Mr. Kamrowski

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." –Sitting Bull

How To:  Provide Effective Feedback With Schoology & Explain Everything


Malcolm Gladwell argues, in his 2008 book titled Outliers, that the most successful people spend at least 10,000 hours practicing the skill(s) needed to be masters of their profession.  This magic number has taken some criticism (This one’s interesting too.) over the years as other researchers have debated the ingredients to success.  Most of the debate has revolved around symantix.  Yet, the main idea persists:  success takes, at least to some extant, hours upon hours of practice.  More importantly, however, Gladwell highlights that hours of practice alone is not enough; rather, slight adjustments that occur during the experimenting that naturally happens while practicing leads to perfection.  Therefore, effective feedback from a good coach or teacher is worth the price of gold.  This feedback means one can accomplish mastery much more effeciently than without it.

As a teacher, this point has never been lost on me.  Quality feedback in a timely manner is essential for good instruction.  Indeed, it may be the most important element a teacher can offer after engagement.  Therefore, I am always looking for effective ways to provide feedback.

Recently, I have tried using technology to be more effective with feedback.  The LMS platform Schoology offers many great ways for feedback; everything from comments, annotations, and rubrics are possible.  But nothing can top face to face feedback.  With busy schedules and numerous students this, of course, is not always possible.   However, one may be able to replicate this using some tools.

Here is an example of feedback I recently provided for a student using Schoology and Explain Everything.

How I Provide the Feedback

1.  Download the student file from Schoology

Jordan 1

2.  Open in its respective app and take a screen shot or export, if PDF, to Explain Everything


3.  Open rubric in Schoology and take a screen shot (I did both the student’s score and the generic rubric to show descriptions)


4.  Arrange in Explain everything so the documents are in the order you want to talk about them.  I sent the student’s work to the very back (Use the inspector tool (The i in a dotted box) to do this), then the template was second, the rubrics were third.


5.  Turn on your drawing tool (Change the opacity so it operates as a highlighter.  Do this by long pressing on the color.), tap the record button and talk while annotating.


6.  Export the movie file to Camera Roll


7.  Open Schoology, find the student’s assignment, tap on comments, upload the video file with your comment.

Jordan's Doc

Jordan 2Jordan 3

Further Resources

Schoology and Explain Everything have a library full of tutorial videos on how to use their products.  I would highly suggest you look at them if my explanations were not satisfactory

Schoology Help Center

Explain Everything Video Tutorials

Question:  How do you provide effective feedback using technology?  Thanks for posting your answers and thoughts in the comment section.


Author: Rob Kamrowski

My name is Rob Kamrowski and I have been a high school social study teacher of some years. Recently, I have accepted a position as an 8th grade American History teacher. I have taught a range of subjects from American History to Personal Finance to AP European History. I earned my Bachelor Degree in 2003, my Masters Degree in 2008, and strive to earn the respect of my students, colleagues and family every day of every year

6 thoughts on “How To:  Provide Effective Feedback With Schoology & Explain Everything

  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas on using technology, coupled with your voice and the student’s own work, to provide meaningful feedback. I’ll bet the students love being in your class. This is how kids communicate today! Thank you for the detailed directions and also the screenshots. Great post! Can Explain Everything be used with a MacBook Air or does it have to be used with an iPad?


  2. This is excellent, I just finished doing some project feedback using written annotations and explanations. I’m doing this instead! Thank you for such and excellent example!


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