's file while I'm grading and without editing the CSV file?
At the bottom of every column in the Essay Grader interface, you will notice a button that says "+ Add your comment." Clicking this button will reveal a text box. Place your additional comment into that space and it will be included into your final document at the end of the current paragraph.
How do I delete students' files from the List screen?
Press the file name and delete them individually or press Clear or Export.
How do I save my students' files to a computer?
Press Export from the main interface to export all or export them individually by clicking on the appropriate file from the list.
How do I uninstall Essay Grader?
to view our YouTube tutorial video this topic.
1. Drag Essay Grader program icon to the
Open finder. Press and hold alt
key. Choose "Go" from top menu. Choose "Library."
3. Delete the file user/library/containers/com.colinshanafelt.essaygrader.mac
4. Empty trash.
How do I upload my student's essay into Essay Grader?
The student's essay is never "uploaded" to Essay Grader. You still must read and grade the essay manually. However,
Essay Grader compiles a feedback document to be sent to the student and eliminates the need to write the same comments over and over again by hand. See "How do I grade an essay with Essay Grader?" and our YouTube tutorials for more detailed information.
Do I have to append my file names with #data and #list?
No! As of our Mavericks version 4.2 users are no longer required to append their file names with #data or #list. Let's just pretend that never happened. :)
What is a class list?
A class list is a simple three-column CSV database that contains a list of names and e-mails along with the name of the assignment to be graded. The purpose of the class list is to eliminate the need to manually type the name, assignment name, and e-mail address of every student as you are grading a stack of essays. Using a class list saves you time.
Can I use accent marks in my students' names on the class list?
Yes. As of our Mavericks update 4.2 Essay Grader can accept four differ et text codings. You must "Import with Option" and choose the appropriate text coding. See more under "Database" below.
How do I create a class list?
Click on our YouTube tutorial at the top of this page for detailed instructions.
Using a recent version of Micorsoft Excel (2010 is too old, sorry), create a spreadsheet in the following format:
- Column A – Type the student’s FULL name, first AND last in the same cell. (Required)
- Column B – Type the name of the assignment. (Required)
- Column C – Type the student’s e-mail address. (Required - Place email@example.com if you are not using e-mail. Cannot be blank.)
- Press “Save As” and choose the “CSV” format.
**NO SYMOBLS – the “Name “and “Assignment” fields can only accept numbers and letters. No symbols or special characters can be used–no curly apostrophes or quotation marks and no accent marks in students' names.**
How do I import a class list?
Press the button that looks like a stack of disks and choose "Import & Use database."
Where can I get a sample class list?
Download a sample class list from the download section at the top of this page.
What is the comment database?
The comment database is a simple spreadsheet list of the comments Essay Grader uses to compile student feedback documents.
What is the comment database CSV file?
The comment database is a Comma Separated Values (CSV) spreadsheet file. It is much like an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, only simpler. The comment database is the raw information that Essay Grader uses to compile student feedback sheets.
How do I edit Essay Grader's default text, tabs, columns, and comment labels?
Export and edit the default CSV comment database. It is much easier than it sounds. Click on the tutorials at the top of this page for detailed instructions.
What program will I need to edit the CSV comment database?
In order to edit the Essay Grader comment database, you will need a recent and updated version of Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers. Newer than 2010 please!
**Essay Grader is not compatible with early versions of Microsoft Excel for Windows**
How do I add and delete comments?
In the CSV database, add or delete a row that corresponds to the desired comment.
Click on our YouTube tutorial for this topic at the top of this page.
How do I export and save my custom comment database?
Press the button that looks like a stack of disks. Choose "Export current database."
Why is it important to save a copy of my custom comment database?
In the future, it may be necessary for you to delete and reinstall Essay Grader. If that happens, you will need to have a copy of your custom comment database in order to restore your copy of Essay Grader to its previous state. For that reason, it is imperative that you save a copy of your database. To save your custom comment database, export your comment database and save it in a folder where you will be able to find it later if needed.
How do I edit the default comment database?
For detailed instructions, click on our YouTube tutorial for this topic at the top of this page. Also, reference the following image for a color coded example with instructions at the bottom.
What are "Comments 1" "Comments 2" "Comments 3" etc.?
Each comment (pre-written block of text) should say just about the same thing, but the wording of each comment should vary. By using different versions of the same comment, instructors can create the illusion that he / she has written fresh comments on each student's paper. Alternatively, some instructors use the different comment banks to signify varying degrees or different variations of the same error. Essay Grader can me edited to function in many different ways. BUT . . . the same comment can only be selected in one bank at a time.
Where can I find a copy of the default comment database?
Download a copy of the default comment database under "Downloads" at the top of this page.
Where can I find copies of the testing databases referenced in your YouTube tutorial?. What is the comment database?
Download copies of testing databases under "Downloads" at the top of this page.
Can I rearrange or delete the vertical columns within the comment database?
No. The vertical columns in the CSV database must remain as they appear in the default comment database. All cells in the CSV from column A to column I must be filled, even if you just use filler text. There can be no empty cells.
Can I sort and rearrange the horizontal rows within the comment database?. What is the comment database?
Yes. You can display the horizontal rows in any way you choose. Your changes will also be reflected in the app interface. View our Click on our YouTube tutorial for this topic at the top of this page.
Can I delete an entire category from one of the tab pages within Essay Grader?
Yes. View our YouTube Tutorial on how to edit the CSV database for more information. As long as you have at least one tab with one column and one comment, your database will function in Essay Grader.
Can I use accent marks and similar characters in my Essay Grader custom comment database?
Yes. But not that it is never okay to use special characters such as curly quotes, curly apostrophes, and dash symbols. As of our Mavericks update you can choose from four different types of encoding:
Choose "Import with option"
1. ASCII (American) - Wikipedia
2. Latin 1 (Western European) - Wikipedia
3. Latin 2 (Eastern European) - Wikipedia
4. UTF-8 (International)
Can I use special characters in the Essay Grader database and class list?
No. You can never use characters such as curly apostrophes, curly quotes, dash symbols, superscript, subscript, fractions, etc. These characters often creep into your database when you cut and paste from programs like MS Word. Turn off the auto correct for those characters in Word.
I'm using Windows Excel to create or edit my database and class list, but my files fail to import or make EG crash. How can I repair this?
It seems that there are several different types of CSV files. While most of the newer programs seem to import and work fine, sometimes files from Windows machines do not import properly because of a minor difference in the internal (invisible) formatting. For this version we have a found a workaround.
Notepad++ ( http://notepad-plus-plus.org )
1. Open your CSV file with with Notepad++
2. Edit > EOL Conversion > UNIX/OSX Format
3. save ( choose all types, then name it with file extension .csv, because the default file name do not have a cdv file extension )
Essay Grader has crashed. I imported my custom comment database, but now the app won't open.
There is a problem with your comment database. Most likely, something is missing or arranged improperly. Repair your database or class list. Delete and reinstall the app. The most likely scenario is that you have blank spaces (cells) in your database or you have included special characters. You can never use characters such as curly apostrophes, curly quotes, dash symbols, superscript, subscript, fractions, etc. These characters often creep into your database when you cut and paste from programs like MS Word. Turn off the auto correct for those characters in Word.
Do you offer a site license?
No, but we do participate in Apple's volume discount program, and if you want to buy over 500 copies, we might be able to make you and even better deal. :)