To deliver effective narrative feedback on a consistent basis, digital tools like Google Drive, Voxer and Kidblog are crucial. These social networks allow teachers to provide written narratives directly next to or beneath student activities, and to create an amazing two-way conversation, which leads to mastery learning.
Imagine replacing traditional grades with SE2R feedback, placed in the comment stream (see video below). The student is Redirected to prior learning with a link to a classroom presentation. He’s then asked to improve the work and Resubmit it. Numerous iterations after feedback is the key to mastery learning. In the traditional grades world, students are typically given a subjective grade; the class moves on to the next activity and learning stops.
Providing feedback in the virtual world entices students to act immediately. In the Google Doc, for example, the student can click on a link to prior learning, make immediate changes to the work product and inform the teacher in the comment stream, when changes have been made. If there’s any confusion, students can use the comment feature to ask questions, and teachers can respond immediately.
Reviewing an activity can take place on your Smartphone or tablet, so this powerful teaching and learning can happen anywhere, meaning the barriers of the classroom are eliminated along with punitive grades.
So, if you want to eliminate traditional grades, use digital feedback with tools like Google Docs, or other social media. Your students won’t be punished by a number or letter, and they’ll love you for teaching them in their world.