Putting My Coding Where My Mouth Is: BlueHarvest
Here’s the hunch: students don’t need numbers to improve; they just need feedback. They need good feedback. Feedback that’s documented, directed, and rich.
Here’s the issue: all those pretty little notes you write just end up stained with orange juice at the bottom of your students’ backpacks.
I will be using BlueHarvest to exclusively handle feedback and grading in my classroom this year. This is the first gradebook entirely dedicated to organizing and allowing for rich feedback. It’s kind of like a facebook wall for each standard in your class.
- Leave students notes about their progress
- Upload files related to their work
- Leave links in your feedback
- BlueHarvest emails your students (and you!) when feedback is left
- You are allowed to create custom standards for individual students
- Students and parents are encouraged to communicate with you as the student learns (instead of after it’s too late)
I haven’t seen the light of day or known the taste of solid food for weeks. Coding this experiment has consumed me, and I must know the results. I need your help.
There are 20 beta accounts to be had for free; If you get in, I’ll explain more in the initiation email.
BlueHarvest goes live to the public in September!