Shifting from traditional methods of marking to a digital format is, like other change, sometimes hard to implement and action. For me I have questioned whether it is the best method to do so.
However I have found that I am more closely looking at work and finding commonality in end products. Not all the work I am marking is identical, but certain features of it require the same comment. Subsequently I am able to add more feedback to each individual’s piece of work.
I begin with setting may stall out early on, an old English football commentating cliché (meaning establishing what I want to achieve from the outset), but it is one that works for me. The assignment cover sheet and the rubric/s need to be tinkered with to make them accessible for me to mark.
Initially I began with a word doc including the assignment front page and two rubrics, then duplicated it 16 times for my class. I renamed each one with the first name of each student from my class.
It started well. However it dawned on me that I wanted to give the children the rubric back as a pdf to add to their digital portfolio. A word doc would have sufficed except it would mean that I would have to resave each file as a word doc then a pdf.
The process had become too elongated. So I created a pdf first, added text boxes to record the students name, date, comment and grade sections. I then copied that file 16 times so each student would have their highlighted sections of the rubric exclusively to them.
The first few assignments I marked began to show a similarity in sentence comment, so I created a word document to save statements about areas such as neatness, graphs, labels, headings, answer details etc. This pooling of statements meant I could pick relevant, specific comments for the children’s work.
Where are the individualised comments though? Well that’s added too. Plus, of course, as it is a summative piece they receive personailsed formative feedback as they have been working through the assignment.
As the work is on paper I also mark each piece to document that it has been received. I add the grade to a googledocs file.
The last part of the process is returning the work to the students. They receive back the work and I drop the rubric assessment into the personal eLockers drop folder.
My two colleagues and I are still working through the best ways to mark and collate work from the children. Nothing is set in stone and we plan to discuss our ideas as we go. It is a very organic way to work.
The answers will arrive.