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Giving feedback on written work in a digital environment

Giving feedback on written work in a digital environment

There are several digital tools that allow online teachers to provide useful feedback to learners on their written work. Teachers can provide feedback orally in a lesson, or you might prefer learners to receive and digest their feedback via email or a shared link outside the lesson.

Task 1

Watch the video which shows a screencast of Lindsay providing oral feedback when marking a piece of written work produced by her learner. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this format, for both the learner and the teacher?

Note that a good tool for such feedback is Screencast-o-matic. It allows you to create the video, save it in the cloud and share a link to it with your student.

Task 2

Now look at three other ways of giving feedback on written work. Click on the links in the table and then complete the table with the strengths and weaknesses of each feedback type.

Tool Strengths Weaknesses
Review tools in a wordprocessing document, i.e. track changes and comments    
A shared document, e.g. Google Docs    
Interactive whiteboard    
Please note down your answers on a piece of paper

Check your answers.

Reflect and share

Which of the tools above would you like to explore further? Why? Share your ideas in the comments.

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