Day 14: Prototype Instruments Graded

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

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Screengrab from the prototype video created by E.

Students had to submit a video or writeup on Friday that showed the results of their prototyping with a musical instrument. I gave the kids several discussion prompts and stressed that I wanted videos to resemble a casual discussion between student and teacher. Several kids did a wonderful job — pictured here is E’s video because she truly understood the point of prototyping. Her final instrument will be better for it.

I graded 75 of these videos or writeups over the weekend. Moodle’s rubric grading method made it so much simpler than past efforts using a rubric in a word processor or spreadsheet. In Moodle, I set up my own rubric then graded each student simply by clicking an achievement level and typing individual feedback.

Assignment

Today in class, kids first spent sometime with standing waves in a string and later had open time to work on their musical instrument research papers.

This day last year: Musical Instruments

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