Lesson: Self-Assessing Student Cell Phone usage by Lisa Rubini-LaForest, @rubinilaforest, firstname.lastname@example.org
Timing - 20-25 minutes spread over a larger class period.
Used with: 2 grade 11 computer science classes on March 20, 2017
Part 1 - The Rubric
- Student come in to see the cell phone rubric on the screen. (http://bit.ly/2mIKUy6). For Ontario context, I correct Level 1 to Level R and Level 2 to Level 1.
- Students are asked to silently assess their placement on the rubric
- Students are then asked to share with those around them.
- Engage the class in the pro/cons of using a rubric.
- Introduce the idea of look-fors as a means of assessing behaviour or response.
- Introduce the look-for form (see example below) and provide an example look-for such as “I do not unplug monitors or computers to charge my phone”.
- Each student provides one look-for. Student e-mails are corrected to encourage sincerity of answers.
- Students were very worried that teachers would start marking cell phone usage. Rubrics = marks
- Many students judged themselves lower on the rubric than their peers judged them.
- Students didn’t like how rigid the rubric was and how it did meet many of the use cases they felt they used regularly.
- Students like the idea of look-fors as a checklist of what they are doing right.
- Students quickly created their own look-fors.
- Some students need encouragement to move beyond cell-phone exclusive look-fors (I don’t bring my phone to class) to cell-phone inclusive look-fors (I use my phone to play Kahoot)
Part 2 - Preparing the Self-assessment (Can be done ahead of time)
- Open the Look-for form responses.
- Export those responses to a Google Sheet
- Review the look-fors responses sheet, deleting any duplicates or inappropriate answers.
- Create a new form for self-assessment based on the look-fors
- Create one checklist question “Check all that apply…”
- Install the FormRanger add on.
- Use the add-on to populate the checklist question with the look-fors entered by students. (instructions forthcoming)
- This is a lot easier than it sounds.
- My classes had no inappropriate answers
- If you need to update the self-assessment form, go into the form editor, open FormRanger, and click Repopulate Questions
Part 3 - Using the Self-Assessment
- Provide students with the self-assessment form (see example below)
- Encourage them to provide honest answers and remind them that you are not marking their answers.
- Students will not turn off their phone, but do try to minimize notifications
- Very few students would agree to never use their phones unless for academic purposes
- Very few students would avoid bringing their phone to class
- Students want to use their phone for school work, especially if a computer is not available.
- Students want to check class websites and resources on their phone