Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Providing Feedback

Research indicates that feedback should explain what corrections are needed, be delivered without delay and focus on performance related to specific skills or content. A few words of encouragement are always welcome and help keep students motivated and moving toward their goal. Let's not forget that students need to learn to self-access their progress as well.

Interactive sites provide instant feedback for students as they practice new skills. Microsoft Office Word features include readability scores to help students check the complexity of their writing. Classroom response systems offer instant feedback for students and teachers as well as multiple report options to track progress and target areas that need improvement. Carefully designed rubrics can facilitate self-evaluation as well as peer review. Blog and wiki posts also provide options for monitoring progress and providing feedback.

How have you used technology to provide feedback? What new tools could be used?

Let's rethink the possibilities.
Based on content found in:
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement written by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works written by Howard Pilter, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, Matt Kuhn and Kim Malenoski

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