I recently read about TeacherMade in a Facebook group and since I have already tested a plethora of similar tools, my expectations were moderate, to say the least. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to use and as a bonus, it was free for real (no hidden costs!). The idea behind TeacherMade is simple. It simply converts your old Word documents (or pdf's) into interactive and self-correcting documents that can be shared on a learning platform.
Once you have created your interactive document, you can click on "My worksheets". You then select "assign" in the drop-down list and you will have the choice if you want to publish the assignment in Google Classroom or if you want to send a link to the students. When the student is to work on their assignment, they are taken directly to the worksheet and can get started on their assignment.
Unfortunately there is not yet a way to collect students' results and send them on to the learning platform, but TeacherMade have promised that this function will come in October 2020. So far, as a teacher you can go back to TeacherMade and click on the assignment to see the students result.
There are plenty of great features in TeacherMade, but one thing that bothered me is that students are limited to one try on each assignment. If they try to go back to the spreadsheet, they will be met by a message that says that they has already completed the task. The teacher can unlock the exercise manually, but it feels like an unnecessary step that TeacherMade should remove. Naturally, it would be better if students could work on their assignments as many times as they wanted!
Despite this I want to give TeacherMade a very high rating! It is so easy to create different types of spreadsheets that suit different subjects and I like that TeacherMade allows me to make good use of all my old documents. For that, I love it!
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I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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