Now let me begin by saying that you are going to need an Apple or Android device to use this app, but the great thing is that this app is free for most of the features that you need. The first thing you’ll need to do is to register for a teacher account. There are options to log in with Edmodo (my new favorite) or with your Google account. I chose to register.
After registering or logging in, one of the first things that you will need to do is to add a new class. Give your class a name and assign a grade. Then click “Create”.
Once you create your class, you will be given a unique class code. This will be used to register your students later. I have the options of choosing a color or even uploading a cover image.
If I touch the colored rectangle, I will see a new screen. Currently, I am on the “Handouts” tab. Here, all of the handouts that I have created will show.
If I touch the “My Inbox” tab, this will show all of the worksheets my students submit to me.
If I touch the “Students” tab, it will show all of the students in my class. If you stay on this page, you will be able to add students to your class. Touch the white rectangle that says Add student. I created the login information for all of my students. If you have older students, you might give them the option of creating their own usernames and passwords.
Here I made up a fictional student just to give you an idea. I can take a picture of my students to have a profile picture of them too. When I have entered all of the information in, I press save at the top of the page.
Now, Jane Doe is in my class!
Now I need to give Jane an assignment to complete. I am going to go to the “Handouts” tab at the top. I need to click “Add New”. I am going to give my worksheet a name. I can add a unit and a tag, but I typically just add a name. Now I need to add the page that I am going to use, so I will touch the green button that says “Add new page”.
I love that there are so many option to choose from. I can use a PDF worksheet that is already save to my library on my iPad, I can add a file from my Dropbox account or my Google drive account, but I am going to just take a picture of the worksheet that I want to use. So, I will choose take a new picture.
Using my iPad, I try to get in as close as I can for the picture. Be careful of shadows! (I clearly do not follow my own advice!)
Once I have taken a picture of my worksheet, I can either retake it or use the photo. I think I like for the purpose of this little tutorial, so I will touch “Use Photo”. If I need to rotate the picture of reposition it in any way, I can do that. When I am finished, I will touch “Done” at the top.
I now see a preview of my worksheet and so I will choose “Save” at the top to save my handout.
Looking at the handouts tab, I now see my handout. I’m ready to send this worksheet to all of my students, so I will touch “Select to Distribute” at the bottom of the page.
I should see my worksheet or worksheets (You can send more than one at a time). I only have one worksheet, so when I touch it, a check mark will show on top of it and I will have a few options at the bottom…very fancy. I am going to keep the default options and then press the green button “Send” at the bottom. The number “1” indicates how many worksheets I will be sending out.
Now, I will let Jane Doe log in so that she can complete the worksheet. After logging in, Jane will see that she has one assignment waiting for her to complete. When she touches the number “1” she will see the worksheet that I have sent to her in the tab that says “My Handouts”.
When she touches that worksheet, it will come to a new screen that will let her write. She can choose different colors, she can erase, and she can type I her answers. I don’t have a stylus for each student, so they just use their fingers. Once Jane is finished with her worksheet, she will select the green button that says “Turn it in.” This will send her complete worksheet back to the teacher so the teacher can grade it.
Now, I can grade the worksheet that Jane just did. (If you have multiple devices in your classroom, this process would be easier, but HEY, I am showing you that this can be done even if you have one device in your classroom) Once I log in, I see that I have something to grade. When I go to my inbox, I see which student submitted their worksheet and what worksheet they submitted. When I click on Jane’s worksheet, I have a screen that is almost similar to hers except, I can grade it and add notes. If I click on “Grade”, I can add a number grade, a letter grade, or a sticker.
Now, I’m going to add a note to Jane’s worksheet to give her feedback that she will be able to view. I will then select the yellow “Submit All Graded” button. This will send the worksheet back to Jane.
When Jane logs back in, she will go to the “Graded Handouts” tab. After clicking on her worksheet she will be able to view the grade and feedback that I gave to her.
Quite a lengthy tutorial, but I just wanted to share with you the amazing things this app can do. Go and download it now! There are more features with the Handouts Pro version for $100 per year, but the free version works great as well.