Providing Feedback: Overview of the Research
Providing feedback involves giving students information about their performance relative to learning goals in order to help them improve. The average effect size is .61. Research findings include:
  • Feedback should be corrective in nature.
  • Feedback should be timely.
  • Feedback should be specific to a criterion.
  • Students can effectively provide some of their own feedback.

What does this look like in the classroom?
  • Feedback should focus on specific knowledge and skills.
  • Students should be able to track progress in a variety of ways, incorporating both self-generated and teacher-led feedback.
  • Feedback should be timely; feedback providing during the learning process allows for immediate redirection or correction of misconceptions.
  • Abstract recognition (ex. praise) is more effective than tangible rewards (ex. prizes).

How does technology fit in?
Word Processing Applications
  • Microsoft Word: Review features: Track Changes, Flesch-Kinkaid Readability Scale, Commenting
  • Google Docs: Commenting, Google Forms
  • General: Templates (ex. KWL/KWHL)
Classroom Response Systems
Rubrics Software
Games and Simulation
Communication Software
Online Assessments

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