Paul's App a Winner; Formative Feedback for Learning Invention Finds a Niche in Education Market

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Byline: Patrick Williams

PRIMARY school teacher Paul Hamilton could not find an iPad app for what he wanted, so he decided to make it himself.

The 39-year-old, who teaches at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, has begun selling his educational application, Formative Feedback for Learning, to the world on the iTunes App Store.

Using the iPad camera, Formative Feedback allows students to play back video and allows feedback to be given on their performance by editing the video.

The app comes with built-in icons for positive and constructive feedback that fosters communication and collaboration between students.

aThere wasn't much out there from a teacher's perspective,a Mr Hamilton said.

aBasically this is a tool for creating discussion as a formative assessment.

aI found that most apps focused on learning content, not process, so Formative Feedback can be used across all subjects.a

As an example, students at Matthew Flinders have previously been asked to give a speech on any topic.

They were paired up, allowing one to record the other with the iPad. …

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