iPad, Grading Made Easier

    One of the most daunting tasks last year when I switched from Elementary to High School Art was the grading. In Elementary the grades didn't "matter" per say so I used a very simple way with smiley faces, but this is High School and it mattered. 
    First, I put on my daily "To Do" list to grade EVERYDAY. Even if it was just one project turned in for that day, I still "tried" to do it everyday. Also, I vowed to never physically take student work home to grade. This meant I would have to do all my grading at work… right? Wrong. Last year we purchased iPads for our classrooms. Just one to be used as a teaching tool and help us organize our portfolios for our new TN Fine Arts Evaluation. I used it mostly to assist me in grading work. Here's what I did. 
Prep work: Create Folders for each of your classes. I assign them codes to make my life easier. Art 2 second block, for example, would be 2-2. The most important album is the "To Grade" album.

At the end of the day I would take a picture of all the work that was turned in one at a time. I like to put black poster board/railroad board underneath the work for a better look. I would take some works out side on nice days to get better quality photos. These pics would be in my Camera Roll in my Photos like below. 

 Then I would select all the photos of work that needed to be graded and add them to the "To Grade" album. 

Once the work was in the folder I could begin to grade using the rubric for that assignment. 
 I could tap to enlarge the image and tap again to take away all the other icons.
 Then, when I had graded all work from one class, I would select and add them to the class's album. 
Here are those pics after grading in the class album. 
 The most important step is to then remove the pics you have graded from the "To Grade" album every time you finish grading work for that class. Tap select, select the pieces graded, and tap the trash can. Don't worry, they are still in the other folders you placed them in. 
 Then, I can continue to grade the other class's work. 
When I'm finished, all the pics are in their class albums and no longer in the "To Grade" album.  
Hope this helps some of you out there. 

Someone asked me in the comments, "How do you know who the work belongs to?"
Answer: I have all students before they even begin a project, write their name and class code (such as 2-2) on the back, or in a discrete place on 3-D assignments. I will then take a picture of the name first then take a picture of the work. After the grading process, I can file both pictures into the class album. The pictures will stay in the same order that they were taken. That's why I like to take a picture of the name first, then the work.

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