Story excerpt provided by The Daily Legal News.
Written by Sherry Karabin.
In 2009, math teacher Elijah Stambaugh was looking for technology that would allow him to assess how much his students were absorbing in class so that he could adjust his instruction to improve their grasp of the material.
“I couldn’t find what I was looking for,” said Stambaugh, who was teaching seventh and eighth grade at the National Heritage Academies in Youngstown at the time.
So in June 2010, Stambaugh decided to create his own application to fill the void. What he came up with is the Lightning Grader, which is now being used by thousands of teachers and hundreds of schools around the country.
“The software allows educators to create assessments that can be deployed on paper or via any web-enabled device,” said Stambaugh. “Lightning Grader automatically grades web assessments and can even grade 100 pages a minute to allow teachers to quickly adapt their instruction to increase student achievement by providing insightful reports into student understanding,” said Stambaugh, founder and chief executive officer of The Learning Egg, the company he started in 2010 that makes the application.
While the idea may sound simple, he said the concept took time to develop, adding that the assistance of the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) was key.
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Originally published October 23, 2014.