Breakout rooms: Marking
Zoom breakout rooms
Breakout rooms are pretty easy to use.
You can see on the bottom of the Zoom screen that the icon second from the left says "breakout rooms." (You can also see how thrilled I am to be distance teaching in this photo!).
When you click on that icon, it will give you a new screen, asking you to choose how many rooms you would like. You can either assign students randomly to a breakout room - or you can assign them manually. You cannot, however, do manual assignment of students to groups until they have entered the meeting.
Once the rooms are created, go to the options menu. You can make it that students are required to stay in the rooms for a fixed amount of time (I would say 20 minutes is a maximum) or they can pop back into the main session to ask questions. If you are going to check on the rooms, then you may want to untick the "allow participants to return to the main session. If you want them to receive a warning when time is up, you can set that in the final "countdown" option.
Marking and editing scripts
This activity is good for revision for exams - or for the end of a unit. It is also just good practice for improving writing skills.
The task is pretty basic. Students are randomly allocated to breakout rooms in groups of 4 - 5 students. Task one is for them to mark an IB essay. In order to do so, they should not just assign marks, but annotate the text using the comments feature. You should give them about 15 minutes to complete the task.
Below you will find six sample essays to use. The marking guidelines are included to give students a benchmark. They did not see this on the Google Doc.
If you choose to use these scripts, please remember the steps to creating a version for your own classroom use.
- First, go to File and choose Make a copy. This is the document that your students will use. If all of your breakout rooms are going to give feedback on the same essay, then you need to make a copy for each breakout room.
- Go to the Share button on the document. It will be easier to give students in each breakout room their own link. To do this, go to "advanced" and where it says that the settings are private, you should click on "change." Change this to anyone with the link. Be sure that "edit" is chosen and then copy the link to send to the members of that group.
After they have given feedback on the script, you can approach this task in different ways:
- Have them all come back to the main meeting and have each group share how they marked the script. See if there is consensus among the groups before going over how it was marked.
- Move students between the breakout rooms and then have members of the original breakout group justify their marking to the new members of their breakout session.
- After going over the marking, ask students to work in groups again to improve the essay to make it go up at least one full mark. This can be a group writing assignment that is then submitted as an assessment.