Handheld Devices - need advicePatricia,
In the past, 30% of my students photography grade was on participation. I have tried so many different methods. Currently, I am not giving participation grades. But when I did, I found that it took too much of my classroom time. I tried giving a daily grade, then I tried the three times a week approach and finally, random checks.
Our school is piloting hand held (Palm IIIc) devices this year. All upper school students are required to purchase the Palm and all teachers receive one. We had a six hour in service with more training to come. As I become more familiar with the ways we implement the devices into the curriculum, I would be happy to keep you updated. However, as far as using them to keep track of your students participation, I can only say that in my opinion, keeping track on a Palm wouldn't be any easier than in a grade book.
Judi in NC
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From: Patricia Knott
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Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 2:43 PM
Subject: Handheld Devices - need advice
I teach High School and we are required to give, on the first day of class, very explicit instructions to the students on class requirements and just how each area of those requirements will be graded. Assignments and projects are easy to document, but I always also have a component for class participation. The principal always wants to know how this is judged and recorded. The only way I know to do this is through personal observation and some kind of mark in my daily attendance book. I do not want to have some kind of rubric for day to day participation. I don't understand why teacher observation is not valid.
Any how, I'm thinking of getting a Palm or similar device to make such recordings. I really hate the idea, but if part of my grade is that the student participates and contributes, I need to have some kind of documentation that I can't be accused of making up after the fact. God how it kills me that the teacher's legitimacy has been reduced to this, but some of you may know what I'm talking about, especially on the high school level.
Do any of you use a hand held device to make such entries? Is it worth my investigation or will this just be another thing that takes my time. Another thing that takes my time from giving human contact with my students. My grades have never been questioned, but I find I get more and more paranoid about marks I give. And when a parent calls the principal with a question, you better believe it your word on the line, you are the one that needs to produce the evidence.
Anybody doing this? Any recommendations for a device?