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78: A Way to Ungrade, Floop w/ Christine Witcher

Ep. 78

Today we're talking about ungrading with the EdTech tool, Floop, short for feedback loop, found over at FloopEdu.com. Now, we don't normally talk about specific tools and strategies at HRP - we get into the theory and pedagogy of progressive systems...but the most common question we're asked is: okay well, is it even possible to do any of these things? It seems like a ton of work and it'll be overwhelming, and everyone is against me!


Well, one potential solution is Floop! In summary, Floop allows you to easily provide feedback to your students. You create dropboxes on the platform, students upload their assignments, and then you are given audio and text-based tools to comment on what they've done. You can assign feedback visually, through comment banks, see growth over past revisions, and you can see if students have read what you've said. I personally love that Floop is committed to ungrading - and you don't need to enter in any grade whatsoever. The company actively promote practices to distance ourselves from grades altogether.


I, myself, started using Floop this year and I'm excited to share it. I think it's a great example of an ed tech company using their tools for actual education as opposed to maintaining the status quo, and it's affordable and ethical as you'll soon find out.


Finally, this episode is not sponsored in any way, I'm just excited about it. Christine offered our listeners 20% off their first year - putting the platform at roughly $67. Just use code "RESTORE20" before October 31st, 2020.


GUESTS

Christine Witcher, a current middle school STEM educator and co-founder of Floop, founded in 2017.


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