The teacher then collects the assignment, annotates and grades the assignment, and publishes grades. Students can then review grades and annotations.
The core of the product is designed around simplifying the classroom workflow:
- Teacher creates a lesson
- Teacher adds an assignment
- Teacher schedules lesson, which auto-schedules the assignment
- Students access lesson and assignment
- Students submit work for the assignment
- Teacher collects the assignment
- Teacher annotates and grades the assignment
- Teacher publishes grades
- Students review grades and annotations
Students can use the camera, pictures, pdf's, office documents, pull from Google Drive or Dropbox to submit work. This seamlessly rolls into the grading tool without ever dealing with the concept of a folder or file. Simply tap Grade Assignments and all the file management is handled behind the scenes, including multiple submissions per student as well as resubmissions.
Canaryflow utilizes the core workflow to provide organizational tools to both the teacher and student. Since they track the state of all lessons, assignments, materials, resubmissions, grades, etc... they can provide both overall and class specific contexts. For example, on the student home page, they can see all past due work, everything due today, any resubmissions that have been requested, the list of upcoming homework, as well as a summary of all the lessons they are going to have today.
Similarly, the today screen for a class will show a teacher all homework still left to be graded, assignments to collect, students with past due work, a list of students who have not handed in today's assignment and so on. These tools level the playing field for students who have yet to master time management and organizational skills.
Canaryflow's integrated grader is one of the most popular features. Unlike many other annotation tools, which simply overlay drawing and text components on top of student work, the tools are designed specifically for grading. Rather than draw a -1 with your finger, tap using the X tool and the -1 is drawn for you and also deducted from the total assignment score. Tap it again and it becomes a -2.
The auto-tabulation of scores works across multiple pages and multiple documents within a single assignment, making it quick and easy to grade multi-page work as well as multiple revisions. The frequently used text tool also remembers every comment you've typed for both a given assignment as well as throughout the entire course.
This allows teachers to provide detailed feedback, and the ability to reuse this feedback across different students with a simple tap. If a Student submitted the wrong work or if it's unreadable, simply tap the resubmit button and move on to the next student without missing a beat. Since the workflow feeds directly into the grading tool, teachers never see files and can simply tap on any assignment shown in the "To Be Graded" list on the home page to get started grading and all grades auto-populate in the Gradebook.
Roughly 40% of households in the US don't have wifi at home. This puts a significant portion of the student body at a severe disadvantage outside of school. This application is unique in that the experience is seamless between online and offline mode.
Canaryflow caches all upcoming lessons, materials and assignments several days in advance so they are always available on the device. We also allow students to submit homework even when offline, allowing students to complete their work at home and leaving the device to auto-synchronize when they arrive on campus in the morning. We utilize the same technology to improve the teacher experience as well.
For example, once an assignment is collected, all the student work is immediately downloaded and cached on the device, which means teachers don't need to be online to grade and there is no loading time between student documents while grading.
For more information, visit Canaryflow online.