Extension for Google Classroom™
NOTE: Classwork Zoom is completely unrelated to Zoom and offers no video conferencing software. Classwork Zoom is a data visualization tool that visualizes student work in a scrollable and zoomable timeline.
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Classwork Zoom is a missing piece in the puzzle of student effort and engagement. It can help you answer questions like...
- Are my students engaged in the work that I've assigned?
- Are they managing their time?
- Are they doing their own work in individual assignments?
- Are they contributing evenly enough in group work?
Have you ever gone through the revision history in Google Docs (or Sheets, Slides, Sites, or Drawings)? There's so much information there, but it's tedious to dig it out for even a single document of any size, and it's too inefficient to examine it for the work of a whole class.
Classwork Zoom takes those many kinds of information from the revision history and visualizes them in a timeline, making it immensely faster and easier to understand and actually use it in decisions to benefit your classes. Not just for a single document -- for a whole class at once! Just select the assignment(s) you want to add, and you can see all of the work visualized, including a hover preview of comments, suggestions, and text that may have been pasted.
Note: Classwork Zoom visualizes information about (1) student work in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings that is assigned (2) through Google Classroom, including (3) assignment deadlines from the class calendar.
Of course, in order to display all this information, the extension needs permission to access (1) files in Google Drive, (2) your Classroom classes, and (3) the class calendar.
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. Let's say that using Classwork Zoom you discover that your students have a time management problem, always doing their work at the last second. If you then make an attempt to address that problem, you don't have to just hope or guess that the situation improves, and you don't have to check your students' documents one-by-one to see if your efforts paid off. Just build a timeline of the next assignment and see if their habits are changing.
Did it work? Great! Or if not, you can try something else, and you will KNOW whether it made a difference :)
"I feel like I was in the dark about what my students were doing, 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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