PE, Technology and feedback


As a PE teacher I find that the feedback I give ranges from the oral feedback in practical sessions to individuals or a group to the written feedback I give on students work.

It is well acknowledged that the biggest impact on student progress is the feedback that teachers give.  On effective feedback – “One study even estimates that the impact of rapid feedback on learning is 124 times more cost effective that reducing class sizes.” (Sutton Trust)  but how do we know that students actually listen to the feedback or read the feedback?  teachers could be giving excellent feedback but surely it will only have impact if it is reflected upon.

So to the technology, I have been looking at various ways to support feedback to students and through reading around others blogs @syded06 @ictevangelist @gavinsmart to name just 3, I have seen an excellent range of ways of doing this.

I started initially using google drive as a means of digitising my feedback to students.  The purpose was to allow students access to their feedback regardless of where they were.  It is great to have feedback in books but if these books stay in school then what use is the feedback.

I then combined the process with Edmodo as it was an easier process for students to reflect on what I had written and to then let me know what they were going to do about it, this stage is essential, look at work around DIRT (Jackie Beere and @huntingenglish) for an understanding of why the reflection time is so important.

These methods were great for my theory sessions and had a great impact on students really developing their work and improving their quality.  It also made my marking more efficient and was a lot more timely.

I next wanted to look at the feedback in my practical sessions.  This was an area that I always though was fine but in fact was an area that needed attention.  Oral feedback was always given and most students would respond to questioning to show me they understood where they needed to go in their learning, but in lots of cases it was evident that by the next lesson they had forgotten what we had said and we were not making the progress that we should.  So back to the technology to support.

Again Edmodo was a great tool to help here.  I used it to write a post about what we had covered in the lesson and the students (for homework) had to reply to my comment with a reflection on their learning and an area they felt they could improve on.  (this also supported a lot of work around literacy in PE)  This started well and student seemed to engage with the work and the replies were of a good standard.  The issue however was that they were reflecting on something that had happened some hours ago (or in some cases days) so the reflection was not always based on a good memory.  In order to support this I started to film elements of sessions or voice record some of my feedback.  This seemed to have a better impact.  I simply uploaded the video or audio to Edmodo, the students watched or listened to it and then did their reflection.  In this way they were reminded of the activity so their reflection was more valid.

The key thing here is that I did not need to change my practice in any way.  I simply used the technology to support what I was doing and tweek some things to make sure that the feedback was improved.

I’d love to know your thoughts on these ideas, do you feel it is easily replicated?

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