The website for the 21st Century Badge Pathways project is up! The project will be officially announced in November at the Association of California School Administrators Leadership Summit. At that time, 21st Century Badge Pathways will also be available as an open source project. We’re looking forward to sharing the outstanding work Corona-Norco USD has done in designing Passport to Success: College and Career Readiness.
We’ve released some exciting new features:
- New WELCOME Page
- Improved MY CLASS Page
- Teacher control for when scored rubrics are published to students
- Better support for activities
New Welcome Page
We have been working hard to provide more documentation and help for teachers using ForAllRubrics. As part of these efforts, we created a new Welcome Page.
Improved MY CLASS Page
Now, if “All Results” is selected then the MY CLASS page shows all the scores for the selected rubric:
If “Most Recent” is selected then the MY CLASS page shows only the most recent score for each student (as before):
The labeled features are:
A. The school year you are currently working with. If you have used ForAllRubrics for more than one year, you can access previous years rubrics and scores.
B. The classroom you are currently working with.
C. The rubric you are currently working with.
D. In the header of the table, a selection box for selecting the most recent rubric for all the students at once. Once the students are selected you can “Email”, “Print”, or “Publish” their scored rubrics with a click of a button. Also in the header are arrows for sorting by last name, activity, percent score, number of items scored and who did the scoring.
E. A selection box for individual students.
F. An orange “plus” icon to begin scoring the rubric for that student.
G. The activity for the rubric (if one is selected) and the date of the most recent assessment for the student. If you click on the date, you can see the detailed scored rubric.
H. The student’s score on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the total possible points.
I. The computed percentage on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the computation of the percentage.
J. How many of the items were scored. If all the items were scored, a “check”.
K. Who scored the rubric (Teacher, the student for themselves or a peer)
L. An icon to publish the scored rubric with the student. Until you publish the scored rubric, the information will not be available to the student. If the scored rubric is published, you can click on the icon again to unpublish it and make it unavailable to the student.
M. An icon to print the completed rubric.
N. An icon to email the complete rubric to the emails associated with the student’s account (specified on the Admin/Manage Students page).
O. An icon to access the student’s journal.
P. An icon to delete the most recent completed rubric.
More support for activities
Now, if an activity is selected on the MY CLASS page, then only scored rubrics that are associated with that activity will be displayed.
When you are scoring a rubric, you will now be able to choose from the activities you’ve specified before or create a new activity.
We hope you find these new features make ForAllRubrics more useful in your classroom. Please keep the feedback coming!
A library of high quality rubrics from the Buck Institute for Education are now featured in ForAllRubrics. More information on, “How to use BIE’s rubrics to assess 21st century competencies in PBL” is available from BIE. On Edutopia, Andrew Miller describes how to use BIE’s rubrics for implementing Critical Assessment Ideas in your classroom.
All you need to do to get started with the BIE Rubrics on ForAllRubrics is to sign up for a free teacher account at ForAllRubrics.
Once you’re logged in, click on the Library and BIE tabs to get to the BIE Rubrics.
For any rubric in the library, you can:
- copy the rubric into your personal rubric library
- view the rubric
- print the rubric (either send it to your printer or save it as a pdf file)
For more information on getting started with ForAllRubrics, take a look at this series of blog posts:
Together with April Moore and Kelly Bruce from the Corona-Norco USD, we will be speaking at the Association of California School Administrators Leadership Summit. The description of our Practice Session on, “Launching Digital Badges to Motivate 21st Century Learners” is below.
This interactive workshop will briefly highlight a district’s use of digital badges to motivate students to become college and career ready and will provide a synopsis of the research of motivational theories as they apply to the digital badging movement. Participants will break into small groups and engage in a process to develop their own digital badges. Facilitators will conduct a share out session capturing ideas generated for uses of students’ digital badges. Participants will receive promotional materials, launch kits, access to an open source digital badge portal, and the opportunity to join an educator digital badge usergroup.
We’re looking forward to sharing the outstanding work the Corona-Norco USD has done in designing the Passport to Success: College and Career Readiness system with other school districts. If you’re going to be at the conference, come say hello to us!
This post will walk you through two ways to use ForAllRubrics to support our most requested feature, student self- and peer- assessment.
- With the teacher’s account on the ForAllRubrics Mobile App
- With the student’s account on the ForAllRubrics Website
Approach 1: With the teacher’s account on the ForAllRubrics Mobile App
Teachers can use their own teacher account to login into ForAllRubrics Offline on their iPads and pass the iPads out to the students to use. They can use their one account on multiple iPads. The students can use the rubric comments field to indicate who did the assessment. This works especially well, if you aren’t able to give students their own accounts.
