Month: June 2015

Speaking assessment feedback with Showbie

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When we conduct KS3 speaking assessments, teachers generally bring each student to a corner of the class (or just outside) and have an unrecorded conversation. Some teachers tick boxes or otherwise take notes on a paper rubric while this is happening. I have never really liked doing this, preferring to concentrate on what the student is saying, and recording the dialogue to listen to later for considered grading and feedback. This time I used Showbie to make this process easier. I created an assignment in Showbie called Speaking Assessment, and in the class shared folder space put a screenshot of the rubric. As each student sat down, I opened their folder within that assignment and recorded our conversation using the Voice comment feature. Later, at home, I played each recording, simultaneously noting good structures with my stylus on the copy of the rubric in their folder.
Next time, I will get student to listen to themselves and fill the rubric in , I will only add things they missed, both positive aspects and areas for improvement.
Watch the clip to see how I do it

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Thinking aloud with Showbie

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The latest update to Showbie, now a staple app in our school, is the ability for students and teachers to add multiple audio clips over the top of a PDF or image. This immediately offers more options for precise audio placement than the existing standalone audio comment which is separate from the work itself.

A few possibilities spring to mind:

  • Teacher records separate clips of a question bank, students reply with their answer right next to the teacher’s clip
  • Teacher records a dialogue in small chunks, students have to put them in correct order, then transcribe
  • Same as above, but with number sequence, verb conjugations
  • Students submit photo or drawing ie floor plan of their house and place a recording in each area of the house. We used Thinglink for this before but it was fiddly. This way will be easier for students to create and also easier for teachers to give feedback
  • Teacher distributes photo prompt and students describe various elements of the photo..great for the IGCSE photo description task
  • As above, but beginner students label and speak vocabulary elements on an image, ie the always popular pencil case items…
  • Teacher distributes image or PDF of an exam qn, student writes or types their answer with an accompanying audio explaining their thinking. I could see this working for any subject area.
  • In Music classes, teachers can have examples of music genres that students must match up
  • Students can make their own Music genre mashup

Any ideas you can think of? Please share!