Whether you are teaching face-to-face, doing remote learning, or some combination of the two, chances are that you’re using technology both for teaching and learning. If you’re like me, your students are using websites and apps to create products to show what they know. It can be hard to know how to give students timely, helpful feedback on digital activities, especially if you are 100% virtual.
But I’ve got you covered! Here are 6 tried-and-tested ways for teachers to provide students feedback in an online environment!
Comment on Their Work
It’s super easy to give students feedback in Google Apps™. I especially love this option because you can comment as they’re working, rather than waiting until they’re done. You can:
- provide real-time comments in a shared document in Slides, Docs, or Sheets
- insert clipart or digital stickers in a shared document (thumbs up, smiley face, etc.)
- insert feedback-specific slides in a shared Slides presentation
If you’re using Google Classroom, you can also type private comments on a student’s submitted assignment.
Leave Audio/Visual Feedback
Recording an audio clip or a video can take a little more time than typing comments, but it can be a nice way to personalize feedback in the digital classroom.
You can use the tools and apps that come with your computer or try a free internet app like Vocaroo, Audacity, or Screencast-O-Matic.
Use Self-checking Quizzes
When you create a quiz in Google Forms, you can choose to allow students to see which questions they got correct/incorrect. You can also allow them to revise their answers after submitting, which is a great option if you want students to try something again.
Assign Boom Cards
Self-checking Boom cards are one of my favorite tools because they give immediate feedback to students.
Kahoot, Quizzizz, and Quizlet are additional game-type ways to provide immediate feedback to students. All of these can function like exit tickets – they don’t have to be lengthy or complicated!
Try Peer Feedback
Just because the learning is virtual does not mean we can’t still collaborate! Students can give each other feedback on digital assignments just as they would with paper and pencil activities. You can try:
- breakout groups
- leaving comments in Google Apps
- Google Jamboard
- commenting right in the video learning platform (like Google Meet or Zoom)
If you are in the classroom, you can always set up a device gallery walk. Students can stop and interact with devices to view learning products. They can fill out feedback sticky notes to share “glows and grows”!
Take “Temperature Checks”
This last tip is more about student self-assessment. By having students reflect on their learning, you can get an informal pulse of how students are doing. It’s a great way for them to give you feedback!
You can easily add a slide or question with reflective prompts to an assignment. You can check students’ answers when they submit or share their work with you.
Whatever kind of feedback you’re able to provide will depend on the app or platform students are using, but there are lots of great options out there.
I hope this post gave you some new ideas for how to provide digital feedback to students!
If you want to learn more, my friend at Brain Ninjas has a super helpful post about how to provide productive feedback to students!