A. Efficiency - 9.5
B. Functionality - 5.6
C. Design - 8.5
Working Class: An App for Increasing Teacher Efficiency
Summary : Helping Teachers Manage Their Workload
Working Class provides a tool for managing classes, student attendance, grades, and more! When first launching the app, a sample class layout is shown, and users can tap the different areas of the screen to explore the app’s functionalities and features. When ready to create their own class, users will need to tap and hold the “Edit” button on the top right of the screen until the content on the screen begins to tremble. Next, users need to tap and adjust the Edit Days, Edit Periods, and Show Rooms options on the bottom of the screen so they are set to the users’ needs and teaching schedule. At this point, users can tap a “?” icon on the grid to begin creating their class.
After tapping the “?” button, a new screen is loaded and users can add a class by tapping the “Add a row” option. They will then be asked to enter the name of their class (e.g., Biology, Algebra, World Literature, etc.) followed by the “Save” button. The app then returns users to the “Grid” view, and users can tap “?” icon in each slot to enter when their class meets. Once all the classes have been entered on the grid, users can tap on a class to enter students and assignments to the class.
From the grid view, users can tap a class, and a class page will load. From that page, users can tap the “+” icon on the bottom to enter a student. To do so, users will have to add the student’s name when prompted followed by the “Save” button, and then that student’s name will appear on the screen. Users can add a photo of that student by tapping the blank icon on the student’s line and then taking a picture of the student or selecting an image to represent the student. Once all students have been added, users can tap the “Dice” button on the bottom right of the screen to have the app automatically and randomly select a student. In addition, users can tap the “?” icon next to the student to record attendance.
To add an assignment, users will have to select a class from the grid screen and then click the “Paper & Pen” icon on the class page. An assignment page will then load, and users can again tap the “Paper & Pen” icon. They will then be prompted to first add the name of the assignment followed by the “Save” button. Users can then add attributes for the assignment including the type of assignment (e.g., unit test, homework, etc.) and the maximum score possible. On this same screen, users can tap the blank dashes under the “Grade” column to add the points earned on the assignment by each student, and the app will automatically calculate the grade and percentage earned by each student on that assignment. Users can then tap the “Back” button on the top left of the screen and an updated class average for each assignment will appear. Users can then tap the “Back” button again on the top left of the screen to return to the grid page.
Please Note: Throughout this app, the developer provides helpful videos that support users when first learning the app’s functionalities and features.
Instructional Ideas for Working Class
- Teachers can use this app to create a daily schedule for their class meetings and to manage their students’ grades and attendance.
- From a class page, teachers can tap on a student to view that student’s grades in the class. Teachers can then tap the “Upload” button on the top right of the screen to send that student an email.
- From a class page, teachers can tap a student and then select one of the behavior icons from the top of the screen. Next, teachers can tap the “+” and “-“ buttons to add or subtract points based on student behavior.
- From a class page, teachers can use the “Dice” option to randomly call on a student to answer a question, complete a task, or something else.
- Teachers can use this app as a grade book for tracking student progress and then use the class page to view a snapshot of student progress.
|B2. Collaboration & Communication|
|B3. Ability to Save Progress|
|B5. Platform Integration|
|C2. Ease of Use|
|C5. Screen Design|
|C6. Information Presentation|
|C7. Media Integration|
|C8. Free of Distractors|