Xerox photocopiers may no longer be only an office staple but may soon be the newest innovation in educational technology. Xerox Research Center is in the process of developing a technology that will transform photocopiers into grading machines for schools.
The new system called Ignite transforms Xerox photocopiers into grading machines that can be used to check multiple choice tests like Scantrons. But more than that, the technology that Xerox is developing can enable the machines to recognize handwriting.
The Ignite technology can also distinguish between math formulas and long form essays. Instead of manually poring over students’ paper, teachers will simply send pages of printed tests with handwritten answers into the machine. The machine will then display the grade or score of the test based on data inputs like subject matter and answer keys.
Ignite can also be programmed to keep track of which students are having difficulty on particular test items. The machine then displays findings on graphs so teachers can keep track.
In its promotional video, teachers who used Ignite express positive feedback about the technology and praise the collaboration of Xerox and educators. Xerox has plans to launch Ignite in time for fall when schools resume but has not announced any pricing details as of yet.