Marking Assignments

Marking and annotating work

The iPad makes is much easier to mark and annotate any type of submitted work from class tests to essays and artwork.

The biggest change in mindset is that all work needs to be submitted by email and returned by email in order to be as efficient and paper free as possible.

There are many ways to achieve e working in this way – and here we detail a tried and tested way. There is a little set up to be done, but after that it becomes a much more natural process. We cover this in great detail in our courses, but below is a quick guide if you want to go it alone.

1.Setting everything up

a) Install Dropbox on your iPad – to sign up and then get the app here.
b) Head over to and sign up – this will give you a new unique email address – this is where your students will email their work.
c) Get iAnnotate on your device – this is the tool for all Mark up you will do. With it, you can make notes, type text, add grade stamps, side margin references, strike through and highlighting. Grab it here
d) Connect iAnnotate to Dropbox. Open the iA, tap the filing cabinet in the top left corner > add dropbox with your username and password.

We also recommend that you import all of your students email addresses for reference into your contacts – that way it is much easier to email the work back. If you have added a C2K email address, all of the pupils addresses are already in your address book.

2. Setting up submission with students

a) Vitally – agree on the naming convention of your documents. Our recommendation is that the document is called student name-class-homeworktitle.doc e.g.

Joe Bloggs-11R-iPads.doc.

This must be followed at all times to keep you organised.

b) Detail the submission process

1. Pupil names document as above
2. Pupil emails document to your send to dropbox address as an attachment
3. Pupil uses at all times the subject title Homework-Class e.g. Homework-11R
4. Files can be sent as doc, PDF or pages files.

3. Receiving and marking

So now you have instructed the pupils to submit work – all you need is to open that work in iAnnotate. Luckily by using dropbox, this is just a simple button press. Open iA , press the little down arrow in the top left. Select Dropbox and look for a folder called Attachments. Press the red arrow button.


This simply syncs everything your students have submitted to your device – it will only download what you have not previously received. Get in the habit of pressing this button every time you open the app and you will be in sync. Note – this folder is auto organised by class.

Now, opening documents is easy and well organised. Press the little filing cabinet button top left. From here you can create folders and mange your files. But the easiest thing to to is simply choose the buttons for ‘annotated’ or ‘new’.


Why? Because this will keep track of what you marked and what you have not

4. Simple workflow

1) Sync the files
2) Tap the file manager > new
3) Tap the file you want to open for marking
4) Mark it
5) Email it back by to the pupil using the mail button and always choose the flattened option. This file will now be filed away in your annotated folder.

Note – iAnnotate is a very powerful customisable tool, and is behind he scope if this document, but is very easy to use. Just use any of the tools to annotate , x the tool when done and moved to the next annotation.



Most pupils will have access to software to produce office type files – word, excel, powerpoint, pages, either in school time, homework club or at home.

However, if they plan to work at home and perhaps don’t have access to these tools, they have two totally free options:

  • Google Docs – just head on over to, register an account and you can create, edit email and print docs, spreadsheets and presentations from any internet connected computer
  • Open Office – download a full office suite , totally free, for all operating systems
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