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August 6, 2020

Gathering Pre- and Post-Test Data with Remark Office OMR

When conducting a course or class, instructors want to be able to see what the students actually learned. A great way to gauge this is by using pre- and post-tests. The pre-test is administered before material is taught and serves as a general baseline, while the post-test, administered after the material is taught, can show the areas of improvement and the magnitude of improvement. This is a great method to quantify learning, but having to manually grade two sets of tests and compare the results is incredibly time-consuming.

Remark Office OMR can change that. The Remark Office OMR software allows you to create your own customized tests in a program like Microsoft Word, print them on plain paper, and scan them to be graded automatically using existing equipment, such as a desktop scanner or network copier. Several reports are available to detail student, class, and item performance and progression. The reports can show the appropriate pre- and post-test data on the same screen, allowing you to quickly and easily compare the two. The data can also be exported to several common formats, such as Excel, CSV, Access, etc.

In order to differentiate the pre-test from the post-tests and have Remark accurately sort and examine the data, you just need to put a small identifier on your form. This can be something as simple as a pre-printed word or a barcode. Alternatively, if you wish to differentiate the tests yourself, you can simply load both sets of data into Remark Office OMR and have the software compare the two sets.

Many of our customers utilize this feature in their own unique ways. For instance, we work with a large network of non-profit customers in Pennsylvania who use pre- and post-tests to gauge the effectiveness of drug and alcohol education courses. Another use could be tracking the performance of technician training, similar to how Rollins, Inc. uses the Remark Office OMR software. Or you could be like the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) in Enola, PA and measure the results of a two week seminar for teacher skills. These are just a few of the many ways you can track progress and learning by using pre- and post-tests with Remark Office OMR.

To learn more about Remark Office OMR, you can sign up for a live webinar or download a free demo to try the software for yourself. You can also contact our sales team at sales@gravic.com or 1.800.858.0860.


August 4, 2020

FAQ: Can I Really Use Plain Paper?

Yes! You read that correctly, Remark Office OMR and Remark Test Grading process plain paper forms! Standard 20 lb. copy paper works well for single sided forms. When printing duplex (double sided), you may want to consider a thicker paper stock such as 28 lb. or higher. We recommend this because Remark can process forms completed with any writing instrument. If respondents use a gel pen, Sharpie, or other instrument that might bleed through the page, you will want something a little thicker to handle potential bleeding. When designing forms for Remark Office OMR remember to always follow our form design best practices and do not hesitate to take advantage of our free form review service. We recommend that you test your paper selection prior to printing and distributing large quantities. For more information on the Remark Products please contact Remark Sales at sales@gravic.com or +1-800.858.0860. For technical assistance, please contact Remark Support at support@gravic.com or +1.610.647.8595.


July 28, 2020

The CARES Act and You

This piece is a part of a larger series of posts we’ve written about educators around the world working from home. To read more articles like this, check out our blog archive. Educators and administrators across the United States are coming to terms with the hard realities of the upcoming school year. As major cities start to announce all online or hybrid models of school, and millions of children prepare to stay at home in the fall, it is becoming increasingly clear teachers will have to rely on technology more than ever. During these strange unyielding times, the United States Congress passed the CARES Act (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) to deliver fast economic assistance for Americans. This $2 trillion economic relief package was divided up all over our economy, with a considerable amount going different funds in order to help stabilize our schools. The U.S. Education Department has released estimates on how much money each state should receive individually and has created lists of allowable uses. Among the list of acceptable expenditures are the following:

  1. Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
  2. Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA, and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistently with all federal, state, and local requirements.
  3. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
Remark Software has a long record of commitment to the educators of the world. When the global pandemic started, we offered our Remark Test Grading Cloud solution free for all educators. We implemented online testing, added custom feedback reports, continued our dedication to privacy by adding the option for Canadian hosting of data, and added even more to our long list of LMS integrations. All these innovations lead our company to be a finalist for the EdTech Digest Awards, and a winner of an ISHN (Industrial Safety & Hygiene News) Readers’ Choice Award. As we discussed during Teacher Appreciation Week, everyone at Gravic, Inc. has had a teacher who changed their lives. So, before we add any features to our Remark Test Grading Cloud solution, we always think about the teacher first. We ask ourselves, "Will this make their jobs easier?" "Does it save them crucial time?" "Does our solution improve their lessons?" When all the answers are "yes", we finally implement the feature. So recently, when customers asked for the ability to randomize their questions to help curb cheating, we jumped at the opportunity to make our essential educators’ lives easier. During this time, Remark Software wishes to ask educators across the world: how can we help? Please consider requesting a free trial of our Remark Test Grading Cloud, or contact our sales team to discuss whatever your unique needs may be. To learn more about our solution, consider signing up for a live webinar. We look forward to helping you!


July 27, 2020

Prepping for the 2021 School Year

We are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. With uncertainty comes new hurdles that require innovative solutions. During this pandemic this is truer in education than anywhere else in the country.

Each school district is currently hard at work drafting their own unique plans for reopening in the fall. No two plans look exactly alike, and no one can say whether these plans will need to be revised again should cases rise. The rumors about the new school year are too numerous to list them all, but here are a few.

  1. Schools stay entirely online.
  2. Schools follow a “half in half out” approach, where kids alternate the days they come in.
  3. Teachers come in and live-stream themselves for kids at home.
  4. In-school attendance becomes optional.
  5. Teachers are sent to the homes for the most vulnerable populations.
  6. School days are cut in half with teachers moving between classes, not students.
  7. Schools just reopen entirely but follow stricter cleaning regimens.

With all of this uncertainty, we want you to know that no matter what type of school year is coming—whether you’re in class, practicing remote learning, or some hybrid of the two, Remark Test Grading Cloud has you covered. Our solution can be used in person or remotely with paper or digital assessments. Remark Test Grading Cloud allows teachers to worry less about grading and more about the quality of their lessons. Remark saves time by instantly grading all digital assessments the moment students finish, or with the help of any scanner, can grade huge piles of paper assessments in moments. When grading is completed, the teacher not only sees their students' grades displayed, but they also have access to a multitude of detailed reports on each student, question, assignment, class, benchmarks and much more. Remark even allows teachers to leave comments on student's reports, so that students can receive badly needed feedback or positive encouragement. 

In order to help schools during this difficult time, we are offering educators our Remark Test Grading Cloud for free until the end of the 2020 calendar year. You can request your free trial here. To get tips on using Remark Test Grading Cloud, make sure to check out our blog, follow our Twitter account, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


July 23, 2020

Remark Test Grading Cloud Update! BIG New Feature!

Remark Text Grading Cloud's new update brings you one big new feature and two others.

Features

  • Delivery of Questions One at a Time With Randomization of Questions: You asked, and we heard you! When delivering online tests, you can now choose to show a single question at a time, instead of the entire test all at once. You can even choose to randomize the order in which students see the questions. Look for this setting on the Test Distribution page when you send your emails. One of the most asked for features from our customers who used online tests in the spring was the ability to randomize the questions to help prevent cheating.  Now you have that ability!
  • Test Availability and Progress Indicator: Students now see their progress as they take the test (when questions are delivered one at a time), and if there is an availability window, how much time they have until the test closes.
  • Reviewing Open Responses: You can now see the question text when you are reviewing and grading open response questions.
If you’re in need of a fast, reliable, and proven assessment solution, you can get your free trial of Remark Test Grading Cloud now. For more information on Remark Products please contact Remark Sales at sales@gravic.com or +1.800.858.0860.


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