Behind the scenes, Josh uses Google Classroom - alongside with the Google Docs Add-ons Doctopus and Goobric to evaluate his student’s individual skills. His students use their Chromebooks and use either Screencastify or WeVideo to record themselves playing, in this case, their scales. They then upload the video into Google Classroom and Josh can easily view and assess them without using valuable class time. Check out the Digital Shift page to find a guide on how to use Doctopus and Goobric.
Listen and watch Josh Kaminsky demonstrate how he uses these tools to connect to his students and provide feedback to his students.
What Josh was able to do with the data he collected through Doctopus and Goobric is rearrange and group his students in a way where they can collaborate and be successful. He shifted students around the classroom in order to get the most out of his students and truly allow them to collaborate with each other. The great thing about using this data is the ability to make informed decision on your instruction, like finding specific and special groupings of students in order to support them the best. Here is a testimonial from two students that are in Kaminsky’s class.
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