BR and WR lead an innovation session on the use of technology to provide effective feedback to pupils. We focussed on two main areas - Explain Everything and Screencast-o-matic. We demonstrated how we have used these in MFL to create mentoring videos to send home to parents, exam feedback videos and personalised DIT feedback videos. During this time, participants were encouraged to ask questions and we tried to answer them as best we could. In languages both of these methods are great for marking work as we can never write as much as we would like to explain otherwise we would be writing pages!
To make sure the session was practical and allowed the participants to try out a method fully, we asked them to bring along a piece of work that they wanted to mark. We used both rooms of the portakabins so that staff could spread out and not be self conscious about someone hearing them recording their first attempt! BR and WR circulated around all the members to check how they were getting on. For those who didn’t even know how to begin, we sat with them one on one and helped them set up and begin.
LP came to see how the session was getting on and it was great because she was able to see everyone giving it a go and she was able to answer some of our questions too!
Since the session, we have followed up on whether they felt their use of SOM and EE have been successful. NG has used it effectively in both PE and Drama. Although SF recognised it's usefulness in languages, he still has systems in place that are just as speedy and effective and for now, this will be something that he considers for the future. We have offered to help anyone who tries it in the future, whether it be send examples of our work or setting up a quick “how to begin” session with these programmes.
This is what it is all about - using technology where it makes things more efficient or easier, not just technology for technology sake!