“Three Ring is the best tool for digitizing student work. It will allow you to create a beautiful stream of student work that can be sorted, searched, organized and reorganized enabling you to engage in authentic assessment like never before.”
Sounds enticing, but how does it work? Who’s using it? What do teachers think about it?
Below is a blog post from one of the founders of the Three Ring project, Steve Silvius, who states that he is a Math teacher and uses the platform to “…easily create digital portfolios of student work and use these for assessment and tracking progress in the classroom” (Pedagogy of the Obsessed. http://pedagogyoftheobsessed.wordpress.com/author/ssilvius/. Accessed March 22, 2012).
Who is using it?
@MatthewPMoran comments on the “Hack Education” blog, “… I wasn’t overly impressed with the existing functions, it is good to hear that [Three Ring] are very receptive to feedback from educators” (“Hack Education.” Digitize and Assess Student Work with ThreeRing. March 21, 2012. http://hackeducation.com/2012/03/21/digitize-and-assess-student-work-with-threering/. Accessed March 22, 2012).
Keep in mind that Three Ring is a very new start-up! The real promise behind the tool is that it allows for ease of use in creating and maintaining digital portfolios…”one of the best tools for formative assessment” according to Silvius. (Thanks to Mr. Silvius for correcting my error here!)
For the record, I’ve signed up for the trial (free to educators) and downloaded the app. The interface is simple and intuitive, and I think Silvius and partners are onto something great. I’m looking forward to seeing how this concept evolves.
- Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock #teaching 03/19/2012 (coolcatteacher.blogspot.com)
- More on Educational Portfolios (sophisticatedfinance.typepad.com)