21st Century Workspaces
The Innovation Assessments inbox has become highly developed during the pandemic to support a variety of formats for student response and very efficient evaluation tools for teachers. Your students can upload their assignment in a variety of formats, compose and save their work right at the site, take notes using Cornell Format, and access the AI coach when it is engaged to support writing summary and short answer responses.
When you create an inbox, you have the option of associating a particular grading rubric and a PDF document. I use these for my reading tasks in which students respond to an article by writing a summary with personal reaction or taking Cornell notes. You can also select your preference for the format of the student's work submission. Inbox accepts a variety of upload formats as well as provides unique digital student workspaces.
Students can submit work to an inbox in three ways: upload a document they composed elsewhere or compose a written response at Innovation Assessments, in either the compose app or the Cornell Notes app.
A wide variety of documents can be uploaded, including PDF (preferred), XLSX, ZIP files and plain text files. Student work can be stored at Innovation Assessments for one year.
The composer digital student workspace has great features for easy online work. If there is a PDF document associated with the task, students can toggle visibility. There is a handy citation generator, a readability checker, a set of international characters buttons, and a utility to download the student's work to a text file. If there is a PDF document attached to the task, it can be viewed at the click of a button. I use this for outlines, summaries, and such. Compose work can be saved and submitted at will. You have access to the student's work even before it is submitted. I use this to coach students on difficult assignments as they write. If the teacher has trained the AI with sample responses (such as for summaries), the coach function will compare the student's work to the models in the corpus and estimate the likely grade.
The Cornell Note Taking digital workspace is another option for student work submission to an inbox. This workspace has the same features as the composer space. In addition, keyboard shortcuts are programmed in so students can easily make bullets of various kinds for the note taking section. If you trained the AI with a model outline, students can activate the coach to advise them on their outline and estimate possible score on the rubric dimensions. Finally, the study app takes student questions and turns them into flashcards to study from.
Whether you're scoring an upload, a composed writing sample, or Cornell Notes, the teacher assessment app makes it easy. There are a large number of installed rubrics and you can score dimensions either using the dropdown box or right on the rubric at the bottom of the page. If you trained the AI, you can get grading assistance for composed work submissions and Cornell Notes. One strategy is to train the AI from student work. Select the students who usually do outstanding work. Grade their work. If it scores full credit, you can easily add this sample to the AI corpus and use it as a standard to grade other work. I usually select four samples for this purpose. This makes the AI smarter in recognizing full credit work. AI grading assistant is accurate for information text where the expected content is about the same for each student. It does not work well for creative or persuasive writing… yet!