Student Blogging= Easy Grading, Authentic Feedback and Review

This semester, I had all of the students in my digital design class start a blog on either Blogger or Tumblr (.com) where they would be posting all of their work for my class. I then had them send me the web address in an email so I could subscribe to it with a blog reader like Netvibes (or Google Reader, if you prefer). This allows me to look at a page full of student work like this:
From this screen, I can view any post on any student’s blog, and I can leave comments & grades on their work. I have already divided this screen by student class meeting, so I’m looking at only students in “C Block “right now. I can also make this screen public, so the students in my classes can view each other’s work and comment on it.

When I click into one student’s blog feed, it looks like this:

I can look at all of her posts in the Netvibes interface, and then I can click over to her blog if I want to leave her comments.

This week, we will be getting familiar with the grading rubric used to grade students’ work, and they will be applying it to one another’s work. They will be using this interface to give each other comments (constructive, I hope!) Wish me luck!

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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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