Approach 2: With the student’s account on the ForAllRubrics Website
Another approach is to have the students do the self- or peer- assessments with their personal accounts. For an introduction to student accounts, see the post, “ForAllRubrics How To: Student Journals.” Below are the steps for enabling your rubrics for student self- and peer- assessment.
When you’re editing a rubric that you want student to access, make sure that you’re in advance mode and the rubric has the “Allow Students to Self/Peer Assess” checkbox selected. When you select the checkbox a default badge will be created. You can customize the badge, by clicking on the badge name next to “Assign Badge”.
To set up student user accounts go to the Admin/Manage Students page.
Create student accounts by setting their email addresses and assigning passwords.
Students can then login to ForAllRubrics using their accounts.
When the student logs in and goes to the “Classmate Badges” page, she sees all the students in her class (including themselves) and can choose who to assess.
Once the student selects who to assess, they will see the badges that are shared with them and they can choose which badge to assess for.
When the student chooses the badge to use the appropriate rubric will pop-up and she can enter her scores.
When the assessment is complete, the student can now see the badge they have issued.
When you login as the teacher, you will see the rubric that was assessed by the student.
You can click on the date the rubric was assessed to see the details of the assessment.
When the assessed student logs in to her account, she sees a journal entry with information about the rubric assessment.
When she clicks on “View Rubric Results,” she sees the details of the rubric scoring and can download the completed rubrics as a pdf file or print it.
Please let us know your thoughts on self- and peer- assessment in ForAllRubrics. We’d really welcome your feedback.
The student journal is the communication center for student accounts on ForAllRubrics. When a student first logs in, she sees her journal. In the example below, the top entry is a journal entry that was added by the student Lola about her experience presenting her project at the science fair.
When a teacher completes a rubric for a student, the results appear in the student’s journal. Below you can see that the “Demo Teacher” assessed the student with the “Free Art” rubric. The teacher’s comments that were entered while the scoring the rubric are displayed to the student.
When the student is viewing the information about the completed rubric, they can:
- choose to see the details of the rubrics by clicking on “View Rubric Results,”
- add their own comments and
- personalize the image associated with the rubric.
If the student clicks on “View Rubric Results,” they are taken to a print view of the scored rubric where they have the option to either download the scored rubric as a pdf or send the scored rubric to a printer.
Our student Lola, has added a comment and personalized the badge by making a photo of her artwork the image.
This quick introduction to the Student Journal should help you get started with using ForAllRubrics to communicate with your students. For more information on setting up student accounts, take a look at the post ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Roster. There are more posts on the way, including information on how ForAllRubrics supports self- and peer- assessment for students.
So you’ve signed up for a free teacher account on ForAllRubrics and you’re wondering, “What do I do now?” This is part of a short series of posts on how to get started with the basic features of ForAllRubrics. The posts in this series are:
- ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Roster
- ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Rubrics
- ForAllRubrics How To: Assessing Your Students (this post)
The simplest approach to assessing your students with ForAllRubrics is via the online website. Click on the My Class link in the menu bar and then select the rubric you want to work with. To start the assessment, click on the next to the student that you would like to assess.
On your rubric, you score the student by simply clicking on the appropriate box in the rubric. The score will be calculated for you automatically. You can add comments for the whole rubric or for individual items. You can also record an activity name.
When you click on the Done button or click on the My Class button, you will see the results of the assessment you just completed in the class overview. In the class table, you’ll see
- The date of the most recent assessment for the student. If you click on the date, it will show you the actual completed rubric.
- The student’s score on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the total possible points.
- The computed percentage on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the computation of the percentage.
- How many of the items were scored. If all the items were scored, a “check”.
- An icon to print the completed rubric.
- An icon to email the complete rubric to the emails associated with the student’s account (specified on the Admin/Manage Students page).
- An icon to access the student’s journal.
- An icon to delete the most recent completed rubric.
On the My Class page, you can also Print or Email all your students’ completed rubrics in bulk or just selected students.
If you want to switch which rubric you’re working with, just click on the new rubric in the My Rubrics dialog.
There are a lot more capabilities in ForAllRubrics, but hopefully this quick introduction will be enough for you to get started! While you’re working on ForAllRubrics, you can learn more by accessing our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) or our Message Board. We also regularly post helpful information on the ForAllSystems Blog and via our twitter account @forallrubrics.