I am currently undertaking the Google Certified Educator course and the module about digitising assessment rubrics was one of the new ideas for me. By using Google Forms as a digital platform, the students can peer-assess one another and all of the data can be collated instantly. My first opportunity to try this was when the students performed for our annual school poetry competition.
Every year, students perform a poetry recital to their class peers. Eight students from each class are selected to go forward into the year band competition (four for English performances and four for Chinese) and then some are selected for the whole school final. During the initial stages in class, I gave each student an iPad and asked them to use a prepared Google Form to peer-assess each other’s performances. I made it using the same criteria from the paper rubric and adding them to ‘drop-down’ options on Google Forms.
Rubrics can also be digitised in other question formats, but I chose the drop-down option for this.
After selecting the most appropriate options after every performance, the data from the audience was automatically collated into a results page for each performer.
This data informed the decision about who to take forward, but it also provided excellent speaking & listening feedback for each student and further targets were set.
This is just one example of the countless ways that technology can enhance a lesson but also save precious time for teachers. I will definitely write more posts in the future about ways in which technology, especially Google, makes me a more efficient teacher so that I can focus on what really matters.