As an English teacher, I have struggled to let go of my pen in favor of a grading app. The school where I work is moving toward being a full iPad school, so I know I must relinquish my writing implement and move into modern times.
I have tried grading apps with stock comments. I did not like them at all. If a child takes the time to write an essay, I need to take the time to make comments unique to that paper.
I have also tried a submission drop box, but over 100 simultaneous emails (with over a hundred “you’ve got mail” pings) can be a bit daunting. I experienced the same issue with a sharing program. With GoodReader, I can file emails into a manageable amount, get and send emails, and make personal comments. The beauty of the app is it is so diverse it is suitable for not just teachers, but also editors and project managers.
Capabilities (for a full list, check out www.goodreader.com)
- Transfer files and emails to/from Good Reader
- Folder those files or papers (multiple submissions can be dropped into my folder for ease)
- Insert comments in cloudy shapes, text boxes, and pop up sticky notes. Consequently, the student, writer, or employee gets personal and specific comments unique to his or her work. No more stock and over-used comments.
- Underline or highlight areas with problems or strength
- Can use with Google Drive
Program Compatibility (www.goodreader.com)
- 3.20.0 Iphone
- 3.20.1 Ipad Touch
- $4.99 (I just bought it, well worth every penny)
- · Good.iWare Ltd. (Division of iWareLogic.com)
The www.goodreader.com website has a tutorial and easy guides to follow. But as with most apps, exploring is how you learn. I consider myself to be moderately successful at navigating mobile devices and I had no problem at all learning to use the app. Imagine no more over-flowing mailboxes or stock impersonal comments.
Mrs. Sari Weltman, my workshop instructor, as well as junior high English teacher and department head, says, ” I think the best feature of GoodReader is that it accesses the Google Drive and allows the user to annotate over documents, email them with the annotations, and has the capability of organizing annotated documents in folders.”
Interview with Mrs. Weltman on 2/12/14