You have many options when using the forms from GradeCam. They can be customized, photocopied, or inserted into an electronic file. You have the option of printing forms for tests with up to 100 questions and have the choice of A – E.
Creating Blank Forms
1. In the menu bar, select Forms
2. Chose the Form Type
3. Chose the number of ID Digits you are using as the GradeCam ID
4. If your form type is Exam, select the number of Questions
Chose the number of questions just higher than the number you are administering. You do not need to have to have the exact number in of questions that you selected (for example, choose 40 questions if you only have 36).
5. Select Print in the bottom right corner
You also have the option of copying this image to an electronic copy of your exam. You can do this by whatever method your computer uses to copy and paste images from the web (for example, PCs you can right click and chose “copy image”, then paste).
Scanning the Form
For GradeCam to read a Test Form or a Score Form, it needs to first find the black rectangle surrounding the bubbles. If there is any writing or if there are any lines touching the black border of the rectangle, GradeCam may not be able to read the form. Likewise, if a student puts their name on the top line of the rectangle, GradeCam will probably not be able to find the rectangle to read the Test or Score Form. For troubleshooting tips on scanning see Troubleshooting Scanning
Reproducing GradeCam Forms
One of the features that makes GradeCam technology so valuable for the classroom is that forms can be duplicated. Copies should be made on a high-quality copier, and originals should be used for making copies. (Poor-quality copies may not read.) It is a good idea to print a few test copies and test the image using GradeCam before running large batches of forms. Do not choose copy options that make copies darker than the original.
GradeCam forms can be generated with student identification numbers from three digits up to nine digits long. When students hand-bubble their identification numbers, they must bubble in each column. For example, if a student’s ID number is 12 and you are using a 4-digit form, the student must bubble 0012.
Filling in and Erasing Bubbles
Students may use pen or pencil to fill in forms. Since pen ink does not reflect light and pencil lead does, pen ink usually reads faster. Whiteout works well if students use pen and then want to change an answer.
Questions Left Blank
Students may not leave questions unanswered. GradeCam will alert the grader when a question is not filled in.
Score Forms: See Score and Credit/No Credit Assignments
Teaching Students to Use GradeCam Forms
It is a good idea to teach your students how GradeCam forms work. Let them know why they cannot draw on the rectangle (GradeCam needs to find it), and train them to always fill in their identification number on all work they turn in if it is not prebubbled. Also teach students that when they finish a test, they always need to double check to make sure they have answered every question.
Many teachers find it convenient to give students a sheet protector and a page of Score Form labels to keep in their binders at all times. Students normally enjoy placing these “stickers” on their work and hearing the “beep” that means they have received credit for having turned it in. Likewise, when students scan their own tests, they enjoy getting the immediate feedback GradeCam provides and quickly learn they need to fill in the bubbles to get it.