EDU “Essays” and Rubrics — Think Outside the Box
Type of Technology: EDU 2.0 (now “NEO”)–web-based application
SAMR Rating (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition): This lesson straddles between augmentation and modification
Grade Level: Upper elementary through high school
The EDU/NEO essay assignment (green pencil icon) is more versatile in function than its name implies. You can use it for any free form response that you’d prefer to read online than having to collect yet another stack of papers. Connect the assignment to a rubric tailored to its unique requirements (criteria), and you’ve potentially saved yourself hours of time in marking comments while still giving specific feedback on your students’ work and thinking.
Students can upload links, images and tables within the body of their text, or add attachments as the assignment requires.
In one activity, student pairs checked out an iPad (or used their smart phones) and took a campus walk, looking for evidence of classical Greco-Roman legacies. They used the device cameras to capture the evidence, and then produced a photo journal connecting their knowledge of classical Greece and Rome with activities and buildings on campus. The corresponding rubric measured their adherence to assignment requirements, the variety of Greco-Roman legacies represented by the photographs, and the quality of their historical connections.
In another “read, pair, share, write” activity, student pairs read, discussed, and responded to excerpts from two Medieval Japanese texts (primary sources) written by women. At various intervals, I posted on the screen a specific question for all students to answer in an EDU/NEO Essay assignment. (e.g., record a quote from the dialogue that demonstrates how the author both satirizes men and points to the intellectual capacity of women; identify 5 traits of the “ideal wife” from the point-of-view of the speaker; add your own diary entry, following the author’s format–“things that have lost their power…”).
The screen shots that follow show the process to create the assignment, rubric, as well as the student view of “essay” preparation.