Today’s post was written by Paul “Lanny” Watkins, teacher at Ysgol Bae Baglan school and MIE Expert.
One of the hardest things I found being an ICT teacher was finding an effective way of providing written feedback to my students. When they produced work using applications such as PowerPoint or Word, it was easy to leave comments. However, when there was a change of topic it was rare that the students went back to revisit and act upon the feedback the teacher had provided. Whereas in other subjects, where students kept the same exercise book, they were able to access teacher comments and act upon them. However, through a combination of time constraints and a change in application, this practice was never promoted. We needed a way of providing quality written feedback, which students could easily access and then respond to, giving them the opportunity to improve their work. But finding the solution was easier said than done. We had tried a number of things within the department but nothing had allowed us to deliver what we wanted. And then we found it.