No. Submitting a task takes but seconds, and any extra detail or docs that need to be added are most likely already contained within the teacher's computer. When students don't do a task because they were overloaded, or their parents didn't know about it to help manage, the chasing up of it all is so time consuming. Any extra few moments a teacher takes looking at the calendar to ensure they aren't overloading their students is only going to save a great deal of time later. Providing info and documents on line also prevents any chance of losing handouts and prevents arguments about when things were set, when they are due, and what they involve.
Students uploading tasks wouldn't take any extra time from a teacher, as annotation of work is as simple as if it was in a book. The beauty of online feedback however (besides not having to collect and carry around students' books) is the summative ability of Degrumbler, essentially acting as a gradebook.
One of the massive advantages of Degrumbler being built and designed by a teacher, is that we understand what the classroom is like. Consequently we have several strategies that will ensure your teachers get on board, and qucikly.
Yes. Degrumbler has an awesome feature that allows a teacher to see exactly what they have set, when they set it, and to how many students it applied to. They can also export that data as a single file to their SLT or for inspection purposes, justifying their consistent setting of home learning.
Manually, yes. This is especially useful for subjects that want to set a fixed date for an assessment or exam. This situation may also arise for a subject that only sees a class infrequently (even though this is counter-intuitive to the flexibility that Degrumbler promotes, if there exists some pre-loading, it still gives other teachers a chance to see whether they should set on that date also). Presently in schools, teachers don’t have that option.
If a teacher is submitting too many pieces of work, it will be very obvious to every teacher connected to the same student/s. The same would be true if some teachers were avoiding the tool or not using it consistently. Transparency of task setting benefits parents, students, and inevitably the school, as all stakeholders are on the same page in terms of home learning. Few teachers would be immune to a quick word or discussion about allowing others to utilize the students’ home learning time.
Degrumbler also increases the chance of collaboration between staff, as teachers can see what their students are learning about in other faculties.
No, because on the monthly calendar view, once a subject submits a task, any subsequent submissions from that subject will not show. They will be visible in the daily view where subject tasks will be separated.
Degrumbler was created to be very visual, providing teachers with a view that allows them to make decisions as quickly as possible. The colour coding and indicators of time to complete, as well as number of students with 1 or more than 1 task, provides instructive info immediately.
Sometimes, however, the daily view may appear busy, considering that at times the students in my English class may have come from 3 or 4 different Maths classes, 3 Science classes, 2 geography classes and some electives also for example. But even if there may appear to be 15 tabs in this view, it still won't take a teacher long to decide if s/he should set some more work: the number of students with > 1 task is clear to see, and the time needed to complete each colour coded task is clearly labeled on each tab. Because of this, the teacher won't even need to look at every tab.
Having said that, seeing that many tabs in the daily view should be a rarity, as by this time, teachers should see that setting another task would overload students, and lead to compromised student performance.
This feature is likely to be included in the very near future, if schools deem it as useful. A member of the SLT will be able to view every set task by every teacher. It will take a matter of seconds to isolate a class by using the filter, and to observe the distribution of work by any teacher they are interested in. From there, it will be possible to explore in more detail the elements of each task, and see how many students have submitted it.
SLT will also be able to find specific students on the system in a matter of seconds, and will be presented with a quick snapshot of how many tasks have been given to the student from every subject. Closer inspection on each of those tasks will then be possible.
Presently, teachers can export a report of their class' progress to interested SLT or inspection teams.
Yes. If desired, Degrumbler presents an alternative approach to diaries and planners as getting all students to use one is an enormous task, and monitoring and managing their use requires a dedicated and very time consuming policy.
Technology can eliminate some issues that planners present:
However, Degrumbler is not just a notification tool, so it can also work alongside planners if planners have been successful for your school.
No. As teachers submit tasks, parents receive notifications. These will prompt the parent to view the calendar, and see pending tasks due, so even tasks set 2 weeks ago will be clearly on view as the due date approaches, as the student would have undoubtedly received more work since then.
Too many notifications in terms of reminders etc may annoy the parent and reduce the likelihood of using the tool.
This scenario is certainly becoming less of an issue with the prevalence of internet, but of course, some may not have access. In such cases, the planner would be used to record work. The student still benefits from Degrumbler’s feature of helping spread out home learning.
Parents can easily check if their child has submitted work by looking at the assignments set and whether anything has been uploaded. They can also check the evaluation section to see what feedback has been left. A more direct path may be added later if this function is deemed as desirable.
Degrumbler recognises that not all tasks will require students to upload their work. That is why we have included an Auto-complete option for teachers. This option could be chosen when teachers just want some research to be carried out, a reading done, or a test studied for. This still gives students and parents an important notification of the task on the calendar. Such a task won't affect the student's report.
Degrumbler also recognises that not all students will want to upload their work online. Some tasks will be completed in their books for example. In this case, students still respond to the notification via Degrumbler, but indicate in the comment section the action they've taken. The teacher can then mark the book and add the grade to Degrumbler, so the summative reporting is still possible.
Degrumbler’s development team will take care of it, immediately.
Degrumbler will be an icon that sits on your desktop and when clicked will take you to its site on the web. Degrumbler also works beautifully and responsively on every type of platform: desktop, tablet, mobile. Students will add the site as a favorite on their device/s.