ISTE 17: We Learned More About Graide Network And How They’re Helping Teachers and Students With Student Teachers
The Graide Network is doing something awesome for students and teachers. The company has set up a platform where teachers can outsource their grading to student teachers. This gives students the opportunity to get feedback from a different voice. It gives the student teachers real world experience grading and giving feedback, and a little extra money. For the teacher, it frees up valuable time that can be spent on developing more material, lesson planning or even family time.
First the teacher posts detailed information about their assignment, including content about the class, grading instructions, due date and the rubric. Next, teachers are matched with the best Graider. Graider profiles include ratings, experience, relevant coursework and more. Teachers then upload the student work, which the Graiders grade and return with detailed feedback for the students and the class. Finally, teachers download the grades for their grade books or apps and return feedback for the student.
The Graide Network benefits the teachers and the aspiring teachers in a bunch of ways. The obvious first way for the teachers is it gives them more time, time to work on professional development and time to spend their families, which is always a struggle at the K-12 level. It also gives the teachers, and the students, the benefit of a different set of eyes on the material. It can open up a teachers eyes to challenges they may face in teaching the material, that they might not see grading assignments on their own.
For the aspiring teachers they are getting a hands on look at real student work, outside of the in classroom training. A Graider may get an eighth grade assignment one week, and an 11th grade World Civilization assignment the next. It helps them develop their own style of grading based on the “7 Hallmarks of Effective Feedback.” Graiders can also use their portfolio rank and feedback as a resume item.
The Graide Network is a free service to teachers. The service is paid for by the schools and districts as a professional development tool and it costs much less than hiring 30-40 teacher’s assistants every year, a savings schools and districts need as education budgets are squeezed tightly.
The best part is that the Graiders are vetted. They’re either very new teachers or people in college studying to be teachers. The Graiders are getting real life experience, while the teachers are getting valuable free time and a second set of eyes on the assignments.
Check out The Graide Network here (don’t forget the e) thegraidenetwork.com