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Grading Assignment Submissions using Apple Pencil

Instructors can use the Apple pencil to annotate and grade assignment submissions on their iPads while using theTeamie iOS app. As an Apple pencil user, you may already be familiar with its ability to annotate photos, screenshots, and PDFs, sketch ideas, write notes, and more using built-in drawing tools. This functionality can now be leveraged while grading using the Teamie iOS app on iPads.

Let see how you can grade assignment submissions using the Apple pencil.

This article will guide you on:

Grading Assignment Submissions using Apple Pencil

1. Click View Attempt of the required assignment to view the attempts made by the learners.

2. The Submissions screen opens. On this screen, you will be able to view the learners' attempts for the assignment. Click View Attempt to view the attempt of the corresponding learner.

3. All the files uploaded by the learner for the attempt will be shown on the attempts screen. You can click any file to view it.

4. In case a PDF or an image file is attached to an attempt, tap the Edit with Pencil icon to directly open the image/PDF for annotation.

Web annotation(s) will be lost and will not be shown if the document is annotated using the Apple pencil.

5. Tap the pencil icon to open the Canvas screen.

6. You can then annotate the image/PDF using a variety of features shown at the bottom of the Canvas screen, such as selecting a different pencil style, highlighting the objects on the screen as well as changing the color from the given color palette, etc. Once you are done annotating the submission, tap Done. You will be directed to the attempt page where the annotations will be synced.

7. Once you tap click Done, you will be directed to the attempt page where the annotations will be synced.

8. Once synced, you will be able to see the Apple pencil annotations, by default.

9. In case the learner has uploaded other types of documents, such as Word, Excel etc, then tap the Edit with Pencil button to first convert the file into a new PDF file. For example, in the following screenshot we are using a .docx file for reference.

10. Once the file is converted to a PDF file, you will be able to annotate the file using the Apple pencil as aforementioned by adding text, graphics annotations etc.

In case an original file was already annotated via the web document viewer, then those annotations will be lost if you decide to edit the file using the Apple pencil via the Teamie iOS app. Similarly, if a file has been annotated with the Apple pencil, it cannot be annotated on the web using web document viewer. The document viewer will continue to display the file, but it will not have annotations enabled.

The newly converted PDF file is a separate version of the original file. You can tap the View and edit online button to switch to the original file. A separate version is created for all the files that are annotated using the Apple pencil in order to prevent any conflict from the original file. Thus, allowing the originally uploaded file to be independently annotated via the web document viewer.

11. Tap Done once you are done annotating.

12. Then, grade the attempt as per the available settings (score/rubric/grade scheme). In the following example, a scoring rubric is attached to the assignment. So, tap the rubric icon to grade the rubric.

13. Tap Grade using rubric and then select the required rubric scales to grade the submission.

14. Tap Done on the attempt screen to go back to the assignment's Submissions page, which will show the updated score and grade for the learner.

Viewing Apple Pencil Annotations

1. As an instructor, you can navigate to the learner's submission and can see the Apple pencil annotations, by default.

You may tap on the View and edit online button to switch back to the default document view.

2. In case no Apple pencil annotations have been added to the file, you will be notified about that via a prompt.

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