I quietly (or not so quietly) launched Edmettle.com just in time for back to school this week. If you follow me on twitter you know how I can get with my projects – its all I tweet about for a while. I’m just trying to spread the word so bare with me. In a nut shell, edmettle is a space for teachers and students to endorse and give each other feedback around our Learning Skills here in Ontario (if you live elsewhere, give it a try – you can add and edit the default skills to match your needs). There are a gazillion mark-book apps, feedback apps, etc. but I wanted something more focused on the soft skills. After all, what is most important?
I envision an educational world where students as young as kindergarten start using words like grit or initiative. By putting these terms in our student vocabulary, they are more likely to recognize the behaviour in themselves and others. How can a student improve on the skill of “initiative” if they aren’t so sure what that is? It doesn’t get taught as a specific curriculum expectation (although most teachers have many discussions around these skills).
Let’s talk about edmettle. Doug Peterson gave it a review this week. You can read it here.
You should try edmettle for the following reasons:
1) To give rotary teachers a voice on LS / WH assessment – You can add multiple teachers to your class and they can also endorse and leave feedback. My homeroom class has five teachers and we should all work together to determine student next steps around LS / WH.
2) Students can give each other feedback. When students recognize the behaviour in others, they will model it themselves. They can also endorse teachers!
3) Students must set personal goals in their bio. Makes writing that page 3 on the report card so much easier when the time comes.
4) Teachers can download the feedback in a (.doc) by each student for report cards or parent communication. Voila! Specific examples in one place based on the LS / WH (and written by peers!)
5) Parents can view their child’s feedback and be notified when he / she is endorsed.
There you have it. There are other reasons too – its a social space, but a walled garden. Students don’t need an email to try it out. I respect everyone’s privacy. I am not Google. That may be reason enough.
If you wish to try it out, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As I continue to hammer out the kinks, it will remain in private beta.