44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

by TeachThought Staff


Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.”

This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card.

But work that is made public has other benefits as well. If someone besides the teacher is actually going to read it, students may be more willing to engage their hearts and minds in their work. This kind of work is also often iterative–done in stages, with drafts, revisions, collaboration, and rethinking. It’s design work, and as design work, it gives students a chance to show what they know. This is one of the gifts of digital and social media, and an idea we’ve approached before with 7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know.

Tony Vincent from learninginhand.com revisited that idea with the following graphic that clarifies another talent of education technology–shared thinking.

Publishing Student Work vs Assessment

In lieu of its perceived art and science, assessment is a murky practice.

Anything a student “does” can be used as a kind of assessment. What the say, write, draw, diagram, create, or otherwise manifest that is then shared with someone else is evidence of thinking. This can be taken as a snapshot–create a video that clarifies the cause-effect relationship of pollution and the water cycle–or something more project-based and done over time, such as a storyboarding, creating, drawing, and publishing a comic book character over a 8 part series that explores the issue of bullying over social media. Either way, because the work is mobile and digital and easily shared, its ripe for both assessment and sharing with authentic audiences in the real world.

When students publish their thinking with their right audience or collaborators at the right time, the tone and purpose of the work are able to shift dramatically. The following tools either allow you to publish student work online (e.g., YouTube, Prezi, wevideo), or create something digital that can then be published in relevant contexts (e.g., Story Me, Book Creator, Puppet Pals HD).

The tools to publish student work are separated into 11 varied categories that run the spectrum of digital publishing, a list that’s nearly as useful as the graphic itself. You can find the list, graphic, and tools below.

11 Categories Of Digital Tools To Publish Student Work

  1. Audio Recordings
  2. Collages
  3. Comic Books
  4. Posters
  5. Slide Presentations
  6. Digital Books
  7. Narrated Slideshows
  8. Movies
  9. Animations
  10. Screencasts
  11. Study Aids

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work 

How Are Teachers Using Tablets?

t’s one of the most versatile devices in the history of… well… devices. The tablet has changed the landscape of classrooms around the world, from flipped learning to augmented reality.

A much needed balance between function and affordability, tablets of all shapes and sizes are being embraced by teachers in millions of different ways. In the below infographic from Early Childhood Education Degrees present an overview of how this shift is taking place.

Tablets for Teaching


Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic


Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic

The first part of an assessment design is the most obvious; the student performance, or more simply referred to as the activity. This requires a student to show the teacher what they know or can do. The second part assessment design is often assumed or omitted; however, this part of the assessment is critical to optimizing alignment to the objectives, and provides valuable support towards student success. This critical component is the grading plan or better named the feedback criteria. As a teacher, we need to effectively communicate to our learners both a description of how they will perform an assessment activity as well as a description of how we will judge the quality of their performance. Are you planning and communicating your feedback criteria? The Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic presents types of activities that suit various levels of assessment as well as grading and feedback criteria which will help you plan better assessments.

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy

1. Remember – Focus in Memorization and Recall

Possible assessment activities:

  • Multiple choice
  • Fill in the blank
  • Matching
  • Timed recall
  • Recitation
  • Note-taking

Grading and feedback criteria:

  • Answer key
  • Complete/incomplete review
  • Tally for errors

2. Understand – Focus on Conceptual Understanding

Possible assessment activities:

  • Open-ended questions
  • Model of concept
  • Standard math problems
  • Discussion with prompts
  • Grading and feedback criteria:
  • Checklist
  • Answer key
  • List of acceptable answers

3. Apply – Focus on Process Application

Possible assessment activities:

  • Emotions and word problems
  • Repeat experiment
  • Recreate known work
  • Discussion with prompts

Grading and feedback criteria:

  • Process checklist
  • Product checklist
  • List of acceptable answers
  • Rubric

4. Analyze – Focus on Analyzing Data

Possible assessment activities:

  • Concept Map
  • Venn diagram
  • Classification journal
  • Discussion with prompts

Grading and feedback criteria:

  • List of acceptable answers
  • List of unacceptable answers
  • Rubric

5. Evaluate – Focus on Rationalization

Possible assessment activities:

  • Critique and rationalization
  • Selection and rationalization
  • Discussion with prompts

Grading and feedback criteria:

  • Checklist
  • Teacher rubric
  • Peer Evaluation Rubric

6. Create – Focus on original content creation

Possible assessment activities:

  • Personalized portfolio
  • Original solution
  • Original design
  • Original concept
  • Original process

Grading and feedback criteria:

  • Checklist
  • Teacher rubric
  • Peer evaluation rubric