February 10, 2008
I’m marking Year 10 work. Forgot that there is a tracking point due tomorrow. Two comments here:
Firstly that tracking points are a pretty good way of making sure that you are doing your job properly – I am just realising that I have been a bit lax this term with Y10.
Secondly that you can think that your groups are doing really well but when you actually mark the work with a decent criteria you notice a lot of things that need correcting, and if you didn’t do it and more than a couple of weeks has past, it’s probably not going to be much use correcting it.
What with marking electronic work, usually in PDF form I normally give a grade and a formative comment in my mark book from the penultimate lesson. On the last lesson I put my excel markbook up on the projector for them to read before they make the final improvements. With a class of 25 they will need to come up to the front to see their comments. Mail merging from excel is also possible but uses a heck of a lot of paper. It might be an idea to get them to copy the comment in to their planners because they can be too lazy to come up to the front later on in the lesson!
This method means marking the work twice, but its such a powerful learning tool that I think it’s worth the effort.
February 6, 2007
After going back to a paper planner after trying an excel planner, I’m also tempted to go back to a paper mark book, for the simple reason of being able to take it round the class with me. At the moment I print of a list of names write the marks down then I have the task of entering that into the markbook later (or not) as another piece of admin that just bogs me down.
There are other advantages (or disadvantages): I think I’m less likely to forget my book especially if its in the same book as my planner whereas my memory stick lives down at my feet in the machine on the floor (I have made a speciality of forgeting it on Friday night which complicates planning). Back up once a month by photocopying (just slightly more complicated than the stick)
The only thing is my penmanship on such documents is not accurate and mistakes could be costly.
November 6, 2006
I’m assessing our AIDA taught coursework for Y10 and I’m up to my eyes in plastic wallets of kid’s printed work and typing grades into Excel. Surely thats where Moodle can help us, get it submitted electronically, kind of a half way house towards them creating there own portfolio.
Marking on Moodle is a bit slow, but hey at this stage its enough to know that the work has been submitted or not. Also, the grade book and csv export is adequate but could do with refining. Hopefully there will be improvements in the next upgrade (we haven’t upgraded to 1.6 yet).