Chris Morgan, Founder & Managing Partner
Over the past years, the education industry has grown leaps and bounds. The industry has entered into a digital world where technology integrated with traditional classrooms is benefitting both students and teachers around the globe. Although the concept of smart classrooms has proven to be the key enabler for many schools and colleges, there are still educators that are reluctant to use technology in all scenarios. There is a myriad of valid reasons for this. In some contexts, the use of technology can distract from learning tasks. In other cases, the benefit of digital devices does not outweigh the time and effort necessary for educators to create and manage online content. Studies have found that online testing can pose a disadvantage to students who have not had regular access to technology at home. Finally, there are contexts in which students who have special needs cannot use digital devices. What most teachers want is a platform through which they can streamline their administrative tasks, without changing their traditional teaching practices completely.
Paperscorer is a smart platform that helps teachers to administer assessments in paper and scan grades directly into Google Classroom, Canvas or Blackboard.
Our technology was built to bridge the gap between the educators and the learning management system, giving them the liberty to teach students without changing their ways
This process saves teachers ample amount of time and helps them improve the quality of the feedback given to students. "Our technology was built to bridge the gap between the educators and the learning management system, giving them the liberty to teach students without changing their ways," says Chris Morgan, Founder and Managing Partner of Paperscorer.
Through Paperscorer's eponymous application, educators can create answer keys (“bubble sheets”) on plain letter-size paper for assessments that were created either on- or offline. With these bubble sheets, they can create all types of question types like multiple-choice questions, true or false, essays, or numeric. Paperscorer even converts technology enhanced items, such as matching or sorting, for use on paper.
With Paperscorer's software, educators have the flexibility to create assessments for students as per their needs. The assessments can either be created through Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Google Docs or can be built in Canvas, Google Classroom, or Learnosity. They can then be converted into a paper format where the students can answer these quizzes offline.
These sheets can then be scanned using the Paperscorer mobile application or any standard scanner. Regardless of how the forms are scanned, student results are automatically graded and imported into fully-featured digital gradebooks in Google Classroom, Canvas, and Blackboard for review, saving time and effort of many teachers. Paperscorer provides detailed reports, including course statistics, student statistics and item-analysis.
The platform offers an up-to-date portal with video tutorials and technical instructions for their clients to understand the use of every aspect of the application. Paperscorer's patent-pending technology is also designed to integrate with a variety of learning management and assessment systems. They provide a full application programming interface (API), integration support, and can develop white-labeled versions of the Paperscorer app. Many large companies with an existing learning management platform that need functionality like Paperscorer's are now able to build these functionalities into their tool with Paperscorer's integration tools and API.
By using Paperscorer software, most of the company’s clients who normally spend hour’s manually grading large volumes of assessments were able to exponentially reduce the time spent. Some of Paperscorer’s clients have chosen to use Paperscorer to replace Scantron, reducing queues and high costs for the use of specialized printers.
“We really focus on the interoperability of the system," says Mr. Morgan. He continues, “The integration with major learning management systems, particularly Canvas, was our biggest milestone, and we will be introducing technology for other learning management systems in the future.”