Both Hillary Lauder and Meaghan Wilson wanted to be able to make an impact on their students they teach every week. They wanted to view their thought process and make authentic comments on their work, to provide a value learning experience. Both of these teachers wanted something that would be a game changer in students’ assignments, reflections, and assessments. A feedback loop if you will.
After a couple of weeks I followed up with Hillary and Meaghan and asked if anything developed from our conversation on using Moxtra. This is what they shared with me.
What is so important about using this tool as apposed to sitting down with each student individually and conferencing with them?
“First of all this is a paperless process, so making a conscious effort about environmental awareness.”
“Second, my commenting is so detailed that typing out my comments on their science inquiry reports would actually take more time. With Moxtra I am able to record my voice and annotation and keep that private between myself and student. I am able comment on their work while I am working outside of school hours and this done in real time. So the learning actually never stops. I’m really happy with how this also eliminates a lot of wasted time because time is so important in education.”
What is the feedback that you are receiving from students, since using this tool?
“I have received positive remarks on using this tool to make a bigger impact on assessing their science inquiry reports.”
What is the biggest change that you have had in your curriculum this year?
“Reflection is critical in PE or in any subject for that matter because it means so much to learning. It was a tedious process in the past because students would email me their reflection and I would reply with my comments. This year I needed something more and Moxtra has been that for me.”
Do you and you students go beyond reflecting through Moxtra?
“I use Moxtra throughout the entire block. I prep my students with a document, video, or recording that they have to view. I then document what every student is doing and upload that content to their binders. Before class is over, I give the students ten minutes to go to their Moxtra binder and reflect on what they have accomplished in PE that day.”
“What I have started to see is that many of my students go beyond my simple reflection prompt. I have students critiquing their skills through more writing in their Moxtra binder. I now get a chance to hear students that I normally don’t hear on a regular basis through voice recording or video they capture and load to Moxtra.”
What kind of impact do you feel this has on your students?
“I feel that they are able to speak to me everyday even if I don’t get a chance to speak to them in person. I feel like I am able to make an individual impact because I get to comment on their work in real time, there is no waiting.”
Since then, the use of Moxtra has started to disseminate into other classes. So, is this the game changer?