I wanted something like Classwork Zoom because I felt that being better informed would help me make better decisions for my students.
I searched and waited a long time for a tool like this to show up, but it never did, so finally I found a team of developers on Upwork.com who could turn my vision into reality in the form of Classwork Zoom (huge shout out to Andrey Stempovskiy and his team, who made it happen).
I’m a teacher at an international high school, and I’m also a former mainframe programmer / data analyst. The revision history available in Google Apps for Education has always looked like a treasure trove of information to me, but I found looking at it document-by-document to be tedious and time-consuming.
I wanted to quickly know things like… Are my students working right now? With longer-term assignments, do they do all of their work at the last minute? If I add checkpoints here and there, do they spread the work out more? In group work, is anyone shouldering too much of the load?
I looked for a long time, but there was no way to get these answers for a whole class at once. So eventually I found some developers on Upwork.com who could turn my vision into reality in the form of Classwork Zoom.
My initial plan was quite modest -- I believe it was supposed to be done in a matter of weeks. But as I used early versions of the extension, I kept having more ideas and suggestions, and over a year later, Classwork Zoom was the result.