Live feedback allows teachers to interact and conference with students in real-time while they are writing in a draft. Built to support teachers during times of virtual instruction (or when face-to-face feedback isn't possible), this feature allows a teacher to guide student writing earlier in the writing process, when the student may be most amenable to receiving feedback. Live feedback simulates what a teacher would do when conferencing with a student face-to-face, whether individually or during small group instruction.
Live feedback is a new feature! Please email feedback, ideas, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To use Live Feedback:
1. Once an assignment is assigned to students, go to the 'My Assignments' page and click 'Manage & Grade':
2. This brings you to the teacher dashboard. Scroll down to the student roster at the bottom of the page. Once students have started a draft, you will see 2 types of student writing statuses:
- Last modified x minutes or days ago (# of words written):
This student has not been actively writing in the last three minutes, but you can see when they last modified their paper and how many words are in their draft:
- Writing now (# of words written):
This student is actively writing within the last 3 minutes:
You can reach both students for some quick feedback during their draft.
3. Click on the blue 'Writing now' or 'Last modified' links to give them live feedback by filling out the conferencing note at the bottom of the screen:
4. The student will receive this feedback in two places inside Writable:
- Notification bell in the top green navigation bar:
- At the bottom of the feedback area below their student checklists:
Students can click 'Revise' or 'Write from their student dashboard and then local the live feedback below the student checklists. In some assignments with an embedded reading passage, the student will have to click 'Check & Submit' to see their feedback:
If you are using embedded Google Docs with your students:
If you have set up your assignment to have an embedded Google Doc inside the student writing area, you can go into live editing with a student when you give them live feedback.
Just follow the steps above and then click 'Open in Google Docs'. Your edits in their paper will show up for the student in real-time:
In closing, live feedback is not meant to replace more formal teacher feedback that may come later in an assignment. It helps add more informal guidance when a student is writing actively. Students must still submit their writing to indicate to the teacher that they are ready for more formal feedback or grading.