Recently, however, many teachers have been asking for a more student-facing approach to providing feedback through the use of the Computation Layer. This up to a few weeks ago was not possible, but as always Desmos came through with the people's requests and released two new features that can be used by anyone to provide feedback in the student view. Check them out here.
Before digging into the use of these new features I do need to say a few things. First, I still mightily prefer to use the projection of the dashboard over providing text based feedback in the student view. Not only is the dashboard feedback much more visually delightful, but it provides a great balance of guess and check vs. productive feedback and keeps the class centrally focused rather than staring at individual screens. Second, it is my opinion (and not necessarily that of Desmos) that if you are planning to use this type of student facing feedback that you enforce a 2 students to 1 computer as strictly as possible. Let's not lose the quality of discussion by allowing students to work silently with an answer key in front of them.
That being said, here are my observations so far:
- I am delighted to see the concern teachers have shown not only for preventing the new features as a method of guess and check, but as a detractor to deep thinking and discussion between classmates. quoting Bob Lochel (twitter: @bobloch): "I don't need card sorts to become instant feedback engines. And you are right that I would suddenly see all "green". Rather, I could see pacing students to a card sort, finding a few commonly-missed items, then let them reflect upon individual results."
- I am keenly interested to see what comes up as more ways to reveal this feedback are discovered. So far I have seen examples ranging from the use of a subtitle to display the number of correct cards, to keeping the feedback on a separate screen (to be paced to later) to providing a button that will reveal feedback only a given number of times. I can only assume here that it will take many hours in real classrooms to find the correct answer.
For now, here are three options that might be a start:
(Thank you @MeganHeine for the original card sort)