Adding Writing Feedback Tools to Google Classroom

Client

Personal Project

Tools

Sketch
Principle
Material Design

Problem Statement

Additions and modifications to Google Classroom’s UI could allow teachers to more quickly provide high value writing feedback.

1.

Design a tool that allows teachers to quickly provide quality formative writing feedback.

2.

Design tools that allow students to meaningfully interact with feedback, learning objectives, and assignment details from within the Docs word processor.

3.

Modify the current UI to support  modified workflows for students and teachers.

4.

Demonstrate that the utilities needed to support best practices in writing feedback can be added to Google Classroom with minimal changes to the current UI.

Project Goals

Preparing Design System

Most styles and elements were easily generated using the 'Material Theme Editor' Sketch plugin

Most styles and elements were easily generated using the 'Material Theme Editor' Sketch plugin

Lots of thinking through sketching.

Preparing Design System

Most styles and components were easy to generate using the Material Theme Editor Sketch plugin

Missing components could be downloaded or recreated in Sketch

Student Use Case

While drafting an assignment on Google Docs, a student is unsure what to do next.

Context

Modified

Current

Student must leave Google Docs to find assignment details

Student reviews assignment tasks

Current

Modified

Student asks for feedback in a comment

Student can select a specific criteria to get feedback on

Current

Modified

Student posts comment

Student prompted to post comment

Current

Modified

Student posts comment

Student prompted to post comment

New Feature

Feedback Manager

This tool would allow teachers to efficiently respond provide meaningful feedback.

Student Use Case Comparison

A student is drafting a writing assignment and is not sure what to do next.

Student can

See teacher's reply in Google Docs

Student might

Not understand teacher's comments

Not see connections between comment and rubric

Step 4: Student decides what to do with the feedback they received

Teacher Use Case Comparison

A teacher needs to send a message, but only to a subgroup of their students.

Measuring Success

What data would help indicate how these modifications achieved project goals?

Business Goal

Google

Grow the number of long term GSuite users

New Users

More schools are using classroom as their LMS

Engagement

Students and teachers use GSuite tools more frequently

Efficiency

It takes less time for teachers to provide quality feedback

Learning

Assessment data indicates more student growth

User Goal

Teacher

Improve student writing by regularly providing quality feedback

Feedback

More students requesting and using feedback

Writing

More students making revisions while writing

User Goal

Student

Make the best way to write the easiest way to write