Tech Wildcatters’ Scribe Sense is saving grading time for teachers and broadening the possibilities for automatically graded test questions.
Director Paul Abumov, once a teacher’s assistant, decided to make a change in grading technology after hours of work grading tests himself. His idea, selected by the Tech Wildcatters Program, shifted Scribe Sense into a reality and moved his team from California to fulfill their mission.
“I did a lot of grading and it didn’t really excite me. There I was, a human machine and thought ‘there has to be something for this ultimatum’ but there was nothing,” said Abumov.
When signing up for this service, teachers simply scan their test sheets with an answer key, followed by scanning completed student tests to be e-mailed to the Scribe Sense platform. From there, tests are automatically graded and results are sent back to the teacher.
Scribe Sense has produced a unique algorithm to include handwriting recognition in grading tests. This allows the platform to grade more than just fill-in bubbles. It can also analyze drawings. Currently, this algorithm is guaranteed 98 percent accurate.
“Right now, while the algorithm is still learning as we’re collecting more and more samples of students’ handwriting, there is still a human component. If something is really scribbled [and not picked up by the algorithm], the teacher has a choice to mark an answer right or wrong,” Abumov said.
The sign up process for Scribe Sense starts with an “ok” from a school’s principal. Teachers then train to learn how to use the system. Support is also given through a variety of video tutorials on the Scribe Sense website.
The cost for using Scribe Sense is competitive with other test grading companies. There is a flat subscription fee charged to ensure affordability for all.
Presently Scribe Sense is being used by a number of schools in Houston. Scribe Sense is also currently looking to be picked up by other schools for the spring semester of next year.
To find out more, visit the Scribe Sense website.