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:
- Feedback should be corrective in nature – Let’s students’ know why what they are doing is right or wrong.
- Feedback should be timely – the more the delay the less effective it is
- Feedback should be specific to a criterion – Focus on how they are doing based on the skill and not in relation to other students.
- 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.
- Online Publishing - Blogs
- 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: