Web Tools for Video and Audio Feedback on Essays and Projects

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“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk

This year I am teaching college English language learners reading and writing.  My students submit their work on Canvas. My students are language learners and pointing out their grammar errors for them to improve upon is important, especially if they continue studying in an American college. Providing specific feedback on a learning management system (LMS) can be time-consuming. Adding comments through Word or Google Docs is time consuming and rarely do students check these comments. Rubrics are time-consuming even with features like repeat comments. Rubrics don’t really help learners see their specific errors. I believe highlighting areas in their work with my feedback is the most helpful for students. That is why I still like providing feedback through screencasting. I first learnt about this method some years ago from Russell Stannard. Below is a helpful video followed by some recommended web tools to help get you started providing video and audio feedback. If you like these ideas then be sure to check out my new book published in August 2017, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom.

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Recommended Web Tools

  • Peergrade is a free online platform to quickly facilitate peer feedback sessions with students. Students turn in assignments as documents or video and each assigned to a peer who grades with a rubric.
  • Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension and my favorite way to provide quick video feedback. Students don’t need to register. Simply, install this free extension from the  Chrome Store.  When you first click on the extension you will need to allow the videos to go to your Google Drive. From here it is simple, quick and easy. When you have the paper on your screen or browser, click the extension and begin recording. When you are finished you are given a link to copy and easily send to students. I provide this link to the comments section on Canvas. Students are then able to watch the video and see and listen to my feedback.
  • Screencast-o-matic is a web tool, which allows screencasts up to 15 minutes with the free version. It is a good free option and students don’t register.
  • Nimbus is another extension for screencasting and alsoa powerful screen capture tool. It is great for creating visual how-to guides.
  • Jing is a software you download that allows up to 5 minute recordings.
  • Another way to screencast is through Youtube Live (formerly Google Hangouts on Air). The recordings are uploaded to Youtube for students to easily access. The set-up is lengthy and you have to enable an Adsense account for any embedding. Use the Youtube editor to edit the video.
  • You can also provide audio feedback without video through Kaizena. Your students need a code to access the recordings, which I still think is an extra step too many but you can set up classes and send group messages and feedback to the class.

Challenge: Try one of these ideas for providing video or audio feedback to your students.

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