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Rubrics are now available in Google Classroom!

Rubrics are now available in Google Classroom!  Written by: Kelly Campbell-Dries

Are you looking for an interesting way to give students valuable feedback while clearly stating learning goals and curriculum expectations? Then sign up today to be a Beta Tester for the new Rubrics feature in Google Classroom. 
You might think that this is a lot of work, but trust me, it is not. I am currently a teacher at ACS, and I am always looking for new and innovative ways to leverage technology in the classroom. What I like about this feature is that it is extremely simple to use. 

You begin by creating an Assignment in GC. There, you will see that there is a “Create Rubric” button where you can build your rubric. In HS, we mark out of four categories that are weighted differently. GC always made the assignment out of 100, so it was difficult to show students exactly how you marked their work in a digital format. With the Beta feature in GC, you can now assign category, with an explanation of what you…
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Looking for a transformative way to deliver the curriculum in a blended classroom?

As stated on the Hyperdoc website: 

Hyperdocs are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.

Check out these examples created by our own WECDSB staff:

Kelly Campbell-Dries, English Teacher at Assumption High School shared her  "highlight" HyperDoc designed to teach students to write a CER essay (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).   Kelly shares the document using the "Make A Copy" feature in Google Classroom allowing each student to work directly their Hyperdoc.

Kelly introduced the Hyperdoc using this video: 

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