1 on 1 Feedback

What is the most powerful teaching tool there is? Probably one on one feedback about a student’s performance.  A new iPad video tool, Coach’s Eye, can help you do that.

Coach’s Eye, as the name suggests, was developed for critiquing a physical performance like swimming, track and tennis. It does that “swimmingly”… but it has the potential to give one on one feedback to any student performance:

  • Dance
  • Conducting
  • Theater performance
  • Student teaching
  • Nurse-patient interactions
  • Student presentations

It works like this: With your iPad you make a video of a student performance. You can then re-run the video while you do an audio commentary, stopping the film and commenting, drawing on the film. It’s your own Beli-strator.

The review of the video could be done in many ways:

  • By the student themselves
  • By the student first and then the teacher
  • By the student and teacher together
  • By the teacher alone and sharing the resulting video with a student

Each method would result in the kind of feedback that a student would hear and value. It’s a powerful tool that would not only engage students but result in real learning.

Here is a sample from the Coach’s Eye website:  swing

Notice that there is nothing professional about the video-taking. It’s all in the expertise of the commentator.

After watching that video I feel like I could take a swing and do better!

Right now, all the examples on the Coach’s Eye website are physical education.  But I can see that changing as teachers discover this tool and flood the pages with examples in many disciplines.  How could you use this in your discipline?


When Feedback is Music to the Ears

When Professor Céline Perron heard Cara Meixner from James Madison U talk about how much more students hear and take action on audio visual feedback, she said “I’ve got to try that.”   Within a week she had met with CELT to get a 15 minute introduction to a tool she could use (Jing) and she was on her way.

She tried the technique in three assessments.

A lighting design project
Students first selected a painting and analyzed and researched it.  Then they created a physical lighting design inspired by the painting.

Professor Perron took a photo of their lighting design during the student presentation. Later she gave audio feedback on it via the screen capture program Jing and sent the students the link.


This student’s project was reflecting the work of Giorgio de Chirico, a metaphysical painter, precursor of surrealism. His paintings take objects out of context and put them in a new context, consciously and subconsciously.

Click the thumbnail below to see and view the audiovisual feedback on student Russell Stepan’s project:

A written critique of a professional modern dance performance giving a detailed analysis of the elements of lighting.
Students handed in the paper digitally and Professor Perron displayed it on her computer and talked through it’s good points and some improvements that could be made.  Here is the feedback on Russell Stepan’s paper on the Monica Bill Barn’s dance company.




Another assignment in which audio feedback was used was a costume design project Design for the Performing Arts. Students submitted costume designs in color on 11”X14” paper with fabric swatches pinned to the front.   Prof. Perron scanned the paper into a digital image and used the screen casting tool Jing to give detailed feedback on the design.  She sent the resulting link to the uploaded video to the student via email.

The advantages to the student were quick and apparent.  Most students loved the new way of getting feedback.  Several wrote return emails thanking the professor and expressing their enthusiasm.

Russell Stepan, the student whose work is reviewed here, feels, “for a project that doesn’t already require actual paper to be involved, I think this is definitely the way to go.  More economic and slightly more fun. The only downside is if you lose the link, you cannot check your feedback again, though the same goes for losing a paper copy as well.  In any case, I’m for it.”

Was it a time saving for the teacher? Not really a time saving, though it didn’t take any longer than writing comments freehand.  Prof. Perron still had to make notes to herself for each project to make sure she mentioned everything that needed commenting.  She still felt that overall the audio-visual feedback method was faster than typing on a paper a la TrackChanges. Also, “because I am dyslexic and writing in a second language,  using verbal comments is more effective. It’s like books on tape, but in reverse. It’s just more fun.”    In the case of the lighting design the feedback was much more precise.  She could actually point to an area of the design and talk about the lighting. “The experiment was definitely a success and one that I will continue,” said Professor Perron.

Thank you to Russell Stepan, KSC student, who allowed us to post the feedback on his projects.



Creating a Survey using Google Forms

The steps to creating a survey using Google docs forms are well documented already. Therefore, I’ll just point you to some good step-by-step directions and then fill in with how to distribute the survey, view the responses and close the survey.

About.com has a good step-by-step procedure for creating the questions here.

After you have created the questions and clicked the Save button you may want to change the thank you screen before distributing the survey.

Changing the Thank You screen

The default message that is displayed to a survey-taker when they have completed the survey is:

Thanks! Your response will now appear in my spreadsheet.

To change that message, edit the form and select More Actions/Edit Confirmation

Distributing the survey

You can distribute the survey by emailing it, either from within the Google form or from your own email client.  If you send it from Google anything you have written in the Description field will be included in the text of the email.  If you send it from your own email you can customize the invitation text.  Either way you must enter the email addresses of the people you want to receive the form.

You can also embed the survey in a web or blog page.

To make the survey available via email from within Google:
Edit the form. Click the Email this form menu option at the top of the form.

To send the survey from your email client:
Obtain the url for the survey. It is listed at the bottom of the form when you are editing the form.

Include this url in the body of your email.

To embed the survey in a web page:
Get the embed code by clicking More Actions / Embed

Press Control-V to copy the code that is displayed.

Insert this code into your web page in html mode.

View the results

The survey form creates a spreadsheet that collects the data. You can view the results on the spreadsheet by clicking on the spreadsheet in your google docs listing. You can also export the spreadsheet to an excel document.

You can view a graphical summary of the data by clicking Form Show summary of responses

It creates output like this:

Closing a Survey form

When you want to stop accepting responses to your survey you can turn it off.

In the spreadsheet, click on the Form menu option. Then click Accepting responses.

The checkmark is removed showing that the form is no longer accepting response.

Anyone accessing the form will get this generic message:

See some examples of how people have used Google surveys here.