Blog, Wiki, & Web Site: Giving Feedback Efficiently

Do you have your students publishing work on the internet via a blog, wiki or web site?  While these online tools are fabulous at helping our students connect with audiences and the world, it doesn’t exactly leave us with a piece of paper that is easy to write feedback on.  Here are a few tools and ideas that can help you solve this potential classroom problem.

  1. Diigo – this is a social bookmarking tool that not only allows you to share your favorite web resources with others, but it also includes an annotation via sticky notes and a highlighting feature.  Normally these tools would help the web site reader to document the information that was important to them on that page, but why can’t we use these tools to provide feedback on students work?
  2. SimplyBox – This is a visual bookmarking tool that can also be used to provide students with the feedback they need about their online published works.  SimplyBox allows you to take snapshots of parts of the web page and then comment.  You can then organize these snapshots into boxes that are only for that student to see, which provides privacy for their feedback.  Watch the example below
  3. Jing – Use Jing to video your interactions with the students work.  Show them where they have deadlinks by allowing them to watch where you are clicking.  Tell them were they need to make corrections as you move your mouse over the area to highlight the mistake.  Verbal combined with visual feedback can be very powerful for your special education students who respond better to the audio visual learning.

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