Getting Students to Use Bakpax
As you may know, students sometimes have trouble using new products. Here are some helpful tips for students who are new to Bakpax.
Completing Assignments Online
When students log in to Bakpax and click on an assignment, they can choose the Complete Online option if the teacher has made this option available. (Details on how to allow fully online submission can be found here.)
Students will then be prompted to complete the entire assignment. While doing so, they can read through sections and instructions, type in answers, and see their progress as they complete the assignment. Students can also skip ahead and go back to questions that they are unsure about before submitting.
Once students have reviewed all of their answers and submitted their work, they will be taken to the assignment page to review their grade. This page will show them which problems they got correct or incorrect and if any problems are waiting on a grade.
Students can also see the acceptable solution(s) for each question here if you make them available. To do this, they must click on the question text. This will show them both their response and the acceptable solution(s).
Uploading work is a three part process. After students login, they must complete all three steps in order to submit their work. Then, they will see their grade.
Part 1: Select the assignment
Students will go to my.bakpax.com and select the student icon to login. Next, they must make sure they are on the Assigned Work page so that they can select the assignment.
Please note that if no work has been assigned to the class, then students will not be able to select an assignment. Instead, they will see this page:
Part 2: Take a picture of the handout
After selecting the assignment, students will be prompted to upload an image of their assignment.
They can use the camera on their phone, or other mobile device, to take a picture of their handout. When doing this, they must be sure to capture the four QR -codes in the corners of the page and the barcode at the bottom. The AI will use these codes to identify the assignment and locate the answers.
Once a clear image is submitted, Bakpax will process it.
If the assignment is multiple pages long, students will be prompted to upload each page individually.
Part 3: Correct any answers that the AI may have misread
After the entire assignment has been uploaded, students will review how their handwriting was read and submit their work to view their grade.
When reviewing answers, students can click on the answer text to update any answer(s). They can use either a standard keyboard or a math keyboard to edit their answers. Students should use this review process to make sure that all of their handwriting was read accurately. This is when they can correct any answers that may have been misread or could not be read by the AI.
Once students have reviewed all of their answers, their work will be submitted and they can see their grade. Each problem will be marked as correct, incorrect, or with an apple. Any problem marked with an apple needs to be graded by the teacher.
Using a Computer to Upload Work
Students can use a computer to submit work. All they will need is an image of the completed handout downloaded to the computer.
**We advised using a mobile device to take the image of the handout.
When using a computer to upload work, students will browse the photos on the computer rather than using a camera to submit an image.
If they are using the laptop or monitor-mounted camera to take a picture of their handout, they will need to watch out for the following:
- Clarity: Can they read their answer in the image?
- Lighting: Is light coming through the paper and making it look almost see-through? Are there shadows on the page that make the handwriting illegible?
- Inverted Images: Do the words appear backwards? Some computers take pictures that are mirror images of the original. That's fine for most pictures, but not for homework or tests! You can change the settings to take an "inverted" picture, which will fix this. (We are working to solve this problem on our end.)
Here are some tips for how to remedy each of the listed difficulties.
Try to hold the page close enough to the camera so that the handwriting is easy to read. If the page is far from the camera, it tends to be difficult to read.
For optimal results, the page should be well lit. There should be no light coming through the paper, making it look almost see trough.
On a Mac, when you open the image in Preview, you can select Flip Horizontal from Tools to invert the image.
On a PC, when you open the image in Paint, you can select Flip horizontal from Rotate to invert the image.
Once students have submitted their assignment, they can see their grade. Each problem will be marked as correct, incorrect, or with an apple. Any problem marked with an apple needs to be graded by the teacher.
Before submitting an assignment, during the review phase, students have the chance to correct any answers which the AI misread. Students will look at each question and can click on the answer text to update any answer(s). They should use this review process to make sure that all of their handwriting was read accurately.
After submitting an assignment, students can always review the submission from the Assigned Work page. This page can be accessed from the drop down menu at the top of the page.
How to Get the Most from Bakpax
There are several ways to help Bakpax read your answers more accurately.
1. Place your assignment on a flat surface in a well-lit area when taking your photo.
When the page is wrinkled or curved, the AI will not be able to locate your answers. When the image is dark, the AI can not properly read your handwriting.
2. Use pen or a No. 2 pencil.
Bakpax struggles to read light writing. Pens and No. 2 pencils will help make your responses darker.
3. Omit circling or boxing answers.
Do not circle or box your answer within the answer box. The AI will try to read the circle or box as part of your answer.
4. Avoid overlapping letters and numbers.
Do not squish your writing close together. If letters or numbers are overlapping, the AI can not read them properly. If you need more space for your answers, ask your teacher to increase the answer box size.
5. Avoid excess writing in the answer spaces.
When there is excess writing in the answer box, the AI tries to read it as part of your answer. Try to only write your answer in the answer box without extra marks like the ones shown below.
6. Avoid gaps when writing letters and numbers.
Be sure to close letters. Do not leave large gaps like the examples below.
7. Extend stems and tails for numbers and letters.
Be sure to extend stems and tails for numbers and letters such as the ones listed below.
8. Write letters and numbers in ways which the AI will recognize easily.
Here are some of the errors which we have noted.