When Students ask, "How am I doing on this?" You can now easily provide feedback in a number of ways.
The first two I am including via a blog post about useful webtools for providing feedback. I haven't used Kidblog before, and while I use Diigo, I haven't used it in the way I will discuss. The information is paraphrased from the post I read by Mark Barnes Blog is Brilliant-Insane.com
Kidblog like other blogs discussed on this page allows students to share their ideas, reflect on their learning, and enhance their writing. The advantage here is not only the ability to comment on the student's work, but to also be able to choose if the comments are public or private. In my opinion, gives teachers a great opportunity to share positive comments that celebrate the student's work, but also private comments to guide their progress and future endeavors.
I use Diigo almost daily, and know it is a powerful tool for organization. A great feature about this organizational tool is that you are able to share your web resources with others. Diigo has taken this feature a step further by allowing others to comment on the resources you or students have compiled as they are working on their projects. There is also an EDU platform that apparently would turn this into the equivalent of a Learning Management System similar to Schoology, or Edmodo, or My Big Campus.
Although it may have a strange name, this is a great Add-on to Google Docs where you can provide feedback to students via voice comments. You can already provide comments to student work that is shared with you, but now you can add audio comments to provide clearer, more detailed feedback. You open the doc, and click on the Scripts or Add-ons and then search for Kaizena. Once opened, click on text and leave your comments.
Voki is an app that can be downloaded or accessed via the web. This one does take more time to create avatars and record your voice, so let's look at this as a flipped model of feedback. Instead of it being a teacher tool, it could be a student produced response system. I have used Audio boo as a tool to allow some students who sometimes struggle with content to create an audio recording instead of writing a paper. This would add some visual to that process by creating an avatar, or character to go along with the content.
Jing is a screencast tool that you download and are able to create audio/video files to record what you are presenting on your screen. I have had this tool for the last few years and must admit I haven't used it very much because I found Screencast O'Matic which works as a web based tool and is more accessible to students. I tend to error on the side of what is accessible to students to use as examples of technology, even though I think Jing is a great product that I want to explore more.
Students have used Screencast O'Matic on several occasions in my class this year. They are currently using it to narrate with video clips, and visual materials, the most important events of the last 300 years in World History. It is a chance for them to present their ideas in a more dynamic fashion. The ease of use is off the charts. Once on their site, click start recording and away you go. You can change the size of the image that is visible, and even make it full screen if you wish. Click the record button and anything that is visible is seen while you voice over the visual
Voxer is a walkie-talkie type tool. I haven't done much with this, but have seen multiple posts about how awesome it has been for educators to connect. It is a way to verbally communicate which goes beyond the 140 characters of a Twitter post. It is also fairly secure in terms of giving your personal information. You don't give people your actual cell phone number or personal email, but yet can have important conversations with people who could be thousands of miles away. Joe Mazza an administrator in New Jersey has an excellent post about this. Here is a link to his post explaining more about his use of Voxer. Joe Mazza explains Voxer