As I have said before, I work in a middle school in rural Maine. The school that I work in hosts grades 4-8. Grades 4, 5, and 6 have access to 1:1 Chromebooks, and grades 7 and 8 have access to 1:1 Macbook Airs. I work with 6th graders, so they all have their own Chromebook which they are only able to access at school. With the Chromebooks, my students and I have access to the Google Apps for Education.
In my classroom, students come to me with a very interesting take on technology. While they can manage their way around their computers, their typing skills are low, and they think that internet research is to look up images on Google Images! It is my goal to better prepare these students for the rigor that 7th and 8th grade will bring to them. I hope to do this by teaching them how to type and giving them opportunities to practice, by teaching them how to internet search by using keywords and accessing websites for credibility, and finally, by teaching them how to give credit to the author of an image. I also hope to give my students time to practice their 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking by using their new computer skills.
So I was challenged to create a rubric to assess the technology that I use, or would like to use in my classroom. After some foundational reading and some rubric searching, I came up with the FAACE Rubric. This includes my love of fancy acronyms and what I thought was important for 6th graders in what I had read.
I chose these aspects because I felt like they were developmentally appropriate to look at for 6th graders. I want them getting feedback on their learning to increase their self directed learning. I need them to be able to navigate the app on their own; I can't keep repeating directions every time we go on the app. Coming from a rural district it needs to be cheap, and if it isn't cheap, it better be beneficial to ALL of my students. One of my goals is to work on their 21st century skills which is why collaboration is important to me; and finally, the app isn't worth it if the students don't want to be on it.
An assessment/review tool that I use with my students is Kahoot! While this app isn't project based, it is a student centered way to assess their base learning. This based learning is needed before we can move onto the project based information. Rated on my FAACE Rubric, I give it a 15/20.
Write About It
Write About It is a website that I started using with my students this year. It is a blogging website that allows students to join groups, create blogging ideas, and write and respond to other students blogs. It has been a great collaboration and communication platform for my students this year as we have participated in the Global Read Aloud. On the FAACE Rubric, I give this site a 14/20.
An extension that I have used in my Grad class and would like to use in my classroom is Screencastify. This app would let my students create videos using their voices and the screen that is on their computer. Students can then save them on drive where I can give them feedback or upload them to a class youtube page. Once on Youtube, the global community can give the students comments on their work. On the FAACE Rubric and based on what I know about my classroom, I give this extension a 16/20.
I have used Glogster before WAY back when I was in High School (I realize that is not very long ago, but it feels like it). It allows students to create multimedia posters. The posters can then be placed in a presentation area like Padlet. It gives students another way to demonstrate their learning. On the FAACE Rubric, I give it a 12/20, loosing a lot of points because of feedback, and making it the lowest scored app on the FAACE Rubric.
Google Slides is something that I use all the time with my students. It allows them to present the information that they collected in a safe space, and it allows them to work together, even if they are not in the same room. It is also in my mind "disaster proof" because, if a student clicks a button deleting everything, I can go back into the revision history and fix it for them! On the FAACE Rubric, this site scored the highest, with a 17/20.
My name is Jessica Meservey and I am a 6th grade teacher. There is no level that I would rather be teaching and learning with. I currently teach in rural Maine. I love to integrate technology into my classroom as we are 1:1. Find me on Twitter at @MsMeservey.