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6 Easy Ways to Give Students Feedback Online

September 21, 2020 No Comments
Teaching virtually? There are still lots of ways to provide students digital feedback!

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 in online classes.

But I’ve got you covered! Here are 6 tried-and-tested ways for teachers to provide students feedback on their digital work 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
You can provide students feedback on Google Slides projects by sharing slides with specific feedback!

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.

Google Forms are a great way to provide immediate feedback to students through the "assign a quiz" option.

Assign Boom Cards

Self-checking Boom cards are one of my favorite tools because they give immediate feedback to students.

Students immediately see and hear correct/incorrect answer notifications as they use this fact and opinion task card set.

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
  • PearDeck
  • FlipGrid
  • Padlet
  • 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.

Digital rubrics are great for students to use for self-assessment on the learning process or product as part of the feedback cycle.

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 student feedback online!

If you need some ideas of specific student feedback examples, my friend at Brain Ninjas has a super helpful post about how to provide productive feedback to students!

These tips are super helpful for providing students feedback in online and virtual learning environments!

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