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This video explores how recording audio feedback for pupils might support effective assessment and feedback approaches.

In this video, Zainab Patel, Assistant Headteacher at Olive Tree School (primary), shares how pupils can benefit from audio feedback.

Zainab shares how her school made a move away from written feedback, where there was limited impact on learning and high workload for teachers, to recorded verbal feedback that would help pupils at school, especially pupils with English as an additional language to have greater clarity about the next steps in their learning. Use of voice notes enabled teachers to engage with marking for individual pupils much more efficiently and maximising the potential benefits of immediate feedback. Use of annotations alongside this verbal feedback helped with explanations (as we learned from research evidence in Week 2 of this course).

Thank you to Apple Education staff and Apple Distinguished Schools for creating this content.

If you’re interested in this approach, you may like to read an article written by the co-founder of the Olive Tree School, Abdul Chohan. He shares the benefits the school has experienced by digitising feedback.

The tools mentioned by Zainab are:

Whilst Zainab references the use of iPads, consider what might enable you to achieve similar in your own context if you don’t currently have a 1-1 iPad scheme.

If you choose to focus on this case study as part of this week’s learning, you can share your initial reflections and questions with the course community in the comments space below.
  • How might these approaches be applied in your own context to solve a challenge you’ve identified?
If you’re interested in using audio for more efficient feedback, you may be interested in taking a look at the ‘how to’ videos linked below and created by Harmeet Sahota and Kieran Briggs.
When you are ready click the ‘Mark as complete’ button below and then select ‘Microsoft OneNote for feedback in one place’ to see the next case study. Just keep clicking ‘Next’ until you arrive at a case study you’ve chosen to focus on this week.
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