I spent the better part of December blogging about the flickr assignment I developed and the process and product of the rubric that we generated. It seems to have struck a chord with some folks as I continue to get email from people asking about the both the process and product.
Once again, accessing my "outboard brain" (this blog -- kudos again to Brian for that metaphor) I've compiled all the posts about the project here in the order that they were published.
See the end for an update on how the assignment has evolved since I last wrote about it.
- »Flickring Mind Maps ... making learning sticky
Description and structure of the assignment and assessment. Some hurdles that were overcome.
- »Flickring Assessment
I was displeased with some of the results. I decided to develop a rubric to guide the students work and recognize various levels of achievement. A Google Doc is used collaboratively with all my students. Lani (blog mentor) and I add comments throughout the process to help focus their thinking. Some folks request to observe the process.
- »Just So Cool! (Rubric Revisions)
An update on the revisions students made to the document. Open invitation to other interested teachers to observe the process.
- »Flickr Assignment Rubric - in progress
11th hour snapshot of the rubric revisions in progress. Fascinating, non-linear view of the thinking that students put into developing the document.
- »Flickr Assignment Rubric v1.0 - We're Out of Beta!
Final version of the document.
This rubric was published to all the class blogs. I also gave each student a hard copy of the rubric. This hard copy doesn't have the links to examples that the online version does. It is also missing some descriptive text that is included in the online version.
Having the students assess their work and hand it in, I feel, made them more accountable for their grades. Some of them didn't do the assignment. They handed in a page today, with their name on it, that had only the words Level 0 circled.
Next semester I plan to do this assignment again. I will reopen the rubric to the new students for editing. They will benefit by at least having a more concrete set of guidelines to begin with.