4 Productivity Apps Making Education Efficient

Henry Bevan, June 24, 2020

2020 could potentially create a lost generation of school children. Teachers will need to sprint when schools, hopefully, reopen in September. However, a recent Ofsted report revealed teachers only spend 43% of their time teaching. They spend most of their time on admin, marking work and lesson planning.

If UK pupils are going to catch up, schools and teachers will need to be on their A-game. You might be asking how teachers can work even harder. Don’t worry, there’s an app for that!.

Productivity apps are the newest EduTech evolution and they help teachers refocus their efforts on teaching. They ensure more efficiency, and when teachers aren’t bogged down by non-essential tasks, can help generate better learning outcomes on limited resources.

ITEC’s Managed Print Service helps improve efficiencies with productivity apps designed for schools. From proofreading to digitising hard copy documents, ITEC uses Xerox’s ConnectKey apps on your Multi-Function Device (MFD) to help your school become more efficient and maintain high education standards. Apps let teachers teach.

4 Apps Perfect for Education

Blackboard Learn

One of the biggest inefficient processes in schools is course admin and pulling together the various resources pupils need.

Blackboard enables your teachers to scan hard copy course material directly into the correct course folder within the app. This way, students can access soft copy versions of their required reading online and teachers can focus on teaching.

All valuable hard copies are now stored on your MFD app. Not only can your teachers collaborate with your students online, they can find and print hard copies at the device.

Remark Test Grading

Teachers spend a lot of time marking work. Why not let your MFD do it? With the Remark Test Grading app, multiple choice tests can be marked as you scan them. Teachers can spend less time on paperwork and more time in class.

Remark produces nearly instant results and report summaries. Quicker grading means quicker feedback for your students.

Xerox Proofreader Service

Instantly check for spelling, grammar, syntax and plagiarism from your printer. You scan the hardcopy, your MFD proofs and you get a soft copy in your email inbox. You can then instantly print the suggested corrections and source citations.

The Proofreader gets the basics out of the way before you start marking the submitted assignment. This enables you to focus more on the content and highlight points the student’s should expand on or bin.

It also saves your teachers significant time as they don’t have to worry about spotting if the correct ‘their’, ‘there’ or ‘they’re’ has been used.

You can also upload soft copy assignments into the app, ensuring every assignment has been rigorously proofread and checked for plagiarism.

Moodle

ConnectKey Apps allow your MFD to upload directly into the leading learning management system, Moodle.

This enables teachers to build a better learning environment and collaborate with students to ensure a consistent education, even when the substitute takes over for a lesson or two.

  • Print or scan on-demand to your Moodle account
  • Digitise notes and coursework
  • Authenticate at the printer
  • Browse your Moodle account

Interested in productivity apps for your school? Drop ITEC a line today and let’s start your journey towards more efficient printing...

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