Posts Tagged feedback

Ideas for Providing Feedback

Want to make a difference in your classroom? Let your students know how they are doing!

The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback. [Hattie, 1992]

According to Robert Marzano’s Classroom Instruction that Works -providing feedback to students can be the single most important change you make in your classroom.  Research shows that:

  1. Feedback should be corrective in nature – Let’s students’ know why what they are doing is right or wrong.
  2. Feedback should be timely – the more the delay the less effective it is
  3. Feedback should be specific to a criterion – Focus on how they are doing based on the skill and not in relation to other students.
  4. Students can effectively provide some of their own feedback – Students can track as their learning occurs – ex.  accuracy and speed

Technology can provide new and innovative ways to provide this for students.

  • Rubrics
  • Online Publishing – Blogs
    • Blogger – hosted by Google – also free to use.  You can take the “next blog link” off the top banner with some simple coding.
    • ePals – provides safe email and blog platforms for schools
    • Edublogs – free blogs for classrooms.  They are running google keyword ads now so be careful.
  • Polls
    • Turning Points – Clickers – RRISD created tutorials for Turning Points – https://rrisd-teacherguides.wikispaces.com/TurningPoint+2006
    • Quia – free 30 day trial version is available
    • Survey Monkey
    • Google Forms – create online quizzes for free.  Responses are stored in a spreadsheet for further analysis.  Must have a Google account.
    • Poll Everywhere create polls that participants can respond to via, text, twitter, smartphone, or web.

Note about Cell Phones:  We are a ways away in our district from asking students to pull out their cell phones to text in answers, but this is a technology worth watching.  The polls on Poll Everywhere allow for web voting as well.   Polls can be embedded into webpages and blogs to see instant results, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides.

I built some sample text polls with Poll Everywhere to test it out:

Resources:
All my resources for this post can be found on my diigo account. http://www.diigo.com/user/robiny/feedback
I’ll continue to add more as I find them.

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Skype in Education

I recently polled my staff on various technology training topics.   Surprisingly the most requested training was on Skype and webcams.  What is the hook with Skype and how can it be used in education?

I started putting together a wikipage on the ins and outs of Skype and uses.  I can see how this can make a difference.  Today I was researching through my PLN on twitter and ran across a presentation by Robert Marzano who was emphasizng the need for feedback and how interactive whiteboards and clickers helped provide that for students.  This got me thinking about how vital videoconferencing could be on doing the same thing.

Student could connect with others, explain learning, and perform a band piece to an expert and get immediate real-world feedback on their learning.   No longer are they doing the work for the teacher to see, but for a real person that they can see and talk to.  I am getting more excited about Skype.

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