Extension for Google Classroom™
Have you ever checked out the revision history in Google Docs? Classwork Zoom takes that information for Google Classroom assignments and visualizes it in a timeline, making it immensely faster and easier to understand and actually use that information in decisions to benefit your classes.
As a teacher, I designed Classwork Zoom with a teacher's needs in mind, and my enthusiasm for it is based on how much it has truly helped me with my classes.
The bottom line is that when you can clearly SEE student effort, then you are in a far better position to cultivate it, encourage it, build it, fuel it, nurture it. Because whatever you put into it, you can SEE if it worked!
"I feel like I was in the dark, and Classwork Zoom turned the light on." -English teacher
"Now it's so easy to see when there's an imbalance in group work. I honestly don't think I could get by without it anymore." -Physics teacher
"HOLY CRAP." -Chemistry teacher
The best times are when Classwork Zoom tells you that things are going right. Based on the amount, times, and types of activity shown, everyone is doing their fair share in group work, managing their time well, staying focused in class time, meeting deadlines, and steering clear of academic dishonesty. But when things go wrong, Classwork Zoom is the go-to tool for a quick look at the situation, and it often solves these problems in seconds.
"My son/daughter worked on the essay all weekend."
- Classwork Zoom can quickly help to establish whether or not this was the case. I don't personally show it to students, but parents are consistently blown away when they see their child's work (or lack thereof) displayed on a timeline.
"I did all the work in my group!" or "____ isn't doing any work in the group!"
- You just won't believe how easy it is to pull up a breakdown of the percentage of keystrokes contributed by each editor of a shared document or alternatively view the breakdown of the amount of editing time spent by each editor (since not all valuable contributions can be measured in keystrokes).
"I did all of my own work!"
- Classwork Zoom draws attention to possible pasting, letting you hover over it in the timeline to see what was pasted in case it looks like something you need to investigate further.
- If an unassigned editor makes changes to your students' work, Classwork Zoom draws your attention to that fact.
- Even if a student removes a potentially suspicious document from a Google Classroom assignment, in most cases it can still be detected and analyzed by Classwork Zoom.
- If a student turns in work that contains suggestions by others (using the Suggestion mode in Google Docs), Classwork Zoom makes it clear how much of the document consists of suggestions by another user.
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