Marking children's work with individual comments on their papers is not just hellishly burdensome, the gain is very limited and in some cases even counter-productive. Elen Harris researched a different way.
Tech has the potential to bring incredible benefits to education, but it can also be daunting and overwhelming. Michael Kimber of Broadclyst School shows how his school is making the most of the options available and empowering teachers to embrace technology in all areas of their teaching.
Marking, grading, offering feedback and assessment are commonly cited as the bane of teachers’ lives. Yet, they are necessary evils, so the key is to find intelligent ways to make it more efficient and effective. This issue’s Top Apps feature focuses on assessment—apps that offer real-time communication between teacher and class, digital and automated grading and marking tools and fun and engaging formative approaches. There is still no perfect method, but these apps are making a big difference in addressing the workload burden and increasing engagement.